Home Depot is one of America’s largest employers and attracts thousands of applicants a year, including felons. Home Depot will hire felons but is selective when doing so. Factors for employment consideration will include the time since conviction, type of felony and how well you can explain your past.
Does Home Depot Hire Felons?
Home depot is a large home improvement chain that has thousands of employees spread across the United States. If you have looked for a lists of employers that hire felons on the internet you may have found the Home Depot listed as “felon friendly.” We have not found this to be the case at all and have never had one report of a felon being hired by Home Depot regardless of time since conviction or the actual felony charge.
There are many rumors that Home Depot will hire felons and this is due to several reasons. The first reason is because felons always seem to get far into the hiring process without having any issues. Many felons have a first and second interview, complete their drug test (passing) and then are told that they can start orientation. Sounds great right? What happens is that when the background check comes back they will call you and tell you that are not eligible for employment. In some instances we have heard from some felons that have been hired and haven’t had any issues at all.
Home Depot runs a background check as the last step of the hiring process and they generally get it back just before orientation starts. We have heard reports that state that the applicant declared his or her felony on the application and even talked about it with the hiring manager. Thinking everything is great the applicant has high hopes of being hired but only to have their hopes dashed at the last moment.
Here is what one applicant had to say;
“I have a friend who applied, was honest about his criminal past, made it through two interviews, passed the drug test, and was scheduled for orientation. The DAY BEFORE he was to go in, he was called and told he would not be hired. Not once during ANY of this did any one mention his background being a problem (he had one felony of a bad check). I do hope it turns out differently for you, but I would be cautious until you actually start work. FYI- this was in Georgia.”
Source: Prison Talk Forum
Another applicant also had this to say to us;
“I made it all the way through the application process [Home Depot] and at the last minute they told me they could not hire me because of my felony conviction even though I told them about it on my application and in the interview.”
As you can see it may not be worth you time and getting your hopes up about Home Depot hiring felons. We suggest that you take a look at some of our resources and job information pages if you are in need of work or help.
Updated Information About Home Depot
Over the past year or so we have heard from a number of felons that have been hired by Home Depot and others that have not. Take a look at the comments below from our readers! After much consideration we now think that it is a good idea to apply if your local home depot is hiring.