How do I answer a felony conviction question on an employment application?
Do use the truth. The truth works.A good method is to honestly come to grips with your history. If you have been convicted of either a crime involving deceit (such as fraud as but one of many examples) and/or a felony and do not show or list that on your employment application your falsification can lead to termination if you are found out later.
Do tell the story.Describe the circumstances accurately. Be prepared to summarize how you have become a changed person. Outline how you are now armed with the ability to relate to others with a seasoned and experienced side of the story. Suggest that your conviction is in your past. Assert that since it is in your past it places you in a better position to help others avoid pitfalls and jump hurdles that they'll face.
Don't fabricate. You'll get revealed.Do not sugar coat your past. A background check is likely going to reveal your criminal past, anyway. Being up-front with your criminal past is a good method to show that you indeed have paid your debt to society and are ready for your new job.