Does Hooters hire people for management positions if they have felonies?

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    November 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    According to the local Hooters manager (Greg), whom I called this afternoon, he doesn’t believe they hire people with felonies for management positions. He also told me that they do conduct a background check (so they would definitely find out about anything the applicant was convicted of).

    In general terms, most companies do not hire people with felonies for management positions. This is because of the nature of the job – accountability and responsibility; and the financial aspects that come along with many management positions. That’s not to say that it would never happen, but walking into an interview for a management position with misdemeanor or felony convictions will immediately affect your standing among other candidates.

    My recommendations are:

    (1) Always be honest – if someone was convicted of something, it will come out sooner or later – so you might as well fess up. It’s not the best thing for an employer to hear, but it’s better to come from the applicant than the background check results. Don’t hide it or try to cover it up, because that would only make your employer more suspicious.

    (2) If your goal is to be a Hooter’s manager, start at a lower level in the company and prove you can handle the responsibility and honesty required to move higher in the company. Does anyone have aspirations of being a dishwasher or line cook? Probably not past their 12th birthday, but because of a checkered past, you will have to show what you’re made of (at a low level) in order to advance. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen if you work hard, stay honest, show your merit, and look out for the good of the company.

    (3) Have a frank discussion with your employer or the interviewer (if you aren’t employed at the company yet). Saying something like this might just get you an opportunity: “I messed up. I know that. I was young and stupid, and I learned my lesson. I’ve paid my debt to society and I’m a better person now. Just give me a chance, a one month trial employment, to see what I can do and what a good person I am now. If after a month you disagree with what I’ve told you, then I’ll voluntarily leave.” There’s little doubt that you will have to prove yourself to Hooter’s or any other future employer after a felony (or other) conviction. Letting the employer know that you know that is a step in the right direction. 🙂

    I hope the information from Hooter’s and my advice has helped you. Whether your question was about you, a friend, or just a general question, I’m not sure, but whatever the case, I wish you the best of luck!

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