Are you looking for a job that’s fun and hip? If so, you probably have given this company a lot of thought and wondered: Does GameStop hire felons?
Since Successful Release contacts companies directly to ask them about their hiring policies for former felons, we decided to look at GameStop. We’re eager to help make the path back into the workforce as smooth as possible for you and other ex-offenders.
Why would we be interested in helping former felons? In case you didn’t know, the majority of the employees at Successful Release have a record too. We have been in your shoes, so we know what you face. That’s why we use our experiences to assist others in this area. We know all the right questions to ask and what tips you need to hear.
Some of those questions are:
- Does GameStop do background checks?
- Does GameStop hire people with misdemeanors?
- What is the best approach in applying?
- Will GameStop do a drug screen?
Does GameStop hire felons?
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Official company policy for hiring felons
Unfortunately, we were unable to make contact with anyone at GameStop. While we’re still trying to reach them, we’re going to do our own investigation to see what we can find for you. After all, we did promise to bring you all the details informing you on how to get a job at GameStop with a felony.
Let’s get started so you can see what we uncovered!
Has GameStop hired felons in the past?
That’s a good question. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find anything that gave us an exact answer to this question. Due to the fact that we were unable to make contact with GameStop, we can’t answer this question with certainty.
But let’s move forward to see what tips we are able to provide in helping you get hired at GameStop with a felony.
Does GameStop hire people with misdemeanors?
We understand how hard it is to find a job with any criminal conviction. That’s why we looked to see what we could find specifically about GameStop hiring someone with a misdemeanor. Regretfully, we didn’t locate any information on this. We still advise that you put your best foot forward and give it a shot!
Is GameStop on the Ban the Box list?
Are you aware that there are now many support groups designed for assisting former felons and their re-entry into the workforce?
The Ban the Box campaign is one that helps people with a criminal record have an equal chance at being hired as someone else. The way it works is they urge companies to be open-minded and remove all questions about criminal offenses from their applications. By the company doing this, it prevents them from basing their decision off a criminal record, but instead from what the applicant can bring to the company in the form of experience and skills.
Another group is the Fair Chance Business Pledge. This is an agreement made by companies that are willing to commit to using these fair hiring policies for everyone — including those with felony convictions.
While GameStop isn’t a supporter of either group, we can tell you they don’t ask about your criminal background on their application. So this is great news!
So, read on to see what else we found.
Does GameStop have special programs for hiring felons?
No, these programs aren’t offered by GameStop. Don’t let this worry you. These programs aren’t required in order to hire someone with a criminal history. So you still have a shot!
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
The odds of you being hired here are uncertain. Why are we uncertain? We were able to sneak a peek at their application, and even though they don’t ask about previous convictions on their application, they do make you aware that there will be a background check performed. Even our online sources didn’t provide an exact answer as to if they’ve hired felons before. And since we weren’t able to ask GameStop directly, we can’t provide a better answer.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Chances are, if you have children or enjoy gaming, you have been in a GameStop before. GameStop is a retail video game and hobby store. Most of the positions they have to offer will require sales and interaction with the general public. Here are a few jobs they have to offer and what they include:
- Retail Staff
- Seasonal Retail Staff
You don’t have previous retail experience? That’s okay, having video game or mobile device knowledge may be enough to get you in the door! These positions will meet, greet and assist customers. So having the ability and personality to provide excellent customer service will be needed. Using your experience with video games will also be useful for assisting customers with product knowledge and answering their questions.
GameStop also has corporate, distribution and refurbishment, and retail management positions. So if you have more specific qualifications, make sure to check them out online.
How to get hired at GameStop with a felony
Does GameStop hire felons or not? Since we weren’t able to pin down an exact answer to this question, we are going to provide some pointers that will guide you in the hiring process with GameStop.
Here are some helpful tips we feel will assist you with your resume, application and having the best chance at nailing the interview.
Resume — As a general rule it is always best to have your resume tackled before you fill out an application. Why is that? Well, most applications will request from the start that you upload your resume. Your resume will be your first opportunity to gain their attention. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you include all your skills and experience.
Wait, you don’t have a resume? No problem. We are able to help you with this area too. In fact, we have an article specifically put together to be able to help you with this. We even show you how to include any skills you may have learned from prison jobs. For example, library, canteen and kitchen jobs all provided customer service and stocking skills. Application — Remember we told you we snuck a peek at their application? In doing so we found that they’ll require basic information as you would expect, but there were a couple of things that stood out to us:
- Make sure you read and understand job description.
- Are you able to perform job duties as outlined for particular position?
So take the time to read over the description for the job that you are choosing to make sure it’s a fit for you.
GameStop will also require two work references. If you’ve been cutting grass all summer in your neighborhood, those neighbors can be your references. If you just recently got out, you can provide two personal references as long as it’s not someone you’re related to. Some great examples would be a pastor, mentor or your parole officer.
Interview — GameStop makes you aware on their job posting that they’re looking for upbeat and customer-oriented individuals. This means you need to make sure you have on your award-winning smile and let them see your personality. A few things we know they’ll look for in the interview will be manners and how clearly you speak. This is why it is always a good idea not to have candy or gum in your mouth!
This will also be the best time to address your record. We already know they are going to find out, so be upfront about the situation and work it in your favor. Answer their questions and explain the circumstances around the offense to show your growth.
This is also a great time for you to ask any questions you may have as well.
Does GameStop do background checks?
Yes, they let you know on their application that they’ll perform a background search.
Here are some things to keep in mind regarding background checks:
These states will only see an offense if it’s less than seven years old:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(*certain pay or salary bracket positions require a screening.)
There are eight states that will see only guilty convictions. They are as follows:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Unfortunately, we still have states that will look at everything. Here are those states:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Glassdoor ranked GameStop with 2.9 out of 5 stars. We were interested to see why they received such a low score. This is what we found:
Working at GameStop is an ideal fun filled work environment if you are a gamer. However, the top complaints appear to stem from miscommunication with upper management and the fact that the jobs are minimum wage.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
There are a few offenses, in our opinion, that will probably have a difficult time being hired. They are as follows:
- Any violent or sexual offense — These positions will require interacting with the public and children every day, so these convictions may be ones they look at closely.
- Any type of theft crime — Since this is a retail store with some expensive gadgets and games, these crimes may be a red flag.
- Stalking or harassment — Customer’s will be a big deal with GameStop, so these convictions will more than likely be frowned upon.
Does GameStop drug test?
Yes, you can expect a drug screen at GameStop.
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