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How should you bring up a DWI in an interview?

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Criminal Defense

If you operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, you could face penalties for DWI. Some of these penalties may include the requirement to spend time in jail, loss of your driving privileges and the requirement to pay a large fine.

In Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, you can face penalties for DWI if you drive with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08%. If convicted, you may wonder how to bring up this conviction with your potential employer in an interview. The following are some strategies to use during the interview process.

Approach the issue directly

Do not try to hide your DWI history if a potential employer asks about your record in an interview. If asked, focus your answers on what you have done following the arrest and conviction to improve your situation.

Avoid talking about the DWI unless asked

During a job interview, you may be anxious to talk about your DWI and move on from it. But unless an employer brings up this conviction, do not volunteer the information yourself when answering questions.

Provide basic details

If a potential employer asks about your DWI arrest, provide simple yet informative answers. Refrain from expanding on your answers and letting your conviction become the focus of the interview.

You may have concerns about how a DWI conviction will affect your employment prospects. But do not be afraid to apply for new positions. Instead, be upfront and honest about your past and highlight your other qualifications and experiences that make you a good candidate for the job.