A Kroger stores background check is comparable to other background checks in the grocery and retail industries. To get a job with Kroger, you will need to pass a criminal history check and perhaps a drug test. Kroger typically runs these checks after making an employment offer, with the offer contingent on successful completion of the background check.

Not all Kroger stores background checks include a drug test: some stores have stopped performing drug testing altogether. Applicants should still be prepared to take one. Kroger’s drug tests typically take the form of a simple mouth swab.

In most cases, the Kroger background check process takes a week or two. Candidates who pass these checks move on to the orientation and training process. Those who don’t should be notified in writing, with full FCRA compliance.

Kroger is willing to hire felons, but the hiring process will be more difficult for individuals with serious criminal convictions. Typically, Kroger will consider each candidate and conviction on a case-by-case basis. Factors such as the type of felony conviction and the length of time since the conviction or the completion of the sentence may influence whether an ex-offender gets hired.

Kroger’s background checks look beyond county and state lines. In 2016, a candidate sued Kroger for an FCRA violation. The applicant had been denied a job in Alabama for convictions filed in New Jersey. Kroger applicants should expect criminal history to come up on their background check, regardless of location. In most cases, these criminal history checks go back seven years.

Since Kroger has shown a history of being willing to hire felons, candidates with felony convictions can consider disclosing their criminal histories earlier in the hiring process. Explaining the history behind a criminal conviction—either in writing or during the interview—may help a candidate put his or her best foot forward. Hiring managers in many settings appreciate this kind of honesty and are more likely to hire candidates who exhibit it than they are to hire applicants whose criminal pasts come up for the first time during a background check.

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