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Getting a job with a record

How do I answer questions about my record?

Here are some common questions an employer might ask you and suggestions about how to answer them.

Do you have a criminal record?

You can honestly say that you don't. Your record is a youth record and not a criminal record.

Have you ever been convicted?

You can honestly answer "no". Young people aren't convicted. They're found guilty.

Have you been found guilty?

  • If your case is still going on, you can answer "no" since you haven't been found guilty.
  • While you're still carrying out any part of your sentenceA sentence is the punishment that the court gives you if you're found guilty.X , the technical answer is "yes". But the law says that you can't tell anyone that you're involved in the youth criminal justice system. So you shouldn't answer this question.
  • After you've finished your sentenceA sentence is the punishment that the court gives you if you're found guilty.X , including probation, you can answer "no". This is because the law says that once you've finished your sentence, it's the same as if you've never been found guilty.
  • If you were charged and went to court but were given extrajudicial sanctions Extrajudicial sanctions are special programs that a young person can take part in as a way to take responsibility for a crime without pleading or being found guilty. They're sometimes called "diversion". They aren't offered in every case. They're usually only for minor crimes. If they're offered, you have to decide if you want to take part. If you finish the program, your court case is over and you won't have a youth court record. X , you can answer "no" since you weren't found guilty. You can say this even if you're still completing the extrajudicial sanctions.

Do you have a youth record or a youth court record?

How you answer this will depend on whether your record is open or closed. There are rules about when youth records close.

While your record is open, the law says that you can't tell anyone that you're involved in the youth criminal justice system.

You could say that you don't have a criminal record. You can say this honestly because youth records are not criminal records.

You could also try to avoid the question by asking the employer why they're asking or what they're concerned about.

If they keep asking, you could say that the law says that you can't answer.

Talk to Justice for Children and Youth if you're concerned that:

  • you might not get the job if you don't answer
  • you'll be breaking the law if you tell an employer about your youth record

After your record is closed, you can honestly say that you don't have a youth record or a youth court record.

Are you bondable?

This is a technical question that many people don't know how to answer. It's something employers ask to find out if anyone has made a claim against you for doing something wrong related to money or property.

You could say that you don't know what it means.

(Reviewed August 2015)