Wal-Mart Complaint - Rejected - Employment ethics standards
BENTONVILLE, ALASKA -- Put simply, I'm upset over what I perceive to be a double standard displayed after my recent interviews for a job position offered to me by Wal-Mart. After a second interview for an asset protection position, I was asked if I had any questions. I asked about the nature of the job and if any training would be provided. The interviewer stated that training would be provided and explained the probable job duties. I then inquired about the background check policy. The interviewer asked what specifically I wanted to know. I stated that on the application the question "have you ever been convicted of a felony?", I answered truthfully, no I had not, but that when the check was made a misdemeanor conviction would be found and I wanted to know if it would be a deal breaker. I briefly explained the conviction (POM), the circumstances surrounding the charge, that it took place 15 years ago and that in no way should it be construed as an event that would affect my integrity, job performance or any attendance issues. The interviewer stated she didn't know for sure and thanked me for my honesty. I stated that I was looking forward to the new learning challenges related to the position and the important role full time local employment would have in saving our home from looming foreclosure. The interviewer stated that not until a final third interview takes place are applicants be hired.
I felt that I was a successful applicant having answered all the ethics related questions to their stated satisfaction. I awaited a call to be scheduled for a third interview and after a week I called the store and was told the process was still ongoing and to check back next week. This I did and was then told the position had been filled.
I have to believe that my disclosure had everything to do with my rejection and I think it flies in the face of the company's stated value system and the high priority they place on honesty. I was fully prepared and looked forward to being part of the employee "family" and I believe I was not evaluated fairly. I drafted a letter to this effect and submitted it through Wal-Mart's ethics reporting system requesting some reconsideration, but, to date they haven't seen fit to answer. Very disappointed.