What you need to know about Walmart’s background check process

Last updated: February 23, 2024
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What you need to know about Walmart’s background check process
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It’s policy to conduct a background check for all potential employees

Like the vast majority of employers, Walmart conducts background checks on potential new hires to limit the risk to the company, its employees, and customers. Here’s what you need to know about Walmart’s background check and the grounds for disqualification.

The Walmart background check

While Walmart focuses on criminal checks, they also look into a couple of other things. Here’s what Walmart is interested in:

  • Criminal records

Walmart will look at felonies and misdemeanor arrests and convictions for the previous 7 years. Violent, sexual, drug, and financial/larceny offenses are most likely grounds for disqualification. Walmart does not hire violent criminals.

Note: Expunged records will not show up on a background check.

  • Identity confirmation

This includes address history and Social Security number validation. Hiring managers want to confirm what you say on your application is true. If an old address doesn’t match where you said you graduated from high school, this dishonesty could lead to disqualification.

  • Sex Offender Registry

On the state and/or federal level. If a sex crime was convicted more than 7 years ago, it won’t show up on the criminal check. Presence on the sex offender list is grounds for disqualification; Walmart doesn’t hire convicted sex offenders.

  • Credit score

Depending on state law, they may check credit scores. You have to give express permission for this. A poor credit score may flag a potential hire in an accounting or money-handling position, and may lead to disqualification.

  • Employment and education history

They want to verify the truth of your application. Dishonesty with either previous jobs or education is a reason not to hire you.

Job eligibility at Walmart: Put your best foot forward

Be truthful during your background check, regardless of what you expect the check to reveal. Answer each question in the application and interview honestly and thoroughly. Walmart supports the Ban the Box initiative, so you won’t answer a question about convictions on the application. But don’t fill in false dates for other jobs to cover up a gap in employment! If something not listed on your applications show up during the background check, you’ll be banned from working in any Walmart property.

It’s up to the location hiring manager to make the call. So do your best to make a personal connection!

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Margaret Abrell
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I too am waiting for a response. I have a couple felonies from almost 8 and 13 years ago that showed up after it said they go back 7 years. People have the right to move on from their past! People change. This is sad and wrong.

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They hired my uncle in Wyoming outside Mills and he has 6 DUI felony convictions and is currently on parole from prison and works in the deli at Walmart so they hired him while he’s on parole for 6th DUI with 5 felonies and this was just a month ago and he’s been out of prison for 3 months . So don’t give up hope

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David Stewart
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I applied they did search misdemeanors are being brought up from 16 yrs ago thought they only do 7 yr search

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John Nole
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Nole, John I have been waiting more than five weeks for a response to a background check on a felony that's almost five decades old. I guess Walmart is not a Second Chance employer?

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I have been waiting five weeks for a background check response on a felony case that is almost fifty years old, when I was a juvenile.

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Morgan Lange
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I am officially a felon after years of battling my addiction (in and out of recovery) but having read their policies Im more inclined to worry about the credit check. Irony!

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Tiffany Williams
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The supervisor was enthusiastic during my interview and wanted me on his team even after self disclosing my past with him. I have a criminal background revolving around DUI’s. The adverse background report came back today. I sent the company an explanation of my charges and everything I’ve done since then to show my growth. I’ve been denied employment for a year consistently due to the background check. I just do not see how this system will allow people to jump back into society and contribute positively to it. I am a disabled veteran and hold two degrees and in graduate school currently. Nothing seems to make a difference but I will not give up and you all shouldn’t either. Blessings over you all!

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olivia bryan
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Seldom do we see any white people as delivers anymore. They seem to hire only people from other countries. Being elderly, lone and no longer driving, I rely on Walmart+ for my groceries. It is very scary to think that even one violent felon might slip through the cracks. I ALWAYS carry 'protection' when a stranger comes on my property for a delivery. I live in Fl. which has 'stand your ground law' thank God!

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S A
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Does anyone know what is the name of the company Walmart use for fingerprinting and background check?

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Andrea Ramos
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Well, hi guys..I'm back with some updated news! So unfortunately Walmart revoked my offer for the position of the job due to my prior conviction. It wasn't a violent, sexual or a petty theft offense! After giving me my results on my background check, they asked for recommendation letters from references or previous employers. I sent recommendation letter from my case manager/ assistant director from the reentry program I was at. My sponsor sent one & my previous employer sent one along with some self help certifcates from classes that I completed. They are the ones who asked for those things & that they will greatly consider them. Well, guess what??? They don't.. They still revoked my offer. So I'm here to tell you Walmart Inc. is not Felon friendly! Not true but a lie!

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