Ever is limited to just 7 years?

I was working on an online job application and had to stop and add this question to my list of stupid things corporations do and say on job applications: “Have you ever been convicted of a felony within the last 7 years?”

If I had been convicted of a felony 8 years ago–I haven’t, but …–I would have to answer yes to the part of the question: “Have you ever been convicted …” and no to the part of the question “within the last 7 years.”  Some companies would have added insult to injury by asking me to swear that all answers are true under risk of termination; this company didn’t do that.

If you expect to hire intelligent employees, ask intelligent questions during your screening process.

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