Ask A Potential Employer About CC Policy?

This is a discussion on Ask A Potential Employer About CC Policy? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by OperatorJ It wasn't so much of "should I bring it up during the interview" as to how to find out discreetly. Would ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OperatorJ View Post
    It wasn't so much of "should I bring it up during the interview" as to how to find out discreetly. Would it be bad to ask for a copy of the employee handbook before / during / immediately following an interview? Carrying is not a deal breaker for me... I can leave it in my car if needed. It was more of, in general, how do you find out without asking the question directly.

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    You need to understand that the first interview is for them to gather an impression of you. They are looking to see if you fit THEIR needs. If you get a call for a second interview that is when it's your turn to sniff out information. It'd be fine to ask for a copy of their policies then but not on the first interview. That may be a bit presumptuous.

    If you get an offer of employment after the second interview and you are hard set on making CC a deal breaker and you have not found your answer in the corporate policies you got in the second interview then after the offer would be the time to ask a direct question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noway2 View Post
    I was once on a job interview. It was the last in a long series of interviews with an out of state company that I had been flown in and put up in a hotel, etc. So far, the process had gone very well and I reached the final interview with one of the company executives. Before going into that interview, my prospective future boss took me into his office and told me, "remember, you are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing you." I then went into the interview with this person and the executive (his boss). At the end of that interview, the executive made me a job offer and I had some issues with part of the package and I calmly explained why. The executive just about exploded, lost his cool, turned red faced, and began yelling. I looked over the the guy who would have been my boss and he just gave me a knowing look that said, "I told you - you are interviewing the company too". Needless to say, I turned down the offer. Remember, the process works both ways and companies don't hold all the cards, all of the time.
    I agree to a point...but the job market, the way it is...there are more applicants than there are jobs; employers can be picky...if they think you are going to be a problem (aside from the usual employment questions regarding pay/salary, hours, benefits and the like), there won't be a second interview or a job offer. Given the predominantly anti-gun mentality of companies, I think asking "Hey, is it a problem if I carry a concealed gun? I know its not part of the job, but I want it with me at all times"...will probably get you escorted out of the building...and a note put in your file should you apply again in the future as someone they don't want. Be the grayman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGguy229 View Post
    I agree to a point...but the job market, the way it is...there are more applicants than there are jobs; employers can be picky...if they think you are going to be a problem (aside from the usual employment questions regarding pay/salary, hours, benefits and the like), there won't be a second interview or a job offer. Given the predominantly anti-gun mentality of companies, I think asking "Hey, is it a problem if I carry a concealed gun? I know its not part of the job, but I want it with me at all times"...will probably get you escorted out of the building...and a note put in your file should you apply again in the future as someone they don't want. Be the grayman.
    Generally I would agree. But in certain circumstances, desired skills are very hard to come by; which I have made sure I possess. So I can be a little more picky. The above comment about interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you could not be more true (regardless of job level). I always bring a list of questions to an interview, to get information, but also to show that I've done my homework. Could be as simple as asking how they are working to beat competitors in their sector based on a competitor's new-fangled technology, or how they would handle a certain situation, sometimes I even ask about unwritten policy. Had 1 potential employer tell me during the 2nd interview that they dont really care if you take an hour an a half lunch (30 minutes was the official answer), as long as nothing was catching fire at the time. It (almost) never hurts to ask. I have yet to ever even allude to a firearms / weapons policy in any interview. I was simply curious if anyone here has and how it worked out for them.

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    Look at the front door. If they have a sign it is pretty obvious... If there is no sign you have a chance to carry. There may still be a note in the handbook telling you no...

    How bad do you want the job will tell you what to do...
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    If you're trying to find employment, then the subject of firearms should never enter the conversation.OMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by noway2 View Post
    the question raises one of the biggest HR concerns about potential employees: are you going to be a problem?
    Which is sad considering a licensed handgun owner is LESS likely to be a problem. HR now knows the OP/Interviewee has a clean record and is a law abiding citizen.

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    As many others have said, don't mention it for now. A good way to find out before you have to commit to saying "yes" is asking them at the end of the first interview for reading material on the company, since you're very eager to be hired and want to learn as much as you can about what they do and how they operate exc. Generally they like this and usually include an employee handbook in the packet they give you. Just a thought, it won't hurt you at least.

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    I don't think asking any questions like that will get you a job.

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    We have a rule for certain family gatherings:" no politics, no football, no religion, no dirty jokes.

    If you go for a job interview you should remember those same 4 items and add "no discussion of guns." The very word scares the heck out of too many people. Why bring it up to someone who may pee his pants on hearing the word?

    A job interview also isn't really the place to talk about much of anything beyond your ability to do the job and your relevant experience. Beyond that, the less said the better. Remember, "anything you say can be used against you," when deciding to hire the other guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tacman605 View Post
    I guess the question is what if they say no CC/no weapons/we dont like guns? Do you not take the job? Again you are at an advantage you are already employed. What about someone who is not and has been looking and struggling for awhile?

    Just remember before you jump on the dont support the anti gun bandwagon, there is a vast majority or stores, restaurants, Medical organizations, Educational organizations, singers, actors, authors and unions that all support in one way shape or form gun control/bans/etc.

    So unless you are prepared to sit at home and not eat your favorite foods, not take your child to the doctor or to school, not work a union job or drive a certain car? Not saying boycott them if you want to the extent you want but you need to think about your answer and how far you are willing to go.
    You can still carry at home in your lazy boy chair, because that's where you'll be if you bring up the issue of carrying a weapon at work and the fact that 99% of companies prohibit weapons of any kind. Keep your beliefs and follow their rules. You're unemployment will run out eventually....that is guaranteed, and you will need them to hire you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC Bullseye View Post
    If not being able to CC is a deal breaker then wait until they call you back for a second interview and then ask if it would be possible to review their corporate policies.

    Do not bring up CC during the first interview.

    If you can afford to walk away from a good job based on their carry policy good luck.
    Good reply and about the only way to protect your opportunity while you decide.
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