It is estimated that about 30% of Americans have some form of criminal record, with just 40% having completed college. Although many states are “banning the box” that asks questions about criminal charges on employment applications, some form of this inquiry could still appear. But don’t be discouraged – there are still ways to increase the chances of being considered for that job. First of all, don’t lie. It is far better to include a letter of explanation than to completely deny a criminal background. Don’t make excuses if the topic should arise during an interview and be ready for tough questions that require you to describe the charges and what you have done since the offenses occurred.