I thought I would share with you all my basic form response when I get an email or call of interest about a job I've applied for. So far it has worked really well for me and I'm actually turning down offers whilst looking for the perfect fit.
Thanks for your interest in scheduling an interview. I can make myself available, but before we schedule, I want to inform you that I have a felony. I realize this a a deal breaker for some employers.
Many years ago I was a horrible drug addict and I did not make it out of that time in my life without legal repercussions. But, to be honest, I personally am OK with it because it was those repercussions that helped me get clean. And if a felony is the price for this life I have now, it was more than worth it.
As horrible, debasing, and humiliating as that time of my life was, it has honestly made me a better person. Kinder, more empathetic, and more humble.
There is no one in my life that isn't aware of my past and I'm blessed to have a number of professional contacts who know my skill set and would unhesitatingly recommend me.
But! I completely understand if this is a hard stop for you.
Regardless, thank you for your consideration and have a lovely day.
Literally everyone I've sent this to has responded that they still want to go ahead with the interview.