When you disclose a conviction may well vary from job to job. We would never recommend that somebody sets out all the details of their offences on an application form as this is only going to allow an employer to make a pre-conceived judgement about
you and, as you state, may well mean that you will not even be offered an interview. If the application form asks if you have convictions it's probably best to tick the 'yes' box but state that you would be prepared to give further details at interview.
Disclosing at interview stage is probably your best bet. If however you don't feel the interview has gone particularly well or the interview panel is made up of say a work colleague who you don't feel safe disclosing to, then this may not be possible.
I attach a link to our Information Hub which provides details of when to disclose which you may find useful -
I hope you find this useful. Good luck with the job hunting.
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