Applying to McDonald’s Is As Easy As Saying ‘Get Me a Job’

McDonald’s upped the ante on hiring last month, launching a way to start applying for a job by voice.

“Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’s” gets you to the fast food giant’s Apply Thru skill, which asks a few questions, then text’s a link to the actual application. It also works with Google Assistant enabled devices with a less intuitive, “OK Google, talk to McDonald’s Apply Thru.”

McDonald’s says it’s the world’s first voice-initiated application process, but, like every other technological advance in hiring, you can bet it won’t long have the field to itself.

Though it’s a little clunky — it skips the need to hunt for a McDonald’s job application, but you still have to fill it out by hand — it has certain a coolness factor, which is not something usually associated with fast food. That alone might encourage it’s typically young adult, entry-level candidate targets to apply.

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“We must continue to innovate and think of creative, and in this case, groundbreaking ways to meet potential job seekers on devices they are already using, like Alexa,” said McDonald’s Chief People Officer David Fairhurst.

Voice-activated applying may be the most innovative of Made at McDonald’s, the company’s latest recruiting initiative, but later this year it will launch a career navigation app in the US. According to the company, it will “allow eligible employees and the communities in which McDonald’s serves the chance to explore careers at McDonald’s and in other industries like healthcare and IT.”

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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