11 Apr

Next Tuesday 4/19/11, McDonald’s plans to hire 50,000 employee’s in one day.  News reports suggest you can apply at any McDonald’s nationwide, on this date.   If you are planning to apply, there are some tips which are important to securing the job.  While there is basically no real secret securing a job, many fail to follow basic measures which cause them to lose the opportunity.

In reality simple things can guide you in the right direction and hopefully you will take my advice. So you ask, “What makes you the expert?”  Well, it’s not that I am an expert, but let me tell you, I’ve held management positions for many years and know why applicants were quickly dismissed.  During my years in the business I interviewed hundreds of people and know exactly what to look for in the perfect candidate.

The top things to remember when trying to secure a job are listed below.  If you are serious about landing a job, you may want to read them and consider the ones that apply to you.  While some tips listed below may seem like common sense, you’d be surprised how many fail at the basics. Share this with anyone searching for a job, you may just help them land it!


  1. Don’t be late for the interview, it is astonishing how many people fail this simple task.
  2. Don’t use references who will not provide a favorable one.  Many people list referrals who say negative things about them, in this case it is best to have none at all.
  3. Don’t put a phone number on your resume, if it risks having an unprofessional person answer the phone.  So many numbers I called, had rude or tasteless people answer.  It is a turnoff and will hurt your chance of a call back.
  4. Don’t use unprofessional email addresses.  You would be amazed at some of them, or are no good (fictional examples of similar ones provided in the past).  Set up a free Hotmail or Aol account for business. Use first initial, last name if possible or a professional name.
  5. Don’t oversell yourself or lie on your resume.  Chances are, you will be caught and lose all credibility.
  6. Don’t dress like you’re going to a night club.  Conservative professional attire is best for any position, be it busboy, manager, or janitor.  You only have one time to impress…dress your best.
  7. Don’t wear heavy cologne.  It makes the interviewer sick, which makes them rush through the interview to get rid of you.
  8. Don’t say negative things about yourself.  Many applicants have said incredible things, which made me question if I would hire them at all.  Example; “Well, I was only late a few times at my last job”.
  9. Don’t put on your resume what you did in the 70’s, no-one really cares.  Unless you were at the same company for that duration, keep it current.


  1. Always bring your resume, even when you applied on-line. Sample resumes can be found at
  2. Always smile and speak clearly during the interview.
  3. Always turn a question in a positive direction.  Example; Question “What are your weaknesses?” Answer “Some have said I’m a perfectionist, so I double-check things several times”. While this may appear negative to you, it probably will be a positive to the interviewer.
  4. Always turn OFF your cell phone.  I have had multiple experiences where JayZ music blasted out of a phone during the interview, it is a sure distraction.
  5. Always send a “thank you” email or card after the interview.  Make sure you check for typos.
  6. Always double-check your resume for errors. Incorrect spelling or bad layout go to the bottom of the pile.
  7. Always put your contact information on the resume and your name and information at the top of every page.
  8. Always focus on what you bring to the table.  Practice with a friend prior to your meeting, so you have answers ready and do not stumble.  If you seem assured, chances are they will see your confidence.
  9. Always smile and thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet, upon leaving.

While there are many other areas people fail, if you follow these simple steps your chances will go up significantly.  If you have more suggestions to help others or have questions, please feel free to post them in the comments section.

Now go land that job!


READ DETAILS HERE: Interview times vary state-to-state, check your local news websites.




Posted by on April 11, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS


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  1. star anderson

    April 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    what do you do if your 23 with no job experience but mc donalds is having hiring day . do i still make a resume . ps i dont have references

    • brittaj

      April 17, 2011 at 1:11 am

      Star, always have a resume ready with your desires and good qualities if you do not have past work history, that is still fine. Sell yourself if you do not have experience. Everyone has to start somewhere. Good Luck!

  2. Jessica Smith

    April 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I have heard about the national hiring day on the 19th but i am a little confused like where do I apply and I wanted to know which McDonald will be participating in this event I work at taco bell right now but I am in need of a second job also so what should I do how would I go by applying and I have an resume already!!

    • brittaj

      April 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Jessica, news reports say that you can apply at ANY McDonald’s nationwide on 4/19/11. Bring your resume, because there is likely to be a lot of others applying on that day. Good luck!

  3. Diamond

    April 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

    What time does it start, so I won’t be late?

  4. Jane

    April 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Ma’am, what exactly is a resume? I’ve never had any experience with applying any where so I’m not sure what information is included on it.

    • brittaj

      April 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Jane, a resume is a summary of your work history and/or school experience. Sample resumes can be found at this link Good luck!

  5. Peter

    April 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    What kind of clothing should I wear for the job interview at McDonald’s? Are jeans and a casual shirt ok? Or should I wear dress pants,dress shirt and dress shoes? Thanks

    • brittaj

      April 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Peter, always stay safe and dress for success! I suggest the dress pants and shoes. Maybe they will see management material, if you dress up! 🙂

  6. Jessikah

    April 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I have an interview tomorrow and I don’t have a resume. Does that ruin my chances of getting the job? I’m 16 and have no experience. I’m so nervous.

    • brittaj

      April 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Jessikah, go in confident and positive and a resume should not matter. But you could also create a cover letter with what makes you great for the job, that could help. Talk about how well you will work with customers, that you believe in great service, you will be dependable on time and a team player. Make sure to smile and look the interviewer in the eyes when speaking. Good luck you should do fine!

  7. PFO

    April 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

    just smile and don’t forget to ask do you want fries with that shake

  8. Joshua Turner

    February 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Hello. I have an urgent question. What if a McDonalds store says that they are hiring a crew member position online, but when i call they tell me no. Then, other employees that work there tell me “not really” or “try in a month an a half”. I hate that they will not take the time and talk to me about why they do not need a crew member, or their website is wrong, or they are just plain lying to me. I live in Mississippi. And I am talking about the one on 1512 Goodman Road, It plainly says on the mcdonalds website that they need a crew member. Could you please provide any info about this???

    • brittaj

      February 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Joshua, I am sorry to hear that.

      Unfortunately, I am only a blogger and not affiliated with McDonalds. However, I suggest you contact their help desk or speak with the local manager. It seems unprofessional to have it posted, with no real job available. Good Luck to you and keep pushing them until you get an answer!


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