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About McDonald's Hiring Process

Over recent decades, McDonald's has become one of the world's leading food service brands with more than 36,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.

There are two different types of McDonald's restaurants. Some are Corporate restaurants which are owned by the McDonald's Corporation, and some are Franchise restaurants which are owned by individuals. If you apply at a Corporate location, the only way to apply is on the internet. If you apply at a Franchised location you might be able to fill out an application at the store or on the internet.

As for preparing, JobTestPrep is the source for your McDonald's recruitment process materials. The different preparation packages on this page are designed to offer you an in-depth understanding of the assessments you may come to take as part of the McDonald's application process.


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McDonald’s Personality Test

Expect to see a computer-generated psychometric exam containing 64 questions. It will take between 15 to 30 minutes to complete. This test is a challenge to all who take it.

Each question contains two statements. Click on the statement with which you most agree. Sounds easy? The personality traits McDonald’s is seeking in its employees are deeply hidden within each statement pair. Pre-exam professional preparation is needed in order to clarify the company’s hiring aims when it comes to personality tests. You can find that clarification at JobTestPrep.

Statement Pairs - The statements in each pair generally have nothing to do with one another. You will see one or more pairs of statements which require a choice between a hard-working employee who enjoys employment challenges and an employee who is considerate of others’ feelings.  Other questions will force you to choose between remaining calm under most circumstances or being reliable. At yet another point in the exam, you will need to choose between leadership characteristics and the traits of a team player.

Through its psychometric test, McDonald’s evaluates personal values and a candidate's fitness for the job. However, both statements in many of the pairs appear to espouse trait beneficial for a successful manager. You will encounter pairs that are composed of statements which reflect both positive and negative managerial behavioral traits. Choosing which of the statements you most agree with becomes an absolute challenge. Furthermore, you may encounter Situational Judgment Questions as they relate to customer service. You will come across many different situations when working at McDonald's, some of them difficult, and it is important to know you can stay calm and collected under pressure.

McDonald's Application Process

McDonald’s uses a standard application process for new employees:

  1. Online application - Your application will generate an initial phone interview, questionnaire or both. Can take up to an hour to complete and will ask you basic questions like your full name, address, work history and will also ask you about your availability. Towards the end of the application, you will be invited to take a personality assessment.
  2. Personality Assessment - Past behaviors and personal attitudes are expected to reflect future job performance. Can take 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
  3. Final Interview - Similar to the managers' one. Most of the questions will be easy, as long as you prepare. You will be requested to explain your strengths, employment history, salary history and expectations, goals, and achievements.
  4. Orientation - Be sure to show up on time and bring your ID and social security card for the paperwork you will fill out. After the paperwork, you will watch a series of videos. One video will be about the history of McDonald's and the rest might be a series of training videos specific to the job you were hired for. The time you spend in orientation will take two to three hours.

Why Do Companies Include Aptitude Tests into Their Hiring Process?

Employers have long understood that applicants’ real personalities are revealed neither in their résumé nor interview. To analyze their abilities more precisely, they have decided to offer different types of aptitude tests to their prospective employees. There are numerous types of aptitude tests, but all of them measure how well candidates perform specified tasks and react to different situations.

Why Is There a Phone Interview?

After receiving your resume, the company now begins the process of weeding out those who might be the right match for the job. They want to put you on the spot to see if you verbal answers match your written resume. The conversation will generally last no longer than 5-10 minutes (although McDonald's one might be longer) and they will give you an overview of the position and compensation offered.

How Can JobTestPrep Make Sure I am Ready for Test Day?

JobTestPrep takes the hardship out of prepping, because before you even receive our prep packages, we have already laid out what you need to study in a clear and methodological format. Our aim is for our tests to closely mirror the company's official tests, so best simulate the conditions that you will face on test day. Our exclusive PrepPack™ will no doubt help you raise the bar and outrun all your competitors.

When Should I Begin Preparing for McDonald's Hiring Process?

The sooner you are able to begin preparing for McDonald's hiring process, the better. Prior knowledge of the company culture and job requirements/ responsibilities, as well as McDonald's assessment and interview practice will help guide you throughout the recruitment process.

Why Should I Send a Cover Letter Together with My Résumé?

You should send a cover letter only if your employers ask for it. If employers specify that they expect a résumé and references from you but do not mention the cover letter, leave the cover letter out. But if, on the other hand, they state that applicants should send them the cover letter, a failure to do so may disqualify you as a potential candidate for the position. By not sending your cover letter, you will also lose a good opportunity to tell your employers about yourself in a more personal tone, unlike the CV that contains only dry facts.

What Do Employers Want from Job References?

It is important to choose your job references thoughtfully, because they may significantly influence your employers’ hiring decision. Although employers form their opinion about job candidates themselves, basing it on candidates’ test results and behaviour during the interview, they still realize that their opinion may be erroneous, based on such essentially limited information. Hence, they turn for advice to people who know applicants better.


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