What You Need to Know About a Career at McDonald's

McDonald's Jobs and Employment Information

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If you're interested in making a living as an employee of McDonald's, here's what you need to know about applying for a job and starting a career at the fast-food chain.

Get the facts on openings, the employment application process and online recruitment, with this review. McDonald's not only provides a number of career opportunities, it also offers flexible schedules for students, working moms and others looking for part-time jobs.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Work There?

Child labor law determines how old you have to be to work at McDonald's. Age limits vary from state to state, so check with your local McDonald's or online to get the information for your location. Generally, most states adhere to federal child labor laws when setting their own regulations about child workers. 

Federal law allows teens age 14 and up to work in a number of different professions, including in the restaurant industry. Federal law, however, imposes limits on how early or late teens can work and how many hours they can do so. These restrictions are different during the school year than they are when school is not in session. When federal law and state law don't agree about child labor, the regulations of the entity with the most restrictive laws are followed.

McDonald's Job Search

McDonald's allows you to conduct a job search for all open positions (crew, shift manager, assistant manager, restaurant manager and positions beyond management) on their website.

An online job application, along with an assessment, is available and you can search for job openings by state. McDonald's also has an app you can use to apply from your phone or tablet. 

Interview Tips and Application Instructions

If you want to ace your McDonald's interview, go no further than the source itself to prepare.

The McDonald's website provides a number of interview tips. Review them prior to interviewing at McDonald's. You can also get an idea about what sorts of interview questions you'll be asked by reviewing the questions submitted by site visitors. You can even add your questions to the list.

Some McDonald's only accept online applications, but if you need help with yours, the company provides basic application instructions in both English and Spanish.

McDonald's Benefits

McDonald's offers flexible schedules, training and development programs, advancement opportunities, and uniforms. Get the scoop on all of the benefits the company offers.

Wrapping Up

If you're interested in the restaurant industry, there is no shortage of options, so if you don't end up with a job at McDonald's, there are plenty of other places to look. You can apply to rival restaurant chains, local restaurants or even standalone restaurants. All will give you some of the experiences needed to start a career in the field.

If you're still searching for work at the chain, consider speaking with current employees about their experiences at McDonald's.

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