How hard is it to get a job at Chick Fil A?

@reinydawn (11651)
United States
September 28, 2009 8:03pm CST
Oh my gosh! I am just totally blown away with my nieces saga with getting a job at Chick Fil A. She's 18 years old, a senior in High School and worked at Subway last year. Last week on Facebook, she posted that she has a job interview! When she says it's for Chick Fil A, I figure the "interview" is just a formality and she'll be working again soon. And besides, that's a good thing, she'll always have Sundays off! Her interview was Saturday, and the last thing I heard, she had a second interview that went well also. OK, I could be wrong, but I'm almost positive she's not going for a management position here. Well, tonight she posts that it's looking good for her Chick Fil A job because she has her 3rd interview on Saturday. Geeze o flip! C'mon, I mean, this is a high-school teenager applying for a fast-food job here... I even asked her if they were doing a background check on her! OK, OK, I worked at McDonald's right out of High School and did go into management eventually. When we had an interview it was either "When can you start" or on those rare occasions "Sorry, we don't need you." But we pretty much knew right away. And at this time there was a huge job shortage like there is now... So, how hard do you think it is to get a fast-food job right now????
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@suzzy3 (8445)
2 Oct 09
They make the kids beg for jobs these days and it is wrong.Three interviews for a fast food job,cricky.My son has tried to get a part time job in many fast food places but no luck.Like I say they make the poor little devils beg for a job,then they pay them poor money and work them like dogs,it is a shame and not necessary.This recession is going to end eventually then those place will not be able to get staff,as people have good memories ,they will have to treat them well or no one will work for them.I walked straight into a saturday job at woolworths they could not get the staff in those days and the kids were hijacked from school or from older brothers and sisters that worked there.They used to ask us did we know anyone that wanted a job,we used to take a friend in with us ,they filled out a form and started work.I feel so sorry for the youngster these days they come out of school,or want a part time job to see them through further education and it is like asking for the moon.It is wrong to keep youngsters hanging on it destroys their confidence just say no they must have an idea if they like the look of the kid it is like begging at a bowl and it is so wrong.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
19 Oct 09
It's got to get better soon!
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@suzzy3 (8445)
19 Oct 09
I hope it does for them as with my David we don't expect him to work at all with all his studies,but it would give him a jingle in his pocket and make him feel better.
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@cher913 (25902)
• Canada
29 Sep 09
that was then, this is now. i have heard of this happening before. they just dont want to hire anyone and now they check into their facebook too! seriously, its not easy for anyone to get a job these days.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
19 Oct 09
We were actually joking with her about them checking up on her FB profile! I don't think that would have been an issue for her, she's a pretty good kid.
• United States
29 Sep 09
Let me tell you about the job market. It's hard to get anything right now even with a lot of people saying they are hiring. Alot of companies don't really know if they even have the positions available because those who lost there jobs at lay offs went to the fast food and those who can only do fast food can't get a job because no one has left and went back to the type of jobs they were doing before. Plus many people are working two jobs now and making it harder for those who need one job to find work as well. They need to make up income somewhere. I've been job hunting for two years. And although I had more interview in the last few months i still had many people ahead of me. One of the ladies my mom worked with at walmart said that when her son went to apply for them for a stocker that there was 238 people who applied for that one position. So there is still a lot of competition among the least of jobs.
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I know quite a few people who've been out of work for a while now - my sister-in-law has been out of work for almost 3 years! She just had an interview last week, but didn't get the job. It's just really bad out there, but I hope it picks up soon!
@cherrc (666)
• Philippines
29 Sep 09
wow, it's like applying for a big company. i agree on what said. i was working at mcdonalds too, back in the day. if the management is satisfied with the interview, which happened only once, they would immediately ask u when can u start. but if not, they would simply say, will check and try to call u within two weeks. usually, just being polite way of saying u didnt make it. exactly how many panel will she encounter with this kind of interview? i think they're overdoing it. :)
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I guess they really wanted to be sure that she really wanted the job! She did get it and started just the other day. I haven't talked to her since, but I hope she likes it!
@terri0824 (4977)
• United States
29 Sep 09
Oh my, I can understand maybe a 2nd interview at a fast food place but come on three. My oldest daughter recently got hired on at Subway full time and she basically was hired when she put in her application. Granted she had worked for Subway previously. She currently is working two jobs one that is part time at Penn Station and the full time at Subway. I give her credit for doing what she has to do to support herself and her daughter. I also give your niece credit for sticking with it and going for the third interview. If nothing else, it shows them determination.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
19 Oct 09
That's too funny - my nieces' previous job was Subway. Not sure why she left there...
• United States
29 Sep 09
Yep, that's right...nothing is easy anymore as far as the job market is going. I can believe that she had three interviews, it doesn't surprise me today. I've been out of work for months and what use to be your quick jobs, just to keep you eating such as fast food places, telemarketing, etc, now want mostly ALL experienced people. Right! I've read it over and over again, must be experienced, must be experienced, and "I" can't find work because I don't HAVE experience in these fields. I've been in retail for years and when you apply today there are sooooo many people applying you're lucky to even be called. You know how they have a buyers market and a sellers market in Real Estate? Well, right now it's the employer's market, and they make the rules, and pay you crap. And if you don't like the minimum wage pay, there is 100 people behind you waiting, but yes, you'll go through all the interviews for your measley pay, and be on your toes too. Plus, you'll probably be doing the work of ten people because they won't hire the help they need. It's just plain horrible out there. And, mind you, most jobs give you a psyche test right off the bat, one I took was three pages long, for a little cashier position. I can tell you stories that you wouldn't believe.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
19 Oct 09
I know jobs are scarce out there, but it seems outrageous to go back for a 3rd interview for a job that's EXTREMELY entry-level. You're right - it's just a lot different out there right now!
@maezee (17585)
• United States
29 Sep 09
This must be Chick Fil A's weird hiring system. It seems a little outrageous to have THREE interviews just for an entry-level minimum-wage fast food job. I've never had more than ONE interview in my life! (OK, I've only had 4 different jobs..But still!) That seems a little ridiculous to me! But she must be really set on it; and it's good that she has that determination (not too many people her age do). I have a few friends who actually started working fast food over the summer (one at Taco Bell, the other at McDonalds) - and neither of those required a 2nd or 3rd interview. Very weird.
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
19 Oct 09
She did get the job - started working just the other day. It was really strange too because she had 2 or 3 friends that also worked there. At that age, most teenagers are the same so it's like "Just pick one!" Glad they picked my niece.