Learn Everything You Need to Know About a Job at McDonald's

McDonald's Jobs and Employment Information

France, Mc Donald's sign
••• Alain Le Bot / Getty Images

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 that employs 1.5 million people worldwide. 

The first thing you need to do is get the facts regarding openings, the employment application process, and online recruitment. You'll be pleased to know that McDonald's not only offers 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 look online to get the information regarding your geographic area. Generally, most states adhere to federal child labor laws when setting their own regulations about child workers. 

Federal law mandates that teens age 14 and older are allowed to work in a number of different professions, including the restaurant industry. Federal law, however, imposes limits on how early, or late, in the day teens can work and how many hours they can work. 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 that are the most restrictive, are the laws that prevail.

McDonald's Job Search

McDonald's allows you to conduct a job search for all open positions (including a crew member, shift manager, assistant manager, restaurant manager, and positions higher than middle-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 smartphone or tablet. 

Interview Tips and Application Instructions

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

The McDonald's website provides a number of interview tips that you can review prior to your interview. You can also get an idea about the kinds of interview questions you'll be asked by reviewing the questions submitted by visitors to the McDonald's website. If you want, you can even add your questions to the online list.

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

McDonald's Benefits

Because McDonald's is such a large company (with restaurants in 120 countries) it is able to offer its employees an excellent benefits package. These benefits include such things as flexible schedules, training and development programs, advancement opportunities within the corporate structure, and complimentary uniforms. One of the advantages of working at a global company the size of McDonald's is that your experience, training, and skills are portable.  If you live in Des Moines and decide to relocate to London, you'll be able to find a job without much worry.