Alexa Can Now Help You Get a Job at McDonald's With the New Apply Thru Skill

By Shabana Arif on at

If you're looking for work and are wondering what you'd look like as part of the team under those iconic golden arches, why not get Alexa or Google Assistant to get the ball rolling with that job application?

The McDonald's Apply Thru Alexa skill means you can get the Amazon voice assistant to start the application off, during which you'll be asked some basic questions like your name, which area you want to work in, and location. You'll get sent a text message afterwards with a link to carry on the process. So how much time you're saving by using this is questionable. It also works with Google Assistant, although Mr. Orange over here is feigning ignorance, telling me "McDonald's isn't supported in this region." Perhaps he needs an update or a good bludgeoning, because the feature is supposed to be live today.

If you're using Alexa, just utter "Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’s," and she'll spring into action. With Google Assistant, try "OK Google, talk to McDonald’s Apply Thru," and see if you fare better than I did. Compatible regions include the UK and Ireland, the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

"Alexa makes life easier, and we’re thrilled to see McDonald’s utilise voice to create a simpler, more convenient job application process for customers,” said Steve Rabuchin, vice president, Alexa, “With Apply Thru, customers can start the process for a job at their nearest McDonald’s restaurant – all they need to do is ask.”

McDonald's chief people officer in the UK and Ireland, Harriet Hounsell, added, "As a business we are all about convenience and speed – partnering with Alexa is a way of bringing this to life in our hiring process, as well as have some fun! Convenience is key, so we’re looking forward to our application process simplified further with Alexa.

"We are a business that truly believes in opportunities for all – and we hope that this will encourage people to get in touch about roles in our restaurants – from crew to management; we look forward to seeing the response to the partnership, and learning from it.”