A McDonald’s in Florida is paying people $50 just to show up for a job interview. But it’s still not attracting many applicants.
Blake Casper, the franchisee who owns the restaurant, told Insider that a general manager and supervisor came up with the idea for the interview reward after he told them to "do whatever you need to do" to hire workers.
"At this point, if we can’t keep our drive-thrus moving, then I’ll pay $50 for an interview," said Casper, who owns 60 McDonald’s restaurants in the Tampa, Florida area.
The reopening of businesses across the US that are looking to hire, along with enhanced unemployment benefits, has cut into the number of applicants, according to Casper. He said that it hasn’t been this difficult to hire workers since the late ’90s.
At the same time, Casper said, McDonald’s business is booming, thanks to the successful launch of the chicken sandwich and customers spending more freely post-stimulus check.
"It’s a perfect storm right now," Casper said.
"You’ve got a lot of people with a lot of money, and they’re out there shopping," he added. "And then, on the flip side, we’re scrambling for help."
Casper said that, to his surprise, offering people $50 simply to come in for an interview still has not convinced many people to apply for jobs. He has found more success with referral programs, signing bonuses, and allowing people to apply via text message. Last week alone, his 60 restaurants hired 115 new workers. The labor shortage is also forcing Casper and other franchisees to raise wages. Casper said he is considering raising starting wages from $12 – $3 above Florida’s minimum wage – to $13, in an effort to attract more employees.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 27/04/2021