Alexa and Google Assistant job application system launched September 25
In what it claims to be a world-first, McDonald's is now accepting job applications through Amazon and Google voice assistants.
The new option for applying for a job is called Apply Thru, and was made available for owners of Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers on September 25.
Users can get started by saying "Alexa/Hey Google, help me get a job at McDonald's." The system is now live for job-hunters in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland.
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Although applicants can start the application process by speaking to their voice assistant, the service isn't fully-formed just yet. Once they have answered a few basic questions like their name, job area of interest and location, they'll receive a text message linking them to the rest of the application process.
Uses for voice assistants beyond simply playing music and controlling the smart home are continuing to grow, and earlier this month Amazon announced that Alexa users will soon be able to make political donations by speaking to the assistant.
McDonald's admits that, while the voice service could make for a convenient job-hunting experience, creating the new Alexa and Google Assistant service is also about having fun with new technology.
Harriet Hounsell, chief people officer for McDonald's in the UK and Ireland, said: "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."
Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon's Alexa division, said: "We're thrilled to see McDonald's utilize voice to create a simpler, more convenient job application process for customers...all they need to do is ask."
The voice-activated Apply Thru initiative is part of the company's wider 'Made at McDonald's' campaign to present working there as an opportunity for those looking for first-time and part-time jobs, as well as life-long careers.