In one day McDonald’s was inundated with so many job applications, it broke a 32-year record. McDonald’s head of HR said: “A-level results day is usually our busiest day of the year, but this year we even had to put on extra staff. Actually we just hired the first applicants on the spot and made them conduct the rest of the interviews.” She also said with the recent restructuring of A-levels making it harder to pass, job applicants were generally much more intelligent than previous years. “With less students going to university, we get the spillover – or ‘wastage’, as we call it. We’re in the fortunate position of hiring completely overqualified new staff. This means they will complete their training from eager young customer service representatives to fully fledged surly, embittered, resentful, supercilious complaint generators in half the time. It’s increased our turnover - or ‘flipping’, as we call it - which makes our employment figures look great.”
Tesco also experienced a dramatic increase in prospective employees, according to its new HR manager Michael Gove.