I just learned this for the first time and I am positively blown away. Did you know that White Castle is credited as the first fast food chain? Come to think of it, it does seem like they’ve been around for forever and a day so it makes sense. They are known for their specialty burgers known as “sliders” which are small and square shaped.
There’s nothing like working with the pioneers of the industry, so let’s find out how you can fill out a White Castle application and join this team of people who invented what could possibly be the best burger there is.
White Castle History and F.A.Q
White Castle is an American fast food hamburger restaurant chain that is primarily located in the Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic United States. That being said, you can buy frozen sliders from them at Walmart which I do more often than I’d like to admit. Their burgers, known as “sliders” are small and square shaped, making them a couple bites and immensely satisfying.
Originally when the company opened in 1921, the burgers only cost a measly five cents! When I read this I really wanted to travel backwards in time and buy hundreds of them to take with me back to the present. In the 1940s, the price was raised to ten cents for several years. Back in the day they also used to run ads in the local newspaper that offered a takeout coupon for five burgers at the price of ten cents.
So, how did this fairy tale of deliciousness begin? Well it all started in 1921 in the town of Wichita, Kansas. The first White Castle was located on the northwest corner of First and Main Street.
The time period marked an era where people were afraid of eating ground beef. A famous novel entitled The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was published several years earlier in 1906 and highlighted the low sanitation standards of the meat packing industry.
To combat this, White Castle locations were built using a porcelain white exterior and stainless steel surfaces with clean uniforms to show that they were not among the types of places highlighted in the book.
The concept of fast food was new and exciting back then. The company had to establish its own meat processing facilities and supply plants in addition to bakeries. Back then, people said that the only thing they didn’t do themselves was raise the cows and grow the wheat for their buns.
Today the company has always stayed successful and out of debt, but that also means they aren’t widespread. Over 420 locations, entirely within the United States represents a fraction of the amount of other competitors like McDonald’s which has 32,000 locations.
1. What if I’m in School and Need Flexible Scheduling?
The White Castle website very much encourages an ongoing education and supports all types of availability. With late operating hours, there are work shifts available that meet the needs of any and all employees and schedules.
If your schedule is very demanding during the school months, leaves of absence are also available. You can work on breaks and summer vacations and still remain on the payroll!
2. Is There a Minimum Age Requirement?
White Castle begins hiring entry-level positions at the age of 16 in the restaurants. For all other positions in manufacturing or warehouse positions, you must be 18 years old.
3. Is a Resume Required?
While not required, I highly encourage bringing a resume to your interview. The online process doesn’t offer the ability to upload one so you’ll need to print it out before you go in.
White Castle may have been the first, but there are numerous fast food franchises out there for you to apply to.
You already know about the big ones, so let’s target the small influencers. Check out Jack in the Box for a litany of unique burger options. Hardees is always looking for new stars to join their team. Finally, check out Arby’s to replace the burger with roast beef.
White Castle Application Online
In an effort to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, White Castle has moved all employment inquiries to their website. You can visit the careers page to begin this simple and easy online process at any time, any day of the week. This kind of convenience removes any and all obstacles between you and this job.
There’s no excuse not to jump online and fill out the form. The way it works is simple: you just fill out the basic contact and personal information, then take an assessment that gauges your personality and your compatibility with the company.
As I mentioned earlier, there is no paper form, nor is there a way to submit a resume online. The minimum age to be hired is sixteen. Prior experience isn’t needed, it’s always a plus, but it’s not required. The biggest things that White Castle is looking for are the following qualities:
- Friendly and team oriented
- Great personality and customer service
- energetic with a great work ethic
It’s as simple as that. Skills and experience come with time, all you need is a good head on your shoulders, which I know you have, and you’re good to go!
How to Prepare for the Call
I always refer to “the call” as the one you receive when they ask you to come in for an interview. Many people will simply fill out the form, send it off, and hope for the best. That’s also why many people don’t get jobs these days. There’s competition which brings about a need to go above and beyond. Here’s a couple ways to do just that:
1. Follow up
Once you’ve submitted the form online, stop into the location where you applied. Provided it’s not busy at that moment, ask to speak with the manager and introduce yourself.
Explain that you applied online and you wanted to meet with him/her in person to express your excitement for working with the company. It’s a little thing, but it goes a long way towards making you stand out.
2. Polish up Your Resume
Many people think that a resume is pointless if you don’t have prior experience. Stop listening to other people, because that’s a false assumption. A resume is a document that highlights your skills, your education, and your experience. Just because you didn’t run a restaurant in the past doesn’t mean you don’t have something to put down.
Volunteer work, extracurricular activities at school, special skills you have, all of these things can go into a resume, even for someone who is seeking an entry-level position. Don’t think that just because you haven’t started a career yet, that you’re not allowed to have a resume.
There’s just something so alluring about working for the pioneer of the fast food industry. Your White Castle application will place you in a great career with a stable and debt-free company.
They may not be massive giants like other chains, but they’ve never once wavered from their brand of quality. Don’t forget, you can buy their special burgers in many supermarkets as well. Nothing beats the real deal though.
Thanks as always for reading, and best of luck to you!