Prepare for McDonalds Trainee Manager Personality Test, Interview and Assessments

Are you applying to the McDonalds Trainee Manager scheme? Aimed at graduates, this scheme has a competitive recruitment process, containing a number of assessments and tests aimed at ensuring that McDonalds hire the people with the best to offer. Learn more about this process in this article.
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McDonalds recruit for shop staff, managers and back office staff as well as the McDonalds trainee manager scheme for graduates. This recruitment process contains a number of different steps that applicants to other McDonalds jobs may find useful.

McDonalds Trainee Manager Recruitment Process

McDonalds look for seven key behaviours in their future leaders. You are tested against these behaviours throughout every McDonalds assessment test. Make sure that you know what these mean and what they require from you and evidence them at every stage.

  • Job fit
  • Teamwork
  • Productivity
  • Attention to detail
  • Customer engagement
  • Personal interaction
  • Influencing and leading others

McDonalds Application Form

The first stage of the recruitment process is a fairly standard application form. The McDonalds application asks for your education and work history. The most difficult part of the application form is six competency questions, based on teamwork, leadership, customer service, and career choice. You have 500 words to answer each question, so you have to make sure your answers are clear and to the point. The recruitment team is looking for evidence that you have the skills they are looking for. Provide examples from your previous experience when you have used these skills, and organise your answer around the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to ensure that you get all the information you need in your answers.

Personality Test

Accompanying the application form is the McDonalds personality test. The purpose of this McDonalds aptitude test is to evaluate your personal values and suitability for the role, with a main focus on leadership qualities and the ability to work as part of a team. Ahead of taking the assessment test you should review the leadership behaviours as well as the company’s values. You may also want to take a practice personality test to familiarise yourself with the types of questions and choices you will get in the test.

McDonalds On Job Evaluation

If your application and personality test tick all the recruitment team’s boxes, you are invited to the on job evaluation. This day of McDonalds assessment tests includes activities in a McDonald’s restaurant covering cleaning, working on tills, managing counters and helping customers and so on. As well as this you can expect an interview, written exercise and group exercise at the McDonalds assessment centre.

Written Exercise

Following on from the shop floor exercises, the next exercise is a written exercise. The purpose of this exercise is to get a feel for how you express yourself in writing. This exercise can take the form of a response to a letter of complaint from a customer, or other customer related tasks. Gain tips on how to approach this McDonalds aptitude test with our written exercises practice.

Group Exercise

The group exercise is designed to assess your team working and collaboration abilities. In this exercise you are given a McDonalds case study brief to read and understand before discussing it in your group. The aim of the discussion is to come to a group conclusion to the problem you are confronting. Examples of McDonalds group exercises include improving the quality of service from staff and increasing sales in the branch with a scenario included in the exercise brief. Group exercises can be tricky as you are being assessed on your contributions and how well you are heard by the other group members without you dominating the discussion. Gain tips and prepare your group discussion strategy with our group exercises pages.


Your final task at the McDonalds on job evaluation day is an interview with an Operations Manager. In this interview you will discuss your performance in and impressions of the exercises you undertook that day. Ahead of your assessment centre you may want to think about how you answer questions and the impression you want to create in the interview, which is your first one on one interaction with the company. Get some ideas from our free guide to interviews.

McDonalds Interview

You can expect one or more interviews in your McDonalds selection process. The interviews can take place at the McDonalds assessment day or as a final stage, or both. The interview is a competency based interview, trying to get an impression of your skill level based on your examples on when you have demonstrated the desired leadership skills in your previous experience. The interview also contains questions designed to assess your understanding and commitment to the company and the role.

Ahead of your McDonalds final interview you should think of examples which fit the leadership behaviours you use to illustrate your answers. Arrange each example around the STAR method so that you can present clear, organised answers. Read up on McDonalds and any recent news they have attracted. And sketch out answers to common questions like the ones listed below. As a final piece of preparation, rehearse your interview technique in a mock interview such as a Skype based interview, with an assessor who can create interview conditions as well as give you pointers for the real thing.

McDonalds Jobs Interview Questions

Listed below are examples of questions that have been asked at McDonalds interviews in the past. Think about the answers you would give to similar questions if they came up in your interview.

  • What are your career aspirations?
  • What would you expect to be doing in six months time as a McDonald’s trainee manager?
  • What are the biggest challenges you’d expect to find in the role?
  • What aspects of the role do you expect to enjoy the most?
  • Would you bend the rules?

In Summary

The McDonalds Trainee Manager scheme is just one of the many different strands of recruitment at McDonalds, but it is a popular and competitive graduate scheme to get onto. In order to make your way to the job offer at the end of the process you must stand out at each new assessment. This article has set out the resources available from JobTestPrep to help you do just that. We hope you have found this article useful, and good luck.

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