Are you fantasizing about the glamorous life of a Hooters Girl? Or are you looking for a job with a company famous for their irreverent humor and tasty wings? Don’t apply until you’ve read our guide to jobs and careers at Hooters, as well as our step-by-step instructions for filling out the Hooters application.
Hooters was started in 1983 by a group of six businessmen in Clearwater, Florida. The name comes from a sketch by comedian Steve Martin, and that humor infuses everything about the company.
Hooters of America now has 420 restaurants in 29 countries, not including the hundreds of independent franchises.
Types of Jobs at Hooters
Individual Hooters restaurants are always hiring Hooters Girls, as well as kitchen staff, hosts, management, and other positions.
The Hooters HQ in Atlanta, Georgia has jobs open in the finance, information technology, human resources, and other departments.
The Hooters Application
You can apply for any position at Hooters through their careers website. While most of their job listings and requirements are fairly standard, there are some special qualifications for Hooters Girls.
If you’re interested in working as a Hooters Girl, there are some specific requirements and qualifications you must possess. You’ll technically be an “entertainer,” which is why Hooters can require these types of characteristics.
Your responsibilities will include entertaining guests in a “fun way,” making special occasions memorable, participating in promotional events, and community outreach.
The qualifications for a Hooters Girl include:
- Fitting the Hooters Girl image (glamorous and fit)
- Charismatic energy
- Fun, upbeat, and entertaining
- Knowledgeable of glamorous hair styling
Knowledgeable of makeup application
Step by Step Instructions
The following instructions come directly from the Hooters application. While we specifically used the application for a Hooters Girl, it is almost exactly the same across all positions. There are just a couple extra steps if you’re applying to be a Hooters Girl.
Enter in your email
The first thing you’ll be asked to do is enter your email address. Use a professional-sounding email address that you frequently check, as this is where they’ll contact you with status updates.
Build your profile
You’ll need to create a profile in the job application system. You can sign in with Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, or Microsoft, and the system will try to pull all this information from those existing profiles.
If you’re applying to be a Hooters Girl, you’ll need to upload a picture. If you have a professional headshot or modeling picture, use that, otherwise just make sure it’s a flattering photo, preferably one that shows at least half your body.
For any position, you’ll need to fill out the following information (unless it’s filled out automatically):
- Your full name
- Your email address
- The username you’ll use to log in to the job application system
- A password you’ll use to log in
- Your primary phone number
- Your Skype username (if you have one)
- Your timezone
On the following page, you’ll be asked to read and initial a short arbitration agreement. You can read the full text of this agreement at the end of the application.
Though you’ve already created a profile with some of this information, you’ll need to fill it in again. This section asks for:
- Your full name
- Your address
- Your phone number
- Your email address
You’ll be asked to initial a statement verifying that you’re authorized to work in the United States. Then, you’ll need to fill out the following information:
- Position you’re applying for
- Desired salary
- Are you eligible to work in the US?
- Are you 18 or older?
- Are you 21 or older?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- Date available to start
- How did you hear about hooters?
- If asked to relocate, do you have a geographic preference? Would you consider another location?
- Have you ever been employed by Hooters?
- Have you ever applied to Hooters?
- Have you ever been terminated from a job?
- Have you ever resigned a job in lieu of termination?
- Have you ever been counseled or disciplined for harassment or discrimination?
- Will you now, or in the future, require sponsorship for employment visa status?
Next, you’ll be asked to fill in your education history. You’ll need details on your high school, college, graduate school, and/or trade school. List any academic achievements or activities, including awards and extracurriculars.
There’s also an “Optional information” section, which asks you to provide any other information that might be relevant to them as they consider your application. You can include volunteer work, professional or social organizations, professional accomplishments, or anything else you think will give you an edge over the competition.
The next section will ask you to provide your job history for the past five years, or the last three employers (if you’ve had less than three employers in the last five years). Fill out this information as accurately as you can.
In the “Describe major duties” section, try to focus on any job duties that relate to the position you’re applying for.
Business or professional references
You’ll be asked to provide three references. These should be direct supervisors, project managers, or colleagues who you’ve worked closely with and who have a high opinion of you. Notify these people in advance that you’re providing them as your references, so they’ll be prepared to receive a phone call and answer questions.
The last few sections of the Hooters application are full of legal statements for you to read and sign, including the arbitration agreement mentioned above. Read these carefully and make sure you’re ok with all of the provisions.
Check all the boxes, type in your name and your social security number, then click “Submit.”
You’ve finished the Hooters application!
The Hooters Interview
You should find out within a couple of weeks if Hooters wants to interview you, though the process could take longer, depending on circumstances at that particular restaurant.
Since your interview will look very different as a line cook than as a Hooters Girl, we’ve broken down the interview process for each.
General restaurant staff interview
If you’re applying for a normal restaurant position, the interview will seem pretty standard. Here are some examples of questions you might need to answer:
- What are your personal and career goals?
- What’s your greatest weakness, or worst feature or trait?
- What are your pet peeves in the restaurant industry?
- Why would you make a good addition to the team?
- What do you like to do in your spare time?
- What are you passionate about?
- How have you resolved conflict in a past situation?
- How have you handled difficult customers in the past?
- Name a time when you provided great customer service
- Describe a great employee
- Why do you want to work for Hooters?
Prepare for the interview by reviewing these questions and rehearsing your answers, but try not to sound like you’re reciting a script verbatim. It helps to have anecdotes or short stories ready for some of the situational questions.
You should dress business casual, just as you would for any other interview in the service industry. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but a clean button-up shirt or blouse along with khaki pants or slacks would be perfect.
Hooters Girl interview
If you’re applying to be a Hooters Girl, you may have to answer any or all of the above questions, as well as some that relate specifically to the position. They may ask you:
- Are you comfortable wearing makeup?
- What does “camera ready” mean to you?
- What do you do to stay fit?
- Have you ever been an entertainer?
- Why do you think it’s important for Hooters Girls to keep a glamorous appearance?
- Can you sing and dance?
- Do you have any tattoos that will be visible when wearing your uniform?
- What best describes a Hooters Girl?
- How do you feel about wearing the Hooters uniform, or any other Hooters promotional outfits that may be revealing?
Another aspect of the Hooters Girl interview is role-playing. You’ll be asked to perform different scenarios as if you were on the job. Some possible scenes include:
- How would you entertain a table with kids?
- How would you entertain a romantic couple?
- How would you greet a new table?
- How would you sell me an appetizer?
- Do you know any funny jokes?
You should practice acting out these situations at home before your interview, but go into it knowing that they could ask you to play out a scenario that isn’t on our list. It’s up to the individual hiring manager to decide which questions to ask.
To prepare for your interview, you should wear your hair and makeup just like you would for a shift. Dress fashionably, in a way that suits your figure but isn’t too revealing. This is your chance to show the interviewer that you can fit in with the Hooters Girl image.