Sonic interview and application tips
When you search for a position at a Sonic location, you want to be prepared for all aspects of the process. Whether you are seeking hourly, salary, part or full time, or professional positions; you may have future opportunities for advancement in the company. Be open to the idea of advancing or moving positions in the future. Because Sonic is a restaurant, you want to be sure that you demonstrate a love for food, customer service, and attention to detail. In the fast food industry, detail and efficiency are a must!
Here are some tips for how you can optimize your Sonic application and the interview process.
- Make sure you understand the position that you are applying for and gear your application toward that end.
- Once you begin an application, you may have only 24 hours to complete it or the link may reset. Many online applications are set up this way to protect your personal information.
- Remember that Sonic restaurants are independently operated, which means every restaurant is owned by a different individual or team operator. This means that you will not be able to contact a generic Sonic customer service phone number to ask about your application. You will have to rely on the location.
- You will be required to note what position it is that you are applying for, as well as your hours of availability. To save time, be aware of that information before you begin your application. If you have the option of applying to more than one job, go ahead while you have the information handy, and the application is available.
- This is vital for any application. Completely fill out the application once you begin. Don’t leave parts of the application blank. Managers may toss out applications that are incomplete.
- Answer any personal questions in a professional manner with proper English and grammar.
- You will be given the option to upload or attach your resume and/or manually enter the information from it. Always do both so that you ensure the information translates as it should.
- If the restaurant or location that you are applying to is close to you, consider making a visit once you have submitted the application to introduce yourself. Don’t make a nuisance of yourself, but one visit or phone call to follow up is okay. If you eat that that particular Sonic on a regular basis, you may be recognized by staff members who may put in a good word for you. Do not ask them to!
- You may be required to prove that you are eligible to work in the United States, as well as confirming that you are over 16. If you are still in school, you may be required to have a work permit. Make sure that you have this documentation when you apply.
- Sonic is a restaurant environment even though diners eat in their cars. This means that you should present yourself in a neatly dressed, clean, and orderly fashion. If you have long hair, consider pulling it out of your face in a bun or ponytail.
- Women, don’t wear acrylic fingernails or flashy nail polish, as you will be handling food on the job, and you don’t want to lose a fingernail or polish chips in someone’s made to order meal or tray.
- If you are applying for a professional position, it is okay to dress to impress. Dress modestly and professionally, without looking stuffy. You should be able to impress them by being yourself!
- Take some time to learn about Sonic as a company, the more you know about the history of the company and franchising, the better prepared you will be. Sonic has a unique, fantastic track record to success, so this is a great way to earn some points for doing your homework.
- Take important documents with you including: your resume, cover letter, recommendation letters, any awards and honors that may help on the job, etc. You shouldn’t flaunt the information in an attempt to get acknowledgement, but you should be prepared in the event that you are asked about qualifications.
- It is okay to follow up with a thank you note or phone call. Remember, interviewers at companies like Sonic are often managers of those locations, so they are taking time out of their busy schedules to interview. Saying thank you is always a best practice.
- Stay focused on the task at hand in conversation. Don’t ask questions about benefits, pay, etc. and don’t seem too eager to find out what you will get from the job; you should focus your efforts on explaining what you are offering the company.