Women in Saskatoon are taking the opportunity to apply for a job that’s a little different from the average service position.
Katelyn Dreaver said she thinks it would be “such a fun experience” to be a Hooter Girl at the new Saskatoon location, which is scheduled to open July 25.
“I hate going to jobs that I just don’t like and I think that’s something I would really really enjoy,” she said outside JT’s Bar and Grill, just before entering. to apply and “audition” for the role.
This casting call still generally sounds like a typical interview — sitting down with General Manager Raleen Bowles to discuss the job title, hours, and discussing whether someone is a good fit for the role — but to call it that is a nod. look at the extra effort the Hooters Girls are going, according to Bowles.
“What we’re looking for are girls who have really good personalities,” Bowles said. “Hooters is a very fun place to work and the girls have great attitudes and they are very interactive with customers.”
This is why the girls hired are not waitresses, they are “entertainers”.
Bowles said the girls interact with customers as soon as they walk through the door, not just taking their order and bringing them their food and the bill at the end of the night. A dash of song may also be needed on some nights — although Bowles said choreography isn’t part of the lineup.
After spending five weeks in Atlanta learning from the Hooters staff there, Bowles said she was impressed with how fun and friendly the staff were and how some special events seemed to involve the whole restaurant – facilitated by the artists.
“We’re looking for Hooter Girls,” Bowles said.
This experience, the people, and working alongside other girls is something that made Dreaver apply.
“Being around a group of girls who are just like you would honestly be a great experience,” the 21-year-old said.
While her family is more shy, Dreaver said she’s always been more outgoing. She doesn’t have any serving experience yet, but she’s worked in retail and done “everything but waitress.”
It’s the opposite for Stéphanie Daoust, who spent 16 years in the service industry.
When asked why she wanted to apply, Daoust’s answer was simple: “Why not?
“I love being a server, I love high tempo, I love entertaining and being in the industry,” she said.
This industry can sometimes be difficult. Daoust said it can take “thick skin” at times, but said Hooters seemed like a great place to work.
Bowles said the hiring process will take a few weeks, likely until early July. Originally from Saskatoon, the executive director is happy with the “stable” applications she receives and does not expect to have any problems filling a large list of staff.
“We’re open to anything or anyone when it comes to a Hooter Girl performer or a Hooter Girl bartender,” Bowles said.
“We want to hire people, get to know them and make sure they are what we are looking for.
Once management selects the girls with the “bright personalities” they are looking for, Bowles said the girls will be brought back to do an orientation and uniforms process, teaching the girls how to approach the Hooter Girl look.
Hired women will learn how to present themselves – their hair and makeup and how to wear the uniform – as well as how they should interact with customers and how to prepare the cocktails on the restaurant menu.
For Dreaver, that signature white logo tank top and orange shorts are one of the selling points of the job.
“Honestly, I love it; it’s so me,” she laughs.
With the concept and image of a Hooter Girl being the primary focus, Bowles said management would also bring in trainers — America’s top Hooter Girls — to spend a week with the new staff and help train them. These girls are also expected to hang around during the restaurant’s opening days.
As important as that concept is, however, Bowles stressed that what will get him to hire someone are “great personalities.”
“People have this concept (that it’s all about the look) but that’s not necessarily what Hooters is,” she said.
Hooters Saskatoon owner and operator Jim Tomas added that people’s perceptions of the restaurant aren’t always accurate. He said the restaurant is family friendly and open to children of all ages.