Cheesecake Factory invited a law-firm worker to interview for a server role 2 years after he applied, as restaurants struggle for staff in the labor shortage

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Cheesecake Factory invited a lawyer for an interview years after applying to be a server.
Joseph Guerrero told the WSJ he was initially confused. "I knew I didn't leave my wallet behind."
Some fast food chains struggle to find enough workers when customers return to the restaurants.
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The Cheesecake Factory reportedly invited a law firm employee for a server interview two years after its application was ghosted - the latest indication that restaurants are hiring in a tight labor market.
Joseph Guerrero, a 23-year-old legal case evaluator, told the Wall Street Journal he was confused when a manager at his local cheesecake factory in Arcadia, California called him out of the blue.
"I knew I didn't leave my wallet behind," Guerrero told The Journal - he hadn't been to the restaurant in three years.
"I thought, ohhhhh, thanks, but yeah, I found another job," he said. He applied to a number of restaurants without hearing a word, he said.
College student Larisa Stepashkin also told The Journal that the Cheesecake Factory contacted her years after applying for a job there.
Restaurants struggled to find enough workers to keep up with customer demand, leading some restaurant owners to raise wages and offer sign-up bonuses to lure employees.
Fast food chains McDonald's, White Castle and Cracker Barrel have also reached out to applicants who applied years ago to fill vacancies, the Journal reported.
Employment seems to be increasing: food services and drinking establishments created 194,000 jobs in June, which according to data from the Department of Labor, represents more than half of all job growth in the leisure and hospitality industries that month.
Dina Barmasse-Gray, Cheesecake Factory's senior vice president of human resources, said in a statement to the Journal, “The Cheesecake Factory has always added new candidates, former applicants and alumni to our recruiting efforts.
"As our dining rooms are fully occupied again after COVID-19 restrictions and we are increasing our workforce, we have increased our contact with all potential candidates through various third-party job exchange databases and our own talent network database."
Cheesecake Factory told the Journal that it will not keep applicant data for more than three years.
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David Brady, a 25-year-old cinema manager, told the Journal that in the past few weeks several companies had contacted him about his old applications.
After McDonald's sent Brady an invitation for an interview two years after he applied, he replied, "I said you drowned me. You weren't there for me, I won't be there for you." according to the magazine.
Some McDonald's chains were struggling to fill vacancies, and a Tampa, Florida franchise owner previously told Insider that it paid $ 50 to people willing to conduct interviews.
In May, McDonald's announced in a press release that it would raise its minimum wage by 10% to $ 11 an hour for entry-level professionals and $ 15 an hour for shift supervisors in its corporate stores.
McDonald's told The Journal that some of its restaurants contacted former job applicants, increased pay or added hiring incentives.
Cheesecake Factory and McDonald's did not immediately respond to Insiders for comment.
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