On Wednesday, Hyundai announced plans to add 50 new jobs at its Montgomery assembly plant by next year and said it had already started taking applications.
Less than a day later, the plant announced they aren’t taking any more. More than 3,000 people have already applied for those 50 jobs, plant spokesman Robert Burns said.
The facility where they’ll work is still a construction site at the moment.
It’s not the first time there’s been that kind of rush for new jobs at the plant. When Hyundai announced in 2012 that it was planning to add a third shift and 877 workers, it got more than 20,000 applications. The company was so overwhelmed at the time that it had to suspend the application process nearly a month ahead of the planned deadline.
Still, this week’s announcement of a $388 million expansion and upgrade to build next-generation engines is the company’s largest investment in the plant since it opened. The week ended with the plant starting full production of the redesigned Santa Fe, the lynchpin of the company’s attempt to gain ground in the SUV market.
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All of that means there could be more jobs coming in the months and years ahead. When they’re announced, the same application and hiring process will begin again.
That process starts online. People can go to aidt.edu, the website for hiring partner Alabama Industrial Development Training, and complete an assessment of basic eligibility. That includes questions about when you’re available to work and your education.
People who get through that step can complete a job application. AIDT schedules the strongest candidates for an in-person assessment of basic skills related to the job.
Make it to the next round, and you get a face-to-face interview. That could lead to a voluntary, unpaid four days of hands-on activities to test your ability to follow assembly instructions.
The best of that bunch gets a conditional job offer, pending drug screenings, background checks and so on.
For now, though, the company says it isn’t looking for any more applications.