We're always taking applications at our store and when we are hiring, we look over all of them and decide to call the ones that sound the best.
A word of advice. If you are putting applications in at places, make sure the voicemail on your phone is professional.
I called someone the other day to schedule an interview and I got her voicemail. Normally I would leave a message, but when I listened to her message, I decided otherwise.
Her voicemail message was of a baby crying the whole time. So instead I just hung up and won't be calling her back.
I think it's unprofessional and it just makes me think that she will call off a lot due to a crying or sick baby. That may not be the case at all, and she may be very responsible and a hard worker, but I didn't get that impression from her voicemail.
If you want a job, don't be an idiot.
That girl just ruined her chances of having the privilege of working with yours truly. Oh well, her loss.