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What It Takes to Work Here

For some jobs, you'll need a lot more than a toothy smile and a sturdy handshake to get in the door.

For most of us, training for a new job will require nothing more taxing than spending a couple of days shadowing someone around the shop floor or office. But for the employees at some of America's biggest companies, on-the-job orientation can feel more like a public hazing.

Want to drive for UPS? Prepare to learn how to walk on ice and drive a truck around a model obstacle course.

At SeaWorld, animal trainers must pass an arduous swimming test before facing a trial in the skill that many people fear more than death or taxes: public speaking.

Ritz-Carlton staff are taught how to pay attention to every choice a guest makes. Was that martini shaken or stirred? Make a note of the answer so you won't have to ask the next time.

McDonald's managers get half of a college degree at the company's in-house "university," while would-be NFL players are subjected to intelligence and psychology tests before taking the field.

Here, Minyanville looks at what it takes to join the staff at 10 major companies.

Apple Genius
  • © 2010 Apple Inc.
Want to become an Apple genius? First spend some time at a Ritz-Carlton bar.
By Josh Lipton
McDonalds Employee
  • © 2010 McDonald's.
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a... university curriculum?
By Diane Bullock
Disney Employee
  • © Mike Fairbanks
Cast members must never forget that life is a show.
By Danielle Sonnenberg
Zappos Office
  • © Shashi Bellamkonda
Relay races and parting bonuses don't detract from the rigorous work.
By Mike Schuster
Ritz Carlton Employee
  • © Holly Burns
Ritz Carlton
Does that guest prefer sparkling or still? You have to know -- without asking.
By Danielle Beurteaux
NFL Player
  • © 2010 NFL Enterprises LLC.
Beyond bench presses, the league tests for natural intelligence and the psyche of a champion.
By Justin Rohrlich
Seaworld Employee
  • © Annie Stickney
So you think you can swim. How are your public speaking skills?
By Ryan Goldberg
Seaworld Employee
  • © PRNewsFoto/American Indian College Fund
It takes a virtual village -- and a high-tech obstacle course -- to raise a Big Brown driver.
By Justin Rohrlich
Hooters Employee
  • © PRNewsFoto/Hooters of America, Inc.
Surprise! There's something that's progressive about the restaurant company: How it trains its ″Girls.″
By Diane Bullock
Starbucks Barista
  • © 2010 Starbucks Corporation.
Prepare to memorize some 40 drink-making methods and keep practicing until the customer's thirst is perfectly quenched.
By Danielle Sonnenberg
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