Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Telephone Interview

As you can tell, I couldn’t come up with a witty name for this post…  Let’s dive right in then, shall we?  As I said before, this interview will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes and may begin up to 15 minutes after your scheduled time.  Now this will vary from person to person, so don’t worry if your interview lasts less than 20 minutes or more than 30.  Before your interview, make sure you are in a quiet room – I had to kick my roommate out (sorry about that mate!).  I woke up early on the morning of my interview, ate breakfast and got ready, then looked over my list of potential questions while listening to Disney music :)  My interview began at least 5 minutes late and only lasted 14 minutes. 

First your interviewer will ask you some general questions about your application and previous work experience.  You will then be asked why you want to do the Disney College Program.  This question will definitely be asked, so make sure you have a good answer ahead of time!  You will also probably be asked a few questions about housing and if you feel comfortable living with strangers. 

Next up:  listing roles you are interested in.  My interviewer didn’t ask me for a specific number, so I just gave her my top three – Attractions, Merchandise, and Main Entrance Operations.  Some of the questions were along the lines of:  How do you feel talking in front of large groups of people?  Do you feel comfortable operating large vehicles?  How would you uphold the magic if working at the front of a park? 

My interviewer was incredibly nice and very easy to talk to, which made the entire process much more fun.  Some advise I can offer:  smile, be enthusiastic, ask questions at the end of the interview, and RELAX!  As long as you are well prepared, there is no reason to worry.  You should also mention a particular park you would like to work at.  I told my interviewer that the Magic Kingdom was my favorite park and I would absolutely love to work there, so she made a note of it, but told me that there were no guarantees.  This interview was actually fun because I had an amazing interviewer and I got to talk about Disney and how much I love it.  Doesn’t get much better than that folks!  Sending good luck and pixie dust your way.  If you have any other questions, feel free to ask :)      

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