Considering the Disney College Program? For those who are planning to apply for their first time, here is what to expect.
First, there will be a job application to fill out. It is pretty similar to any other job application, expect the job choices you get to choose from range from “Attractions” to “Main Entrance Operations” to “Costuming” and so on. (So fun!) There is also information regarding your previous work history, education, skills, hobbies, etc.
After that, the next step is an on-line interview. It may sound intimidating, but it really isn’t that bad. Basically, it is a series of multiple-choice questions and answers. The goal is to see what kind of employee you are. Before my program, I did some research, and I found it is always best to answer as the customer/guest is ALWAYS right. Another tip is to choose the selection that is the most polite and positive.
If you “pass” the on-line interview, you will be sent an email to schedule a phone interview. There will be a few dates and times to select from, so make sure to pick a time that works best for you. Every interview is different, but they all include basic questions about yourself, the roles you chose and why, previous work experiences that relate to the DCP, and why you want to join the Disney team. I’ve also heard of some trickier questions like, “What would you do if you were working at Space Mountain and you had a guest who was under the height requirement?” (I would say, “Unfortunately you do not meet the height requirements, but there are some other really great attractions nearby you can ride!” And then I would list and give directions to these attractions.) Or, “What would you say to a young guest who asked why Mickey Mouse had to leave the character meet-and-greet?” (I would say, “Well, Mickey Mouse has a big parade coming up and he needs to prepare for a great show!)
The phone interview was the most nerve-racking part for me. It was a good thing my interviewer couldn’t see me, because I was shaking like a leaf ha! But afterwards, I realized how it wasn’t bad AT ALL.
After the phone interview, it is just a waiting game. On average, it takes about two weeks to find out if you were accepted into the DCP, which they will tell you via email along with your role. However, some found out within a day, while others had to wait more than two months. I found out in three. Either way, you will be sent an email with their decision.
I know when I was applying for the DCP, any bit of information I could get helped soothe my nerves. I hope this post does the same for those applying soon. Just remember to stay relaxed, be yourself, and exude happiness! Oh, and GOOD LUCK! =D
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