Here I’m going to share some information and helpful hints about the application and interview process for the Disney College Program.
It’s three parts.
The initial application is pretty straight forward. It just asks for you basic information, past work experience, where you go to school, if you’re applying for Walt Disney World, or DisneyLand, what season you want to do (Spring, Spring Advantage, Fall, Fall Advantage, or Summer (Summer is only available at DisneyLand and for alumni)), etc. The most important part of the application is at the end where you choose which roles you are interested in. You can choose no interest, low interest, moderate interest, or high interest. I strongly suggest doing research on all of the roles offered! You don’t want to mark interest in a role that you would not want to do, or you might enjoy a certain role, but not know what it entails so you might not mark any interest in it. Also, know why you qualify for and want to do the roles you mark high interest in because your recruiter will ask you about them in your phone interview. For example, I knew that I wouldn’t enjoy Quick-Service Food and Beverage, so I marked no interest for that role. After you submit the application, you should receive a link to take the Web-Based Interview in a couple hours.
The Web-Based Interview
Alright, I just want to start of by saying the first time I applied to the program I did not pass the WBI. It wasn’t because it is difficult, but I just don’t think I was in the right mind-set. I over thought and over-analyzed every question and was anxious because it is timed. Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t get accepted the first time I applied because I feel much more ready to do the program now. This is the part of the process that I was most nervous for.
The WBI is just a series of questions that you have to answer as truthfully as possible. They will ask you questions that you have to rate on a scale from 1-10, situational questions where you pick the best answer, and most of the questions will be a statement where you choose Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, and Strongly Agree.
Choose Strongly Agree or Strongly Disagree. Disney wants to see that you are able to form a strong opinion on something. The second time I took the WBI (and passed it) I chose mostly Strongly Agree or Strongly Disagree, only a couple (maybe 4) Agree or Disagree, and I never chose neutral.
One of the major things Disney is looking for is that you’re consistent with your answers. There are a couple different questions that ask if you are on time.
I am always on time (Strongly Agree)
I am never late (Strongly Agree)
I am sometimes late (Strongly Disagree)
If you answer a question saying you’re a hard worker (which I bet all of you are), make sure that you answer the situational questions in a way that a hard worker would.
The questions are timed, but you will have enough time to read the question and select an answer. I know it’s hard, but try not to think about it. I think I ran out of time on one of the questions, so you don’t have to answer perfectly to all of the questions to get accepted.
DON’T OVERTHINK THE QUESTIONS
Don’t sit there and analyze every word of every question.
Read it, get the idea of what they are asking, and answer it. You got this.
What really helped me the second time I took it was to sit and relax before. I also read the questions out loud to my mom over the phone. Actually reading them out loud really helped me to stay calm and answer them honestly. Plus it was nice to hear my mom’s voice to help keep me relaxed and focused.
While you’re answering the questions, it might help to imagine that you are already a Cast Member and how you would act while at work.
This part takes about 40 minutes to complete and as soon as you’re done you’ll know if you made it to the next step or not!
Be aware that the WBI is good for 6 months, so if by some chance you don’t make it past this part, make sure you wait 6 months to apply again!
The Phone Interview
I was so excited for the Phone Interview because this is where you get to talk to and show a recruiter how much you want to do the program and why it would be good for you!
Most interviews last about 20-30 minutes. Mine lasted 29 minutes. Your recruiter can call anywhere between 15 minutes before to 15 minutes after your scheduled time. I got my call two minutes before my scheduled time.
Prepare, but don’t over prepare.
Look up frequently asked questions and make some notes about how you would answer them, but don’t write out word for word what you’re going to say. You want your interview to sound natural, not rehearsed.
You’re recruiter will ask why you want to do the Disney College Program. Know why you want to do the program from a professional standpoint, but also from a personal standpoint.
Be excited!! You’re interviewing for a job at Disney(:
Smile! You’ll probably feel more confident if you have a smile on your face and your recruiter will be able to tell if you’re smiling or not.
Write down your recruiters name, and then mention their name a couple of times throughout the interview. They’ll probably be impressed that you remembered their name!
Ask a couple questions at the end of the interview. I asked if she suggested brining my car down and I also asked her how she got her start with the Walt Disney Company- she started with the DCP.
Also, I wrote out little encouragements and notes to help keep me focused.
“You got this”
“This is your moment”
Cute little things like that.
I had a glass of water next to me, just in case, but I didn’t need it.
She asked a few basic questions, why I wanted to do the program, we talked about my past work experience, and how I would handle certain situations. There was a point where I started talking a little fast and had to catch myself and another point where I stumbled over my words a little bit. They’re not looking for perfection. Your answers are important, but the way in which you answer the questions are just as, if not more, important.
Best of luck to all of you and if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them! Just comment below.