- January 23rd: Application submitted
- January 24th: Web based interview
- January 30th: phone interview
- February 13th: CONGRATULATIONS!
MY WORK BACKGORUND
Here’s a copy of my disney-resume if you care to look at the one I uploaded or need a few ideas to make your own.
In short, my first job is still the one I hold today; I have worked there for 7 years (help me) and worked my way from a busser to the supervisor of the restaurant. The restaurant is located in a children’s amusement park called Dutch Wonderland. I have also served at a higher end restaurant, work at Lowes, interned at a vet clinic as well as a hospital for physical therapy, been the vice president of two clubs at school, babysit and conduct research for my university.
I knew that during my interview I wanted to make it clear that I was not foreign to hard work. There are summers where I’ve worked 1 job for 40 hours per week and more recent summers where I have juggled 3 jobs for 60-80 hours per week. I wanted my interviewer to know that I had experience doing both the glamorous and unglamorous jobs and I wanted them to know that I was not above doing anything. I wanted to make these things clear because as a supervisor these are traits I look for in my employees and knew that Disney looked for similar traits.
I graduated with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology in December 2016 with the goal of (eventually) continuing my education to one day become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. When choosing roles I tried to keep in mind what could best help set me up for success. So while I had the most experience in food and beverage, (and this had been my top choice in 2014), I now had different aspirations and needed to prepare myself for my future career and goals.
TOP 3 ROLES
- Front Desk
- Children’s Activities
Lifeguard: Because of my degree I really really really wanted to be a lifeguard. This role was the closest to my dream of being a physical therapist (which was still not a direct connection). I got extremely excited while researching for this role, Disney has such high expectations for their cast members (CM) and to be a lifeguard would have been such an honor.
Front Desk: This role was my guilty pleasure role. As a supervisor of a restaurant my favorite thing is assisting and accomadating guests who are happy, confused, disgruntled, and even angry. I love being able to take a situation and enhance it if they are already happy or turn it around and if they had been angry. I even thought this role would be perfect to become a PT as you can never have too much experience in guest interaction.
Children’s Activities: This role may seem like it is completely not me since I dislike children and never want to have any, however, I honestly thought this would be such a fun and cute role to have. I know it totally doesn’t make sense.
I did an extensive amount of research preparing for my phone interview. I knew this was the step that would make or break me. Through my resume in the initial application to my answers from the WBI I knew I looked good on paper but now I had to convince a Disney CM that I was the right option for the program. Keep in mind that thousands of students apply, I’ve heard numbers from 60,000 to over 100,000 and usually only 12,000 students get accepted.
- Write down interviewers name
- Use their name in conversation but not excessively
- Sit in front of a mirror
- Looking into a mirror while you do your PI will help you smile (your voice changes when you smile and can be heard) your interviewer will know if you’re happy or not
- Always say “yes ma’am / sir”
- Instead of saying “yes” say “absolutely” or “of course”
- Know the reasons you are good for each role, even those of low interest
- BE EXCITED!
- Youtube recent PI’s from the season or year before.
- Disney changes their questions frequently so you want to make sure you have the most up to date info
- Have a friend hold a mock interview with you
- If you don’t want to ask anyone to help you practice saying your answers out loud, things can sound a lot different in person rather than being read off a page
- Have a list of things you want your interviewer to know about you
- These are usually strong traits like hard worker, reliable, open minded etc.
- For me this was that I am used to hard work and accustomed to unglamorous jobs and shifts lasting up to 16 hours.
- Tell your interviewer to have a magical day at the end of your interview
Study a week in advance. If you are adamant about doing the DCP DO NOT try and wing the PI. Only when I felt as if I had enough questions I practiced mock interviews with Emily a few days out. This was extremely helpful as she would take notes and tell me what worked and what didn’t.
** My notes I referenced during my PI: