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WDW ICP Summer 2013 - Face to Face interview

I'd made it through the preliminary interviews which was all very exciting and surprising and now it was time to move on to the big one - the Face to Face interview.

The interview was held at The Walt Disney Company's headquarters in Hammersmith, London which I was super-excited about seeing. I arrived in Hammersmith at 8:20 and met my friend Joe from uni who was also interviewing, we went for a hot chocolate/breakfast at Costa coffee and then at about 8:45 we rocked up at the front doors of the offices...only to be told we had to walk all the way round to the back of the offices. To those who need to do this (you most likely will) from the front of the offices, turn right and go into the shopping mall, walk down and then turn right and go past Costa keep walking to the escalators in front of you, turn left and walk to McDonalds and just before McD's take a right through the doors, walk all the way up this ramp to the bus station. Turn right and it's the building that has a Mickey on it inside...and lots of young people in suits.

Once inside, we had to go to the desk and get security passes. They had a bit of trouble finding my name but we got there eventually. Then we stood around for a good while and were finally called up by Yummy Jobs. Up we went through the security barriers and up the stairs. Upstairs we were greeted with framed pictures of Walt Disney, photos of the office building and posters of famous films. We queued up and handed in the documents which Yummy Jobs had requested in their confirmation email, confirming our place at these interviews.

We then walked into an auditorium while there was a video playing about the college program. The staff in the auditorium were the American Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Cast Members and were all very polite and friendly. They showed us a presentation and lots of videos (not too much repetition with Yummy Jobs, but a lot of it was unnecessary) for about an hour which included all the ins and out and just made me even more excited!!

The presentation started at about 9:30 and finished at about 10:40. Then Yummy Jobs took over and read the list of names and interview times...Joe had his at 11am-12pm slot and I ended up having mine scheduled for 4pm-5pm.

So I had to kill over 5 hours...this did mean that I got to meet some nice people that had interviews at 3pm and 4pm - we all went over to Subway and had lunch as we were starving by this time. Then we took the tube to Westfield which was exciting as I'd never been there before...it can only be SO exciting though. There's not an incredible amount you can do in a shopping centre apart from shop...so we people-watched for about three and a half hours and went into a few clothes shops and the Apple Store too.  There's only so much you can talk about though with people you've just met in a shopping centre, but it was nice. We saw a couple of celebs whilst waiting which helped pass the time - Dappy from N'Dubz and Nicola Adams, the Gold-medalist Boxer.

We made our way back to the offices for 3PM for one of the guy's interviews and then we waited around downstairs for about an hour for our 4PM slot. Security was very tight so we had to wait downstairs until then, and definitely couldn’t walk around exploring the building which is understandable. At 4.20PM we went up and found that about 4 people from the previous group had yet to be interviewed. The individuals interviews were not conducted in a big room with tables and interviewers on each corner as I had imagined, but rather with screens separating candidates and the waiting participants.

The order of being called in for interview was random... I was the third to last to be interviewed at about 5:15PM.

My interviewer was Sue who was very friendly, nice and polite but she seemed to be tired as anyone would be after conducting so many interview. Despite that, I think I still presented myself positively and it went as well as it could have gone. She did call me Gio though which was nice instead of my full name, as requested on my name tag.

The interview was less than 10 minutes long and focused quite a lot on why I wanted to do certain roles, and my experience at Disneyland Paris. There were no questions on "How I'd deal with the florida heat" or anything like that which I'd heard they might ask. And one particularly tough question was "What did you find the most challenging about working at Disneyland Paris?" which I gave an absolutely rubbish answer to, as I didn't find anything particularly difficult. She also asked how I'd heard about the college program.

They said we'd know by November 9th which was an eternity away...

I found out on November 2nd that yes! I will be going to Orlando, Florida to work at Walt Disney World!!

What happened next? Read my December update.

My Walt Disney World Preliminary Pre-Screening Interview Process

So, I finally did it...following on from my adventures at Disneyland Paris, I decided that the wise thing to do would be to take it one step further and apply to work in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

I filled out the application on www.yummyjobs.com and waited, and waited and finally I received an email inviting me to a pre-screening interview. This seems to be a relatively new way of doing things, as unlike last year YJ is no longer doing phone interviews and is interviewing people in groups instead.

I absolutely hate group interviews, after a terrible experience at Apple as I feel under more pressure and start comparing the way I'm answering things to the way others are answering them and it just messes me up.

Anyway, so the day started off with me getting up at 6AM to get the 7:12 train from Leeds to Manchester, arriving just after 8am. I was going with a Uni friend Joe. I arrived at the station to realise that I hadn't read the email properly - including the big red, bold, underlined text that told us to "BRING A CV AND PHOTO."  Panic ensued from my part as you can imagine, the next half an hour consisted of me getting photos taken in a photo-booth, getting a cab back home, printing and editing my CV, getting a cab back to the train station and running for my train. A VERY stressful half an hour. And one that I will not be repeating again. I'd told Joe to go on without me and that I'd meet him at the station on the other end if I made it in time.

I made it to Manchester at about 8.40am, and needed to be at Manchester Met uni for 9.15am so I still had plenty of time. I and Joe got a cab (notice how expensive this day is already getting) to the campus and got there at about 9am. We followed the very confusing signs and eventually made it all the way to the presentation room, to be met with a line of about 100 people in front of us.

Eventually we all shuffled into a lecture theatre and signed ourselves in. Whilst in the queue, I happened to be stood right behind Charlotte, whom I'd met at Disneyland Paris. She'd initially been told she hadn't got through to the interview stage so it was really nice getting to see that they'd reconsidered and offered her a place - and they should, she's worked at Disneyland Paris three times so has more than enough experience!

We made friends with those around us and eventually there was a group of 5 of us together. We sat down in the lecture theatre and were given an hour-long-ish presentation about Walt Disney World and the Disney International College Program. Essentially the presentation was just the information that was on the Yummy jobs website with a few videos thrown in from Disney. We were then put into groups for the interviews. I was in the first group and was going to be interviewed at 11am, just 10 minutes after the presentation had finished.

After the presentation, a girl I knew from uni called Jane was there which was a nice surprise too. During the interview, I managed to get across my attractions work experience at Disneyland Paris and my retail work experience University, but I didn't get a chance to chime in when they asked why we wanted to experience the programme.

I felt the group I was put in had a lot of big personalities, many of whom were not afraid of speaking over or interrupting others. This didn't seem to work well for them as most of the people who acted like that, I later found out didn't get through to the next stage. I guess it shows manners are needed too to work at Disney.

Apparently 1700 people applied and about 500 got to the preliminary stage. They still need to wittle these down to 220.