Pre-Screen Interview

So, on the 17th August 2016 I got an email from Yummy Jobs saying that got through to the first round of interviews! I was so happy and excited and it was made even better because I was actually in Disney World on holiday when I found out!!

I had already joined the Facebook group before I sent the application but now everyone was forming groups with people who had the same interview time. I’d definitely recommend joining a group as it’s been really helpful!

The first round of interviews are held by Yummy Jobs in their offices in Epping in Essex. It’s a group interview with about 7-8 people and it’s to see how you can interact with others.

My email told me that my interview slot would be at 2pm on Monday 26th September 2016 (just before I started back at uni). We had to confirm our place and email Anna at Yummy Jobs. Also, I think they were really accommodating if you couldn’t go on the day they gave you, as I know lot’s people swapped to different days. The email also said that we had to bring a copy of our CV and passport.

In the weeks leading up to the interview I read loads of blogs to try and see what everyone had been asked so I complied a long list of every question that has been mentioned in blogs.

I worked through the list thinking of multiple answers for each one. Because it was a group interview, I thought it would be best to have a few answers so that I always had something different to say.

The day soon came around and I wore a navy dress with little red flowers on, black tights, a black cardigan and black shoes, I also made sure my hair was neat and tidy. My parents drove me up and while they went and explored the area, I met up with some people from the Facebook group in Costa. It was great that we all got to meet each other before the interview as it made us more relaxed.

We were in Costa for a couple of hours as I’d got there really early, then just before 2pm we walked over the road to the Yummy Jobs office. We all signed in and were given a little sticker that had the time of our actual interview animg_3338d what group we were in- I was in Team Dumbo!

The Yummy Jobs team then did a presentation that lasted about 45mins- 1hour which went through the various facts about the program and got us all more excited! We also had a little quiz before the presentation began which included prizes! We were given a role checklist where we just had to tick which roles we were willing to do on the program. The Yummy Jobs team advised that the more we ticked, the better chance we had to getting to the next stage.

The roles that were on offer were:

  • Character Attendant
  • Operations- Attractions/Park Greeter
  • Merchandise
  • Character Performer
  • Custodial
  • Lifeguarding
  • Recreation
  • Bell Services
  • Costuming
  • Quick Service Food and Beverage
  • Restaurant Seater

I said that I was willing to do 8 out 11- I didn’t want to do lifeguarding or recreation because I’m not a strong enough swimmer and I also wasn’t a big fan of working in the quick service food locations.

The Yummy Jobs team said that there’s a lot of roles for operations, merchandise, custodial and quick service food and beverage and so were kind of hinting that it’d be a good idea to say that we were willing to do these jobs.

There were two interview times and mine was at 4:30pm which meant I had about an hour to either leave and come back or stay in the office where there was cake for the Macmillan Coffee Morning. I think pretty much everyone at the 4:30 time stayed and had cake and just got chatting to the other people who were also in Team Dumbo.

The wait went really quickly and soon Anna came to collect Team Dumbo and took us into her office. There were three interviewers so there was six slots on Monday afternoon in total. There was seven of us in Team Dumbo and it was a really relaxed atmosphere; we just sat in a circle while Anna asked us questions and we had a sort of conversation. Firstly, we had to speak to the person next to us and introduce them with their name, where they’re from, what they’re studying, an interesting fact and their favourite disney memory. This was a great way to break the ice and I had already met Andria, the girl I had to introduce!

Then we began with the questions:

  • Why do you want to work for Disney?
  • What are your top roles?
  • What aspect of the housing are you most looking forward to?
  • How would you deal with a messy roommate?
  • What Disney character are you most like and why?
  • How would you keep motivated to put in 110% effort?

There were some more questions but I can’t remember all of them!

Anna split our group in half at one point and asked each side to discuss a scenario question and then feedback to the rest of the group. My group was asked this:

As a lifeguard you have to constantly keep your eyes on the water. What would you do if a guest walked up to you and asked a question? How would you keep them happy without loosing your concentration on the water?

The other group were asked how would you deal with guests when a ride is broken down?

The interview lasted about 45mins (or maybe even longer) but it went very very quickly! It didn’t feel like we were in there that long at all. We gave our role checklist forms to Anna and she asked us if we had any questions. I asked about how long you’re earning your ears for (which is training in Disney speak) and others asked some questions as well. We were the last group to finish so we must have been in there longer than the other groups and we had a group picture by the disney poster in the Yummy Jobs Office. I think I’m right in saying that a lot of Team Dumbo got through to the next round!

Half of Team Dumbo! Photo courtesy of Amy 😀
I came out of the interview thinking that it went okay but that I could have done more to stand out. I think it’s one of those things that you always think about what you could’ve said after it’s happened. But we were told we would hear back within two weeks and this was an agonising wait!

I think for this interview you just need to relax- you’ve done really well to get this far as they make a lot of cuts at the application stage.

Remember to smile! giphyAfter all it’s an interview for Disney where you’ll have to be smily. I seem to remember my mouth slighting aching after the interview because I was smiling so much!

Also try to look engaged and not talk over people or talk too much. I answered all the questions and so did everyone in my group so everyone got a chance to talk. All in all, this interview was nothing to worry about so if you’ve got this far, just relax!

I have to say the wait after this interview was very difficult, you just want to know! Two weeks went by and still none of us had heard anything. I think it was to do with the fact they had extended the application deadline into October so they couldn’t finish the interviews until a bit later. Originally the interview week was 26th September – 30th September, but they then added another interview day around the 7th October.

Going by my interview day, I think Yummy Jobs interviewed about 600 people and they said they were going to take about 350 people to the final interview stage.

After the pre-screen, Yummy Jobs asked us to create a Disney profile and fill out the Disney application just as a formality so that Disney had us on their system. I followed up the interview with an email to Anna just saying how much I enjoyed the day and met some great people and that I had completed the Disney application.

Then we waited…
and waited…
and waited…
until finally… we got an email on the 14th October 2016! I was so excited!! So the next stop was Disney HQ in Hammersmith!!