In Fall of 2015 I stumbled upon a Facebook post that detailed a former sorority sister’s story about her Disney College Program. She gushed about how amazing it was for her, despite occasional challenges, and how she would do just about anything to go back. After reading I thought to myself that I just wasn’t enough of a Disney nerd to be able to do something like that. Sure, I’m a marketing major and geek out about the Disney brand, but I didn’t actively follow the movies or know all of the character’s names. A few weeks later I was working in my apartment’s main office. A girl walked in excited to get her package because it was a Disney Dooney and Bourke purse that she had wanted to get her hands on for a while. She then explained to me and my co-worker her love for Disney and how she was an alum of the DCP. She gushed that it was an experience everyone needed to have during their time in college. My mind immediately went back to when I had read that post on Facebook and I googled how tall you had to be to attend character auditions. At 5’10”, let’s just say I walked away from that search a bit disappointed. Then I did more research only this time on YouTube. I found vlogs all about other people’s Disney College Programs and how amazing the program was for them. That’s when I decided that I absolutely had to pursue this opportunity.

Researching the Program

That Spring I used the majority of my free time to watch any vlog or video about Disney, it didn’t even have to be about the college program. I think I watched nearly every Disney haul video on YouTube at the time. Then I brought it up to my parents. I expressed my crazy idea to take a semester off of school and move to Disney World to pursue an opportunity of a lifetime. I am a marketing major after all and who can say no to working for the most authentic brand in the world? That’s when my mom joined me in doing research. What was this program? Was it really worth taking a semester off of school? Where would we live? Where there benefits to doing the program? Over the summer though, I knew I was going to pursue the program. I was looking something up daily and constantly talking about it. I pity my parents, brother, and friends for having to hear about it every day.

Applications

Apps dropped August 15, 2016 for the Spring 2017 Disney College Program. Almost on cue as the announcement e-mail came into my inbox my mom called me asking if I’d applied yet. From my research over the summer (yes, I’m calling it research) I had heard horror stories about people’s apps getting lost after applying day one, so I decided to apply two days later. August 17th, 2016 I finally sat down and applied to the college program. Let me just say, I’ve never been more nervous to fill out a job application in my life. I checked for spelling errors, I made sure it emphasized every strength possible, and I reread over and over checking to make sure I couldn’t use any better wording. At the end, I ended up without a sign-out button and panicked. Where in the world was the button that the page told me I needed to have? I freaked out, called my dad, e-mailed tech support, and had a minor panic attack. And yes, over a sign out button. Turns out, not everyone gets a sign out button. Lesson learned.

WBI

Fifteen minutes after submitting my application I got an e-mail to progress onto the WBI. To say the least, this made me even more nervous than doing the application. I knew that as soon as I completed the WBI I would know if I was progressing to the phone interview or not. I kid you not when I say I called my mom and literally made her stay on the line until the end of my WBI so that she would be there for the end result, whether good or bad. I missed a question on the WBI because I ran out of time and immediately I was freaking out. This was Disney. And since it was Disney, surely one little mistake could completely end my chances of ever getting on with the company. Well, thankfully that mistake didn’t end anything for me, I ended up progressing to the PI. Immediately after seeing that I was progressing on after the WBI, my e-mail tinged with a new message and I was able to schedule my phone interview. I immediately scheduled it for Tuesday, August, 30th. And yes, waiting almost two weeks was hard.

PI

The night before my phone interview I sat down and wrote out 5 sticky-notes full of information. I wrote down my top 5 preferences for roles, my park preferences, had a sticky note to write down my interviewer’s name, wrote out my questions for the end, and even had one sticky note for why I felt I was a good match for the company. Then the day of the interview came. I was a nervous wreck. My interview was at 3pm and I was dressed in professional clothes sitting at my desk at 2:30. I reviewed my sticky notes over and over and made sure my pen worked. Then I said my “God help me prayer”. Right after I said “amen” my phone rang at 2:45pm. In all honesty, the interview was a blur. I got off the phone in exactly 20 minutes and called my mom. I had just completed my Disney interview.

The Wait

The Disney College Program application process is full of lots of waiting. Whether 15 minutes or 15 days, each and every wait is painful because the majority of us want answers as soon as possible. I couldn’t help but check my e-mail nearly every chance I got. I was bound and determined that I would get my reaction to my (hopefully) acceptance on tape, so I recorded each time I checked my e-mail and dashboard. I can’t count the number of clips I recorded in one day each day in anticipation of finally hearing something back. In fact, the day before my acceptance came I have an emotional clip where I start to go on about thinking I’m not good enough for the company and won’t get a job offer.

Congratulations, You’ve Been Selected

On Friday, September 23rd, 2016 I sat down at my computer after my university’s career fair. I had attended in pursuit of an internship for summer 2017 because internships are required to graduate from the business program. I hadn’t heard anything back from Disney so I knew I had to start applying for internships. I opened my computer, turned on my camera, and pulled up my e-mail. And I saw the e-mail, right as it came in. “Congratulations, you have been accepted to the Disney College Program.” So many people thought that my reaction was staged, fake, or rehearsed, but it wasn’t. I literally went from almost tears because I thought I hadn’t made it to complete and utter joy because I was moving to Disney in the snap of your fingers because I guess that’s how I react to exciting news. Plus, I’m not typically one to cry, so the fact that I even have something close to tears on camera means it’s not staged for me. What wasn’t filmed was jumping around my apartment for over an hour in utter disbelief. This was real. I was moving to Disney World. And little did I know, my program would be starting in exactly four short months.

The Disney College Program interview is a big deal amongst potential CP’s. If you are currently in the process of “studying” for the interview, writing an outline for the interview, or simply want to look over potential questions, this post is for you. In the post I decided to share the questions, not an outline of what your answers should be. Remember, your answers need to be unique to you. These recruiters have done this for a while and are pretty good at sensing if you’ve looked at questions. Be unique and stand out as a potential CP, I promise it’s a good idea!

Basic and Program Related Questions

Why do you want to do the Walt Disney World College Program?

What are you most looking forward to?

What makes you stand out from other candidates/why should you be accepted?

What does Disney mean to you?

How do you feel about working/living states away from home?

What do you plan on doing after the program?

Tell about favorite movie, character, etc.

What can you offer the company?

What would you look for in a CP applicant?

How will the program help you professionally?

Are you willing to maintain the Disney look?

Have you ever been to Disney World/Disneyland? Did you like it and why?

Discuss a magical moment you personally had within the parks.

Have you ever lived with roommates? How would you resolve potential conflicts?

Work Related Questions

Do you mind working outside in the Florida heat or inside in cold air conditioning?

How would you handle an emergency?

Would you rather work independently or in a group setting? Would you rather work in a slow or fast-paced environment?

How would you handle a guest who doesn’t speak English but needs help?

Do you mind working mornings, evenings, late nights, weekends and holidays?

How would your coworkers describe you in 3 words?

How would your manages describe you in 3 words?

How would you interact with guests? How would you make their day?

How would you handle a displeased guest?

Which park or resort would you prefer to work?

How would you deal with repetitive work days?

Can you tell me about a time that you were a team player?

What does team work mean to you?

How have you handled an emergency/how would you handle one?

Name a time when you went out of your way to make a guest feel special.

Tell me about a time you had to deal with a difficult guest, co-worker, or manager.

Name something you didn’t like about your past jobs.

Discuss a conflict you had with a previous manager.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Role Related Questions

What are your past job experiences and how do they relate to the roles you chose?

What are your top/most qualified 3 to 5 roles?

Would you consider taking a role you put low/no interest in?

Potential Character Attendant Questions

Why would you like to be a character attendant?

How would you answer a guests’ question of ‘how is __ in two parks at once’?

How would you answer a guests’ question of ‘why can’t characters talk’?

What would you do if a child is being rough with a character?

What does character integrity mean to you?

What would you do if a child was afraid of a character?

How would you explain Mickey in two parks at once?

What would you tell guests if you had to turn them away because a line was closed for the day?

What would you tell guests if a character had to take a break before coming back out?

Potential Character Performer Questions

What does character integrity mean to you?

How do you act?

Have you ever been to an audition before?

Do you have any experience in theatre, dance, acting, or performing in general?

How would you handle a child that is afraid of you?

Potential QSFB Questions

Would you be willing to wash dishes or bus tables?

Are you comfortable preparing simple food items which may include using a fryer, grill, or other cooking equipment?

Are you comfortable selling alcohol?

Are you able to multitask?

How do you feel about working independently at a food cart?

Are you comfortable handling cash and using a cash register?

If a package of chips comes at $1.50 each, and a guest wants 3, and gives you $10, how much change do you give back?

Potential Floral Questions

Do you have any experience in making gift baskets?

Would you be able to drive a larger truck?

Would you be comfortable with heavy boxes/items?

Potential Attractions Questions

How do you feel speaking in front of large groups?

Can you memorize and remember long speeches (spiels)?

What would you do if a child wanted to ride Splash Mountain but was too short?

What would you do if a guest wanted to get on an attraction but it was out of service?

If you were doing a task that was repetitive, how do you keep yourself interested in it?

How do you feel about operating a ride?

Would you be willing to help with crowd control during a parade?

What would you do if you messed up a spiel?

Potential Seater Questions

Are you willing to spend long periods of time rolling silverware and folding napkins?

Are you comfortable handling cash and using a register?

What would you tell a guest if they wanted to eat at a restaurant, but there are no tables available for several hours?

Have you ever managed a seating chart or are you willing to learn?

What qualities should a seater have?

Potential Merchandise Questions

What would you do if someone wanted an item and the shop was out of it?

If a package of chips comes at $1.50 each, and a guest wants 3, and gives you $10, how much change do you give back?

Are you comfortable suggesting items to a guest based on first impressions?

What would you do if someone wanted an item and the shop was out of it?

Are you willing to work independently outdoors at a cart?

If your phone is ringing, you are checking a person out, and someone in the store needs help with an item, what do you do first, second, and last?

Are you comfortable with handling cash?

How do you handle pin trading?

Potential Convention Guide Questions

How would you handle a guest that isn’t involved in an even asking a question, while you were walking with a large group attending the event?

Potential Custodial Questions

Can you handle working outside in the heat, rain, or cold for up to 8 hours a day?

Are you allergic you any chemicals, cleaning supplies, or latex?

Are you willing to bus tables in restaurants and outdoors?

Are you comfortable working with cleaning chemicals?

Are you comfortable with emptying trashcans and lifting heavy garbage bags?

Have you ever had cleaning experience?

Can you handle talking to multiple people and multitasking?

Potential Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique/Pirates Leaque Questions

Have you had experience doing make-up and hair?

What experience do you have with children?

How would you handle a parent or child that did not like the make-up or hairstyle or thought it was too much?

How would you react if a little girl was hesitant about getting dressed up or having her hair and make-up done?

Potential Concierge Questions

What do you think the duties of the concierge are?

How are you experienced in this role?

Do you have any cash handling experience or experience handling large sums of cash?

How would you make each guest feel special?

Potential Housekeeping Questions

Are you comfortable working with cleaning chemicals or are you allergic to any cleaning products?

How do you feel about working in a guest’s room while they are not there?

Are you able to work independently with little to no guest contact?

Potential Hospitality Questions

How would you make a guest feel special as they are beginning their Disney vacation?

How do you feel about being trained on a computer reservation system?

What would you do if you were working the front desk and the guest wanted a non-smoking pool view room and there were none available?

Potential PhotoPass Photography Questions

Are you comfortable with operating digital cameras/heavy equipment?

How do you feel about a guest refusing a picture?

How do you feel about achieving monthly sales goals and suggesting products?

Are you comfortable working in several different parks, potentially all in the same week?

Potential Lifeguard Questions

Are you willing to work in another role during off-peak seasons?

Are you comfortable working for long periods of time in the Florida heat?

What would you do if a guest was not tall enough to ride a ride?

Are you comfortable with spending long periods of time standing in water?

Do you believe you are able to pass the swim test?

What would you do in the event of a guest injury or illness?

Are you CPR/lifeguard certified?

Potential Recreational Activities Questions

Do you believe you will be able to pass the swim test?

Are you willing to train with watercraft, arcades, and other recreational facilities?

How do you feel about working for long period of time outdoors and around water?

Are you willing to work in another role during the off-seasons?

Potential Bell Service Dispatch/Greeter Questions

Are you comfortable talking to guests on the phone?

Are you willing to and able carry heavy luggage?

Are you comfortable being the first cast member that a guest interacts with on their vacation?

Potential Transportation Questions

Do you have a valid driver’s license?

Why do you think transportation is so important at Disney?

Are you comfortable talking to other Cast Members via radio?

Are you comfortable memorizing and delivering long speeches?

Are you willing to help with crowd control during parades?

What would you talk about with guests while waiting for transportation?

Have you ever dealt with large groups of people at one time?

How do you feel about driving large vehicles filled with guests?

How do you keep everyone on board safe?

Do you have experience transporting large groups of people?

Can you drive/operate a vehicle/boat or ever worked on a system like the monorail?

Potential Hopper Questions

Are you willing to learn the set-up and layout of multiple parks, areas, and stores?

Are you comfortable with working in multiples locations and parks?

Potential Children’s Activities Questions

How would you entertain children with no toys?

Do you have experience with children?

Are you comfortable cleaning up after children?

Will you be willing to teach a line dance?

Potential Costuming Operations Questions

Are you willing and able to carry heavy costumes to different locations?

Are you comfortable operating an advanced costume check-out computer?

Would you be comfortable working independently?

Are you willing to operate basic laundry equipment?

How do you feel about working “backstage” with minimal guest contact?

Potential Vacation Planner Questions

What do you think the duties of a vacation planner are?

How do you feel about working in multiple parks, potentially all four in a week?

What do you think the duties of a vacation planner are?

Are you comfortable working with a computerized ticket system offering over 128 different ticket combinations?

How do you work under pressure?

Hopefully this post was helpful to you! If you noticed your role wasn’t listed or you know of other questions I should add within the list, please let me know in the comments below! If you are preparing for your phone interview, I wish you the best of luck! You will do great, promise!

The Disney College Program application process is filled with lots and lots of waiting. Whether you are waiting 15 minutes for an e-mail or 15 days to hear back, each wait is full of consistently thinking of when that e-mail will come to you. While I can’t give you any advice on how to put your phone away so you stop refreshing your e-mail for DORMS updates, I can give you some tips on what you can do after getting your acceptance. Many of these things should be done before you applied to begin with, but this serves as a way to follow-up and make sure everything is lined up.

Talk to your advisor about internship credit/how it will affect you academically

Depending on your school, some will offer internship credits, some will require you to continue to take a full course load, some have a co-op place holder, and maybe even offers things not on this list, but those listed are the most common. Your advisor should have all of the information on what you need to do to make sure that you are set to go to your college program. Before going into this meeting, you need to know what your goal is going into the DCP. Are you okay getting no credit, graduating late, etc.? Your advisor will let you know what your options are and how things will go if you go to the program. I had a place holder class, got no credit, and will be graduating a semester later. Personally, I think it’s all worth it.

Find out if Disney school courses will transfer to your school

This is also something that needs to be addressed at your meeting with your advisor. Make sure you have printed the list of courses that Disney offers during the program and take it to the meeting to review with your advisor. For me personally, none of these courses would count for credit for me, but many people I’ve met they’ve received credit for courses that align with their major. For example, I know a handful of hospitality management majors who are getting credit for Disney’s hospitality class.

Talk to your financial aid office about student loans and financial aid

If you use student loans or financial aid during college, make sure to talk to someone in the financial aid office about how everything will work out for you if you accept the program. This is something that differs person to person and definitely something you have to make sure is covered early on before you head out for your program.

Ask how you will be able to sign up for courses for the following semester

Make sure that you talk to your advisor or the registrar about how you will be able to sign up for classes next semester. If you are taking classes through your university while you are on your program, there should be something specifically set up for you through your university, but if you are going on internship credit, not for credit, or on a co-op type thing, this is definitely something you should research. For me personally, I had to talk to my advisor about what classes I plan to take Fall 2017 since I’m doing the program in Spring 2017 and I will be given the okay to get online to sign up for classes. This is definitely a blessing considering the fact that it will allow me to get into the classes that I desperately need.

Talk to your landlord about being released from your lease/subleasing/reassigning/etc.

I recently saw a frantic post by someone on the Facebook page that they hadn’t even thought about their apartment and finding someone to take over their lease. This is once again something that will vary person to person in how it can be done. I’d never heard of just being released from a lease before joining the DCP Facebook page because subleasing and reassigning where the only things I’d heard of. Definitely make sure to e-mail, call, or set up a meeting with your land lord to make sure you understand the steps for getting your lease situated.

Plan your travel method to Disney

Are you going to drive, fly, go by train, etc. If you plan on flying, I advise that you buy plane tickets as soon as you know your dates to get the lowest rates that you can. If you are driving, start planning if you are going to do all of the driving in one long day or break it up between several days. And definitely make sure to get your hotel booked. If you book early, many of the resorts on property such as Art of Animation and All Star resorts.

Find roommates or at least start talking to people

As soon as I knew my dates I jumped onto the DCP Facebook page and posted that I was accepted and wanted to find some roommates. While there are no guarantees through Disney that you will get an apartment with everyone you matched with, it is fun to spend time getting to know other people who are hoping to do the program as well. And you never know, sometimes a pair of 8 roommates all end up together.

Plan outfits for traditions

Do a little bit of research on the Disney look and then check your closet to see what you own that goes along with the guidelines. As a girly girl myself, laying out potential outfits definitely made the fact that I was going to leave for the program much more real. And let’s be honest here, made the actual process of picking out my traditions outfit much faster and less painless.

Look into restaurants/resorts to visit during your program

Once I knew my dates I jumped online and made reservations for several restaurants during the program. I was set on dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest, so those reservations were actually part of my Christmas present before I left for the program. I also looked into the resorts I hope to stay at while I am on my program and can use my discount.

Think about your bucket list

I’m a planner, so I had to plan my bucket list months in advance. While I don’t know if I’ll be able to cross everything off, at least I have an idea of where I’d like to start. And hey, I might get to Disney and laugh and realize my list should look completely different.

Have you applied to the Disney College Program? What did you do to hold yourself over during the wait after the phone interview? Is there anything you would add to this list? If you have applied and are waiting, which of these tips do you hope to use?

My memorization skills where what got me through high school. It’s how I easily remembered and could recall every president of the U.S., memorized documents from history, and knew math formulas. I made my way through hundreds of flashcards and mnemonics each semester and always saw success from doing so. I would even sit and rewrite and repeat to myself the things that I couldn’t memorize to make it stick in my mind. Once I got to college I realized that other people didn’t memorize or study like I did and I realized that I might have a few tips to share.

Repetition

This is a major component to memorization. Whether you repeatedly say something out load, go over the same flashcards, or review the same sections of the study guide over and over, repetition is key. It’s the way to finally drill those last five flashcards that you can’t understand into your mind. It might take a little bit of time to get all of the information into your head, but that time is completely worth it.

Mnemonics

Did you ever have a math teacher in elementary school, middle school, or even high school use PEMDAS with you? You know, parenthesis, exponents, multiply, divide, add, and subtract? That is a mnemonic. In elementary school I remember always struggling with memorization and getting so frustrated trying to remember everything for my science tests, then my mom heard me recite PEMDAS off to my brother as he struggled through his math homework and she knew there had to be a way to incorporate that into my studying. So obviously, mnemonics is something I have used and that has been useful for me for a while. If there is a series of something that I need to memorize, I always try to come up with something crazy or silly that I will for sure remember. In fact, after I get my tests I often quickly scribble my sentence in the corner just in case. I’ve even had professors comment on liking my use of study tools.

Memorize in small chunks

I’m a big believer in using flashcards for memorization since that is the method that works best for me. If I’m sitting down with a new set of flashcards to study I will often pull 5 of the flashcards and go over those over and over until I feel I know it. Then I move onto the next 5 and so on. Occasionally I will go back through the stack of flashcards I’ve already gone over just for more review. Memorization is always more successful when it’s done in small chunks.

Say and repeat things out loud

I purposely reserve study room or study in my apartment just so I can read things out loud. If I am just starting to review something or am having a hard time remembering something, I say it outload several times. Studies have actually proven that saying things outload actually improves your memorization skills because you are using more than one sense. For me, I’ve definitely found that to be true so you should try it out too.

Focus on key phrases

In college, especially upper level courses, it always seems like you get long, drawn out definitions. Personally, those always seem to get jumbled in my mind since typically two or three are very similar despite two words flip flopped. Now, instead of trying to memorize all of it I simply focus on the key words. Typically I will go through and high light the key words in my notes, flash cards, or study guide and I am good to go.

Do you memorize for tests? What tips do you use from this list? Are there any tips you would add to this list? If you needed to brush up on your memorization skills, what tips would you add to this list? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

The DCP phone interview. Probably the most stressful part of the already stressful application process. If you are a part of the Facebook pages during the interview process, I wish you luck. The pages blow up with people flipping out about a late phone call, fearing NLIC, feeling they totally nailed it, and even questioning if they should change their interview time because of something that has come up. You read on the forums about people writing 8 pages of notes before going into the interview. Today, I’m here to tell you the do’s and don’ts of the DCP phone interview.

Do: Look over potential interview questions

Being prepared for questions that could come your way during an interview is always important. In fact, I have a list of almost 150 questions that you could be asked during your phone interview. Be sure to look over the general questions that you could be asked and potential questions for every role that you preferenced. None of us really know how Disney choses what roles they will interview you on, so be prepared for anything. You can’t always rely on the fact that you will be interviewed on your top roles, so be prepared and know questions you could be asked about other roles.

Don’t: Follow someone else’s interview answers

On the Facebook pages and multiple blogs you will find how people suggest you should answer the questions. Don’t follow those. Why you ask? Because it isn’t true to you. Yes, I’m sure that they are great answers, but they aren’t your answers. You want to be true to yourself during your interview and you don’t want to be the person reading off answers that someone else wrote out. Be yourself and have your own answers, I promise it is worth it.

Do: Have a post-it note to write down your interviewer’s name

It is almost expected by the recruiters that you will thank them by name at the end of your interview. And by recruiters, I mean anyone at any company that is interviewing you. At Disney, it is also very important to do this. Because it’s a phone interview, take advantage of the fact that you can write down the recruiter’s name so that you remember it by the end. My recruiter definitely seemed to appreciate that I thanked her by name at the end just by the tone of her voice. No matter what, you need to show them appreciation because I’m sure recruiting season is long.

Don’t: Have more than one page of notes

If you are on the Facebook pages you will see all kinds of posts with 10+ papers taped to a wall with potential interview questions and the answers that people want to use. First of all, you won’t have enough time to dig through those papers no matter how you tape them up, if you pause to answer for too long I’m sure the recruiter will expect that you have answers written out, and if you do find a question that you have answered in a quick manor, it’s fairly easy to tell when someone is reading something off. Save yourself the stress of digging through papers and cut it down to one page of answers, advice, etc. and keep it easy and authentic.

Do: Send a ‘Thank you’ e-mail to recruiting

After you have completed your interview, send an e-mail to recruiting with your interviewer’s name as “Attn: ‘Insert Interviewer’s Name’” in the title. In the e-mail thank them for taking the time out of their day to interview them then incorporate something specific that you said during your interview so that it helps them remember you. For example, one of my questions for the end of my interview was, “Since I’m a marketing nerd, I’d love to know what your favorite part of working for the Disney brand is.” Because of this question, I incorporated parts of her answer that I enjoyed in all of my marketing nerdiness.

Don’t: Freak out if your recruiter calls late

Recruiting season is hectic. While yes, it is stressful to have to wait to get a call from your recruiter, know that they can be running behind especially if your interview is later in the day. While the website says they can call 45-60 minutes late, I’ve heard of some instances in which people waited an hour and a half to two hours. Just be patient and keep your phone on. If you end up missing the call because the call was so much later than expected or you don’t get a call at all, e-mail recruiting or even find the recruiting phone number. Mistakes happen and they will definitely always do their best to make sure you get to interview.

Do: Have a mirror in front of you during the interview

When a friend who had recently done a phone interview gave me this tip I laughed. Why in the world would I want to look at myself in a mirror during an interview? Well, it turns out you do want to look at yourself in the mirror during a phone interview. Since you aren’t physically talking to someone, you often stop showing interest in your posture and in your smile. Fun fact: it’s easy to tell if someone is smiling while they talk even if you aren’t looking at them. Having the mirror in front of you insures that your posture and your smile are in check during your interview.

Don’t: Be somewhere that you have bad cell service

While service being dropped is out of our control, if you know you get bad service somewhere don’t go there for your interview. I saw people on the Facebook pages who had bad cell service in their apartments and do their phone interviews in their parked cars because reception is better there. I even know of people who scheduled study rooms on their university’s campus to do their phone interview. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you have good cell service.

Do: Have questions for the end of the interview

On my one sheet of paper for interview notes I made sure to include three questions that I wanted to ask at the end of my phone interview. In any interview, it’s always important to have at least one question ready to go for the end of the interview, so you should be prepared for the end of your Disney interview as well. I personally chose 3 questions because if I had a lot of time left at the end of my interview, I wanted to have questions to fill the time. I ended up only being able to ask 2 of them, but I’d rather be prepared than unprepared.

Don’t: Wait to come up with questions for the end

I’ve heard in several professional development classes that it’s encouraged to come up with questions for the end based off of your interview. While it’s great if you can come up with a question, you don’t want to have to come up with something quickly just because you don’t want to hang up. Have two or three questions ready to go and if you think a good questions based off of your interview use that instead of your planned questions.

Do: Be prepared for your interview 20 minutes early

My phone interview was 15 minutes earlier than planned. I am forever grateful that I was ready 20 minutes early with my phone out and on loud, had my pen out, interview sheet ready, and had mentally prepared myself for the interview.

Don’t: Ask how they got started with the Disney company

Everyone and their mother asks the recruiters how they got started with the Disney company. By now, if you ask that question they know you’ve been on the Facebook pages and you won’t stick out from the other potential CP’s. Ask questions that are more original and will help you stand out in the interview process.

Have you ever interviewed for the DCP? If so, what do’s and don’ts would you add to this list? If you have an interview coming up, which tips did you find most helpful? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!