You’ve finally gotten to the dreaded phone interview. Some people highly dislike this part of the process while others don’t mind it at all. I fell into the latter category, but that’s because I had time to prepare and knew what to expect.
Tips & tricks for the phone interview
- Your phone interview time slots will be listed in Eastern Time unless you change it. Make sure you select the proper timezone before picking out your time. You might accidentally go for 8:45 am but realize later that it actually means 6:45 am because of the time difference. Fear not, however, if you mess up you can go back a reregister for a different time.
- Pick a time where you don’t have any pressing things going on. Set aside at least an hour block of time for this interview. Disney reserves the right to call you anytime between 15 minutes before the scheduled time to 15 minutes after they said they’d call. The call also usually takes 20-30 minutes, so you don’t want to be watching the clock because you have a class in fifteen minutes when you’re supposed to be focused on the interview.
- Don’t go in blind, that’s setting yourself up for failure. Yeah, maybe you think you can wing it, but do you really wanna risk this opportunity on your improv skills?
- Smile. The interviewers can hear your tone of voice, and they’re looking for those upbeat people who will represent Disney well. Just a simple smile can make a world of difference.
- Dress like an actual interview. I know the interviewer can’t see you, but that doesn’t mean that you should not take this as seriously. If you dress like you’re going to an actual interview, then it puts you in the right state of mind.
- Remember your interviewer’s name. This one is a bit tricky, I know for me I was so focused on preparing myself that I forgot to remember my interviewer’s name. If you do manage to catch it, use it at the end to thank them for their time and you even have the chance to send a little thank you email. I kinda kicked myself for not doing that, but I did still get in, so it’s not a make or break thing.
- Don’t watch the Youtube videos with complete interviews. They change from interview to interview, so it will not necessarily help you. Plus if you watch older ones, the questions and roles have probably been adapted and changed.
Alright, well, hopefully this has been a little bit helpful for you on your trek to apply for the college program. Before I go, here’s a link to the document I used to prepare myself for the interview. It has many of the general questions that they may ask as well as questions specifically for PhotoPass, Character Attendant, Merchandise, Attractions, and Character performer, which were all roles that I had wanted. It also has the answers that I prepared ahead of time listed there.
One note about prepping answers beforehand: don’t just read off your paper. Typing up your answers beforehand is a great way to get your brain in order, but they can tell if you’re just reading off an answer as opposed to creating it on the spot.
DCP Phone Interview
Feel free to drop me a question in the comments if anything is unclear or if you would like to know something 🙂
You can also check out the video version of this over on YouTube.
Why hello there lovelies! I believe it’s high time that I walk y’all through the lovely process of applying to the Disney College Program and what you can do to better your chances. This first post will be focused on the first two stages of the application because I did not have enough material to warrant two different posts to be completely honest.
Stage One: The Initial Application
This part is the easiest of the entire process. It’s the standard application where you enter your personal information, education information, and work experience. In all honesty, it’s super straight-forward as Disney prompts you to give them everything they need. One thing you do need to keep in mind is whether or not you are eligible for this program to begin with. Let me give you the requirements you must meet to become a college programmer:
- You have to be enrolled in college, taking credits at a college, or be within six months of graduation.
- You have to meet any requirements that your school had for your participation (a certain GPA, number of credits, etc.)
- Be 18 years or older by the time your program starts
- Have unrestricted work authorization (i.e. you’re eligible for employment in the U.S.)
All in all, not much to say about this part of the application, so i’m going to head and hop on over to the next section.
Stage Two: The Web-Based Interview
Now, this stage is the next step you must go through to become a college programmer. Some people (myself included) are offered this portion as soon as they complete the application. Some are offered it in a few days, a few weeks, and some never get it. Those that have submitted an application but have not received the WBI are termed as “in submission”. Sidenote: being put into submission is not the end of the world. There was a “Submission Ohana” page during the application stage of my DCP and I’ve heard of those who were in submission for the longest time, finally got the WBI, and then went on to be cast members.
Back to the actual interview, I would honestly say this part is more of a super huge and long personality survey than anything else. This is the tool that Disney uses to decipher which role you would fit best into. A few tips for this section of the application:
- Set aside at least 45 minutes to an hour to complete this. This section is incredibly long with tons of questions.
- At the same time though, you can’t take forever to answer the questions. You’re timed and given I believe 45 seconds to answer each question, but have no fear, they’re all multiple choice or giving a rating type of questions.
- Don’t be lukewarm. And by that I mean don’t always go for the ‘neutral’ answer. Disney wants someone who will be able to be decisive and put themselves out there. You can put a few neutrals, I know I did, but don’t let that be all of your answers.
- Don’t stress. I know applying for the Disney college program can be intense, but don’t overthink things. They’re not going to blacklist you if you put the wrong answer to this test, only if all of your answers mark you as a candidate unfit for the position.
Well, that being said, that’s all the tips I have for you for this section of the application process blog posts. Advice on the phone interview will be a lot longer because it is so much more complex (talking to real humans, the horror! 😉 ).
Check back in soon to see the second half of this post. I have a YouTube video on this topic as well. Also, as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below 😀
- Realizing there is such a thing as the Disney college program. For me, this stage came my freshman year of high school, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did manage to forget about it for my first semester at college because so much life change was going on, but I quickly jumped back on the bandwagon.
- Becoming eligible for the program. AKA, as soon as you complete your first semester. At this point, you have a sudden realization: I CAN WORK FOR DISNEY NOW.
- Actually applying. This is the fun part where you enter information and try to convince Disney you’d be a great fit for the program. This one has three stages:
- The basic application that opens up the interview stages.
- The web-based interview
- The (dreaded) phone interview
- Waiting. Or, if you’d prefer a more dramatic title, the utter horror of silence and uncertainty stemming from the Walt Disney Corporation taking their sweet time to accept or deny you. This is the point where you refresh your email every day (sometimes every hour) to see if you got that confirmation email. You beg and plead to any deity you believe in that they’ll accept you, and go over your phone interview with a fine-toothed comb to see if there was anything you screwed up. Which makes you convinced you bombed the interview and they’ll never hire you. During this time, you will also immerse yourself in everything DCP you can possibly find. You’ll watch endless amounts of vlogs (that all end up blending together at some point), consider starting one yourself, join every single Facebook group for your program, and read every blog post you can possibly find.
- The Moment. You know which moment I’m talking about. The one where you find an email sent from the magical mouse that holds your fate in question. Your heart drops. You can’t believe your eyes, checking it once, twice, three times to make sure. YOU’VE BEEN ACCEPTED! CONGRATULATIONS!
If you’d like, my lovely sister-in-law and I have illustrated these stages in one of the videos on my Youtube channel. You can check it out here. Also, as a perk of reading my blog, you get access to the rest of the lip-syncing that she and I did that got cut from the video. View that footage here.
I can barely contain my excitement, but that’s because I just got my acceptance email from the Disney College Program! I’ve been offered the role of Quick Service Food and Beverage, which is so not the role I wanted but hey, it’s Disney, so I will totally take it. I’ll be there for the Fall Advantage program, so I’ll be in Florida from mid/late May to early January. I’m so stoked to continue capturing this journey for y’all, I’ll be back for more information later 😀
Why hello there!
It seems that you have come across, my blog, which you have found for one of a few reasons:
- You search ‘Disney College Program’ and came up with this blog.
- You came through a link from my YouTube page
- You saw something I posted on Instagram or Facebook
- You’re my family (hi mom 🙂 )
Anyways, this is the beginning to my grand adventure. To be fair, I still don’t know if I’ll be accepted to the program yet, but since this is the only semester that it will work for me, I am genuinely hoping and wishing it would happen. It will be very difficult to be apart from my fiancé especially since I’m a person that needs time together, but I’m also not looking to miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I just submitted my application two days ago and got through the web based interview, and my phone interview is on February 12th. I’ll let y’all know how that went over once it’s said and done with, so just hang tight for now 🙂