Saturday, September 7, 2013

DCP: Web Based Interview Advice


In the past, most people have been asking about advice for how to ace the phone interview portion of the application for the Disney College Program. This year, I've been getting many questions for advice on how to pass the Web Based Interview (WBI) of the application. After hearing back from people who have passed and those who unfortunately did not continue after the WBI, I have thought of some basic tips and guidelines to remember while taking your WBI to help better your chances of making it to the phone interview stage.

  1. Use "Strong" Answers: The WBI is going to give you a series of questions one by one. They're typically about you and your personality, such as, "Are you generally a positive person?" They'll also throw in some questions like, "In my opinion, the customer is always right." The way you will answer these questions is on a scale of "Strongly Disagree" to "Strongly Agree." When you agree or disagree with one of the questions, USE THE STRONG OPTIONS. It has been common with people who haven't passed the WBI to tell me they rarely used the strong answers. Those who have used the strong answers generally have passed. There's a rumor going around that if you use too many strong answers, Disney will "catch you" and "assume you're just telling them what they want to hear." Don't worry about that. Answer what you think describes YOU. With this in mind, it's okay to answer a few questions with neutral or just agree/disagree. I probably did about three answers neutral and two with just the normal agree/disagree options. Just don't make it a habit of answering with these options, or else you may find yourself in trouble.
  2. Don't Over Think: Some people are freaked out and nervous because the WBI is timed. They also might think too much about what they assume Disney wants them to put as their answers. Disney doesn't want you to put what you think they're looking for, they want you to answer truthfully about you. Also, don't be concerned about the timed aspect of the interview. They give you one question one by one with plenty of time to answer each individually. The only times I found myself worried about taking too long is when I would start over thinking about a question. Analyzing the questions too much is what could get you in trouble for the time limit.
  3. Don't Stress: Lastly, I want you guys to keep in mind that everything happens for a reason. If for some reason you don't get the option to move on for a phone interview, it's not the end of the world, it's just not your time to do the program yet. As long as you're not done with college, you have an opportunity to apply again. I know plenty of people that applied more than once to get into the program. Just stay persistent and everything will work out in the end.
One last note: Many of you are concerned about not getting the invitation for the WBI after getting your confirmation email after sending in your application. Personally, I was able to get my WBI invite and sign up for my phone interview all in the same day. However, this is not always the case. I know plenty of people who had to wait a few days before getting their WBI invite simply because of the massive amounts of applicants sending in their applications at the same time. The website's traffic is increasing every year. I doubt Disney wants everyone doing the WBI at the same time. I've even heard of people applying for part-time positions (they need the WBI too) and not getting the WBI until a week later.

You are not out of the running until they tell you that you are no longer in consideration. Just be patient. Applying to the DCP is one giant waiting game. It's frustrating, I realize that. You're going to have to learn to wait and see what happens because it's out of your control.

For those of you applying, good luck! I hope these tips help you in your WBI, and if you want any advice for the phone interview you can check out the video and study guide I posted earlier this year!

Have a magical day everyone!

3 comments:

  1. I am debating between applying for spring advantage this year or fall advantage any advice on how to choose between them?

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    1. Think about the factors you have with school, and if you want to be away from home during the holidays or not. Spring semester usually has less crowds due to the few holidays (compare Christmas to Easter...etc). Spring has more tour groups and Spring Break. Weather for Spring is usually a bit more mild and less humid in comparison to Fall. Fall however does get all of the fun parties such as Mickey's NSSHP and Christmas. It's up to you to really decide!

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  2. I received the email asking me to take the web base interview but in just a couple of hours the email disappeared and now im having trouble with the career page do you happen to have the link or phone number?

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