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Pre-Screen Interview

So I finished my application on 14th September 2016 at 9.30 am, just a few days before applications closed and found out that I was successfully through to the next stage at 1.30 pm that same day!!

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My interview was due to take place on the 29th September at 2.15 pm down at the Yummy Jobs office in Essex, London. To say I was excited was an understatement.

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I found a few other girls to fly with including someone on the same course as me at university. We all flew down in the morning and got an Uber to the offices in Essex in perfect timing for the interview. We were even able to go to Costa and meet some of the other people waiting for the interview which was lovely!

The Interview

Once we got into the Yummy Jobs office, we met Anna, Luke and Adam who were going to be the ones interviewing us. They done a short presentation to everyone about what the programme consisted of and it only got me more and more excited about the possibility of doing the programme. Then it was the serious part. They split us up into small interview groups of around 7/8 depending on what team we got when we came in (Go Team Scar!).

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My interview was led by Adam who was so lovely and made the interview so easy. we started off with an icebreaker. We all selected a starburst and depending on the colour we were each asked a different question. I chose the orange starburst and I had to say where my favourite destination I ever visited was. I then went on about how I had recently visited Shanghai and was lucky enough to go to Shanghai Disney. This was a great topic as it struck up conversation with Adam and the other people in the group interview.

We were then asked some generic questions which included:

  • What is your motivation to do the program?
  • How would you cope with the long hours?
  • What are your top role choices?
  • An family waited 2 hours in the rain to discover their child is too small to go on the ride, what would you do?
  • How would you deal with homesickness for yourself and your roommates?
  • How would you deal with a messy roommate?
  • Which Disney character would you most like to go to tea with?

Each interviewer asked the same questions roughly but maybe worded them in a different way. No matter what they done everything the could to make sure you were comfortable and were enjoying the interview process.

If you are looking to do the program, prepare rough answers to these questions! I had looked on blogs prior to the interview and felt so prepared that the answers came naturally to me. DO NOT MAKE IT SEEM REHEARSED THOUGH! They are looking to see if you have the initiative and personality to make it in Disney World.

My biggest advice for this interview is to smile and make your personality shine through! Act like yourself so they get to know the real you. It’s a fun experience and the people are all so lovely.

Anyway, that’s all from me!

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Tell everybody I’m on my way!

So the big day had finally arrived.

17th June.

I had absolutely no sleep as it was my hometown Gala Day fireworks the night before, and I had to leave my house at 3.15am the next morning. I was ridiculously tired but just ried to power through until I got to the airport.

Then 3.15 came and it was time to leave my little house for 3 months. I had said all my goodbyes to my family and friends in the lead up to leaving and it still had not hit me that I was going away.  So off we went to the airport and in all honesty I felt nothing. A tiny bit of excitement but that was about it. We played Disney songs in the car to try and get me excited and eventually we arrived at the airport at around 3.35 am.

Once we were parked we went inside where I was meeting the rest of the girls I was flying with and their families. This was great as all the mums got a chance to chat to each other and that was exactly what my mum needed. We talked for a long time and got loads of pictures with everyone.

Then it was time for us to go up to departures and get ready to leave. My mum gave me one final cuddle and it all hit me. I got a bit emotional and didn’t really want to leave her. Most of you will know that my mum and I are the best of friends and this was the longest we were ever going to be apart. We both knew that this was the most amazing opportunity for me however, and we knew that we were both just a call away.

So all 5 of us went up to security and through to departures. We went to the Weatherspoons and had some food and got ready for our first flight to London Gatwick. Our first flight was fab with the cabin crew even referring to us as the “Minnie mouse exchange group” wishing us luck once we landed!

Now it was time for Flight #2 and by this time had been awake for more than 24 hours. I needed my sleep! I started watching “Moana” and 10 minutes in I was asleep.  We then had a shuffle around of seats so that some of us could watch “Newsies” and once again I fell asleep. My friends thought it would be hilarious to balance a cup on my head and it was so funny!

Then 9 hours later we landed! We navigated our way through customs and finally arrived at the magical express. From their we went on to our hotel for the night!

That is where I will leave it today. There are hundreds of stories I still have to tell but not enough time to tell them so I will try my best!

See you guys soon !

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