So a couple weeks after the pre-screen group interview, I received the long awaited email to tell me I had been selected for the final interview!
So after having a little celebration dance, I sat down and selected the date and time for my final interview. I chose the Monday at 9am so that I was able to enjoy my time in London afterwords. We also had to complete a role checklist where you ranked the roles available from High Interest to No Interest. Here I put Merchandise, Attractions, Character Performer and Character Attendant as High Interest and ranked the other roles lower.
From there all I had to do was wait. It was about 3/4 weeks until the final interview and I had to organize flights and hotels for when I was down in London. Thankfully, my mum had decided to come down with me for support and so we turned the trip into a holiday.
The Lead Up to the Interview
The sunday before the interview came quickly and suddenly I found myself sitting on a plane on my way down to London! I was so excited and nothing was going to ruin this for me.
Mum and I had a day exploring London on Sunday and then we came back to the hotel to prepare for the final interview.
The Day of the Interview
I woke up on the Monday morning, bright and early so I could make myself look as nice as possible. The hotel was only a 10 minute walk away from our hotel, but even still we left 30 minutes before my interview time so I could stop and have a small cup of tea to settle my nerves. It came time for me to head to Disney HQ and I said goodbye to my mum and headed on in.
Disney HQ was more than I could imagine. It was the most amazing experience of my life and the interview did not even feel like an interview. Once you were taken upstairs, they measure you if you are interested in being a character performer. From there, they check over all your paperwork to make sure everything is sorted out.
You are then taken up individually to speak to a Disney recruiter. Some things that my interviewer and I discussed were:
- Where I had traveled from
- Did I have any tattoos?
- Did I have any piercings?
- What was I studying at university?
- What work experience did I have?
- What were my top roles and why?
- Why I applied for the program?
- Have I lived with other people before?
- How would I be able to handle the heat?
Like I said, the interview felt very informal. It felt more like having a conversation with someone rather than feeling like I was being interviewed. I think this was an advantage in the end as I was truly able to just be myself and show the recruiter just how much my love for Disney shone through.
I then came out of my interview to have a wonderful day meeting up with my best friend and having an amazing holiday with my mum. Let’s just say that long weekend was one of the most memorable and precious times that I have had in a long time and I am very thankful for it.
That’s all for me just now. See you real soon.