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Most Common Employment Questions - Hourly

#81
I have worked in law enforcement for the last 17 years. Have never in my life been in trouble, only 1 speeding ticket. Recently I saw Disney was looking for security personnel. I did an online application and then the next day was sent about a 100 question multiple choice exam. Then a few days later I received an email that said I did not qualify for the position. I thought it was strange, especially with no explaination. Now I have to wait 6 months to apply again? Could it be because I currently live in Wisconsin? I was planning on moving there if I got the job right away but would I need to live there first to even get the job? Is there anything I could or should do differently?
Good question. Does disney look for more local people for positions compared to out of staters??
 

BigThunderMatt

Well-Known Member
#82
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Good question. Does disney look for more local people for positions compared to out of staters??
Not necessarily. If the exam was the one I'm thinking of it's essentially one of those exams that gives you a bunch of scenario questions and you have to pick where you stand on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree. The thing is many companies use these tests and they're not looking for honest answers, they're wanting you to answer how they want you answer. Basically telling them what they want to hear. If you made it to the questionnaire phase, your current residence didn't matter.
 
#83
Not necessarily. If the exam was the one I'm thinking of it's essentially one of those exams that gives you a bunch of scenario questions and you have to pick where you stand on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree. The thing is many companies use these tests and they're not looking for honest answers, they're wanting you to answer how they want you answer. Basically telling them what they want to hear. If you made it to the questionnaire phase, your current residence didn't matter.
Cool thanks
 
#84
Hello All,
I'm about to retire from the military and will have moved to the Orlando area by mid-February 2018. Is now (mid-September 2017) too early to apply for a full time Security Host/Hostess position?
Thanks in advance! :)
 
#86
Most Common Employment Questions - Hourly


Lexicon of Abbreviations
Types of Employment

Hourly
Most cast members fall into the hourly category. This category includes all theme park employees, some technical and engineering staff, housekeeping, etc. Hourly casting is done via the job hotline or through the casting center across from Downtown Disney.

College Program
This is a subset of hourly employees. The college program is designed for college students to earn credit while working for disney in one of the WDWPR roles. Students are given housing and have to follow a set of predefined rules during their tenure. Typically most of these programs last six months, but can vary based on program selection.

Equity Talent/Performer
This category includes parade performers, singers, dancers, acrobats, comedians, face characters, and fur characters. These are auditioned positions that are usually done in the Animal Kingdom rehearsal facility. If you are selected, you are given a contract for a length of time to perform in a role.

Professional
This is a very broad category of salaried positions and can range from management to stage hands/AV technicians. These positions often require an advanced degree for consideration. You must submit your resume through the Disney Careers website and be offered an invitation to interview.

Internship
These are college targeted roles for specific professional positions. (See above.) The process is similar to professional positions.


Hourly Questions
  1. How much do hourly cast members make?
    This varies based on the role you are placed. Disney claims it is competitive for the positions. Typically, it is slightly above minimum wage. Right now, the common answer is hovering around $7.50 - $9.00.

    In an hourly role, you are subject to overtime and doubletime pay for working above 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, depending on your union.
  2. How do I apply for an hourly role?
    You can apply for an hourly role only by visiting the Casting Center, which is across from Downtown Disney. Disney also occasionally holds job fairs which are held throughout Florida and sometimes in other states. For information on casting, call the job line at 407-828-1000 to speak with a casting representative.
  3. If I'm offered an hourly position, do I get to choose where I work?
    Yes and no. The availability of roles changes almost constantly. You can select up to three preferred work locations and the casting agent will do their best to accomodate you. If none of your choices are available, you can choose to select a role they do have available or can opt into a waiting "pool".
  4. What should I wear to the interview?
    You should dress professionally to the interview. Looking clean provides a good first impression and with Disney, making a good first impression is crucial.
  5. What should I expect to do at the Casting Center?
    You will fill out interview paperwork and potentially interview the same day. When filling out your application for employment, be thorough and do not omit information. Also, be clear about past incidents that may show up on your public record. Read the instructions carefully. During your interview you may be called into a group interview or a one-on-one or a combination of both. Be prepared to answer questions about your personal experience with Disney. Also, they will ask situational based questions -- things like -- "Tell me a time when you had to work with a customer who was dissatisified." These questions reveal a lot about character.
  6. What happens after I am offered work?
    Typically more paperwork. You'll also have to schedule your class for Traditions. Every cast member, regardless of role, professional, hourly, etc. will take this class. In fact, you may be in the same class as someone who is working on the professional side. Once class is complete, you'll be meeting with an area coordinator who will schedule you for work and prep you for your on the job training.
  7. Do I have to wear a uniform?
    All cast members who work in the parks have specific costuming guidelines. This includes managers. While they aren't in specific costuming -- they are required to fit the Disney look.
  8. Can I work overtime?
    Yes, you can. If you are employed, you can use the Hub (Disney Intranet) to sign up for extra shifts, such as Parade-Audience Control.
  9. Can I work on a specific role in an Attraction?
    No, you cannot. You will be required to train on all the positions for an attraction or set of attractions based on your work location. You will then rotate through positions utilizing the Cast Deployment System. This will bump you through positions throughout your workday.
  10. Can I transfer to a new role?
    Yes, after six months of contiguous employment, you can then apply to transfer to a new role. Forum members suggest working with your manager for an easier transition.
  11. What are the benefits to being a Disney Cast Member?
    Your employee ID gets you access to the park almost any time you want. You also get a maingate pass which allows you to bring in friends and family on select dates (blackout dates apply) throughout the year. You also get merchandise discounts. These are listed benefits, they may provide other benefits such as discounts on the Magic Kingdom parties, etc.
  12. How old do I have to be to work for Walt Disney World?
    You can begin work at 16. Ages 16 - 17 are in a restricted class, such that you can not operate machinery or work past certain times. You're also limited to the number of hours you can work a week. Once you're 18, these restrictions no longer apply.
Contact Information

Walt Disney World Casting
http://www.disney.go.com/DisneyCareers/wdwcareers/hourly/
407-828-1000

Disney Professional Recruitment
http://www.disneycareers.com

Disney Auditions
http://corporate.disney.go.com/auditions/index.html
Very nicely done. Thanks! :)
 
#90
I am planning on transferring to a new role in 6 months. Does anyone know what the raises look like at disney? How often they are? What roles pay more? What kind of transfer can we make in 6 months?
 
#92
Got a tattoo? Here's the rules the casting CM's are told :) unpublished of course ;)
Im curious how accurate this is. I actually had an interview today for Disney and she told me that because of my tattoo (lower forearm, about the 2x2 size) I wasn't going to be able to do much because in some roles couldn't wear long sleeves or cover it with makeup. Thanks
 

mkt

I Demand a Snackrifice
Premium Member
#93
Im curious how accurate this is. I actually had an interview today for Disney and she told me that because of my tattoo (lower forearm, about the 2x2 size) I wasn't going to be able to do much because in some roles couldn't wear long sleeves or cover it with makeup. Thanks
Probably not very, considering it was posted in 2008 and the document was last updated in 2006.

Or you got a casting agent who's a bit of a d!ck.
 
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