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Old 09-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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PI Interview Questions??

Hello everyone!

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I was wondering if people who have completed a PI interview could tell me what questions they usually ask?

I am a CP alum, so I'm assuming they'd want to know some things about my experience...

Thanks for any help! I just got an email today requesting a phone interview, so it'll probably occur on Friday!
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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Here is a list of questions I have accumulated from other Disboard postings. They may be related to the CP, not the PI. But any can help, right?

"I don't think anyone particularly remembers their list of interview questions (unless someone wrote them down for the benefit of us all!) but I'll tell you something that is definitely of use for this interview (and ALL interviews)

1. Think of the roles you want to apply for. Doesn't matter what it is, just think of the roles.
2. Identify what makes someone THE BEST at that role. Not just good, the best. What does the picture perfect cast member look like? If you want to be a Fairy Godmother in training, what in your mind is a perfect FGiT?
3. Think of that list of traits and qualities, and then think of how many of those you exemplify or that experience has given you. For example, if you're applying for Concierge and you know Concierge folk have to be friendly and welcoming, and you've gotten lots of experience and were told you were definitely friendly and welcoming, that's a good thing. Write it down.
4. Now you have a list of things YOU'RE good at that match what the PICTURE PERFECT CAST MEMBER is good at. It may not match completely, but that's OK. You now want to remember stories of your experiences- what was one EXCEPTIONAL time that you displayed the traits you know you're good at? If you're having trouble, try thinking back to times you had to deal with difficult Guests/customers, and situations like those where you handled it well. Remember several of these stories, and write them down. The more the better.
5. Practice recalling these stories out loud until they are natural.
6. You're all set. Now all you have to do is, whenever they ask a question of you, see if you can answer the question by steering the conversation in the direction of your experiences."

"Here were the questions I was asked for fall 2011.

1. We talked about my past work experience and she asked which job that Iíve had has been my favorite.
2. The ever important why you want to work for Disney and if Iíd ever consider working full time with Disney. This is definitely something youíre going to want to have an answer prepared for as it is always asked. I was also asked if I had a favorite park or attraction.
3. Would you rather work in groups or independently?
4. How would you describe your work pace?
5. She of course asked what my top 3 roles were and asked if I would be interested in adding custodial or housekeeping. She made a comment about how I had a good long list of roles at the beginning of the interview. This really made me nervous even though she said there was no right or wrong answer and after I said no, she just said ok and we moved on. Itís quite common for interviewers to ask if youíre willing to add roles such as QSFB or housekeeping to your checklist as these are roles that require a lot of people but not many people want. If you really donít want to do them, donít be afraid to say no. I said my top 3 were Attractions, Merchandise, and Character Attendant.
6. Why do you want to be a character attendant?
7. What have you done in your past jobs where youíve made a guest feel special?
8. How would I instill Disney magic from beginning to end at the entrances? Or something like that. This was a question directed towards Main Entrance Operations.
9. Do you have any cash handling experience? I mentioned working at a fast food restaurant at the beginning and after asking this she was like, ďOh at Culversí, right?Ē
10. She asked about my experience speaking in front of groups and how it makes me feel. I mentioned most of my experience was from presentations in class so she asked what the longest speech Iíve had to memorize was.
11. She also asked how Iíd feel about doing a job that was repetitive. Then she asked what Iíd do if I was interrupted while giving a speech or something."
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Here is a list of questions I have accumulated from other Disboard postings. They may be related to the CP, not the PI. But any can help, right?

"I don't think anyone particularly remembers their list of interview questions (unless someone wrote them down for the benefit of us all!) but I'll tell you something that is definitely of use for this interview (and ALL interviews)

1. Think of the roles you want to apply for. Doesn't matter what it is, just think of the roles.
2. Identify what makes someone THE BEST at that role. Not just good, the best. What does the picture perfect cast member look like? If you want to be a Fairy Godmother in training, what in your mind is a perfect FGiT?
3. Think of that list of traits and qualities, and then think of how many of those you exemplify or that experience has given you. For example, if you're applying for Concierge and you know Concierge folk have to be friendly and welcoming, and you've gotten lots of experience and were told you were definitely friendly and welcoming, that's a good thing. Write it down.
4. Now you have a list of things YOU'RE good at that match what the PICTURE PERFECT CAST MEMBER is good at. It may not match completely, but that's OK. You now want to remember stories of your experiences- what was one EXCEPTIONAL time that you displayed the traits you know you're good at? If you're having trouble, try thinking back to times you had to deal with difficult Guests/customers, and situations like those where you handled it well. Remember several of these stories, and write them down. The more the better.
5. Practice recalling these stories out loud until they are natural.
6. You're all set. Now all you have to do is, whenever they ask a question of you, see if you can answer the question by steering the conversation in the direction of your experiences."
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:16 AM   #4
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Here is a list of questions I have accumulated from other Disboard postings. They may be related to the CP, not the PI. But any can help, right?

1. Think of the roles you want to apply for. Doesn't matter what it is, just think of the roles.
2. Identify what makes someone THE BEST at that role. Not just good, the best. What does the picture perfect cast member look like? If you want to be a Fairy Godmother in training, what in your mind is a perfect FGiT?
3. Think of that list of traits and qualities, and then think of how many of those you exemplify or that experience has given you. For example, if you're applying for Concierge and you know Concierge folk have to be friendly and welcoming, and you've gotten lots of experience and were told you were definitely friendly and welcoming, that's a good thing. Write it down.
4. Now you have a list of things YOU'RE good at that match what the PICTURE PERFECT CAST MEMBER is good at. It may not match completely, but that's OK. You now want to remember stories of your experiences- what was one EXCEPTIONAL time that you displayed the traits you know you're good at? If you're having trouble, try thinking back to times you had to deal with difficult Guests/customers, and situations like those where you handled it well. Remember several of these stories, and write them down. The more the better.
5. Practice recalling these stories out loud until they are natural.
6. You're all set. Now all you have to do is, whenever they ask a question of you, see if you can answer the question by steering the conversation in the direction of your experiences."

"Here were the questions I was asked for fall 2011.

1. We talked about my past work experience and she asked which job that Iíve had has been my favorite.
2. The ever important why you want to work for Disney and if Iíd ever consider working full time with Disney. This is definitely something youíre going to want to have an answer prepared for as it is always asked. I was also asked if I had a favorite park or attraction.
3. Would you rather work in groups or independently?
4. How would you describe your work pace?
5. She of course asked what my top 3 roles were and asked if I would be interested in adding custodial or housekeeping. She made a comment about how I had a good long list of roles at the beginning of the interview. This really made me nervous even though she said there was no right or wrong answer and after I said no, she just said ok and we moved on. Itís quite common for interviewers to ask if youíre willing to add roles such as QSFB or housekeeping to your checklist as these are roles that require a lot of people but not many people want. If you really donít want to do them, donít be afraid to say no. I said my top 3 were Attractions, Merchandise, and Character Attendant.
6. Why do you want to be a character attendant?
7. What have you done in your past jobs where youíve made a guest feel special?
8. How would I instill Disney magic from beginning to end at the entrances? Or something like that. This was a question directed towards Main Entrance Operations.
9. Do you have any cash handling experience? I mentioned working at a fast food restaurant at the beginning and after asking this she was like, ďOh at Culversí, right?Ē
10. She asked about my experience speaking in front of groups and how it makes me feel. I mentioned most of my experience was from presentations in class so she asked what the longest speech Iíve had to memorize was.
11. She also asked how Iíd feel about doing a job that was repetitive. Then she asked what Iíd do if I was interrupted while giving a speech or something."
Thanks for the response! I was asked similar questions when I interviewed for my CP.

Does anyone have any questions that are garnered more toward the PI interviews?
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Thanks for the response! I was asked similar questions when I interviewed for my CP.

Does anyone have any questions that are garnered more toward the PI interviews?
There are potentially two, three interviews you go through. The first one is the screening interview which is general and for ALL the internships you apply for. Areas you apply for will look at that information and then decide whether they want to interview you for that position or not.

The second interview will be done by the area(s) you apply for if they decide that they want to interview you for the position.

In both interviews, you'll be asked questions on (sidenote: really, think of exceptional examples ) how well you work in a team, how you led projects in the past, how you manage a lot of work all at once, and how quickly you learn, etc. I actually wrote the first quoted passage on creating stories based on the model cast member, and it applies to the PI even more so. Think about exceptional times when you demonstrated leadership, when you demonstrated how you worked together with people to get a seemingly impossible task done, any times you might have balanced a whole bunch of work and gotten it all done, and how you had to pick up a lot of things very quickly in order to succeed at something. If you want an example, the last question was asked of me at my second interview and I used the fact that I was a Quidditch captain and coach for my university's team and had to learn how to strategize for an extremely new sport, as it was only in its second year of existence, and helped bring my team to a successful showing at the World Cup that was only two months after we had formed the team. A seemingly dumb example, sure, one that you may never think of using, but I presented it well, I was told it was extremely intruiging, and look where I am now :D
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There are potentially two, three interviews you go through. The first one is the screening interview which is general and for ALL the internships you apply for. Areas you apply for will look at that information and then decide whether they want to interview you for that position or not.

The second interview will be done by the area(s) you apply for if they decide that they want to interview you for the position.

In both interviews, you'll be asked questions on (sidenote: really, think of exceptional examples ) how well you work in a team, how you led projects in the past, how you manage a lot of work all at once, and how quickly you learn, etc. I actually wrote the first quoted passage on creating stories based on the model cast member, and it applies to the PI even more so. Think about exceptional times when you demonstrated leadership, when you demonstrated how you worked together with people to get a seemingly impossible task done, any times you might have balanced a whole bunch of work and gotten it all done, and how you had to pick up a lot of things very quickly in order to succeed at something. If you want an example, the last question was asked of me at my second interview and I used the fact that I was a Quidditch captain and coach for my university's team and had to learn how to strategize for an extremely new sport, as it was only in its second year of existence, and helped bring my team to a successful showing at the World Cup that was only two months after we had formed the team. A seemingly dumb example, sure, one that you may never think of using, but I presented it well, I was told it was extremely intruiging, and look where I am now :D
Awesome! This is very helpful, thank you so much!
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