Each year the HR department at Disney receives thousands of online applications and resumes. For some positions the interview process is easy, and for other positions more paperwork and details are involved.
The majority of the resumes and online applications Disney receives are from college graduates looking for their first job, and experienced animators looking for new careers. After applying online, the next step for them is waiting for an HR rep to contact them for an interview. And this is when the multi-step interview process officially begins.
Based on the online comments from individuals who have interviewed at Disney, the entire interview process usually takes from 3 to 5 days.
Once comment was from a person who interviewed for a technical support engineering position. The person submitted an online application and was contacted by an HR rep one day later. The initial contact was a phone interview. This interview was designed to further screen the applicant and determine if they were a potential good fit for the position.
After making it through the initial interview, the applicant had a face to face interview with the rep two days later. The next interview was with a low level person in the engineering department, which was followed by an interview with a mid-level team member. The final interview was with the director and vice president of the department.
During the last interview phase the applicant was asked several very technical questions and was told to give as many details as possible. The main purpose of these questions was to determine if the applicant had enough technical knowledge for the position and if they had enough industry experience.
In terms of salary, the person interviewing for this position stated in their online comment that there was literally no room for negotiation. In other words the pay for this position had been firmly ‘set’ by the HR rep and engineering department.
After the set of interviews was completed, the applicant had to wait two days to find out if they impressed their interviewers enough to get the job. The applicant ended up getting a job offer, and they began working at the Disney offices in Burbank, California.
They rated the overall interview experience as ‘average’. They gave this rating because they felt the interview process was a little lengthy, but it was pretty much the standard for the industry.
The advice they give others interviewing at Disney, is to be patient and be prepared.