This is a guest post from my friend Alicia on applying for the Walt Disney World College Program.
The last time I left off, we just filled out our DCP application.
Next, we take the WBI. The WBI is the Web-Based Interview. For some people, the WBI is incredibly stressful because it determines whether you will get a phone interview. It’s not hard, but it IS important. During this interview, they seem to be evaluating your personality. Questions I remember getting are about if you’re on time, dependable, a team player, etc. Each question is answered on a Strongly Agree/Agree/Neutral/Disagree/Strongly Disagree scale. Questions MAY be asked more than once, but rephrased. An example a friend used on her blog was “I am always on time” and “I am never late”. Again, this is done in Internet Explorer.
Here are some tips:
First, find a quiet place to take the WBI. – During a Landforms class (yes, I took a class on mountains and rivers) is when I decided to apply. It was an “on a whim” type of decision. Like I mentioned before, I’d been researching the DCP since 2006. Lain and I had just gotten back from our spring break trip and I was in post-Disney blues and couldn’t wait to go back. So, during class I filled out my application and my WBI. Don’t follow in my footsteps, haha! Go to the library or your room and turn off the tv. I also recommend filling out your WBI right after you fill out your application (if you’ve watched your presentation) because you’ll already be in the Disney/application/interview type of mindset.
The WBI is timed. Don’t let this scare you! I was nervous the entire time I took it and while I passed, I probably would have been a lot less shaky throughout if I had relaxed. Don’t rush! You will have PLENTY of time. If I remember correctly, the time limit changes a couple of times during the WBI, but it does tell you how much time you have for each section.
As I stated earlier, questions may be asked more than once, but rephrased. Because of this read carefully. A common way for questions to change are changing from a positive word, to a negative word. You don’t want to accidentally say “Strongly Disagree” if it says “I am never late”. Because, obviously no one wants to hire someone who admits they’re always late.
Answer honestly!Don’t answer what you think is the “right” answer. Some people say answer positively all the time and to never answer neutral. Don’t listen. There is no trick to passing the interview. I answered honestly with some neutrals and I passed. So no worries.
After you take the WBI, you will immediately be told if you pass or not. If you pass, they will give you a number to call to set up your phone interview. You will do this within the next few business days after you complete the WBI. If you don’t pass the WBI, you have to wait 6 months before you may retake it. My roommate didn’t pass it the first time she took it in August of last year and had to wait until February of this year to take it.
And that’s it. It’s super easy. Just read carefully, relax, and be honest! Next, we’ll talk about the phone interview.
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