Interview and Wait Listed!

So… now that you know a bit about me, I will tell you a bit about how I decided on what to apply for. My end goal for Disney was always to be a server but after reading online, I found that they rarely hire people into that highly sought after position. Because of that, I figured I would do just about anything to get my food in the door. The only thing I really required was a position that dealt with the public because nothing would be more fulfilling to me than to have the opportunity to make people smile each and every day!

I told some people my goal of serving at Disney and they say things like, Oh! That will be stressful or Oh! That sounds like a lot of work but, in reality, it is a job I already do. I currently work as a server and bartender and run my butt off on a daily basis. The only difference would be that I would be doing the job I love INSIDE of a place that I love. Even on the bad days, you are at WDW! How bad can it be?!

So I applied for a few various job but nothing that really reached out to be. Then I saw it. The job was posted 10-31-16 and was only up about 3 days. It was a restaurant host/hostess position. The starting pay is low but it would get me into restaurants at the park. That was great. So, using my LinkedIn account, I applied. I was surprised to see that in the application, they ask you to identify 2 other jobs that you have interest in. Well ย guess what?! Server was an option!!!! Winner! Winner! Clearly, option #2 was server and I think #3 was like busser or something along those lines.

I applied 10-31-16 at about 4pm EST. When I woke up the next morning, I had an email to take the first portion of the interview process. It was an online evaluation. ย As soon as I finished it that morning, I was informed that I was moving on to the next portion of the interview process. It was an interview… In person or phone was ok. Since I live in NH, I opted for the phone interview the following Friday 11-4. I honestly was so nervous before the call because I am 36 years old and trying to get a job against people 18 years younger than me. I KNEW I was qualified but I was not sure if I was what they wanted.

When the nice girl called me, we spoke for a minute about the interview process and the position. I quickly informed her that my end goal was to be a server and my 10+ years in the industry would help me get there. After talking for a few minutes, she explained to me that if I’d rather be interviewed for server, it was fine but she was concerned that I may not pass as Disney has very high standards. I accepted the challenge, knowing that if I failed that interview, I was S.O.L. for the host job.

So, my interview was actually SUPER easy for someone who has actually been in the business for a long time. “How do you hand out food and drinks to a table?” “What is auctioning off food?” “When is it ok to do?” “Name 3 white wines.” “Name 3 red wines.” We spoke about the business and how the different locations work in the parks and resorts.

She asked me if I have tattoos or body modifications. I told her I have two tattoos. One on my back and one of my ankle. She noted the ankle one and mentioned that I will not be able to work in a restaurant with dresses because my tattoo will show. I will not lie. I was REALLY sad because I would LOVE to work for Sci Fi Dine In in Hollywood Studios because I love their rockabilly style dresses! TOO COOL! Oh well… I will live, right?!

Anyway, after about 35 minutes of interview and chatting, I was asked when I would be able to move to FL. I said that January would be the earliest. In reality, we’d planned to move later but a dream is a dream, right?! So, I am officially now on the server, tipped position, wait list!!!!! I will be activated on the wait list the second week of January and when a position does come open, WDW will want me to be there within two weeks! O_O

So, my husband is kinda on board and we are just playing things by ear to see when I get the offer and if it comes, with a little bit of luck, we can be off to a great new adventure!

Here is a snippet of the email I got about the wait list…

Thank you for interviewing with the Walt Disney Worldยฎ Resort Recruitment team.

As mentioned during your interview, you are currently on the waitlist for a Full Time or Part Time F&B Server-Tipped role and any additional roles recommended by your Recruiter.

This blog is where I will update my thoughts and ideas about WDW and my potential new position! WOOHOO!!!!!


An Introduction

Welcome to my new blog. My name is Sarah. I’m 36 and I’ve been married to my best friend for 15 years. We have a seven year old son and just this last September (2016), we were able to go on our family vacation to Walt Disney World.

Now, I was born in Anaheim, CA. Home of Disneyland. As a child, my aunt and uncle worked at both Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland so we were able to visit the parks quite often. As an adult, I never lost my love for Disney.

We’ve gone from Southern California to Alaska to Washington state to our current home in New Hampshire. I have a solid career background as a restaurant manager but recently stepped down into a serving position to give myself more family time. Now that I am serving, my dream career job is serving at Walt Disney World.

Yes, one reason of wanting the job is financial. However, the main reason is that I love my job (despite the hard times) and I love Disney. Being able to combine the two would be priceless. A big rock to getting said dream job? We have to relocate AGAIN and this time to Florida.

My husband seems vaguely supportive of the idea so, even though he said we couldn’t move until 2018, I started applying for jobs… ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Next post will be about the application and interview process to date…