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To help you prepare for a Walt Disney Studios job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Walt Disney Studios requires fluency in C++ and/or C#. Please rate your skill level from beginner to expert.

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When rating your skill level in a particular tool, software, or language, you can discuss your level of expertise in terms of beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert. This ranking allows the interviewer to gain a quick understanding of where your skill level currently sits. Of course, in the film production and services industry, knowledge of common languages such as C++ and C# will often be a requirement; depending on the job title for which you are interviewing.

If you are not familiar, C++ is often used in developing different games or in gaming engines. C++ is excellent for developing the suites of a game tool. C#, on the other hand, is a bit newer, arguably more comfortable to understand, and is considered general-purpose. Discuss your fluency in each and give yourself a skill rating.

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30 Walt Disney Studios Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Walt Disney Studios requires fluency in C++ and/or C#. Please rate your skill level from beginner to expert.

      How to Answer

      When rating your skill level in a particular tool, software, or language, you can discuss your level of expertise in terms of beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert. This ranking allows the interviewer to gain a quick understanding of where your skill level currently sits. Of course, in the film production and services industry, knowledge of common languages such as C++ and C# will often be a requirement; depending on the job title for which you are interviewing.

      If you are not familiar, C++ is often used in developing different games or in gaming engines. C++ is excellent for developing the suites of a game tool. C#, on the other hand, is a bit newer, arguably more comfortable to understand, and is considered general-purpose. Discuss your fluency in each and give yourself a skill rating.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am fluent in C# and would rate my skills as an expert level. I use C# daily for a range of projects, including website application development. I am familiar with C++; although rank myself a touch lower - perhaps as an intermediate user. I completely understand this language but do not use it as frequently."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I am a beginner level in both C++ and C#. I did take a small amount of coursework in each while completing my Computer Science degree; however, I have a lot to learn. I will dedicate myself to new online coursework so that when I join the Walt Disney Studios team; my skill level will be beyond beginner."

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  • 2. Give me a recent example of a valuable lesson you learned from a problem you faced at work.

      How to Answer

      One of the best aspects of problem-solving is that you always have the opportunity to learn from the experience. Seeing problems as opportunities to grow is what makes you an excellent employee! Show the interviewer that you can learn valuable lessons when there is a problem at hand. Use a work-related example, if you can. If you are new to your career, think about a time when you learned a valuable lesson in university, or while volunteering, or while playing a team sport.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I recently had an employee express their disinterest in the job and the company. Rather than coach them out, I selfishly wanted to 'save' the employee. I put in extra hours mentoring and training her only to see her quit anyways. It's a valuable lesson as a manager to put your energy into those who want to be there. Other efforts are often just a temporary fix for the inevitable."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "My university courseload is always shifting, so I often learn new, valuable lessons when it comes to organization and prioritization. One lesson I recently learned was to double check my schedule for changes and updates. I accidentally handed in an assignment two days late because I dropped the ball on double checking deadlines. My lack of attention to detail at that moment was a bit embarrassing, but I did learn a valuable lesson."

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  • 3. At Walt Disney Studios, we strive to be on the cusp of innovation in artistry and technology. What does the word 'innovation' mean to you?

      How to Answer

      Walt Disney Studios boasts award-winning artistry and innovation. The term 'innovation' is often overused in business these days and has now become a buzzword that many people don't fully understand. The interviewer would like to know what you feel innovation indeed is. Include an example of a time when you have witnessed an innovative change in the workplace, or when you have exercised creativity.

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      "I encourage my team to be innovative by asking the impossible of themselves, and their coworkers. We will get together once per week and bring up situations that we think are out of our scope and then reverse engineer these ideas to see how we could go about putting them into action. To me, this is being innovative in the workplace."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "To me, innovation means presenting a new idea or making an existing idea better. It's important to be innovative in the workplace, but often it's a misunderstood concept. A time when I have been innovative was when I built a new tracking system for my projects while attending university. I wanted to create a more accurate way to track my deadlines as my schedule became busier. My fellow students loved the idea, and soon, I was sharing the system with my friends and classmates."

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  • 4. Which career development goals have you set for yourself this year?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you are motivated to better yourself personally and professionally. Career development can come in many forms:

      - Conferences
      - Trade Shows
      - Seminars & workshops
      - Reading
      - Podcasts
      - Online coursework
      - Finding a mentor

      Discuss with the interviewer how you plan to develop yourself professionally this year and be sure to tie it into how this goal will benefit their company, should they choose to hire you.

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  • 5. When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?

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      When you blend tech and creativity the way that Walt Disney Studios does, you will face changing situations and shifting projects all of the time. Being able to problem solve and think outside the box when it comes to changing circumstances is a valuable skill set. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to create a variety of potential scenarios. You may never need to take on these scenarios; however, it's excellent for the interviewer to know that you can adapt your plan on the fly.

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  • 6. What will you accomplish in the first 90 days of working for Walt Disney Studios?

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      It's a good idea to have a 30, 60, and 90-day plan set out when you go into an interview. This approach is especially important when you are applying to a management or sales based position where you are expected to take immediate action and produce quick results. You can jot down a few ideas or create a slide presentation with graphs - whatever makes you most comfortable! You can discuss numbers, training achievements, pain points the interviewer has mentioned in the past, or how you plan to fit in with your new team.

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  • 7. How do you transition between the creative and analytical sides of working in the creative entertainment industry?

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      Wearing multiple hats is the name of the game when it comes to the creative entertainment industry. One moment you could be discussing the analytics of a past project where the next you could be giving your opinion on the design of a new character or storyboard. It's essential that you show the interviewer your ability to be flexible on the job by pivoting tasks regularly. If possible, give an example of a time when you were able to flip between creative and analytical.

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  • 8. Do you consider yourself more analytical or technically savvy? Why?

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      In your answer, be sure to highlight your strengths in both areas as this career path is heavily analytical and technical at the same time. Since they're asking you to choose one, tell them about how you've leveraged your analytical and technical skills. To close out your answer, tell your interviewer about the area you are strongest and explain how that helps you in your job.

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  • 9. If you could take any tech related coursework, what would you choose?

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      Many universities and colleges offer coursework for those who want to continue their education without committing to a full course load. Alternatively, there are a plethora of options for online coursework which allow you to gain or strengthen skills on your own time. It's vital to Walt Disney Studios that you have an interest in developing yourself and continuing your education. Share what area you would focus on, for continued education, should you be given the opportunity.

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  • 10. Are you more comfortable in a startup environment, or with an established company?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is interested in seeing if the environment at Walt Disney Studios is what you need to be successful. The best response is that you can thrive in a startup or an established company; however, that may not be the case.

      Think of the pros and cons of each. Working for an established company may feel more secure; however, it may also be more challenging to work your way up. Then, in a startup, you may have a lot of creative freedom, but the pay may not be as lucrative.

      Discuss with the interviewer the type of environment you are most comfortable with, remain positive, and draw in parts of the culture at Walt Disney Studios in your response.

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  • 11. Walt Disney Studios employees often work overtime to meet deadlines. How do you feel about crunching?

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      Crunch time or 'crunching' is how the tech world often refers to overtime. It's no secret that, putting in extra shifts during tight deadlines is not uncommon. Some developers and creatives even claim to work 100+ hours per week as deadlines approach. Discuss with the interviewer how far you are willing to go, for your team, while keeping a healthy balance. If you currently put in crunch time, you can mention how you deal with it in your present job.

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  • 12. Do you have experience with NUKE?

      How to Answer

      Most major animation studios will require experience with NUKE or NUKEX. NUKE is a node-based digital compositing application used for television and film post-production. NUKE is known to be a go-to tool for studios such as DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Pictures Animation, Double Negative, and, of course, Walt Disney Animation Studios. Without going into too many details on how NUKE works, discuss your level of experience with this application. If you are newer to your career, or inexperienced, be sure to mention your willingness to learn.

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  • 13. How deep is your knowledge in animation terminology?

      How to Answer

      Since Walt Disney Studios works on very high-profile animation projects; they want to know that you understand the animation terminology that you will hear around the workplace regularly. If you are more seasoned in your career, you should have no issues answering this question. If you are newer to your profession, or a recent graduate, assure the interviewer that you fully understand the language in the job description, and the Walt Disney Studios website. Express the fact that you are continually learning and growing.

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  • 14. Walt Disney Studios has a legacy of touching audiences through memorable characters and emotional stories. How will you contribute to this legacy, if hired?

      How to Answer

      When Walt Disney Studios chooses a new hire, they want to see a fit for skills as well as culture and vision. Talk about the vision and mission of Walt Disney Studios and how your own professional goals fit in nicely with this vision. It's essential that you focus your answer on both hard and soft skills; showing the interviewer your well-roundedness. Show that you care about the legacy of Walt Disney Studios and where they are headed in years to come.

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  • 15. This role requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science or similar field. How does your education background apply?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will have an idea of your education background from your resume. What they are asking is for you to take a few minutes to bring the experience to life for them! What was your major? Did you receive any special academic recognition? Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how those skills will help in your new position with Walt Disney Studios.

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  • 16. Walt Disney Studios is seeking someone with in-depth knowledge of FX techniques, workflow, and software. Are you familiar with tools such as Houdini, Maya, and RealFlow?

      How to Answer

      Most animation and creation studios will use Houdini, Maya, and RealFlow so the interviewer will want to know how familiar you are with these standard industry tools. If you are not familiar:

      - Houdini is a 3D animation software application
      - Maya is a 3D computer graphics application
      - RealFlow is a simulation tool for the 3D and visual effects industry

      Be prepared to discuss how familiar you are with these tools. You can tell the interviewer, on a scale of 1-10 how well versed you are, or you can rate yourself from beginner, all the way to expert. Discuss the projects you have worked on that required these tools. You can also mention how many hours you believe you have spent working with these tools and applications.

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  • 17. Talk to me about the most creative or innovative project you have worked on.

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      Working in the film, television, and media industry requires a great deal of creativity, innovative thinking, and ability to go against the grain. The interviewer wants to see that you have what it takes to be successful in these types of projects. Discuss a recent project that required a great deal of creativity and innovation from you. If you have samples of this work, be sure to include it in your portfolio.

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  • 18. Tell me about a time when you improved communication between yourself and a co-worker or client.

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      The interviewer would like to know about a time that your communication skills improved a work-based situation. Possessing the skills to enhance communication in the workplace is a precious asset. Talk about a time when you used your excellent communication skills to improve a potentially harmful situation with a co-worker or client. Perhaps you saved the fate of a project, were able to reiterate the intention of an email before feelings were hurt, or you helped a cross-departmental effort to go smoothly.

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  • 19. Which character animation systems have you used in the past?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know if you have experience with the same systems used at Walt Disney Studios. Before your interview, if you can find out the character animation systems they use, be sure to include them in your response. There are dozens upon dozens of reliable character animation systems; some being free, and others as paid versions. Some systems work for Windows, Mac, Linux, or are cloud-based. Discuss the systems you have experience in, rating your level of knowledge from 1-10 if possible. By doing so, you are making it easier for the interviewer to gauge your level of expertise in each.

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  • 20. Have you worked directly with technical artists, animators, and gameplay engineers?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is trying to gauge your level of exposure to cross-collaborative work within the video game industry. Discuss any time you have spent working with talent from other departments or areas of expertise. If you do not have cross-departmental work experience, be sure to express that you can work with talent of all kinds.

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  • 21. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

      How to Answer

      Walt Disney Studios believes in utilizing tech at every opportunity. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the communication tools you are accustomed to using. Assure the interviewer that you can learn their internal system, should they be new to you.

      This question is an excellent opportunity to ask what programs you will be using in this new role. When the hiring authority divulges this information, ask if there are resources available for you to get a head start. This initiative will impress the interviewer and show them that you are not afraid to put a bit of hard work in before you even know if the job is yours!

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  • 22. Walt Disney Studios hires and develops the best, most globally diverse talent. Do you have experience working with those different from you?

      How to Answer

      In addition to Walt Disney Studios expansive employee network, they also put a lot into their diversity and inclusion program. Discuss with the interviewer any experience you have with diversity and inclusion; whether that be with training, workplace exposure, or being a visible minority yourself. Share how you celebrate diversity and remain inclusive.

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  • 23. Do you have more experience working on feature films, television shows, comics, or games? With which focus are you most comfortable?

      How to Answer

      Walt Disney Studios works on a vast range of film and television projects. The interviewer would like to gain a better idea of where you feel your specialty lands. Think about your work history, the projects in your portfolio, and any particular areas of interest that stand out for you. Talk to the interviewer about your strengths and be sure to highlight any specific skills that you excel in. It's a great idea, if you can, to mention some of the relevant skills listed on the Walt Disney Studios job description, drawing a connection between them and your experience. If there is a new area of interest where you'd like to expand your capabilities, you can certainly discuss this.

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  • 24. At Walt Disney Studios, you will be handling multiple projects at a time. When have you nearly missed a production timeline due to disorganization?

      How to Answer

      Production deadlines are incredibly important. One missed deadline can throw a thousand deliverables out of balance, costing a studio or production company countless dollars. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you nearly missed a production deadline. Discuss how you caught the potential disaster, and pivoted to make sure that you met the timeline in the end. Be sure to mention what you learned in the process!

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  • 25. Walt Disney Studios juggles many significant projects simultaneously. How do you prioritize multiple projects when they all seem equally important?

      How to Answer

      Project prioritization is a skill that requires practice. There are many prioritization approaches you can take, such as list making, marking projects by urgency, assessing impact by estimated value or stakeholder involvement. Show the interviewer that you have a system in place for evaluating project timelines when you face multiple tight deadlines. The better you can prioritize, the more productive you will be, making you an even more significant asset to Walt Disney Studios.

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  • 26. What is your experience collaborating directly with Directors, Heads of Story, and other artists across departments to brainstorm ideas, shape our films through visual sequences, and develop cinematography, staging, and cutting?

      How to Answer

      Walt Disney Studios needs to know that you can handle the collaborative and cross-departmental work required of you in this role. Discuss your experience when it comes to cross-departmental and cross-functional collaboration. In production and media, it takes many passes through many hands to complete a project so, it's essential to Walt Disney Studios that you can work well with other people through a variety of departments. Give an example of how you collaborate with a diverse team in your current role.

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  • 27. Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.

      How to Answer

      Walt Disney Studios is busy with incredibly high profile projects, and the hiring authorities need to know that you are self-aware and highly communicative. On occasion, mistakes will happen, and discussions will break. The interviewer would like to know about a time when communication was weak on your part, and a mistake occurred. Think back to a time when you made an error in communication, and it caused a ripple effect that reached your team members or your organization as a whole. The final part of your answer needs to include the steps you took to repair the situation. Make sure to conclude your answer on a positive note.

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  • 28. How do you establish relationships with the creative community in our area?

      How to Answer

      This question is meant to dig a bit, to find out about your networking capabilities as well as how deep your passion goes for the film industry. The interviewer would like to see if you spend your time getting to know the film community and other creatives in your network. Discuss what you do, outside of work obligations, to get to know your industry peers.

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  • 29. How do you push and inspire your teammates to solve creative problems?

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      The interviewer wants to see that you are a team player, a natural leader, and also that you push a positive and collaborative mindset in the workplace. Show off your teamwork skills by discussing how you inspire your team to solve challenging issues or tackle complicated projects. Be sure to demonstrate how you communicate your thoughts or opinions.

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  • 30. Walk me through your understanding of CG. Which CG technologies and tools do you lean on the most in your current role?

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      The interviewer wants to see that you have a complete understanding of how computer graphics software is used to make computer-generated imagery for films, television shows, games, virtual reality, and more. There are a wide variety of CG technologies and tools available to you. Be sure to take note of any tools mentioned in the Walt Disney Studios job posting. Discuss which of these align with the tools that you use in your current position or previous roles.

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