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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published June 16th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Walt Disney Studios has a legacy of touching audiences through memorable characters and emotional stories. How will you contribute to this legacy, if hired?
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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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1.
Walt Disney Studios has a legacy of touching audiences through memorable characters and emotional stories. How will you contribute to this legacy, if hired?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"One of the reasons I applied to Walt Disney Studios is because of the vision and mission that you uphold as a company. You have a keen focus on combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology and are responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. I plan to contribute to this by continually adding to my industry knowledge and sharing that knowledge with my peers. I am a hard worker who is kind, inclusive, and curious; all characteristics that Walt Disney Studios is known for."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Walt Disney Studios is responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made, including the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Your legacy here is built on ethics, imagination, and ingenuity; all characteristics which align very well with my professional goals. I will keep these goals and characteristics top of mind in everything that I do."
2.
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?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
3.
Walt Disney Studios requires fluency in C++ and/or C#. Please rate your skill level from beginner to expert.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
4.
Give me a recent example of a valuable lesson you learned from a problem you faced at work.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
5.
Which career development goals have you set for yourself this year?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The career development goal that I have set for myself this year is to learn Python on a deeper level. I believe the use of this programming language will grow in the next few years, and I want to know everything that I can, to be even better at my job."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The professional goal that I set for myself recently was to find a mentor to assist me in my career. Being newer to my professional career, I felt it was important to consult and meet with someone more seasoned than I. This move to have a mentor can only benefit me and, down the road, I hope to return the favor to someone else who needs a mentor."
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