HR Strange But True!
March 15, 2007

Ever wish that you had help in selecting job candidates? Well, and Disney Parks are counting on the public to help them select the finalists in their 2007 Dream Job Contest.

Applicants submitted 45-second video auditions to vie for the "jobs" of Jungle Cruise Skipper, Princess in Waiting, Haunted Mansion Maid or Butler, Disney Pirate, and Parade Performer. See the company's disclaimers at the end of the article to see why we used quotation marks around the word jobs.

Videos were judged on the criteria of originality, entertainment value, humor, and character/personality, and the 20 finalists for each character were selected. The company is asking the public to choose their favorite among the 20 finalists for each character.

You can practice your candidate selection skills by going to and making your choices. Winners will get the chance to perform their "jobs" for one day in June, all expenses paid, during the grand opening of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Ride at Walt Disney World®. The deadline for voting is March 30.

Of course, the contest comes with a list of employment law caveats that only an HR professional could appreciate:

  • Grand Prize winners will be acting as independent contractors, and not as Disney employees.
  • No employment relationship will be created.
  • No employment-related statutory law, case law, common law, or governmental regulations will apply in connection with performance of the "honorary" jobs.
  • Disney shall have the right to make recommendations concerning the procedures employed by the winners in performing their "honorary" jobs.

Other companies have launched similar contests as part of their marketing campaigns. In November, Four Points by Sheraton launched a search for a Chief Beer Officer (CBO) to oversee the hotel chain's new beer program. The company said more than 5,000 people applied for the position, more than have applied for any other position at the hotel chain.

Sources: Disney and CareerBuilder

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