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Dean Foods Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Merchandising Sales Representative Interview

Merchandising Sales Representative
Charlotte, NC

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Dean Foods in October 2011.

Interview Details – I met the hiring manager at a hotel conference room where interviews were being conducted. It was a simple process. There were quite a few people there to interview. They immediately sent me to Concentra for a drug test. That was the most time-consuming process.

Interview Question – Do you think you would be able to lift milk jugs repetitive times?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Fleet Maintenance Manager Interview

Fleet Maintenance Manager

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Dean Foods.

Interview Details – Recommended to replace a person I had previously worked with. HR portion of process was very lacking both in assistance and in speed of process. GM ran the interview and asked several "No-No" questions. Culture was very much a "good ole boys network" and turned out if you were not in the network you were very limited.

Interview Question – Really a very simple easy interview. Now they operate with a panel asking "canned" questions!   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None, this is the job, this is the pay....do you want it or not?


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Continuous Improvement Manager Interview

Continuous Improvement Manager

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Dean Foods.

Interview Details – Submit resume through the company website. There was a brief phone interview with HR and that was followed up by another phone interview with the manager. Then there was a single panel interview that consisted mostly of experience and behavioral related questions.

Interview Question – What is the process you use for solving problems?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – We discussed compensation over the phone and came out with an agreement that worked for both of us.


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Accountant Interview

Senior Accountant
Fort Worth, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Dean Foods in August 2011.

Interview Details – Interviewed with 3 Managers and the interviews were background related and in the regular format with some technical questions on accounting aspects.

Interview Question – Technical accounting questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I negotiated higher salary and vacation


Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Quality Control Lab Technician Interview

Quality Control Lab Technician
Grand Rapids, MI

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Dean Foods in August 2012.

Interview Details – I interviewed at the Grand Rapids, MI location. It was a fairly easy going interview and both interviewers seemed nice. It was a pretty pleasant experience. They seemed more interested in my people skills than they did my technical skills

Interview Question – none really, pretty typical interview questions.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The work environment is disgusting. I've worked in a factory before, and this place is like a labyrinth. It's been around since the 60's and it looks like not much has been updated. The place reeks of ammonia so if your sensitive to smells, this is not the place to be. The lab itself was unkempt and had dirty carpet on the floors, the cabinets looked ready to fall apart, and it's a very confined work space. The equipment looked like it's not been taken care of. The rest of the factory had paint peeling off walls in the cleaning areas, some of the brick flooring was broken and chipped and water is everywhere. They stress a clean work environment but I couldn't stomach the the place. This was personally a bad experience with the tour. Everyone seemed really friendly though so it seems the people who do work there would not be an issue whatsoever


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst
Dallas, TX

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Dean Foods in August 2012.

Interview Details – Pretty easy interview. Interviewed with one person for about 20 mins on the phone and then with a Director for about 20 mins. Wanted to know a lot about my hobbies etc. I showed up pretty unprepared and really didn't need much preparation.

Interview Question – Asked about my personal hobbies.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Finance Interview

Finance
Dallas, TX

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Dean Foods in November 2010.

Interview Details – 20 minute phone interview with talent manager, Day 1: 3 1x1 interviews with other managers in the company including hiring manager, Day 2: 2 more 1x1 interviews again with managers, phone interview with VP. Offer within a week. Typical background questions, "give me an example of a time that you...." questions. Talent manager was extremely well organized, warm, helpful.

Interview Question – Give me an example of a project you lead.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Limited willingness to negotiate. Gave some on small signing bonus and appropriate third week of paid time off for experience level. Firm on salary.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Accountant Interview

Senior Accountant
Fort Worth, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Dean Foods in March 2009.

Interview Details – I was referred by a current employee. I did a phone interview with HR and was called back within a day for an interview. I met with two managers over the period of about 2 hours. I received a follow up call with an offer within 48 hours.

Negotiation Details – Very limited. When I declined thier initial offer they offered a sign on bonus.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Plant Manager Interview

Plant Manager

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Dean Foods in September 2009.

Interview Details – Be prepared to interview with at least 4 people. Have your questions ready be dressed professional you will meet the top executives of the company. The interview process will last approximately 4 hours although you will be told 1 hour. Please be sure to study the brands and
know something about the company.

Interview Question – Tell me of your plan for development and training to move our employees foward in the future?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Company is up on market value no brainer for a fair wage.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Supply Chain Interview

Supply Chain

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dean Foods in December 2009.

Interview Details – 5 person interview spread over course of 2 days. 1 : 1 interview process including a lunch meeting.

Interview Questions

  • What mistake have you made in your previous career and how did you rectify it.   Answer Question
  • Tell me of an instance where you had conflict with your superiors and how did you solve the problem.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Didn't try negotiating salary, but Vacation Days yes.

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