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Darden Interview Questions & Reviews in Orlando, FL

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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Director/Communications Interview

Director/Communications
Orlando, FL

I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Darden in April 2010.

Interview Details – Initial phone screen then I came for first round of interviews in Orlando. Met with mostly communication colleagues for about 6 hours including one hour with hiring manager. Was notified within a week that I they would like me to advance to the final round which included a day-long assessment with Aon and then a second round of interviews in Orlando. I completed the 10+ hours of assessments with Aon near my hometown then came to Orlando the following week for final round of interviews. At the end of the day I was presented an offer before leaving.

Interview Question – I found all the interviews to be very conversational. No behavioral based interviewing techniques used which surprised me.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I asked for more on base pay which they would not move on, but they did increase my sign on bonus. I accepted.

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Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst
Orlando, FL

I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Darden in June 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process can be quite long at Darden, when I came on-board it took over two full months from my initial application to offer letter. If a candidate reaches the second round, there is often an analytic assessment that is quite daunting (depending on the position applied for), it is much like the SAT/GRE/ etc.

Interview Question – Different managers asked different questions at their discretion, but there is often a question that revolves around communication style, a question about diversity, and a question about your professional goals and how you plan to achieve them. It is a very "friendly" environment that often relies on person-ability above all else, where managers opt for face-to-face meetings over electronic communication whenever the opportunity arises.   View Answer

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Purchasing Manager Interview

Purchasing Manager
Orlando, FL

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Darden.

Interview Details – Great headquarters office. Three rounds of interviews took a month. In depth assessments to ensure a good fit for needs and culture of company.

Interview Question – Nothing too difficult or off topic.   Answer Question

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Senior Financial Analyst Interview

Senior Financial Analyst
Orlando, FL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Darden in April 2009.

Interview Details – Two phone interviews, and full day of in person interviews in Orlando with 4 separate executives. Also took a wonderlick style test. Lunch with hiring manager.

Interview Question – Something about the future value of cash flows on a rental property....   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – negotiation was easy, they were willing to give concessions

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Director Interview

Director
Orlando, FL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Darden.

Interview Details – Best process I've ever been a part of. They were organized and paid attention to every detail.

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Server Interview

Server
Orlando, FL

I interviewed at Darden in April 2009.

Interview Details – Hiring process like herding cattle to the slaughter. Manager knew less about the job than applicant. Worst interview I ever had. Manager did not even pay attention to my answers; he was glassy eyed from the revolving door of applicants.

Interview Question – Manager asked me to role play a difficult situation. It would have been a good technique if he had paid attention to my answer. He was looking over my shoulder at a worker the whole time and interrupted my answer to yell across the dining room at him.   Answer Question

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Associate Brand Manager Interview

Associate Brand Manager
Orlando, FL

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Darden in March 2013.

Interview Details – The interview process was pretty straight forward – two phone interviews, a personality/aptitude test and then a on-site interview. The in person interview was about 6 hours starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. I had one-on-one sessions with 5 different interviewers that currently held similar roles at Daren.

Most of the questions revolved around my background and questions about their restaurants current positioning.

Interview Question – Which of our restaurants in targeting the wrong audience and how would you fix that?   Answer Question

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Hostess Interview

Hostess
Orlando, FL

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Darden in August 2012.

Interview Details – there is usually two interviews its going to take about a month before you can actually start working.

Interview Question – none really they were all very simple   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – i had the opportunity to negotiate salary, always always always ask before you accept

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Brand Manager Interview

Brand Manager
Orlando, FL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Darden in September 2012.

Interview Details – Phone interview with HR manager, followed by phone interview with Brand Director. Then a skills assessment online. Then onsite interviews in Orlando - I believe it was a total of 6 interviews (Brand Director level and up) plus lunch with a Brand Manager (for a peer perspective).

Interview questions were primarily behavioral based - typical CPG-style interview.

Interview Question – If someone were to make a movie about you, what would it be called?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Offer was very good for the industry, but less competitive than other offers received.

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Senior Financial Analyst Interview

Senior Financial Analyst
Orlando, FL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Darden in October 2012.

Interview Details – 45 minutes. half the time reviewed my experience and resume and the other half was technical questions left by 5 minutes for me to ask questions.

Interview Question – Why do you want to live in Florida?   Answer Question

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