Dunnhumby Interview Questions

Updated Mar 26, 2015
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  1.  

    Market Analysis Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    got a email from HR and asked to take a assessment test. Test was easy. the day after that got a phone interview from them. Questions have nothing to do with statistics. all related to business.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were the manager and would like to open a kroger in the town you lived in, what factors you may considers for choosing the location   Answer Question
  2.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Dunnhumby.

    Interview

    Applied online through campus recruiting, talked to recruiters at career fair, and went to call out event. Also took an IQ-like test as part of the application.

    I got an interview on campus (seems like for people at smaller schools this tends to be a phone interview) where they asked me about my experience with using excel and other data analysis tools. Being able to code was definitely a plus.

    I was asked to go for a second round interview at their HQ in Cincinnati. They're building a new one set to open this summer, but they showed us around anyway. We had to do a case interview, behavioral interview, and group task for the actual interview.

    Waited a couple weeks and received a call that I received an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your favorite sport in 10 steps or less as thoroughly as possible.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    non-negotiable. salary is good for marketing.

  3.  

    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Dunnhumby.

    Interview

    Initial On-Campus Interview followed by On-Site Interview at company HQ in Cincinnati. After a successful on-campus interview, they flew all passing candidates on-site to their headquarters in Cincinnati. The on-site consists of three 45 minute interviews with different parties within the company. There is also a presentation interview. Be sure to make your recommendations as data-driven as possible.

    Interview Questions

    • Based on the data collected from a household's store receipt, what data might prove useful to a category Manager deciding what items to keep given limited shelf space.   Answer Question
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    Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Dunnhumby in October 2014.

    Interview

    Did a competence and intelligence test through a computer. Was almost only numerical questions and no logical at all. Everything was computer-based and you got timed on every question. One bad thing is that I haven't heard from them yet, but it went really bad so I figure that im out.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Dunnhumby (Cincinnati, OH).

    Interview

    I was contacted by someone in the project management group for a phone interview. I was asked to quickly run through my previous experience and describe the role, challenges, deliverables, etc.

    Everything seemed fine until I was abruptly interrupted toward the end. The only way I can accurately describe what happened next would be to say I was "dressed down". At this point it became clear that the woman I was speaking to never had any intention of hiring me and was having a very bad day. She proceeded to tell me all the reasons I was not a good fit for the role and actually got pretty personal making several remarks that explained to me how she didn't think I was a good IT employee in general. This was very surprising, especially since I had been in a much larger role at a fortune 5 company for the past 11 years.

    Needless to say, there was no offer. If there was an offer of employment, I would have promptly declined it.

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    Intern Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Dunnhumby (Cincinnati, OH) in November 2013.

    Interview

    The entire hiring process is really fast. Applied online, and got an email the very next day asking me to take an assessment test. The test had 2 parts - basic numerical problems and logical reasoning. The actual questions were quite easy, but the difficult part was time management. Don't linger on any question for too long. A week later, got contacted by a recruiter and arranged a phone interview in 10 days. In the phone interview, they mainly asked questions about past experiences and technical skills, also a few easy behavioral questions, like "tell me a time you have to push hard for your opinion", "give me three words how your team members describe you". A week later, the recruiter contacted me again to schedule an on site interview at their Cincinnati HQ, which consisted a dinner with recent graduate employees the night before, two 45 mins 1-to-1 interview, and a case study. I had 45 mins preparing for the case study, and 45 mins presenting it to an interviewer in informal conversations. 2 days after onsite, got a call offering the position.

    Interview Questions

    • how tall is willis tower (tallest building in Chicago)?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They actually called me and asked for my desired pay level, and tried to match it.

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    Analytics Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Phone interview. They were very delayed in getting back to my emails to initially set up the interview, and I ended up with about 24 hours notice.

    Interview Questions

  9.  

    Client Lead Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    You really need to understand what it is they do and have a grasp for how important the culture is there. I would have been perfect for the position but I did not answer one of the questions they asked me correctly. As soon as I walked out of the interview the right answer immediately came to me. Funny how that works. I didn’t get an offer but if you have a Type A personality and can think on your feet then this would be an excellent opportunity. I’m very interested in this industry so I’ll most likely end up working for one of their competitors. Bottom line: Be prepared for the unexpected and stay relaxed. Best of luck!

    Interview Questions

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Dunnhumby.

    Interview

    Applied online, then took an online critical reading/quantitative analysis test they required. Had an on campus interview, but was not contacted further for an office interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you believe dunnhumby has worldwide clients and reached such a large scale when there are so many other successful strategic advice/consulting companies?   1 Answer
  11.  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Dunnhumby (Chicago, IL) in March 2013.

    Interview

    I applied online and was interviewed for a Director role. Company has a very different culture and one has to fit into the culture to get the job.

    Step 1: Applied online and received a call from senior HR person in 2 days. It was a basic call, but the person was definitely knowledgeable in the area they were seeking the position for. The position was for Chicago, IL. After we spoke, HR person asked me to provide him with some times to meet a vice president of the company in Chicago.

    Step 2: Met with Vice President for almost 2 hours in their Chicago office. It was a very detailed conversation about the position and the role. The questions were around how do I solve a retail problem. Remember, this company serves Kroger as their main client and also was trying to get other clients in retail. What I learnt during the interview process is that they have to seek permission from Kroger's management to get any new clients in retail industry. The person who interviewed me was open and offered a couple of roles for me. I chose one of them because of my previous career profile of interacting with clients and as well as my future career interests. He said he will get back to me as promptly HR person got back to me and asked me to come down to Cincinnati in the following week.

    Step3: Flew in to Cincy for a day long trip and had almost 6 interviews in one day - one after the other. I had all types of people interviewing me about my experience and even about how would I solve the problems in retail. I had retail experience and also in advanced analytics; It was easy for me to solve the problems. For them, its all about Customer centric, though it is a consulting company. They do not care about helping Clients to solve the problems, but they fundamentally believe to be customer centric and want to learn more about customers. Its a very interesting concept, but might not always work in the industry and grow at the speed at which they are supposed to grow. One of the interviews was done by 3 people and I was given a case during the interview. They grilled me for 1 hr asking me questions around how do I solve the case and how do I think about changing some assortments in a retail store based on changing customer behaviors. I had strategy and analytics background and so went in a top down structure perspective to solve the problem. Later I got the feedback that they would like to solve the problems in bottoms up perspective.
       One of the interviewers was very intense - asking me questions how i would interact with buyers who have been with Kroger and worry about pennies as margin.I explained him in detail how to approach and how to solve the problem, because of my personal experience as a buyer.

    Step4: I got immediate feedback in 4 business days that they like me but they have some concern about how I am approaching a problem. Their view is that they want me to solve the problem in a bottoms up perspective. I stood my ground and said its different in a strategy perspective and explained why I solved the problem the way I did. I was asked to meet Senior HR and my hiring manager again for lunch. It was another round of interviews during the process. They told me that they are a little concerned about how I am approaching to solve the problem. I challenged them how they would like to grow the business and address client's problems, if they are not thinking innovatively.

    Bottom line, they would like you to think the way they think. They do not like to think differently in solving the problem.

    As the last step in the process, HR person contacted my references that I gave. They are a little slow in the process and it reflects the growth of the company. They seem to have good working culture, based on other reviews and my own experience during the interview process. My worry is that they are completely centered around Kroger, just the way they are with Tesco in UK.

    After almost 2.5 - 3 months in the process, they finally gave me the offer. But, it was too late and declined the offer. The offer was good, but I had a much better offer from else where.

    Interview Questions

    • They give you a case (they will not tell you before you go to the interview) and ask you to analyze it in 45 mins. Then you have to present the case.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    They took a lot of time in processing the offer. I was worried about the way they were thinking in their approach to problem solving. Also, I had better monetary offer. Their offer is certainly competitive in the market place, but I had a much better offer from another employer.

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