Big Lots Sales Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 2014
Updated Jun 5, 2014
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Sales Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Big Lots in June 2014.

Interview Details

Had one interview with the associate manager and although I was nervous, I was surprised to find the process to be very laid back and the questions focused more on me and my back ground. A lot of the questions focus on you and how you tend to work, your previous work history, and basically about your life and what you hope to working with the company.

Interview Questions
  • Where do you think your biggest improvements are?   View Answer
Negotiation Details
If you don't have a lot of sales experience to bring to the company, you will not be able to negotiate what you will make an hour. Expects to start at minimum wage, which is ok because there are always advancement opportunities.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Other Interview Reviews for Big Lots

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Big Lots.

    Interview Details

    Guy complained about his job, proceeded to complain about and insult his current staff

    Interview Questions
    • "You're not afraid of mice or squirrels, are you?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Sale Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Omaha, NE
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Omaha, NE
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Big Lots in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very laid back process, nothing overly difficult and quizzical. More or less made up there mind before I went in for the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was where do you see yourself in 5 years   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Not very negotiable when hiring sales associates
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Moses Lake, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Moses Lake, WA
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Big Lots in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Met the manger when I dropped off my app on a Friday. I Got called for a interview on Monday. The interview was good there were two mangers there asking questions normal ones nothing a person with a brain couldn't answer lol. I got offer the job on Friday not sure if I am going to take it yet the hours are 4am/9am. I think I might talk to the manager about if anything with different hours is open .

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing that wouldn't be asked in a interview. It was pretty laid back and both mangers seemed really nice.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    9.16 a hour minimum wage
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Big Lots in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    This was a new big lots opening in my area so I dropped off an application and they gave me an interview time. I went back and had my first interview. The first person I interviewed was so impressed with me he wanted me to do a second interview. While waiting for my second interview I heard a woman get offered a job during her second interview. After she came out I stepped into the room and had my second interview. The two people in the room after told me they were not hiring people yet but would give me a call. I still haven't received a call back and quite frankly I think if you don't think someone is a fit for your company don't lie and say we aren't hiring yet but we will start calling people hiring soon, just say we don't think you are the right person for the job.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Saint Joseph, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Joseph, MO
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Big Lots in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    when i was called by big lots for an interview i went in and had a one on one interview with the store manager. he asked simple questions and i was offered the job as a seasonal employee. the interview took maybe 15 minutes and was very simple and easy.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Big Lots in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed by an Associate Manager. He was courteous and respectful. He called me and set up the interview after filling out and application in person a week or two before being interviewed. He told me about the position available and asked about my previous experience.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Big Lots in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    After finding a local part time ad on Craigslist for Big Lots, I went into the store to fill out an application in person. To fill out the application I wore a fitted shirt, tie, nice dress slacks, and dress shoes. The Store Manager wanted to briefly speak to me about my application when I finished it. He had to take care of several customers and I looked at merchandise close by so I did not distract him, but I was also close enough we could then re-engage in our conversation. During our brief encounter I enthusiastically related to him my current work and past work history, and why I wanted to work for him. He said to call him back in three days to schedule an interview, and on the third day he called me to ask when I could come in for my formal interview.

    The Formal Interview consisted of paperwork, hourly pay negotiation, and orientation videos.

    Interview Questions
    • What tasks and policies are you already familiar with at our store? Such as CODE ADAM.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I had placed $9.00 an hour as my requirement full well knowing what minimum wage was. The Store Manager shot back an offer to me, which I will not disclose. BUT I will tell you that there is a maximum new hire starting pay for each district in the Big Lots chain. A Store Manager would have to call the District Manager to get clearance, which never happens, to go higher than that per hour. I can tell you to expect the District Maximum to be SIXTY CENTS more than your state's minimum wage.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Big Lots in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    About a week after returning my application, I received a phone call from the manager offering an interview for a part-time position. The interview was so brief...I was astounded. I was basically just asked if I was capable of doing various things, like lifting 50 lbs, cleaning bathrooms, unloading shipments, doing inventory, and using a cash register. It was so casual and probably took about five minutes! That was at 9:30 this morning. It is now 5:30 and I just got a call from the manager offering me the position. I didn't imagine this would be such a breeze!

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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