I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Staples in July 2010.
Interview Details – Interview process was smooth, went through a phone screen, interviewed in person with the hiring manager and their manager as well as one of my direct reports. Heard back from them pretty quickly and they were responsive when I followed up with questions.
Interview Question – What would be your personal motto Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Staples in September 2011.
Interview Details – Many many interviews, both on the phone and in person plus multiple applications and online tests.
Interview Question – Some managers read off of a script that can be pages and pages of standard interview questions which really tell you nothing about the person. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation available
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Staples in January 2010.
Interview Details – I had two interviews with them. I applied online and within 3 days they called me in for the first interview. I had two people interview me at the same time and I thought it was kind of rude when the one manager was talking on the phone while the other was asking me questions it kinda threw me off my game, however come to find out when i applied for sales associate they were interviewing me for the copy and print center. Afterwards I got a call back in a week later to come for a second interview it was just one on one and for the sales associate position since I guess at the time I didn't have enough experience for the copy center and was than on the spot told I was hired
Interview Question – They ask about defining what customer service is to you? A lot of behavioral questions like how would you handle a difficult customer? Tell me about yourself Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They didn't offer me much at the time since this was my first real job 7.80
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Staples in September 2013.
Interview Details – Probably the most frustrating interview process I've ever experienced. my original 3 hr interview was shorten to an 1.5 (for four people). personally, thought it went well - unfortunately, never heard anything, either way, after 3 weeks. (left messages with recruiter and hiring manager). Extremely unprofessional to leave a person hanging.
Interview Question – What was difficult was trying to answer as many questions possible for 3 people in 50 minutes. Felt rushed and it was frustrating (on both ends) since there wasn't enough time to thoroughly understand my background or theirs. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Staples in January 2009.
Interview Details – Staples has a thorough and detailed interview process. Peer and management interviews provide an overview of the candidate skills along with valuable insight to the company as a whole. Moving to a second interview provides exposure to the extended teams that will be worked with. Interviewing at Staples is a professional & detailed process.
Interview Question – Discuss any failure in your professional career. Answer Question
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Staples in April 2013.
Interview Details – Applied in Feberuary. Didn't hear back until mid-April. However process after that was fast. Got an email and a phone interview the next day. Another phone call after that and an on site interview the same Friday. Got a phone call about offer the next Monday. Things got done in a month.
Interview Question – What is your weakness. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Staples in May 2012.
Interview Details – It was a back to back 30 minutes interview with the Senior Manager and Director. Questions involved ideas about game theory and market research
Interview Question – How would you position your product that is losing market share? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Staples.
Interview Details – Very big on analytical ability to fit in culturally.
Interview Question – If from a school out of area, be convincing that you really want to move to New England. Expect them to evaluate you on whether or not they would trust sending you alone to meet 1x1 with a senior leader and be able to hold your own. Answer Question
I interviewed at Staples in July 2010.
Interview Details – Had one phone interview. Then got an onsite interview. The interview was 3 hours long with 6 people slotted back to back.
I was offered job withing 2 hours after the interview.
Interview Question – What is the most challenging scenarios you came accross in your previous jobs?
Was there a time when you were at fault and how to handle that situation? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Staples in July 2012.
Interview Details – Saw a sign on the door, and applied online. The application included an extensive, sometimes disturbing questionnaire which must be designed as a psych evaluation, personality test, or something. Page after page of questions like, "Do you like to go out at night?" and "Have you ever lost a friend in a fight?" I never thought the questionnaire was going to end.
But it did, and I had an interview at this location. The person who interviewed me was very warm and friendly. Although part of that was probably because the store had been suffering a high turnover rate, it was also genuine.
I started the job a week later and suffered through a week and a half of absolutely horrible online training programs. At least I was getting paid, but I was quite literally bored to tears sitting in that dank room with plaster walls. There were no decorations in the room, except for one 11" by 17" poster, which was a photograph of the very room I was sitting in. Staring into that photograph for long periods of time as the people in the training video blathered on about nothing nearly killed me.
Part of the training included a ten minute video explaining how Staples was your family and how unions were just big businesses trying to get my money. This from an enormous, extremely profitable corporation that was paying me 8.65 an hour. The video was filled with pretty inflammatory lies, and I questioned the legality of the video as I watched it.
Interview Question – there were no difficult or unexpected questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – "We can only pay you $8.65 an hour."
"At this point, I'm just glad somebody has given me a job."
<chuckles from both parties>
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