I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Staples in January 2008.
Interview Details – Multifaceted, at least two face to face interviews and ride along.
Interview Question – Would you rather win a game and play poorly, or lose and know you played your best? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Other offer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Staples.
Interview Details – Disjointed, long interview process.
I had one-on-one interviews with several interviewers, however, each interviewer seemed to have a very different impression of the role I was interviewing for, making everything extremely confusing because I received conflicting descriptions of the position and wasn't sure how to emphasize my skills/experience given that the job description kept changing throughout the day. My interviewers also gave some basic case questions, but the scenarios weren't clear, ie, the interviewers kept correcting themselves as though they couldn't remember the case entirely or gave very vague case questions.
Additionally, I spent the day interviewing on-site and was never offered water or a bathroom break. The offices were pretty dark and consisted of rows and rows of gray cubicles.... very little decorations or personal touches, i.e. plants, etc. The whole place seemed a bit depressing.
Interview Question – Why Retail? Why Staples? What are Staples' core business units and strategies? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Staples.
Interview Details – Applied through company's career website, was later contact by phone from a recruiter. Went through a short 10-minute generic interview on the phone with the recruiter. Was called again and asked to come to the HQ for a series of interviews. Individually interviewed with person currently in the role, a merchant in the department, the director of the department, and with the SVP of the division. Each interview lasted approximately 20-30 minutes.
Interview Question – They asked a lot of questions about how I thought my previous work experiences would apply to the job I was interviewing for. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They were firm on the salary but was able to negotiate for a slightly higher starting salary.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Staples in August 2012.
Interview Details – Very professional people, nice and courteous. They were interested more in my personality, overall a good experience. A little bit corporate feeling but not to horrible. They were easy on me with the technical questions and trying to capture more if I would be committed and ready to learn and do the job. Ended up hiring someone else probably a little bit more enthusiastic than I was.
Interview Question – They asked technical question but nothing too difficult since this was more on the Junior level. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Staples in February 2011.
Interview Details – Three phone interviews and an on-site interview. Interviews were to the point and on time. However, the expectations set during the interviews do not match that of the working environment.
I applied online and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Staples.
Interview Details – Contacted by recruiter to schedule phone interview which was scheduled a few days later. Recruiter asked basic questions regarding background and skill set but didn't have much information regarding job. Said she would get back with next steps. Several weeks went by, then recruiter called to set up phone interview with hiring manager for three weeks out. Phone interview with hiring manager was uncomfortable as I wasn't asked questions related to my background, which I thought was odd. Mostly relationship type questions, not skill set. Phone interview lasted about 45 minutes. Hiring manager said they would have the final 2 candidates meet with the HR team, then bring the finalist back to meet with business leaders. Had zero chemistry with the hiring manager so I did not expect to be brought in as a finalist but did expect to be notified, which didn't happen.
Interview Question – What type of people do you least like to work with. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Staples in September 2011.
Interview Details – Very professional.
Interview Question – Asked about the SOA services, on Win IIS, Linux Weblogic. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Short.
Once inside, deception upon deception. Not only the right hand does not know what the left is doing, but the fingers on a same hand would not know each other. Very"silo-minded" people at H-Office, vanity is the norm. Managers are mostly politicians, and the ratio-2-employees is 1-3 (1 man for 3 Ees). Not effective. Not a place to plan a career. Just learn and move on. SPLS should out source all IT and concentrate on sales and expansion.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Staples.
Interview Details – Went from Temp to Perm.
Interview Question – Will you try making the pay cut work and if you quit we'll understand. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations. Was offered a take it or leave it offer with a $25,000.00 pay cut. If I rejected the offer I needed to leave the building immediately.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Staples in April 2009.
Interview Details – phone screen, then one face to face interview with team and managers
Interview Question – What has been the toughest technical challenge or issue have you face in the past? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – none. rate already agree upon before starting the process
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Staples in March 2012.
Interview Details – one phone interview. then 2 weeks later after about 10 emails from them and me responding without them responding back but rather having someone else email me the same email i got an interview. 2 interviews with different people in the same sitting. then got an offer a week later. gave 3 days to decide
Interview Question – What projects do you see yourself doing for us. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
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