Staples Business Development Associate Interview Questions

Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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Business Development Associate Interview

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Staples.

Interview

The hiring process was quick. There was an initial call with the sales manager to see if we would be a fit for one another. Basic behavior questions that demonstrate attitude and activity. The next step was an in person interview. Much of the same was asked in the portion of the interview - a few more questions about experience that would be considered relevant. I was invited to shadow a current rep for a day. That went well and I was invited for the final interview. In all I met with three different people and was given the position.

Interview Questions

  • Mostly straight forward questions to see if you are willing to do the work.   Answer Question

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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Staples (Minneapolis, MN) in December 2013.

    Interview

    Contacted by Regional manager online, set up interview with DM, wa further directed for an interview with another DM an dn RM. Scheduled ride along

    Interview Questions

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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Staples (New York, NY) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Interviewed one on one at a staffing event. Got a call for a phone interview from a woman in HR. Went on to a 1:1 interview with a manager. Final presentation with the RVP and DSM.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation for entry level employees

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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Staples (Framingham, MA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    Many many interviews, both on the phone and in person plus multiple applications and online tests.

    Interview Questions

    • 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

    No negotiation available

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    Business Development Associate Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Staples (Coppell, TX) in August 2010.

    Interview

    I had phone Interview with HR Screener; She said next interview would be with a Hiring Manager, and then with a Regional Manager; I was told the entire interview & hiring process could be 6 to 8 weeks. I was not given much hope because they had 300 applicants for 3 positions. I have a solid sales background and Business degree. The job would be a mix of inside/outside sales. Training for this position would be shadowing other employees for a couple of weeks, then formal classroom training after a month on the job, that training would only be 3-4 days. The BDA is expected to generate all of their own leads, no assistance from Staples. The BDA's mission is to persuade small to mid size companies to order all their office supplies thru Staples Advantage online. BDA doesn't have to get any contracts signed or required to sell any tangible products. Commission is based off dollar- amount of what your customers order. I felt this would be a good opportunity since Staples recently acquired Corporate Express. The projected first & second year salary is low; there is a car allowance, phone allowance, internet allowance. Just have an idea of how you would go about finding new leads; they expect a min. of 100 phone calls, 30 F2F cold calls; 10 F2F customer meetings; 4-6 follow-ups; 2-3 closes, all done each week.

    Interview Questions

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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Staples (New York, NY) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Total of 3 interviews.
    Typical interview questions..
    Staples is good starting point in your career.. Great job for a college grad!
    Hiring process is easy as long you study up on the company

    Interview Questions

    • Why should we select you to fill the position over a candidate ?
      Why did you decide to interview with us? Talk up Staples and why you are a good fit for the company.
       
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    Negotiation

    Doesn't matter how long you have been in sales.. everyone starts out with the same salary..

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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Staples (Louisville, KY) in March 2008.

    Interview

    Phone interview was simple. After that you are taken through a 1:1 that is basic sales experience questions. You then have another 1:1 with the regional sales director. Nothing off the wall, it was pretty basic questions like strengths, weaknesses, motivations. Then, you are asked to give a powerpoint presentation about the company and a description of yourself and your qualities. This is to test your presentation skills.

    Interview Questions

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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Staples.

    Interview

    Phone Screen... why staples? 1:1 with hiring manager... than a field ride with current rep... presentation with DSM and RVP... finally offer... Pretty basic interview process nothing out of the ordinary asked

    Interview Questions

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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Staples.

    Interview

    1. telephone screening
    2. face to face
    3. ride around
    4.power point, interview with regional manager
    5. online assessment
    6. Back ground check

    Interview Questions

    • How do you handle stress or pressure?   1 Answer
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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    Phone interview with HR and then 1:1 interview with sales mgr and 3 panel interview after that with a full presentation

    Interview Questions

    • Give situation where you had to say "no" to a deal? what happened?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The salary was not what I expected

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