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Staples Business Development Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 4, 2014
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Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate
New York, NY

I applied in-person - interviewed at Staples in January 2010.

Interview Details – 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 Question – 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.
  Answer Question

Negotiation Details – 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

Business Development Associate
Minneapolis, MN

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Staples in December 2013.

Interview Details – 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 Question – How do you answer to "no"?   Answer Question


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Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate
Framingham, MA

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


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Easy Interview

Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate
New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Staples in October 2011.

Interview Details – 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 Question – Why staples?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation for entry level employees


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Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate
Coppell, TX

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Staples in August 2010.

Interview Details – 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.

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Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate
Louisville, KY

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Staples in March 2008.

Interview Details – 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 Question – What is your greatest weakness?   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Staples.

Interview Details – 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 Question – Why Staples?   Answer Question


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Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Staples.

Interview Details – 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 Question – How do you handle stress or pressure?   View Answer


Declined Offer

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Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate

Interviewed at Staples

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

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

Reason for Declining – The salary was not what I expected


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Business Development Associate Interview

Business Development Associate

The process took 1 week - interviewed at Staples in June 2012.

Interview Details – Interview process was really quick. I got my offer 6 days after my initial interview. Phone screen, 1 on 1 with the DM, then a ride along followed by a presentation.

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Reason for Declining – I had another opportunity with a higher base salary and more independence and long term growth

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