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Staples Sales Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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Sales Associate
Carson, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Staples in June 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online and received a call about 2 days later . Went in for interview and everyone was very nice . The interview was in the furniture section of the store and it felt like a normal chat . We talked bout football,family and everything else . Was offered the job right on the spot but had to complete the background online first

Interview Question – Why Staples?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None

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Sales Associate
Rancho Bernardo, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Staples in May 2014.

Interview Details – Got a call from an assistant manager and did a quick impromptu interview on the phone which was simply the reason that I wanted the work there and my availability. Then did an one on one interview a couple days later which was very simple and straight forward. Again about the reason why I wanted to work there and past experience with sales and be willing to up-sell products to the customer. Was ask if I had any complaints about me in my previous job and available hours to work there. Did a background check online a couple days later and even got a hard copy in the mail a few days later but then I got another email with the same prompt for background check. At this point I had other opportunities come up at my school so I decided not to follow up with the process.

Interview Question – There were absolutely no difficult or unexpected questions. The interview process was more like a friendly chat.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate
Chino Hills, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Staples in June 2014.

Interview Details – I applied to Staples online, after a week went by I was called to set up and interview. When I went to the interview I arrived about 20-30mins earlier than my interview time.

Interview Question – all of the questions were typical questions almost every interview asks.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation

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Sales Associate
Lynbrook, NY

I applied through other source and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Staples in July 2012.

Interview Details – We met at a job fair where I had the chance to sit down and discuss the position with the manager. He decided I was a good fit and asked me to come to his office in Lynbrook to meet with him. We sat down and he pitched his position to me.

Interview Question – Why was I looking to leave my current company was a pretty tough question for me at the time. It wasn't unfair I just wasn't sure how to answer it at the point I was at in my life. He was fair though and didn't grill me too much about it. Overall it was a positive experience.   Answer Question

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Sales Associate

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Staples.

Interview Details – Interview was very straightforward, almost no questions, it's a retail position! I wore a polo shirt and styled my hair

Interview Question – I did not receive any difficult questions, I barely was given much of an interview   Answer Question

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Sales Associate

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Staples.

Interview Details – I applied in October and was contacted by phone in January. I went in for an interview two days later. My initial impressions were not good as my interview took place in the furniture section of the store on the display office chairs and we were frequently interrupted by customers.

Interview Question – Every question was very basic. In fact, this was by far the easiest interview I've had. They knew my experience and I guess they knew that I wouldn't encounter anything new.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There were no negotiations.

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Sales Associate

Interviewed at Staples

Interview Details – The interview was very interesting and they were very friendly. Go in with a resume and also don't forget to bring a pen and paper. . . lots o f education is necessary for these positions and math skills are a plus

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Sales Associate
Crestview Hills, KY

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Staples in April 2014.

Interview Details – very laid back interview. interview was in the office furniture part of the store and he asked about my previous work experience primarily. overall it was a straight forward interview without any difficult questions

Interview Question – what days are you available to work   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – not much room for negotiation. the company has fairly strict rates although because of my experience i was able to get a little more

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Sales Associate

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

Interview Details – I had been referred by a friend who worked in the same store. The first interview was with the assistant manager of operations. He asked me the normal array of questions and introduced me to the technician working on computers. I was able to speak to the technician on a number of topics including computer repair, sales strategies and new gadgets. I was scheduled for a second interview with the assistant manager of sales. Much the same as the first. A few days later they called me and told me I was hired.

Interview Question – When I spoke to the technician he asked what kind of scans I might run on the computer he was working on.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was told how much the position paid. My option was to take it or leave it.

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Sales Associate
Allston, MA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Staples.

Interview Details – The interview process for me was very simple and casual. I was asked what I was looking for and my background experience, and my availability. If you have a good personality, that's really all you need to sink an entry level position with the company.

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself with the company in the next 5 years?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Told me I'd get starting pay of so-and-so based on my experience and started me off as part-time. One month later I was taken to the side and offered Full-Time because of my progress.

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