History of Staples

Staples, Inc started when the founder Thomas G. Stemberg was working on a proposal for a different business but needed a ribbon for his printer. He/She found out that the local dealer was closed for Independence Day holiday and often had to order in supplies after the customer made the request. He/She was so frustrated with having to rely on small stores for critical supplies that he decided to open up an office supply superstore. The very first store was opened in Brighton, Massachusetts in 1986 and the 500th store was opened in Vero Beach, Florida in 1996. From that time forward Staples, Inc. has grown into one of the largest office supply business’s of modern society.


Hours of Operation:  Mon-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm; Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm; Sun 10:00am-6:00pm

Minimum Age to Work Here:  18 years old

Positions Available:  Cashier, Copy & Print Associate, Copy & Print Expert, Customer Service Lead, Easy Resident Technician, Easy Technology Associate, Easy Technology Expert, Furniture Associate, Inventory Associate, Office Supplies Associate, Service Desk Associate, Solutions Advisor, Tech Advisor, Driver/Courier Productions Center, Production Associate, Production Specialist, Service Delivery Administrator, Distribution Equipment Operator, Assistant Manager, Store Manager

Background Check Required?  Yes

Negotiation:  There is no room for negotiation. The salary has been set by the company already.


Job description/ Average wage

Sales Associate: Sales Associates work on the floor helping customers find the merchandise they need and explaining new products. They must make sure that when a customer is requesting a specific item for their office equipment that they get the right piece. They also help behind the cash register taking the customers money or charges for the merchandise. In some sections the sales associates take orders over the phone for special delivery to businesses. Many sales associates are trained on the job to do the specific tasks needed. Most sales associates starting wage is $7.00 an hour.

Sales Manager: The sales managers are responsible for the sales in the store helping to create ads and contacting customers. They make sure that the customer is getting proper treatment and kept up to date with new merchandise or office equipment. They are highly instrumental in making sales and keeping the business in good financial status. The average starting wage for a sales manager is $43,625.

Copy Center: Working in the copy center, you’re going to help with printing, faxing, scanning and more.  You’re going to help any customer with problems or issues that they have, as well as processing orders that they need help with.  The average wage varies anywhere from $8 to $11 a hour.

Easy Tech Associate: The easy tech associate must be familiar with all sorts of office equipment and especially with computers. They must be able to help customers with questions about their systems and help them choose the right type of add on equipment; install pieces of equipment for example:

  • Printers
  • Fax Machines
  • Copiers
  • Webcams

Also the easy tech associate maybe ask to go out into the field and check out any office equipment that has been sold by the store, or repair or replace a defective part. The average starting wage is $8.00 – $11.00 an hour depending on experience, education, and time with the company.

Benefits:

  • Medical, dental, life, dependent life, accidental death, vision and disability insurance.
  • Employee stock purchase plan allows all associates to purchase Staples stock at 15% discount.
  • The 401 (k) program helps the employee to prepare for the future
  • Employee’s also qualify for a number of discounts on insurance plans such as homeowners, auto, legal, personal injury and pet insurance.
  • Staples University helps all employee’s at all levels the opportunity to lead and succeed.
  • Adoption assistance, family/medical leave and home loans are also available.

Atmosphere and Perks

Staples Company is the home of competitive and generous pay and extensive job perks. If you are in the entry level position, you will high pay rate, flexible work hours and paid high quality job training. Those eligible employees will get access to health benefits of medical, dental, life, dependent life, accidental death, vision, and disability insurance and other future financial planning benefits; 401(k) retirement plan with company match and an employee stock purchase plan, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and store product discounts. This company is indeed great that will pave your way for more career advancement and professional growth.

Interview Questions

Describe your dream job? Do you think Staples can be the best company to achieve the said dream?

What prompts you to apply here?

What is your biggest achievement in life which you can be proud of?

How do you handle stress? Can you assure us that you can still work excellently even under stress?

What is your advantage over other applicants?

Why should we hire you? What are your characteristics that will assure us that you are of good fit to the job you have applied for?

Will you work on a commission basis?

Can you work in a standing position for an entire shift?

What will you do if you found Staples employee stealing products from the store?

Do you have any experience in the office supply industry?

Interview Tips

The staples hiring manager will scrutinize very applicant for each position basing on the document submitted. There are essential qualities the manager is trying to look for from potential applicant before he will be called for an interview. Once you are schedule for a panel or one-on-one interview, consider this as a challenge and make sure to compose yourself professionally when you come to the interview venue. Be at least 15 minute advance than the scheduled interview time. Maintain an eye to eye contact with the interviewer to manifest your sincerity to every answer you have to the questions.

How to Apply

You can apply for these job positions and many more by visiting their website at:  http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/resources/jobs

Please feel free to visit your local store and pick up an application and find out what is available in your area. You may apply in person at your own local Staples, Inc. for any position that they may have available.