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Company Overview: Staples
- Retail, Office supply
- Number of stores:
- $25 billion (2012)
- Framingham, MA
- Ronald Sargent
- Staples is one of the largest office supply chains in the world, with more than 2,000 stores spread across 26 countries. Nearly 1,600 of their stores are in the United States.
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You can also apply for jobs at Staples through their hiring website. If you use this method of application, make sure that you come back and tell us about it so we can help you track your application status and provide you with tools that will help you keep your job search organized.
You can also apply for in-store positions by walking into the store you would like to work at. Staples stores are equipped with computer kiosks that you can use to apply, which is a great feature for those who want to try and make a personal connection, or don't have access to a computer or reliable internet connection.
Before you sit down to start the Staples job application, make sure that you will have a long stretch of uninterrupted time: the application is very long, and will likely take you about an hour to complete.
Before you can fill out the job application, you will need to create an account on the Staples hiring site. Creating an account will only take a couple minutes, and you will need to provide your name, phone number, address, email address, and social security number to complete the account creation process.
After you create your account, you will be asked to answer a series of pre-employment questions. These questions are focused on the tasks of the job, and include questions like:
"How much experience do you have providing customer service in jobs that require working directly with the public?"
"How confident are you in your ability to provide our customers the highest level of customer service possible?"
You should answer each question honestly -- these aren't meant to be trick questions. They're asked only to help Staples learn more about you and your experiences.
Following the pre-employment questions, you will be asked to provide your availability and scheduling preferences. You will also be give the chance to upload your resume, which is something that you should definitely take advantage of if you already have one prepared. You will also be asked to provide your education and two references (no family members).
After you've done all of the above, Staples will require you to complete an assessment. The assessment is fairly long, but it's important to read each question carefully before you answer. To give you an idea of what to expect, here are a few sample questions:
"When you need to, you take it easy at work"
"You don't care what people think of you"
"You are somewhat of a thrill-seeker"
If you aren't sure how to answer a particular question, take a moment to think about why they've chosen to ask it. What are they trying to learn about you?
Also, as a general rule, you should answer the questions strongly. Strongly disagreeing or strongly agreeing with a statement is normally much better than providing a neutral answer -- Staples wants to know what you would do in a given situation, not what you might do.
During the application process, Staples will ask for your permission to perform a pre-employment background check. If you don't consent to the background check, you will be unable to complete the application.
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Staples is an equal opportunity employer. They don't consider age, gender, ethnicity, or disability while making their hiring decisions.
Jobs available at Staples
There are many different positions available in Staples stores. Some of the most popular positions include cashiers, copy and print center experts, customer service leads, easy technology associates, furniture associates, office supplies associates, inventory associates, service desk associates, supervisors, managers, and delivery drivers. Search jobs
There are also many opportunities available at Staples' corporate headquarters. Check back on their hiring site frequently to learn about those positions as they become available.
Types of people Staples wants to hire
Staples values collaboration, dedication, and hard work. As an organization, they also put a huge emphasis on customer service. If you have any customer service or teamwork experience, you should do your best to emphasize that on your application and your resume.
How long does Staples keep applications on file?
Staples keeps all job applications on file for 90 days. If 90 days go by and you haven't heard back about your application, you will need to re-apply to remain in their candidate pool.
You must be at least 18 years old to work at Staples
Staples was founded by Leo Kahn and Thomas Stemberg. Ronald Sargent is currently the CEO of the company.
Staples is a publicly traded company. In 2012, they reported $25 billion in revenue, with $984 million in net income.
The first Staples store was opened just outside of Boston in 1986. By 1996, the company had cracked the Fortune 500, with sales in excess of $3 billion. That same year, a proposed merger between Staples and OfficeMax was shot down by the FTC, on the grounds that it would lead to an increase of prices in areas where Office Depot wasn't present.
Today, there are more than 2,200 Staples stores in the world. Nearly 1,600 of those are in the United States, making it one of the top office supply retailers in the country.