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31 Office Depot Interview Questions
Question 1 of 31
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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We love to show recognition and appreciation for the hard work that our store associates do day in and day out -- after all, their work is the foundation of everything else we do here at Office Depot. From our recognition programs for a job well-done to the simple, everyday ways our managers show their appreciation, we want every employee to know that their hard work has been noticed. Talk to the interviewer about ways that you enjoy receiving acknowledgement for your accomplishments.

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"I had a manager a few years ago who made it a point to write very simple, hand-written notes for her employees when she noticed that we had performed particularly well, from a great customer interaction to completion of a huge project. Every once in awhile, the notes would also include a small gift card to a local restaurant or shop -- just a small token of appreciation. That was the best recognition I could hope for; I don't like to be in the spotlight, so public recognition is a nightmare for me, but knowing that my manager took the time to say thank you in such a personal way made a huge impact on me."
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"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is through words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged, and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is noticed."
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Question 2 of 31
How do you handle situations that could cause you to be late or miss work?
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Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens, and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your ability to arrive on time for work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.

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"I always give myself an extra time-buffer when I leave for work in case something catches me by surprise. That way, I'm not stressed out if something happens because I've already prepared for it in advance. The extra time I build into getting to work will give me time to contact my manager if I get delayed -- and if nothing else, it never hurts to arrive to work early!"
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"I'm really cool-headed and even-tempered, so I don't panic when something unexpected happens on the way to work. I had a flat tire a few months ago when I was going into the store where I currently work, and I immediately called my manager and let her know I was on my way but had been delayed. I changed the tire and ended up making it to work only about fifteen minutes late for my shift."
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Question 3 of 31
Do you have reliable transportation?
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Even if you're not expected to drive for the job, you will need to have some form of reliable transportation. If you take the bus or ride a bike, that works too! Merely share that you have the means to get to work consistently and on time.

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"I have reliable transportation. I have a well-maintained vehicle, and I am comfortable with the amount of travel required to get to your office every day."
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"I take public transit; however, I find it to be very reliable. I was late to work only once last year, and that was due to a snowstorm which stalled all of our employee's commute - including those with personal vehicles. Rest assured, I am reliable and will always come to work on time."
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Question 4 of 31
What do you hope to learn from this job at Office Depot?
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At Office Depot, we're looking for lifelong learners who possess an interest in continually developing personal selling skills and product knowledge. Our business is constantly changing and developing, and you should be, too. We provide plenty of opportunities to develop your competencies and skills that will benefit you now and well into the future. Talk to the interviewer about what you're hoping to learn through your job at Office Depot.

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"I'm looking to lay the foundation for the rest of my career with this position. I'm excited to gain a working knowledge of the way that stores work because I'm looking to take my career in retail to the next level. I'm especially interested in management on a large scale -- my goal is to one day become a district or regional manager, and I know I have a lot to learn! I'm really excited about the leadership program here at Office Depot. I feel confident that this entry-level job will set me up for a long career with the company."
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"I would definitely describe myself as a lifelong learner, so I'm really excited about the opportunity to take advantage of all of the learning opportunities that Office Depot makes available for its employees. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I want from my career, and I feel hopeful that the learning opportunities here will help me get a better idea of what i want for my future and how to achieve the goals I set for myself."
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Question 5 of 31
How do you feel about performance incentives?
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Question 6 of 31
What kind of benefits package are you looking for?
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Question 7 of 31
How can Office Depot motivate you on the job?
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Question 8 of 31
Describe to me your ideal employer.
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Question 9 of 31
We need reliable people on our team at Office Depot. How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 10 of 31
What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
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Jordan Henry is a technical and creative writer working in Chattanooga. She has worked as a career developer and freelance resume/cover letter builder for the last ten years. You can find her on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-henry-81539072/
Published: 08/21/2018

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Question 11 of 31
Personality fit is important to us at Office Depot. How would you describe your personality?
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Question 12 of 31
How do you handle a situation where your supervisor does not properly communicate information to you?
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Question 13 of 31
What type of manager brings out the best in you?
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Question 14 of 31
Why is this job with Office Depot right for you at this time in your career?
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Question 15 of 31
What is the most competitive work situation you have experienced? How did you handle it? What was the result?
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Question 16 of 31
Tell me about a time when you made a suggestion requesting change in an organization.
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Question 17 of 31
This position requires a flexible schedule as we are open evenings, weekends, and most holidays. Are you able to commit to these hours?
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Question 18 of 31
At Office Depot we like to hire strong achievers. Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.
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Question 19 of 31
Take me through your experience in retail. What was the most challenging position you have held? Which was your favorite, and why?
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Question 20 of 31
Have you researched our company values? What makes you the best candidate for Office Depot?
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Question 21 of 31
You will be responsible for a large amount of cash and valuable merchandise at Office Depot. What would your most recent employer say about your character and honesty?
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Question 22 of 31
In a retail environment, staff turnover is often high. How would you handle it if your co-worker did not show up for their shift?
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Question 23 of 31
Working in a retail environment, you will sometimes come across rude customers. How would you handle a customer who is aggressive towards you or a co-worker?
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Question 24 of 31
Tell me 3 qualities you possess that make you a strong fit for this position with Office Depot.
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Question 25 of 31
At Office Depot we firmly believe in grooming our employees into management roles as they show potential. Are you interested in potential leadership roles with us?
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Question 26 of 31
This position requires you to wear a uniform to work. Have you worn a uniform in the workplace before? How do you feel about this?
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Question 27 of 31
In this role you will be required to use the Point of Sale system and other technology to complete customer transactions. How confident do you feel about your ability to use technology at work?
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Question 28 of 31
Office Depot employees are restricted from reselling items they've purchased with their employee discount for a profit. How would you react if you discovered a coworker breaking this rule?
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Question 29 of 31
At Office Depot we have a very clear return policy. How would you handle a customer who was arguing with you about a potential return?
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Question 30 of 31
What do you know about Office Depot? Why do you want to work for us?
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Question 31 of 31
Office Depot puts customer service first. How do you ensure that you always put the customers' needs first?
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About Office Depot

Office Depot, Inc. (Office Depot) is a global supplier of office products and services. The Company operates in three business segments: North American Retail Division, North American Business Solutions Division and International Division. The Company?s sales are processed through multiple channels, consisting of office supply stores, a contract sales force, an outbound telephone account management sales force, Internet sites, direct marketing catalogs and call centers, supported by the network of supply chain facilities and delivery operations. Office Depot operates wholly owned entities, majority owned entities or participates in other ventures covering 40 countries and has alliances in an additional 11 countries. As of December 26, 2009, the Company sold to customers in 51 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. As of January 23, 2010, Office Depot had 21 North American supply chain facilities in the 15 states of the United States.

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