Sports Authority Sales Associate Job Description & Interview
Job Description and Duties
What Does a Sports Authority Sales Associate Do?
The primary focus for a Sports Authority sales associate involves helping customers in the most efficient way possible. While knowledge about various sports proves beneficial, high-quality customer service remains much more crucial to the position.
Strong Customer Service Skills
Potential candidates may learn about different sports and products during and after the Sports Authority hiring process. Sales associates must greet customers, help find product, stock merchandise on the sales floor, and ring up customer purchases. A versatile position, a sales associate with Sports Authority must possess the ability to work independently as well as part of a team atmosphere.
Salary and Compensation
How Much Do They Get Paid?
Starting wages for a Sports Authority employee depends on several factors, including job title, work experience, and employment status. Average pay for Sports Authority sales associates is about $9.40 an hour. Eligible workers may also access several employee benefits from Sports Authority.
Sports Authority Job Benefits
Depending on employment status, job title, and work experience, qualified Sports Authority employees may access paid vacation time, a comprehensive health and wellness plan, and 401(k) retirement plans. Other convenient job perks offered by Sports Authority include employee discounts, flexible scheduling, and multiple promotional opportunities.
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Sports Authority Sales Associate Interview Video
Interviewer: Please describe your job title and primary duties.
Sports Authority Sales Associate: At Sports Authority, I was a sales associate. What I did at Sports Authority was basically helping guests with all their sports needs. I particularly worked in the tennis shoe department, so I helped a lot of people with running shoes, actually. For our demographic, we had a lot of runners in our area.
Interviewer: What was the work environment like?
Sports Authority Sales Associate: That work environment was fun. There were basketballs bouncing, people having fun – loose environment. It was a sports environment. The kind of place that you want to work at, particularly at a young age. It was very hip.
Interviewer: What was your favorite part about working there?
Sports Authority Sales Associate: My favorite part about working there was, I would have to say, the people and our clientele because you worked with fun, energetic people – people who were always happy to be there, people who were bouncing off the wall – and our guests were very eager to learn about our product, and some of them were very eager to learn about what shoe fits them and what fits their criteria.
Interviewer: Please describe a typical day as an employee.
Sports Authority Sales Associate: A typical day there is you wake up, once again you go through a morning briefing. After your morning briefing, you get your assignment for the day on what you’re going to be doing and what department you’re going to be in. You stack your department up an hour before the store is open – everybody’s there typically. Like I said, you work all day.
Interviewer: How would you describe the application and interview process?
Sports Authority Sales Associate: The application process for that was also a paper application. It took them about two weeks to call me back for the interview process. I thought that I wasn’t going to get the job, but I went through two interviews. The managers were very friendly. After the second interview, I felt very confident walking out the door that the job was mine. I got a callback two days later.
Interviewer: What questions did the interviewer ask during the job interview?
Sports Authority Sales Associate: What they wanted to know is that you had the basic sports knowledge, you knew something about sports, or you had the ability to help people with questions about particular products, like: “Why does this shoe does this?” or “Is Adidas a better fit for me or is Nike a better fit for me?” So, you have to have some kind of knowledge about sports and about the department you’re working in.
Interviewer: What other advice would you give to a job seeker looking to gain employment?
Sports Authority Sales Associate: If you’re fun, energetic, like deadlines, like no-pressure environments, then that’s the place you want to work.