Forrester Research Interview Questions

Updated Apr 8, 2015
Updated Apr 8, 2015
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    Contracts Administrator Interview

    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research.

    Interview

    1) Was contacted by a recruiter about the opportunity (I had preciously spoken with a different recruiter who recommended me to her college
     2) 20 minute phone interview with recruiter, basic questions, easy
    3) 20 minute phone interview with hiring manager, basic questions, more in depth about job responsibilities and my previous experiences that pertained to the job. After conversation hiring manager said the recruiter would be in touch to set up an in person interview.
    4) 3 hour in person interview, interviewed with 7 people, 6 back to back half hour interviews in total. The people I met with would be the people I worked with and interacted with every day. Questions about multi-tasking, staying focused during mundane tasks etc
    5) received an offer from recruiter a week later

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  2. Helpful (4)  

    Research Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Forrester Research (Cambridge, MA).

    Interview

    online application, HR screen, hiring manager call, in-office interview with multiple research directors & RAs, Analysts - there was a discrepancy between how HR described the position and how the hiring manager described the position

    Interview Questions

    • describe working style, what do you know about forrester, how do you motivate yourself, what are your career goals - overall the questions were not too difficult, the follow up questions varied depending on who the interviewer was; everyone was friendly   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research (Cambridge, MA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I have to preface this by saying I formerly worked with two Forrester Alumni and when I approached them about the company they had rave reviews of their time there. One held the precise position I applied for and let after two promotions while the other was an Analyst when she left.

    I applied via Forrester's website and was contacted within a couple of weeks by a recruiter to set up a phone screen. The phone screen was your typical explanation of the position, the salary, as well as questions pertaining to your resume, why you are interested in Forrester specifically, and whether or not you are still interested in the position after hearing the description, salary, etc. The screen went well and the recruiter doled out some advice about the next round which was a call with the hiring manager for the position. I did have to send a couple of reminder emails to the recruiter between the screen and the next phone call as we had not set an day and time. There ended up being a slight mix up that involved me not receiving a verification email for the call and therefore, I was not available to take said call (these things happen), but we rescheduled a couple days later. This phone call was similar to the first. The hiring manager wanted to be clear about the responsibilities of the position and then delved a bit deeper into "why Forrester" and some additional general background questions. This call also must have went well as I was scheduled to be brought in to meet with 6 people in one afternoon.

    No mix ups this time, I was brought in on a Friday afternoon, not many people left in the office (you can have a life at Forrester apparently) and was promptly given a tour by the recruiter. I went through a grueling process of 5 interviews, one being remote with an Analyst in San Fran. There was a large amount of crossover in the questions (which from my perspective was redundant but that were asked by each interviewer, but each person had their own style, background, and personality that contributed to my own impression of the company. The order was: Hiring Manager for my position, Analyst (Senior Analyst? I do not recall specifically), Researcher, Analyst, Research Associate (yes someone in my current role was supposed to be interviewing me, pretty cool if you ask me). However, there was a last minute change where the RA became unavailable so another hiring manager stepped in to finish off the gauntlet at which point I could hardly form coherent words from having been speaking for the previous (2.5 hours?). Subjectively, I did enjoy meeting with a variety of employees in the team as it enabled me to get a better feel for the culture and atmosphere than at other companies I had interviewed with.

    The recruiter told me I would be contacted by Tuesday evening about my standing and I actually was contacted by Monday and given a tentative offer which was formalized a couple of days later. I was in the interview process with a couple of other companies at the time, but I knew by then that if Forrester offered I would accept. Unfortunately there was no room to negotiate salary, but considering the company benefits (never forget about the benefits) it was palatable.

    Interview Questions

    • Would you be a Rock or a Kite? (with the stipulation you have to choose one or the other (you cannot be the string). With the rock being the grounded, level headed item keeping the creative, wandering kite from completely flying away.   1 Answer
    • Other questions were general, primarily focused on: "why Forrester" and "what interests you about this role specifically."   Answer Question
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    Associate Account Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research.

    Interview

    2 Parts: 1st Interviews with at least 3 people including your potential boss, director, team members and a randomly selected employee outside of sales. 2nd part is a presentation. Basic pitch/30,60,90 day plan. Both parts are very relaxed, free to ask as much as you'd like. In fact it seemed encouraged to interview them as much as they were interviewing you.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard, what challenges do you expect to face and how will you over come them?   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Forrester Research (Cambridge, MA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was screened twice by HR and then by a VP (all over the phone) and was invited for an on campus interview. I interviewed with 2 VPs, 2 Analysts, 1 Researcher, and 2 Research Associates. It was a half day of interviewing followed by a data skills test.

    I was asked a range of questions like:

    Tell me about your experience with data.
    Tell me about your experience with regression analysis.
    What are 10 unconventional uses for a pencil?
    Strengths/Weaknesses?
    Tell me about a time you had to say no to a superior.
    What is your favorite technology? (Looking back my answer for this question was terrible. I should have said rocket ships!)
    Is there a person from your last job who dislikes you and what would they say about you? (I had a lot of fun with this one)

    All of the answers were pretty straight-forward. Also, some of the interviewers used behavioral questions.

    My total prep time for this interview was 24 hours over 3 days. My HR contact was extremely helpful in coaching and critiquing my stories/answers for potential interview questions.

    Good luck.

    Interview Questions

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    Data Quality Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research (Cambridge, MA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter. The time between first contact to offer letter took less than 3 weeks. I had two phone interviews (one with the recruiter and one with the hiring manager) and an in-person interview in Cambridge. The face-to-face interview involved meeting with four people for half an hour each and taking a skills assessment, all within the span of about 2.5 hours. I received a competitive offer within 3 business days of my face-to-face interview. There was no room to negotiate my salary, but I'm young and my attempt was clumsy.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview questions were standard ("why Forrester", "let's talk about your resume", "how would you handle this hypothetical situation") but the skills assessment was appropriately challenging for the role.   Answer Question
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    Account Development Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research (Cambridge, MA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I had a friend that worked at Forrester who referred me for this position. I was contacted by the HR recruiter and set up a phone interview. The 30-minute phone interview was pretty standard, wanting to know about my background and why I wanted to work at Forrester. My recruiter was lovely and I really enjoyed all of my communication with her. She was really great about keeping me updated on my interview status. Once she spoke to the hiring manager, I was invited in for an in-person interview. Once I arrived, a member of the HR team greeted me, took me on a tour, and helped settle me in. They really made me feel welcome, which is nice and definitely calmed the nerves a bit. I met with two of the team managers and then with the team director, all individually. The whole interview was probably 2.5 hours. I left feeling pretty good, and was contacted by my recruiter the following week with an offer. I accepted and am happy to be here.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you made a mistake and what you did about it.   Answer Question
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    Public Relations Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research.

    Interview

    I was referred by a former employee. I was contacted by HR and got through a phone screen. I was then put in touch with the hiring manager who I talked to by phone. After that, I was asked to come in and I spent almost two hours interviewing in person with various peers with whom I'd be working. I left feeling pretty good about how things went and was told I'd hear from someone at the company. I never heard and didn't get the job. I really wanted to work at Forrester -- it's known for being a company full of incredibly smart, thoughtful people. I was surprised at the lack of response and follow through after I spent hours going through the phone and in person interview process. I would've thought HR could shoot a quick note back saying they had chosen another candidate. There was no such courtesy extended.

    Interview Questions

    • I was given several rigorous and challenging questions, mostly about how creatively I would handle certain situations. The interview was intense and challenging.   Answer Question

    Forrester Research Response

    Jan 29, 2015VP, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for leaving such a detailed and thoughtful review of your experience speaking with the Forrester team. I'd like to learn a bit more about your specific interactions so that I can follow up ... More

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    Market Research Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research.

    Interview

    Very thorough in-person interview process. Be prepared to meet with several people individually, but don't expect the same questions from each person. Employees I met with were pleasant and engaging.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing unexpected. Just be prepared to speak about yourself and answer the usual questions related to the position and company.   Answer Question
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    Account Development Manager Interview

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research (Cambridge, MA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    I didn't apply for Forrester - one of their recruiters reached out to me on LI and led the entire process. She was wonderful, I had to say. We had some back and forth trying to schedule a time to speak but once we did it was clear it was an amazing company. She talked to me about the role and told me up front what the compensation would be which, while it was lower than I was looking for, was still in the right range and I agreed to move forward. After the phone interview, she passed my resume along to the Hiring Manager and they asked me to come in for an in-person 2 hour interview. They handled the whole thing seamlessly besides a few pieces of miscommunication (the day of the interview and, it turns out, the compensation but I'll get to that). Came in for my interview, was given a tour (pretty cool office for such a big company) by a member of the HR team (my recruiter was based in a different office), met with three members of the management team. All three brought very different personalities, backgrounds and questions so it was a good interview - definitely made sense to meet with all of them. Due to the date/time, I didn't get to meet with their boss, though. After the interview it was MLK weekend so I was originally told I would find out by the following Tuesday, it ended up being a week or so after that. When I did hear from them, I found out that I had received good feedback but that they wanted me to speak with the manager. My recruiter also had me connect with someone that was in the exact role I was interviewing for and that call was really great - it was important for me to understand what the day-to-day of the job entailed and I really clicked with the guy they connected me with. My phone interview with the manager was that same day and went well - pretty typical questions. Got the offer the next day. The bad news after all of this - my recruiter had gotten the compensation package messed up and it turns out the offer was for $5,000 less (and a smaller bonus opportunity) than I had originally been offered (which meant I would be making at least $10k less than I was hoping to make) so I had to say no. It was a shame because the benefits package was great, a really awesome team, very nice recruiter etc but I couldn't make the numbers work.

    Interview Questions

    • What book are you reading right now?   Answer Question
    • Since the job you are applying for is so similar to the job you have now, why are you looking to make the move?   Answer Question
    • What characteristics do you think you will bring to the role from your current position?   Answer Question
    • Why are you interested in Forrester?   Answer Question
    • After the initial 6 months of training, what will you do to stand out? To keep challenging yourself?   Answer Question

    Forrester Research Response

    Mar 9, 2015VP, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you so much for your candid and thorough feedback on your experience at Forrester! I apologize for the confusion with your offer. We have been working on improving the overall package for these ... More

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