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Forrester Research Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 2, 2014
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Senior Research Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Cambridge, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Forrester Research in April 2012.

Interview Details – This was my first job after graduating from a liberal arts college. I had no marketing or technology experience. My first interview was withAfter an hour interview with him, I was done for the day.

A week later, I came back in to have 30-minute interviews with three other Analysts, and a 30-minute talk with the HR rep. And then later, I had another hour-long interview with an analyst who was traveling. The whole process from applying to getting hired probably took a month.

Interview Question – The first person I interviewed with was the most difficult interviewer. He was the hiring manager for the team. He asked me what my most recent non-fiction read was, and I said that it was the Steve Jobs biography. Then, he asked me to take what I learned from the book as a case study, and say what marketing practices I would recommend to a Marketing Leader based on what Apple has done successfully.   Answer Question

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Associate Account Manager Interview

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Interviewed at Forrester Research

Interview Details – Intense interview process, even for an internal candidate. They have many rounds of interviews with senior management, capped by a 20 mins presentation.

Interview Question – The presentation is focused on how you would manage your book of business. The more detail and processed oriented you can be, the better.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – offer was the offer

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Office Manager Interview

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I applied online - interviewed at Forrester Research in November 2013.

Interview Details – A recruiter called me in November 2013 for a screening and then I got an in person interview a few days later. I interviewed with four separate people through video conference and then went back a few days later to meet with three more people in the office. They called to tell me that they were reworking the position and that I would get more information shortly. To this day they have never told me that I did not get the position. I did reach out to the recruiter I had been working with but she told me that they were still reworking things and that if I did not hear from her that it was not a negative sign. I would say that after four months it is safe to assume that I did not get the position. Considering how many interviews I went through you would think that they would do me the courtesy of telling me that I was not chosen. Obviously the way this whole process was handled was less than professional.

Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question

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Senior Account Manager Interview

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Cambridge, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Forrester Research in November 2010.

Interview Details – Long. Expect it to take several months; in my case 3 months to get hired. For sales, you will have to give a very intense presentation which you need to create

Negotiation Details – Similar to other companies. They don't negotiate all the much. Pretty straight forward

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Account Development Manager Interview

Account Development Manager
Cambridge, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Forrester Research in November 2013.

Interview Details – The interview process went very smoothly and was very straight forward. First I was contacted by a recruiter for a 20 minute phone screen. After having passed the phone screen, I was brought in for an interview and met with 5 members of the team. I spent roughly 30minutes with each member.

Interview Question – Why do you want to be an ADM? What is the last book you have read?   Answer Question

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Sales Interview

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Interviewed at Forrester Research

Interview Details – A process, but once you're in, you're in. Forrester is great at acquiring top talent.

Interview Question – If you know sales, you'll do fine if you show drive and motivation.   Answer Question

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Consultant Interview

Consultant
Cambridge, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Forrester Research in October 2012.

Interview Details – Started with phone screening - brief call with recruiter and a senior individual in consulting practice. I then had 5 in-person interviews. Mostly culture fit but also to gauge communicating with senior business leaders; one case interview.

Communicated with recruiter a couple more times to answer remaining questions. Was offered the position within a few weeks.

Interview Question – Case question: What's the market opportunity for video communication in APAC?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No real negotiation, numbers were agreed on pretty quickly.

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Cambridge, MA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Forrester Research in October 2013.

Interview Details – Initial dialogue was made by a recruiter via Linked In in-mail. He/she would be the main contact in the hiring process.Then a phone interview as a screening process started within 1-2 weeks. If they felt the candidates have the right skill sets and background, they might bring them on-site for further group interview etc.

Interview Question – No technical questions were asked during initial screening process. The corporate recruiters were easy going and asking basic questions regarding the candidates' work history and relevant project experience.   View Answer

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Account Manager Interview

Account Manager

I applied through other source and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Forrester Research in May 2012.

Interview Details – Very thorough process. Initial phone screen is with an internal Recruiter. Then usually have either a phone screen with the hiring manager OR an in person interview with the hiring manager. If you pass these 2 gates, you will be asked to interview in person with a few other sales managers. The final gate is usually a 30 minute presentation/case study to the recruiter, hiring manager, and Regional VP.

Interview Question – During the presentation/case study they may treat it as a role play and could ask you, "Why is Forrester so expensive" or "why should we use Forrester vs. XYZ company."   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – pretty cordial. Good benefits that were non-negotiable.

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Senior Analyst Interview

Senior Analyst
Cambridge, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Forrester Research in July 2013.

Interview Details – Very detailed and took at least 6 weeks. Started with a borage of calls with analysts, researchers and consulting. Then to writing research and a presentation.

Interview Question – Presentation defense questions were tough.   Answer Question

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