Forrester Research Interview Questions

Updated Aug 1, 2015
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    Senior CIO Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research (Washington, DC) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Forrester has a very unique and efficient interview process. I was contacted right away after applying for the position. The recruiter and I had an initial phone interview to discuss the position requirements, however most of the conversation was about my experience and what I bring to Forrester. Following this interview, I was informed of the next steps in the process and everything went as planned. The leadership interviews were on time as scheduled and the final in person interview was awesome. The leadership was very interested in my abilities and we discussed in detailed the position and expectations from the beginning. The process Forrester interview process was the best I have ever encountered in my 33 year working history.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you feel the skills you have acquired make you an excellent candidate?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Very easy and quick.

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    Associate Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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
  3. Helpful (1)  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    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.

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    Data Quality Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    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

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    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

    Anonymous Employee
    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, 2015 – VP, 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

    Anonymous Employee
    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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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Forrester Research (Cambridge, MA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    I learned about the job opening through an employee referral. Within a couple of hours of my friend sending the Forrester recruiter my resume, I received a call. Within a few days of that initial call (it was on a Friday), I had follow-up calls with the hiring manager and a team member. After those calls, I was sent a data file and a Powerpoint template with instructions to create a client-facing presentation based on the data and certain project assumptions and parameters as well as a blog promoting the final deliverable. I was then brought in to interview with the group VP, director, and team and presented my presentation to the group (both on-site and remote). The group asked questions during and after the presentation about my analysis. The face-to-face interviews were pretty straightforward, but the data exercise and presentation required a lot of preparation. I received a call from the recruiter that afternoon and had a written offer within four days.

    Interview Questions

    • I can't recall the specific questions they asked me, but they weren't out of the ordinary for the responsibilities of the position and my experience.   Answer Question
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    Account Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Forrester Research (Cambridge, MA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was seamless and efficient. I started with a phone interview with the recruiter- who was very diligent in scheduling and response time. She was also very friendly and enjoyable to work with. I was greeted first thing by Else for my on-site interview. It was a warm intro and alleviated some of my nerves prior to interviewing with the team. The interviews with the time were punctual, provided an accurate description of the job and culture, and asking challenging questions. Afterwards, I received a tour of the building- which is beautiful! A day after my interview I received feedback that I was going to receive an offer of employment. Overall- a very positive interview experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What are three words my friends would use to describe me? What do you know about Forrester and the position? Given your background- why are you here? What are your strengths/weaknesses?   Answer Question
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    Account Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    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, 2015 – VP, 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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