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I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Forrester Research (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.
Brilliant communication during the process. I was very well looked after by the recruiter at Forrester Research and received relevant information to prepare for different stages of the interview process. The company was open to me asking questions about the process and preparation and ensured that I clearly understood the presentation task.
- How would you describe yourself, how would your friends describe you and then how wold your colleagues describe you. Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Forrester Research (London, England (UK)) in December 2013.
It was first a telephone interview with the recruitment agent at Forrester then another telephone interview with the Manager/ Head of the Department the applied position was for. Pretty much the usual questions were asked - about previous experiences and elaborating on CV content.
- What would you do if you had a difficult team member to deal with? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Forrester Research (London, England (UK)) in March 2015.
Initial telephone Interview with manager and team member followed by a face to face interview. Face to face interviews are broken down into 3 separate interviews. First will be with a member of HR, second with a the accounts manager and lastly a third with a potential work colleague from the team. I felt the initial telephone interviews were not done correctly as I outlined my skills clearly at that phase and when called in for the face to face interviews, the Accounts Manager harshly asked me why I was even there? Apart from that I felt both the HR manager and team member interviewers were very polite, friendly and approachable.
- Why do you want to work for us? What have you heard/know about Forrester? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Forrester Research (London, England (UK)).
Very long interview process: 1. 30-minute phone interview with HR recruiter 2. Several 30-minute in-person/VC interviews with possible team members: between 4 and 6 phone interview to go to the second round 3. An assignment: depending on the role, could be a presentation or a paper 4. Final interview with hiring manager
- Typical questions in the first interview rounds: why Forrester? what do you want to do next? Questions around the competency benchmark skills: Forrester knowledge, sales skills, communication, time management, forecasting, etc. If you get to the 3rd round (assignment), typical assignments are: 30-60-90 presentation, if manager, coaching exercise, if analyst, presentation delivery on a specific topic. Answer Question
Always ask for a bit more, as Forrester wages are a bit below market average, and salary reviews are tough (max. 10%).
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I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Forrester Research (London, England (UK)) in February 2011.
Extensive interview process. I had 4 interviews with various people in the team. Each interview would cover a specific area relevant for the job. Each team member would be involved in the recruitment process to assess the candidate, despite remote locations. Very thorough. Some of the interviews would take place over the phone or video camera. I would get quizzed on technical skills and requirements, as well as personal qualifications.
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Forrester Research (London, England (UK)) in August 2007.
The experience I had was relatively quick by company standards -- normally the process takes a month or two, where in my case it was a matter of weeks. I had 5 interviews prior to receiving an offer. In the order in which they occurred: 1) Phone interview with Director of European research 2) Phone interview with Research Director of my prospective team 3) 3 separate Face to face interviews (2 senior analysts, and 1 RA) Everyone was friendly and imparted a strong positive company culture. The questions were varied, but focused mostly around IT markets (at the time the team I was applying for looked mainly at IT services and outsourcing). At this level they're not looking for someone who has expert knowledge in the subject area and basic knowledge should suffice. The key things they do look for are communication skills, writing ability, project management, and attention to detail. My advice (especially once at the face-to-face interview phase), is to try to answer any questions about the IT market, but if you can't try to bring things back to topics you know about and are comfortable speaking about. A lot of the people in the company come from varied backgrounds and didn't join from IT backgrounds themselves so the key goal should be to prove your communication and writing skills.
- What's your knowledge of the main trends in the IT outsourcing market? 1 Answer
Not much. Given the low level of the position they're not willing to compromise very much. Analyst firms like Forrester typically give a base salary + bonus. The area where there might be flexibility is in the bonus, so when negotiating that's where I'd focus. Its pretty tough to get them to move on the base salary unless they really need you or you're applying at a more senior level.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Forrester Research (London, England (UK)) in October 2010.
Flow from step to step was swift and efficient. Offer clear and timely after final interview.
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