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Updated Jul 22, 2014
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I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Forrester Research in June 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and within 30 minutes of submitting my application, HR contacted me about scheduling an interview. However, a couple of days before the interview, HR needed to reschedule which was not a problem. The day of the interview, I did not receive a call and I sent an email to follow up, in case something had come up and we needed to reschedule. However, it seems that the person I was supposed to interview with was actually out of the office the day she suggested we reschedule the interview. I never heard from them again.

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Aug 11, 2014VP, Talent Acquisition

Thanks for sharing your feedback. I am really disappointed to hear about your experience regarding your application and interview. While we strive to have really clear, proactive communication with ... More


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Research Associate

I applied online and interviewed at Forrester Research.

Interview Details – They did a phone screening of about 30 minutes. Most of the questions were general and they just went over my resume and asked me questions about my experience at each internship. The interviewer was friendly and calm. I followed up with her through email but never got a reply.

Interview Question – Is technology something that interests you? Do you keep up with technology?   Answer Question

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Aug 11, 2014VP, Talent Acquisition

Thanks for sharing your recent experience with Forrester. I apologize you did not hear back from your recruiter - this is NOT our standard practice. Please feel free to reach out to me directly to ... More


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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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Research Associate
Boston, MA

Interviewed at Forrester Research

Interview Details – Initial Communication was great, but faded as the interview process got longer. The process was long - 1 phone interview with the HR Recruiter. This recruiter then becomes your contact for the rest of the process. I then had 2 separate phone interviews with different vice presidents, and one 4-hour in person interview. Also had to take a skills test during the in-person interview.

Interview Question – A series of "either/or" questions that don't really have right or wrong answers. IE: "do you prefer working alone or in groups?" When I tried to say I can do both, the interviewer told me to pick one.   Answer Question


No Offer

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Research Associate

Interviewed at Forrester Research

Interview Details – I got an email from a recruiter saying she wanted to connect and talk about my background because she thought I was a good fit. 30 minutes prior to the interview, she vowed rescheduled and I never set a date. I had to call another recruiter and speak with her. She told me she would contact me within a few days to speak with a hiring manager, and after 3 emails and a phone call on my behalf, I never heard back.

Interview Question – The initial interview was very easy.   Answer Question


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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate

Interviewed at Forrester Research

Interview Details – Had a phone interview with a recruiter, phone interview with hiring manager, then a rather intensive 3 hour interview with multiple people on the team

Interview Question – If you won the lotto, what would you do with it?   Answer Question


No Offer

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Research Associate
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and interviewed at Forrester Research.

Interview Details – Phone Interview

Interview Question – Question were routine.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Cambridge, MA

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

Interview Details – I found the hiring process to be fairly exhaustive for an entry-level position - I went through a phone screen with an HR person, then an additional half-hour screening with the hiring manager, then a 2.5-hour in-person interview with members of the hiring team. I was declined for the first position I interviewed for but HR recommended a different position for me, and I went through the whole process all over again - altogether it took 3 months between first interview and my start date.

Interview Question – The questions were fairly straightforward and common - questions about ideal working environment, most difficult work environment, most difficult boss, etc - the hard part was talking about negative experiences in a positive light.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – As it was an entry-level position, negotiation was almost non-existent. Even before we got to the offer phase, the HR rep was very straightforward - "this is the starting salary and it's non-negotiable."


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Research Associate
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Forrester Research in June 2012.

Interview Details – Submitted my application online and had a phone interview set up five business days later. The phone interview occurred roughly two weeks after I'd submitted my application and it was pretty standard: resume questions and personal experiences. The interviewer was friendly and the conversation pretty enjoyable. However, he did tell me near the end that this position would not reimburse candidate travel. Given that I was about a thousand miles away, I suggested setting up a skype interview in lieu of an in-person one. He seemed amenable to that but stated that the person making the decision would be the hiring manager, who never wrote me back (although a different position I interviewed for with Forrester was ok with a skype interview, so apparently it depends on the manager).

Interview Question – The questions were pretty standard. Look at other reviews for more specifics but basically just know what the company does, what the position does, why you're interested, and how it fits into your background and future goals.   Answer Question


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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Cambridge, MA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Forrester Research in May 2008.

Interview Details – Applied to a resume drop box on my college career web site. No cover letter. Had an initial phone screen with a hiring manager on a research team. I wasn't accepted but, was referred to apply to another team. Following a second phone screen by that team's hiring manager, I was scheduled to come onsite, where I did a series of 5 interviews -- some in person, and some over the phone. My advice to prospective Research Associates is to demonstrate interest in technology, even the role of personal technology in your life. Demonstrate a general understanding of Forrester's business. Hiring managers are also looking for communication skills and evidence of organizational skills.

Interview Question – Interviewers want to know you have an understanding of the company and an interest in research and technology.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was told there was no negotiation.

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