Very Difficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 9 months - interviewed at Gartner in January 2009.
Interview Details – Longest hiring process in my career or anyone who worked for large complex global organizations. The typical hiring window is 9-12 months
Interview Question – Expect five levels of interviews with a draft research note on the spot using their equipment in a timed setting from their list of technology topics and defend it around the world with the interview teams. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Limited
I applied online and interviewed at Gartner.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter regarding a position I applied for months ago that I forgot about. She emailed me about the Associate Client Partner position and wanted to set up a time we could "talk" which is code for interview. We had the interview and she asked me questions about the traits I possess and how they match with Gartner's desired traits. In sum, I did well in the interview and she gave me some feedback on how I should speak on the phone (such as avoiding filler words: like, um, etc). I was told I had to write a "proposal" about my background and traits before she could set me up with a second phone interview with the recruiting manager.
To be brutally honest, that was the worst interview experience I ever had. First of all, we had to reschedule over and over again due to the recruiting managers schedule conflicts. Second, when it came time for the interview the recruiter called an hour early due to her failure to observe our time difference, so I missed the call and had to call back (That was awkward). Third, she asked me the same stupid questions about traits that I posses that fit into Gartner's desired traits list. I felt like I was repeating to the same thing like a broken record and we were getting no where.
After the interview was finished she said she would contact me if I made it to the next round, which would be another phone interview with the managers. The next day she sent me a fluffy rejection email. I've never received a rejection email so quick and I doubt she really consulted with her managers as she claimed to in the email.
Gartner really needs to reform there recruiting process. Having a 4 step interview process is time consuming and dysfunctional; furthermore, they need to educate there recruiters on how to ask the right questions instead of repeating questions that were already answered. The claim that Gartner hires based on traits is complete nonsense. The very traits they desire out of applicants aren't reflected in their management.
Interview Question – What traits do you posses that will help the overall success of Gartner? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Gartner in November 2013.
Interview Details – It started with a phone interview with an HR person. Next round was a phone interview with the hiring manager. The third round included 2 interviews with other managers at the company and then a final interview with the hiring manager that included a presentation and some role play exercises. Overall, it was a pretty difficult and lengthy process. May have been worth it if an offer was made, but lost out to someone with and MBA and 2 more years of experience. Seems like a great company though.
Interview Question – Given random sets of data and asked to identify key trends and most important pieces Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Gartner in July 2013.
Interview Details – Applied through job site and received a call back within a few days from internal recruiter for a 30 minute screening phone call. Was asked general questions about resume, background as well as situational/STAR type questions. Pretty straight forward. Gartner recruiters are extremely professional, and it was a very positive experience from the beginning. Questions give candidates a chance to highlight personality, accomplishments and describe what you are looking for. Follow up phone call in a few days with another internal recruiter to find out deeper questions about drive, motivation and "what excites you about working at Gartner". Every step of the interview goes deeper into the same subjects to see how you respond and how you will fit in at Gartner culture. If you pass the screening phone calls, you will be set up for a series of 2-3 interviews with the local office, culminating in panel interview which consists of a role play sales call. Mostly, I think hiring managers want to see how you interact and how you run a sales meeting. Overall, the process took 6-7 weeks and it was very positive. Do your homework on the company, come well prepared, answer questions honestly and thoroughly. I looked online and it said that Gartner was the 4th hardest company to interview at! I would say that Gartner is thorough, but not necessarily hard if you have the right people skills and emotional intelligence. They want to know that you will represent them well in front of clients, so it is very important that you fit their culture and high level of professionalism. They are only as good as the people they hire. Good luck!
Interview Question – Lots of questions about drive, motivation, and situational specifics regarding past roles and sales experience. "Tell me about a recent area you have been asked to improve on by your current manage" Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate, as position salary ranges seem to be pretty set and I was very happy with the package proposed.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Gartner in November 2013.
Interview Details – I was initially contacted via e-mail by a Gartner Recruiter on Linkedin. If you are not yet a member of Linkedin, join now. You will thank me later. After researching the company, I replied to the e-mail and expressed my interest. The recruiter responded and a 30 minute phone interview was set.
The day of the interview arrived and I received a call from the recruiter at the exact time agreed upon. The interview was great and there were some challenging questions asked. The recruiter was very professional and knowledgable about the company, the culture, and the right employee needed.
I was very impressed overall with my experience with Gartner. They truly are a great company!
Interview Question – The most difficult question asked was simply, "What is your greatest accomplishment?" That is a question I should have expected, and did not. Therefore, I had to come up with an answer on the spot which was okay, but, it could have been much better. View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Gartner.
Interview Details – I applied through campus career services. Two 45 minute interviews. One was all technical questions to see if you were awake during the class. The other interview was more relaxed where they ask you to walk through your resume and actually want to learn about you. No behavioral or technical questions.
Interview Question – How does a 1 million dollars in additional depreciation affect all three of the financial statements. What would our WACC be? How do you choose a stock over another? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Gartner.
Interview Details – Multiple steps- recruiting manager calls, LCM manager group call, panel interview
Interview Question – If I were a brick, where would I like to be placed in the wall? View Answers (2)
Interviewed at Gartner
Interview Details – There are many difficult parts to the interview including several phones steps that included HR, Area Managers and then an all day in person interview requiring lots of preparation.
Interview Question – Explain why I should hire you? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Gartner.
Interview Details – A HR phone screen, a technical phone screen and onsite two rounds of technical inerview
Interview Question – Not so difficult. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There is room for negotiation
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Gartner.
Interview Details – Was referred by internal Gartner employee. Set up my first phone screen that Friday, and was requested to meet in person the following Wednesday. Accepted Gartner's offer the following Wednesday.
The process took just under two weeks to complete. It was a fairly quick process, but everyone was very friendly and amiable.
Interview Question – I was asked a question about my method of creating cross-functional relationships across different departments of a particular company. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No need to negotiate. It was a good offer.
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