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Updated Nov 19, 2014
Updated Nov 19, 2014
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Bain & Company.

    Interview Details

    Need to apply online (it's best if one builds relationships with people at the firm before sending the application. If you're an MBA candidate of one of Bain's target schools, make use of all the opportunities given to you during the recruiting process. The more advocates you have in the firm, the more chances of getting an interview)

    First round: 2 case interviews 45-60 minutes
    What's important here is to be structured and drive the case (vs. McKinsey, where you have to answer specific questions posed to you but you're not driving the case)

    Second round: case interviews, written case interview and fit interview
    Important for the written case is time management. You'll get a big deck with a lot of information, and time management is key to quickly understand the problem, come up with a hypothesis and argue for a solution based on the data available

    Important for the fit interview is to not give general answers (e.g., I like Bain because the people I've met are great". Be as specific as possible about why YOU and how you can contribute to Bain)

    Interview Questions
    • Be ready to have cases about every industry and capaiblity area (e.g., from music shows, to cement construction companies, food, retail, etc.)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation. Salaries and benefits are the same for each new class
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The recrutting consisted in 6 case interviews and a written case. It is important to be really prepare for the written case and the behavioural interviews that take place aswell.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Bain & Company.

    Interview Details

    The process was a two-round case interview, first on campus and then in the local office to which I applied. It required significant preparation, mental math agility, and being able to answer classic interview questions in a thorough manner. Many applicants do significant outreach and networking with the firm in advance, but I did not.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    PTA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    submitted resume through an employee I met and had some conversation (the employee forwarded my resume to the HR), got phone interview by an employee (not HR) (rescheduled once because the interviewer was too busy and forgot the interview), got email within one week saying hired. It was for an PTA position in China, not in the States, though.

    Interview Questions
    • what are the challenges in the next 3 years for any industry   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Time & Expense Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    They keep you very well informed. They are honest. They do not list all of the positives that they should. Open communication. Hiring process- simple and straight forward. They use a 3rd party for a credit check and they are quick also :)

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were typical interview questions, nothing too difficult or challenging.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    simple
    Accepted Offer
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Part-time Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Just a brief phone interview. A case of ivory product pricing.

    Negotiation Details
    No.
    Accepted Offer
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Manager Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    First interview was 1.5 hours: met with HR Manager, person whose job I would be filling, and another current Manager Assistant. VERY positive and pleasant experience. Comfortable atmosphere with genuine and enthusiastic people. I knew this was where I wanted to work after the first interview. Second/final interview was 1.5 hours: met with 2 Managers and the HR Manager.

    Interview Questions
    • Behavioral questions based on scenarios you would face in the role.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Summer Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    interviewed at Bain & Company in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds of interviews with 2 cases per interview. The cases are very straight forward but they all involve some calculations. Most of the calculations are either market sizing or break even point. The first round lasts 1 hour and the second round is an hour and a half. The interviewers are very friendly an will give feedback.

    Interview Questions
    • The most unexpected question was concerning my resume and lack of econ background.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Bain & Company.

    Interview Details

    Pretty good, they were very nice and friendly. I interviewed on campus and I had 2 back to back rounds. Overall both interviewers were very nice and guided me through the cases.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing unexpected. If you've cased before you'll be fine.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Getting an Interview
    The Company recruited on-grounds at our MBA program (Darden). They came and made a presentation and then it was the student's jobs to get to know them after the presentation and get a few email addresses to follow up with people later. I did a poor job at the initial networking event but leveraged my linkedin network to get a few contacts at the company. Once you get contacts you have to set up a number of coffee chats and phone calls where you ask about the Company - questions like, "What is the typical day in the life of a consultant?" "What is the difference between Bain and some of the other top tier consulting firms?" etc. These calls and chats last about a half an hour and I did probably 8 of them. The goal is to get at least one consultant to be a champion for you (i.e., really like you) and 4 or 5 others to know who you are and like you, this way when you submit a resume and they all sit around and decide who to interview you are well known and you have a champion to push for the interview.

    Interview
    The first interview was on grounds and consisted of two 45 minute interviews both case questions. I'm not gonna talk much about case interviews, because if you google case interviews you will see nine million results all of which do a better job preparing you then I will in a paragraph. Suffice it to say that Bain allows interviewers to use cases that they have actually done in real life - thus I found it important to have a structured approach to the case but also to talk and ask questions about what actually happened (maybe even make a joke or two), as the interviewers seemed much more passionate about the interview and case question than say the McKinsey or BCG interviewers.

    The second interview was at the Bain office. This consisted of three interviews 1 regular case, 1 written case , and 1 behavioral interview - all with partners. Case interview was pretty typical - maybe fewer numbers than a typical case (it seemed the partners were less interested in the can you do ridiculous math in your head types of questions). The written case was tough, they give you an hour (or so) to prepare it and then you basically have to present a series of power point slides (that you have pulled from charts already given to you or created on your own). I felt this was more about communication and presentation abilities than it was about what was in the case, but since they gave you an hour to prepare it there were some difficult math problems and some tricky insights I think they expected you to pull out. I made a few mistakes and the partner really grilled me, but I kept my cool and I think that was what was most important. The behavioral interview was basically me just listening to the partner talk.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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