Boston Consulting Group Associate Interview Questions

Updated Sep 3, 2014
Updated Sep 3, 2014
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Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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first round, and then second round.. not much people get invited to the second round. They do reimburse all travel expenses, very nice. One person was nice the other was not: almost stress interview-- never smiled throughout the whole process!

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Referred internally, called in for two first round interviews a week or so later. The interviewers were extremely personable during the introductions and behavioral questions. When we got into the cases, I stumbled a bit, but they tactfully urged me in the right direction. I knew I wasn't going to get called back for second rounds after bungling one of the cases, but they spared me a lot of embarrassment and then gave me constructive feedback afterwards.

    Interview Questions
    • When one interviewer saw that I was writing out the math, he asked me to do specific calculations in my head, without pen and paper. Being put on the spot made it very difficult.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    On-campus recruiting at Wharton.

    Interview Questions
    • A company makes feminine protection products. They are facing contracting margins. A new supplier offers them a low price on a new low-tack adhesive. What criteria should the use to evaluate it?   View Answer
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial Communications were good, lots of preparation for interview.
    First interview went fine, interviewer was professional and upbeat.
    Second interviewer was terrible. Constantly checked his e-mail, asked me to repeat what I was saying because he wasn't listening, gave me the wrong exhibits. Not very professional at all and made it difficult to solve the case

    Interview Questions
    • What should our client be worried about that they aren't thinking about?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    First round through on-campus interviews. First round is two, 45-minute case interviews. It starts with a few questions about your resume, where the questions seem very much subject to change depending on your interviewer. Their case questions can be a little difficult, but they are made to be doable, at least in the first round.

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    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    A former Consultant forwarded my resume to a Director in the Chicago office. I then received an email, had an initial phone screening and was set up to take part in the normal recruiting process a few months later. I was living in Brazil at the time and BCG put in extra effort to make the "in-person" interviews possible by setting up a video conference at their São Paulo office nearby me. I had two interviews. Both started with a few brief questions about my resume and then a case study. My nerves got the better of me and I tripped up on the math. Overall the interviewers were very friendly and informative.

    Interview Questions
    • The most challenging part is driving the case. Without much prior preparation this can be difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    Multiple rounds of interviews, only made it through the first round. The first round had two interviewers. Both interviewers began with a behavioral interview and then a case interview. which lasted about 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • My second interviewer began speaking to me in Spanish, which I listed as highly proficient, not fluent, on my resume. After having spent 45 minutes in an interview and case interview right before that, it was jarring and threw off my game.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Passed the 1st round in the Boston office and was invited for the final round one week later. Final round had 3 cases. Performed average in the first two and bad in the last one. The 1st was about a pharma which wants to enter a developing country. The 2nd about a bank and the 3rd about mining in South Africa. The last one had a lot of info in 1 slide and I got confused. Overall, the interviewers were friendly but if you follow a tangent they do not bring you back.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was invited for the first round interview for the Southeast Asian offices and BCG basically paid for the trip and accommodation. to Philadelphia. The interviews were rather hectic since BCG was trying to finish their first round interviews for the international offices in a week. My interviewers were extremely tired from the daily interviews and jet lag. One of them was even dozing off during the interview!

    Interview Questions
    • The cases were rather standard. just be confident in what you have to say!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    People:
    BCG has very bright people, and they are not full of themselves. They are not cocky - that said, they are very cerebral (some call it academic). They are down to earth but still have a high sense of: "I really need to work super hard and get this done because so much is riding on it." But that's the nature of the business.

    Office:
    DC Office was like a library. Very quiet. The analysts were boxed into a room with glass walls - they seemed like animals caged for the day. It was Friday, so most people were in jeans and a button-down. Still classy. People not too inclined to look up when I passed ... they were far too busy drooling, fixated on their computer screens.

    Interview:
    I had two case interviews. Each one was from an industry that was part of my background. For example, let's say that I worked in a managerial role for a grocery store. Then the case would have focused on how to grow revenues at a grocery store. I hear that they ask this kind of case to make sure you didn't exaggerate your resume.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were not bad at all. BUT one interviewer (who had an academic background, PhD, no MBA) jumbled a question. He wanted to know what other types of products a manufacturing company could produce. The answer was to add a brand new business line (doing service, not producing a product).

      So make sure that you think through: "What is the interviewer REALLY looking for?"
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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