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Updated Mar 25, 2014
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Interview Details – applied through my school, had 2 rounds of interviews (3 interviews in each round)

Interview Question – tell me about a risk you took and if it paid off   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation

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New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

Interview Details – First and final round interviews were a week apart. Hiring process took a month overall.

Interview Question – Standard consulting interview. Nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

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Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

Interview Details – If not coming from a "target school" it is quite difficult to get an interview.

Interviewers were very nice. Seemed to place more emphasis on case and overall "raw horsepower" than fit. Interview process gives a good sense of the firm's unique culture.

Interview Question – Two business cases as expected, other than that it is a fairly straightforward behavioral interview (ie. leadership, teamwork, failures, etc). No brainteasers.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not worth negotiating.

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Interview Details – Campus info session - starts in September every year
First round interview - happens in October on campus, 2 interviewers at Consultant or Project leader level, 45 minutes per session, a mix of behavioral questions and case interviews,
Second round interview - happens in the office, 3 interviewers at Principal or Partner level, 45 minutes per session, a mix of behavioral questions and case interviews

Interview Question – Case questions requiring brainstorming   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – Applied to the job while in college and went through the normal university recruiting process in November of my senior year. This consisted of a strict application deadline, and set on-campus interview dates. Once you make it past the on-campus interview, you rank the offices you'd prefer, and are invited to a second-round interview at the office that you matched with.

Interview Question – Calculate the break-even cost given a set of parameters (in your head, without a calculator or pen/paper)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Salaries were pretty much consistent across the entering class and across all offices.

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I applied through college or university and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – Standard process: 2 interviews in first round, 3 in final round, mix of case and behavioral

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New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.

Interview Details – 3 Interviews

Interview Question – Presented Interviewees with graphs that we needed to analyze in a split second.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They were amazingly flexible and open--I was incredibly impressed.

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Boston, MA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – Resume drop then on campus interview - 2 cases (one on pharma and the other one I forgot). Call the next day about second rounds in office location. They paid for convenient flight and a SUPER nice hotel and were very accommodating for my schedule. 3 cases for final round (one on energy, one on the auto industry, and one on travel/tourism). I heard back the following Monday (I interviewed on Friday)

Interview Question – Client is a pharma company looking to enter the rare disease business and want to grow x percent (can't remember) in 5 years. Will they meet their targets?   Answer Question

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Atlanta, GA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2008.

Interview Details – Case interviews with limited focus on behavioral fit until the very end

Interview Question – Typical business case questions (profit maximization, cost minimization, etc.)   View Answer

Negotiation Details – None

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Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2011.

Interview Details – Very nice some case interviews, use Case In Point

Interview Question – Market sizing: how many people would use a drug that prevents baldness?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No typically the same salary

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