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Updated May 16, 2014
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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2008.

Interview Details – All of the communications were highly professional. The interviews were typical of what one would expect, 2 behavioral/case interviews in the first round and 3 behavioral/case interviews in the third round. Preparation is a must to perform well, however having a positive attitude along with some luck always helps. The number of interviews is helpful in getting multiple opportunities to show one's skills; conversely each interview provides a further opportunity to fail. In order to obtain an offer, every interview must go reasonably well.

Interview Question – The interviewee needs to know his/her resume backwards and forwards. Based on my resume, I was asked what my two favorite authors are, why that is so, and what I had read most recently by them. I did not expect the question to be so detailed.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiations.


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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2011.

Interview Details – I applied through the career center at school as the company comes to recruit here. Then, got interview invitation and I had to fly to another city for the interview. The interview consisted of 3 sessions. All were behavioral and case interviews.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work for the company?   Answer Question


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The process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2009.

Interview Details – Basic consulting interviews

Two 1:1 case interviews - On campus

Three 1:1 case interviews - At the office

The case interviews are very standard fare. Make sure you do many many mock interviews before doing the real thing. Very few people can wing it. There are a number of books out to help you practice putting together a structure. These are helpful. i strongly believe the hardest part of the interview is structuring the problem up-front, so the books can help you here. As is anything all it take is practice. It will show in your presentation skills.

The second round interviews are very similar to the first with the exception that they are conducted by partners. Partners tend to be much more loose with the cases they give, which means you are likely to get someone unconventional questions. The interview is not necessarily harder, but it is a little bit more nerve racking.

Interview Question – IT firm expanding to new city - How would this work? What would we think about?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Was not able to negotiate anything. If you have a competing from a top firm they will raise their bonus.


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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – The lion's share of interviewing is done with students, undergraduates for Associate positions and MBAs for consulting positions.

There is an extensive resume screen and only the top candidates from the top schools are chosen for interviews.

Interviews are done for "classes" of consultants that will all start at the same time and position. Candidates come in for several case interviews in one day - typically 3-5 interviews.

Those who make it through the first round are invited back for a second round. Successful candidates receive an offer that is non negotiable.

Interview Question – A case study where you are presented with only a few facts and asked to provide a recommendation on what the company should do.   View Answer


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I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – Interviews were rigorous and difficult. Important to maintain cool under pressure. Must have hypothesis driven approach and interviewee must drive the case. Good structure and math are expected. Solution - practice... a lot.

1 round interview - 2 interviews in local office. Mix of behavioral and case interviews with Project Leader and Principal.
Decision round - 3 interviews in the office of choice/preference. Again Mix of behavioral and case interviews with Partners and Principals.

Interview Question – Rigor of the cases. Must have creative solutions yet also suggest implementable solutions to tough problems in a very short time (approx. 25 min cases).   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None. Best in class offers.


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Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in August 2009.

Interview Details – Standard consulting case interview process. 2 rounds of interviews, 2 interviews in the first round, 3 interviews in the second round. All interviews with consulting staff, 2nd round with more senior staff. In both rounds decisions came the same day. Practice case offered between rounds. Interviews each took about 45 min.

Interview Question – All the interviews had business cases, exactly as expected. All the cases were interesting problems to solve.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate, which is typical for top consulting firms under normal circumstances.


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

Interview Details – College campus initiated process with a resume drop. First round: 3 separate 30 minute interviews (resume and business case). Second round: 4 separate 30 minute interviews (resume and business case).

Interview Question – "Case interview" questions   View Answer


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Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in August 2011.

Interview Details – Great interview experience. Two rounds of interview - a case interview on the phone and followed by three case interviews at the office. The process was smooth. One of the case interviews was hard. However the importance is more on your thought process rather than getting the answer.


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Consultant

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

Interview Details – 2 cases you get with 2 people for one hour each. One more quantative and one more qualitative. Overall not too bad if you come in calm. Bring a lot of paper with you and prepare to be challenged.

Interview Question – The case was the most difficult.   Answer Question


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Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in December 2010.

Interview Details – 3 rounds of 2 interviews in each round. Very predictable format - first questions about CV / personality and motivation then case interview. There are books and a lot of resources to prepare for this - do so. Practice with friends or peers at school who are about to apply.

Interview Question – A lot of people mess up on the numbers / math. Be prepared to be able to do juggle numbers quickly either in your head or on a paper.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation. All peers have the same compensation.

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