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Updated May 16, 2014
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New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

Interview Details – 2 rounds of case interviews; 1st round has 2 interviews with more junior-level managers; 2nd round has 3 interviews with more senior level managers

Interview Question – Case that involved a lot of technical jargon that no one (unless you were a biomed PhD) would understand. Trick is to just look past that and treat it like any other business problem.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiating -- standard package


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Consultant

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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Consultant
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in August 2008.

Interview Details – 15 minute fit interview: Was asked basic questions that focused on my strengths/weaknesses. Asked to provide examples of challenging situations or situations in which I demonstrated qualities relevant to the consulting role (managing difficult personalities, taking on a leadership role even when not formally appointed, etc.) It was important to be prepared specific with examples as my interviewer kept probing for more details. It is important too in the "fit" part of the interview that everything you say has a purpose; i.e. don't spend time talking about something if it does not demonstrate a character trait that you would like the interviewer to be aware of.

30 minute case interview is typical of consulting cases. I had four interviews before getting an offer, and my sense was that the case interview process varies significantly across interviewers. Generally, in the first round expect more junior interviewers (and hence interview cases that are more data-driven); in latter rounds expect more senior interviewers who will be looking for you to draw insight from the analysis of a problem and provide creative solutions to problems that may appear run-of-the-mill at first pass

Interview Questions

  • Give me three reasons why I should NOT hire you   View Answer
  • Tell me something about you that you are proud of, which you have not written in your resume   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Remuneration in the consulting industry (not BCG specifically) was too low.


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Consultant
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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Consultant
Sydney (Australia)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in August 2012.

Interview Details – There were 3 rounds of interviews - each of the first 2 rounds were case interviews, an he final round was one case interview and one 'fit' interview. I got into the interview process, when BCG did a presentation at my campus, and I talked to the recruiter that was there, afterward. She put me into the process, and then emailed me to schedule the interviews. The first 2 rounds were in the local BCG office, and the last round was a video-conference with the office I had applied to.

Interview Question – Due to the employment agreement, I can't divulge any specific question. But I can say that I used the prep questions on BCG's website (as well as on Bain's and McK's) to practice case interviews. And I looked at other websites that have case interviews for practice purposes. These really helped with prep. Also I read the Economist regularly, so it was easy to make small talk, or have context for international-type questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate my offer, b/c I knew it was standard for the role for someone coming out of school (like myself). I think if you have additional work experience you can negotiate for more.


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Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Singapore (Singapore)

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

Interview Details – I interviewed through career services for my MBA program. It was a classic on campus recruiting process. First interview was on campus, two interviewers who you could tell were engaged and attentive. Both asked atypical case questions (neither had a clear cut and dry answer) you could tell they were analyzing how I broke down the problem. Second round was at BCG's offices and I met with two partners, was more of a strategy discussion than a case. They were really down to earth and very interesting people to get a chance to talk to.

Interview Question – The interviewer said that a project I was working on was due in 2 months, but was just told by my team that we would need 4 months to complete. How do you solve the problem ? The interviewer was very vague with answers and didn't give anything that I didn't ask for.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation, consultant salaries out of MBA are pretty standardized.


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Consultant
Singapore (Singapore)

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

Interview Details – Campus Recruitment. BCG short-lists people from the top B-schools based on the resumes and then conducts detailed case interviews. Often, they offer summer internships and based on summer performance, full time offers are given.

Interview Question – I want to invest in alumnium in Australia. Give me your advice. For every question asked the reply was 'I have nothing more to say'. It was exaspearating- no details. I was forced to make many assumptions in providing the advice.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No, negotiation. It is fixed pay.


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Neutral Experience

Consultant Interview

Consultant

Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group

Interview Details – 6 interviews divided into 3 rounds. First round with more jnr staff and last round with partners. Case based interviews. First 10-15mins about you, 35 mins on a case questions then time at the end for you to ask questions. Get on www.caseinterview.com to help you prepare and do lots of practice with friends.

Interview Question – Calculations with lots of zero's   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very little negotiation possible other than start dates


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Very Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant

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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Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

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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