Boston Consulting Group Consultant Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
Updated May 16, 2014
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Consultant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I interviewed through college or university. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details

On campus recruiting (full-time MBA) including information sessions, optional 'coffee chats' and first round interviews by invitation. The two on-campus interviews were with consultants of various BCG offices (typically 2-4 yr post-MBA BCG experience). Applicants also rank office preferences (e.g., NY, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, etc.). Second round interview were held in the specific office I would potentially work in. There were several interviews at the office, including partners.

Interview Questions
  • Interviews were quick (45 min), a short fit interview ("tell me about a time when..." or "walk me through your resume"), but the focus was a case interview. Hardest question was a complicated mathematical brainteaser.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
Negotiated start date. No negotiation of salary, benefits or vacation.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    during my mba i got approached by BCG and really felt good "vibes" working with them

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with recruiter. Interviewed on campus with a number of other students. The interviewer were numb by the time I sat with them. They did not want to know anything about you just how you did on he case study. The case study has become a running joke, in that everyone practices for months so it is easy to do well. Just plug in the case variable because many are the same. Doesn't really matter what you did in school or your GPA if you ace the case. Another interview and offer came a few weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • Sizing a market question. Very typical and then the case   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Took a job with software company in SF. Dynamic organization with good work life balance and people that seemed to care about what you did and who you were.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds of in-person interviews with Partners and Principles of the firm. All were a combination of personal/fit interviews plus case interviews. Weeks or months of preparation are needed to do well in these interviews, it's very easy to make mistakes which could cost you the offer. The interviewers were supportive and open to working with you to answer the questions posed.

     HR was good about responding with feedback within 24 hours.

    Culture was much more supportive than competitive firms even though interviews were with more senior staff.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a particular competitive environment how would you advise our client to price their product?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    NA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consulting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    Overall, the interview was very well-organized. Everything ran on time, and they were extremely accommodating of my schedule.

    There were two rounds. The first round consisted of 2 separate one-on-one interviews. Each interview had a set of 'behavioral' questions followed by a case study. The second round is similarly structured - except that there were 3 separate interviews instead of 2, and it was with more senior people. Some of the cases were extremely challenging, but the interviewers were all very friendly.

    Advice: Stay calm! A couple of the cases were quite hard. After talking to some of the other candidates who got offers, it seems that it is quite common to feel like you are not getting anywhere or to make mistakes. This does not mean you are screwing up the interview - relax, retrace steps (whilst explaining your thought process clearly), ask questions and, above all, remember to listen to the interviewer and respond to the his/her cues/hints.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me something about yourself that is not on your resume.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2007.

    Interview Details

    First round was two 45-minute interviews. Both interviews were 90% cases and the rest chitchat. Both cases were pretty quantitative. The interviewers were fairly junior (1-2 years tenure). I heard back 2-3 days later.

    Final round was a 20-minute fit interview (why did you choose consulting, etc.) and two 45-minute case interviews. The fit interview was with a manager (~4 years tenure), and the cases were with very senior VPs. Again, both cases had a quantitative focus, though they were a little more free-flowing (no exhibits, for example, but a lot of estimation). I heard back about 3 days later.

    Everyone at BCG was friendly; I left with a very positive impression of the people and the culture.

    Interview Questions
    • The case was about working with a nonprofit client, and estimating how much one of their initiatives would cost. I made an estimating error at one point (lost a zero), but I quickly caught it and it didn't hurt me.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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