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Updated Jul 3, 2014
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Consultant
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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Associate Interview

Associate
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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Consultant Interview

Consultant

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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Consultant Interview

Consultant

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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Consultant Interview

Consultant
Chicago, IL

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

Interview Details – 2 round 1 interviews followed by 3 round 2 interviews

Interview Question – All interviews were typical case interviews. Familiarity with charts is important as they tend to use a lot of exhibits   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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Summer Associate Interview

Summer Associate

Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group

Interview Details – First round on-campus interview (2), second round on-site interview (3)

Interview Question – What is your favorite book and why? Point to something you didn't include in your resume   Answer Question

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Intern Interview

Intern

I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – Drop resume, got a call in a week

Interview Question – guestimation calcuate daily revenue of starback located in US   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I did pretty well on guestimation

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Consultant Interview

Consultant
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in August 2013.

Interview Details – There are two rounds 1st round I had two interview with a project leader and a principle. The Second round I had two interviews with Partners. With the exception of one of my final round interviews all the interviews had the same standard format. Fit interview for 15 min and then candidate lead case interview for 30 min. One of my final round interviews was a written interview where I had 45 min to look through information and compose a recommendation. I then had 45 min of discussion and follow-up questions with my interviewer regarding the situation. Then I had 15 min of Fit interview to finish up.

Interview Question – The most difficult question was probably some of the math in one of the cases. Not complicated mathematically, but conceptually trying to figure out how to structure the solution.   Answer Question

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Principal Interview

Principal

Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group

Interview Details – Interviews at BCG are mostly case study based. Lateral hires can also expect one or two interviews with senior partners that are more geared toward assessing fit with the company and its culture. Case studies are classic business problem case studies, i.e., no puzzles or brain teasers. Candidates should expect four to five rounds of interviews. Decisions are typically made and communicated within a week or two of the final interview.

Interview Question – Candidates familiar with case study interviews should find the overall process similar to that at other leading management consultancies.   Answer Question

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Analyst Interview

Analyst
Dallas, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2012.

Interview Details – First interview was at career center on campus. It was pretty calm, two simple case interviews to figure out how you think and to try to get you to solve basic problems. There's a bit of math prodding in the middle of the interview, but besides that they're pretty straight forward if you've done a few cases from any sort of prep book.

Second Interview was onsite in Texas. Three partners, each with an hour long meeting and this time, they're much more interested in how you think in terms of strategy than they are in your simple ability to solve math problems.

Interview Question – Case was about a company that had a line of restaurants, and they were looking to open another chain in Texas in an area that was already saturated with very similar restaurants. Why should they do it, why shouldn't they -- what's to be considered?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I wanted to work for a startup and I went through the consulting interview process as a backup.

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