Boston Consulting Group Interview Questions

Updated Sep 15, 2014
Updated Sep 15, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    interviews after Bridge to BCG program

    Interview Questions
    • During the second interview, the interviewer asked me to read some data first without asking for a framework.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    On-campus recruiting at Wharton.

    Interview Questions
    • A company makes feminine protection products. They are facing contracting margins. A new supplier offers them a low price on a new low-tack adhesive. What criteria should the use to evaluate it?   View Answer
    No Offer
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, flown to SF office, passed 1st round but did not make it past final round.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was set-up with an interview via a staffing agency. The interview consisted of 1 hour of a skills-based test and 1 hour of speaking with the hiring manager. It was fairly straightforward. The time was well-managed.

    The skills-based portion wasn't rigorously managed. I set a timer to make sure I adhered to the time limit. However, as I got closer and closer to the end of time I thought for sure they'd come and stop me. This never happened. To keep it honest, I stopped working at the end of the first hour and went to find the interviewer. I don't know if this was a "test" too but I would encourage you to manage your time. They won't do it for you and you may appear untrustworthy if you allow it to significantly run over.

    Interview Questions
    • The case wanted you to construct 3 profiles of potential companies within a specific industry. It was a bit of a shot in the dark. If I could recommend anything, it would be to spend some time before prepping your ability to assess the economic health of any given company.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    Two rounds of interviews. 2 back to back case interview each round. Good learning experience. Unfortunately I didn't get the offer. Very professional experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    For PhD with a science/engineering background at a target school, the process starts with on campus recruitment. Getting an interview largely depends on the quality of the resume, which should really stand out as they probably spend no more than 30 sec on each in the screening process. Previous internship at Fortune 500 companies is (almost) a must as there are more people with it than they recruit. PhDs are hired at the same level as MBAs so the competition is fierce. There are two rounds of interviews and most people get cut in the 1st round. Interviewee driven style for cases so if you don't get to the point they will just stare at you. At least 3 months of preparation is necessary, but you can spend a year to prepare and still get cut in the first round, which happened to tens of people I know. Don't get obsessed in this. Luck is most important.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a time you have to convince someone to do something he/she originally wasn't willing to.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Called to discuss resume over the phone. Didn't hear back for a week, when they left another message saying they wanted to follow up with the position and our discussion from the previous week. I made several attempts to reach out and talk with the HR woman, finally a week later, I received a voice message stating they had gone in a different direction and thanked me for my time.

    Interview Questions
    • Just asked briefly about my resume. They highlighted the position more than they inquired about my experience, background, skills, etc. Very short phone discussion.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    I went to several presentations on campus and spoke to many of the ADC consultants from the west coast. Everyone was extremely friendly and open. It helps to network before submitting the cover letter through the website.
    Once submitted, they were a little inconsistent in letting people know whether they had a first round interview. They invited us to an interview prep workshop 2 days before which was nice but a little too late. My interviewers were great but I ultimately was unable to read the situation and do well.

    Interview Questions
    • Business case didn't feel like the practice ones given. Case on solar panels. Not quite interviewer or interviewee led. Still was interesting even though I could tell by their body language that I was not going on to the next round.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Advanced Degree Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    I ultimately removed my application for consideration. I came to the conclusion that consulting was not for me.

    With that being said my experience throughout the entire ordeal was nothing short of awesome. I have never run across a more down to earth caring group of professionals in industry before. The effort shown by the administration and consultants during the recruitment process was amazing. I have the utmost respect for BCG, especially the Houston Office.

    Those of you thinking about entering a career as a consultant should consider employment with BCG.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you were a leader... OK describe another time when you were a leader... OK describe another time when you were a leader. Describe a weakness, describe another weakness etc.

      My advice to those of you interviewing, you need to have 3 examples for the various types of interview questions or most common interview questions. Do a google search online for the most popular interview questions.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied as a PhD student from a non-target school and was invited for a first round interview in the office. Interview consisted of two behavioral/case interviews. One interview was with a principal and the other was with a project manager. Cases were fairly standard affairs and were based on actual projects that the interviewers worked on.

    Interview Questions
    • A pharmaceutical wants to expand to China or Mexico. Which one should they move into?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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