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Updated Oct 16, 2014
Updated Oct 16, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    After on-campus networking sessions, the next step was to apply via my campus career center for an on-campus interview. The first round, they interviewed around 100 candidates on-campus, with a relatively small fraction moving onto second-rounds at each native office. The first-round consisted of two 45-minute interviews, with about 10-15 minutes of fit and a case for each. The second round was a similar format at the BCG office in my city of choice, but the cases were generally more involved, with the case given to me by the Partner being significantly more challenging and quantitative.

    Interview Questions
    • Explain to me how the situation that we have reached in this case is game theoretical, and how you would choose the best option.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied online – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    On campus recruiting with an info session, case prep workshop, online application. On-campus first round interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    They are super nice. They guide you through the case and make you feel very welcome.

    Interview Questions
    • There were standard question and nothing too difficult. I just botched up because it was my first ever case interview :(   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Initially picked up via a 3rd party recruitment firm. Submitted CV and covering letter for specific BCG team (IVI Taskforce). Attended first round interview at which I met two BCG employees, one specifically from IVI team and one more senior general strategist. Both interviews had all the standard cultural fit and CV exploration. Both had a case study element, one relating to to a Swiss bank looking to reduce costs.

    Interview Questions
    • Maths elements of both case studies were quite complex and you were invited to ask questions or clarify. However interviewer sat right next to you which was slightly off-putting.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Referred internally, called in for two first round interviews a week or so later. The interviewers were extremely personable during the introductions and behavioral questions. When we got into the cases, I stumbled a bit, but they tactfully urged me in the right direction. I knew I wasn't going to get called back for second rounds after bungling one of the cases, but they spared me a lot of embarrassment and then gave me constructive feedback afterwards.

    Interview Questions
    • When one interviewer saw that I was writing out the math, he asked me to do specific calculations in my head, without pen and paper. Being put on the spot made it very difficult.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed at the BCG office in Philadelphia. Interviewers were very professional, nice, and encouraging. I enjoyed the experience. I kind of bungled the first interview a bit which is why I think I didn't make it to the second round.

    Interview Questions
    • Tough case on airplane company. Lots of synthesis required in terms of charts and data; the math was fine, just being able to keep the information together was a bit difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 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
  9. 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+ weeksinterviewed 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my college, so the process was relatively straightforward. After about a week, I received an invitation to first-round interviews. The interview process is exactly what you should expect from consulting. BCG favors more interviewee-led interviews, so definitely be prepared to drive your case from beginning to end.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the cases opened with a description that profits were down, but revenue was slightly up and costs were stable. It was an overly misleading description by the interviewer. He meant that cost/item was stable, and that overall costs increased, but it was terribly unclear even after clarifying questions.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    I first applied online and was contacted about a week later letting me know that I had been approved for the first round. I had a great experience in that first round interview. The front desk was warm and helpful, they had brought many full time staff to the event to answer questions, make everyone feel comfortable, and in general keep conversation going. The first day had two interviews which went very well. Both of those first day interviews were basic 45 minute interviews with the second half reserved for a case study. A few days later I was contacted by both associated with whom I spoke and they talked me through everything I could improve on. This was a great experience and I really felt like they cared about helping me. I made it to the second round and enjoyed a wonderful dinner with all the other potential interns the day before. The next day, the 2 interviews were of the same format but with much more senior employees. Unfortunately, I did not perform to my normal standards and was informed the next day that I was not selected. No hard feelings, I know I didn't deserve it based on my interview, and I will be back next year.

    Interview Questions
    • I am not allowed to disclose the business case, but the case that caught me off guard was completely verbal and given as if the partner was making it up off the top of his head. That threw me for a loop, but it did seem to be a normal case.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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