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Helpful (2)Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
I interviewed on campus and then had a final round at the office I applied to. The guys I interviewed with were great, with tons of interesting experiences and insights about a career in consulting.
- Tell me about a time you as a leader had to prove yourself Answer Question
Helpful (4)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
I came from a target school. BCG came to campus toward the end of the fall semester and held presentation & coffee chats. Make sure you make an impression at the presentation and get to know the campus recruiting lead (not the recruiter, but the associate/senior associate who actually works as a consultant). Two rounds of interviews: first round is on campus, 2 45-minute case interview (10min fit, 25-30 minute case, 5 q&a); second round is in similar format: 3 45-minute interviews with principals/partners.
- I've interviewed with all top consulting firms except McK, and BCG cases are much tougher than that of any other firms. BCG cases tend to have a focus on strategy - it is not enough to be able to follow through a framework and do the math correct. For one thing, BCG almost never gives you data right away. If you are asking, what are the customer segments, you better be prepared to give them some ideas as to how you would segment the customer. They also expect you to have some intuitive knowledge about competition and high level strategy. Answer Question
No negotiation for entry positions.
Helpful (1)Accepted Offer
- Comprehensive hiring process on campus; several networking sessions and dinners / cocktails
- BCG supported the interview process by organizing mock interviews with candidates
- Interview itself comprises 2 rounds of 2-3 45-min interviews (10-min behavioral, 30-min case and 5 mins to discuss other questions)
- Nothing out-of-the-blue in terms of question. However, in second round with partners, it's likely that the interview structure could be non-traditional depending on the "mood" of the partner interviewing. Possible to end up even as a conversation / discussion about a topic of interest. But note that you are still being assessed on structured thinking, creativity, insights, etc. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2014.
3 back-to-back interviews
- case interview questions which are very creative Answer Question
- Accepted OfferDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
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).
- "Case interview" questions 1 Answer
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
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.
- 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
None. Best in class offers.
Helpful (3)Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (New York, NY) in October 2013.
First and final round interviews were a week apart. Hiring process took a month overall.
- Standard consulting interview. Nothing unexpected. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Washington, DC) in October 2013.
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.
- Two business cases as expected, other than that it is a fairly straightforward behavioral interview (ie. leadership, teamwork, failures, etc). No brainteasers. Answer Question
Not worth negotiating.
Helpful (1)Accepted Offer
First round on-campus interview (2), second round on-site interview (3)
- What is your favorite book and why? Point to something you didn't include in your resume Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Miami, FL) in October 2013.
BCG came on campus. Resume got selected through the pool. Interview scheduled within two weeks of application.
Two rounds. First one was on campus. Two 30 minutes interview with 5-7 minutes of behavioral then a case study. Both interviews lasted more than 45 minutes.
Second round at the office. Three 30 minutes talk scheduled. This time emphasis more on fit but still a case study involved. Met with few other members at the office as well.
Impression: Super cool bunch of people. Very impressed. I like them better than McKinsey or Bain. Top notch firm...! Take an offer if you get it.
- Nothing out of the ordinary or trick question. Case study was straight forward. They try to help you along like you're working on an assignment together. Show them your work while discussing it. DO NOT mess up the simple math and do it on the fly. If you're making math related mistakes, you won't get a second round. Simple as that. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
I'm more interested in I-Banking than Consulting.
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