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Updated Dec 15, 2014
Updated Dec 15, 2014
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    Summer Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume and cover letter on my college's recruiting website and received a first round interview. The interviews were handled very professionally—we received a packet of information about the interviewers and process in the waiting room. Each interview was 45 minutes and consisted of fit, a relatively straightforward case, and time for questions. They let me know on the next business day that I had received a final round, and I received feedback from my first round interviewer that was crucial in helping me prepare, as well as a buddy from the office who ran through a practice interview with me. The final round was relaxed and fun, with a dinner the night before where the candidates got to meet current associates and relax. The final round was also two 45 minute interviews, with cases of about the same difficulty. They let me know about the offer by lunchtime that day.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    After I received the offer, the company was extremely helpful, putting me in touch with a host of senior and junior people with similar interests and extending my offer until I knew enough to decide.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Alumni Relations Coordinator Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    I was called in via the recruiter and just had to meet with 3 people.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    First round interview in Chicago. Second round interview in DC. The recruiting staff does a good job ensuring that the trips and office visits are pleasant and go smoothly.

    5 interviews total between the 2 rounds. Each interview was 1 on 1 for about 45min and consisted of 10min of fit questions about leadership, teamwork, and interest in consulting followed by 30min of a business case and ending with time for me to ask questions. In each case interview the interviewers defaulted to having me pick which parts of my framework to investigate, but they intervened for the sake of time if I went too far off track or made serious math mistakes.

    First round interviews consisted of 2 interviews by current Consultants. Both were friendly. One was open and easy to read, the other was not. Both cases were pretty straightforward, with a problem statement, a question about how to proceed, analysis of charts, some calculations, and recommendations. At the end they gave some good insights into the job and lifestyle when I asked.

    Second round interviews consisted of 3 interviews by current Partners. The partners definitely came across as having high standards but were friendly, professional, and pretty easy to read. The business cases they used each seemed to be pet cases that were relevant to their own experience and that they'd used many times before. Two of these cases put extra emphasis on brainstorming and hypothesizing compared to the first round interviews. They very clearly appreciated creative and insightful answers and were clearly unimpressed by poor analysis and getting flustered by mistakes. The partners provided good insights into the company when I asked at the end.

    Overall, the interviews were a positive experience. I like the case format's ability to convey analytical abilities, but it's tough to expand meaningfully on a resume in 10 minutes of fit questions.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the interviewers gave me a blank graph and asked me to speculate what it should look like based on our previous discussion.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    First round consisted of two interviews, one with a Project Leader and one with a Principal. A few fit questions and then moved into the case. The cases have lots of exhibits and are usually very unstructured.

    The first case was a market entry and financial analysis with lots of exhibits to look through. The second case was a profitability analysis.

    Second round consisted of four interviews - 3 partners and 1 principal.

    One case just a bunch of confusing exhibits to sort through and talk about. Another case was about profitability and another was about growth strategy. The final case was written - they gave me an annual report for a company and an industry report and asked me to piece together a few talking points to brief the partner who was going to meet with the client CEO. They gave me half an hour to do it and walked in after 22 minutes to say wrap it up.

    Interview Questions
    • Most unexpected question was what I think about the European debt crisis!   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Not flexible on pay and position

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Reasons for Declining

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

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Career center resume drop, followed by invitation to first-round interview, and finally a second round interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Case questions are structured, but definitely requires thinking outside of the box.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Had a better offer elsewhere

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Resume drop then on campus interview - 2 cases (one on pharma and the other one I forgot). Call the next day about second rounds in office location. They paid for convenient flight and a SUPER nice hotel and were very accommodating for my schedule. 3 cases for final round (one on energy, one on the auto industry, and one on travel/tourism). I heard back the following Monday (I interviewed on Friday)

    Interview Questions
    • Client is a pharma company looking to enter the rare disease business and want to grow x percent (can't remember) in 5 years. Will they meet their targets?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person 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 2 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted for an on campus interview with BCG through my school's standard career services system.
    The first round interview was on campus and was comprised of 2 case interviews. Each case was done in a separate room with a Consultant (post-MBA) from the firm. Most of my interviewers had been at the firm for about a year. I was contacted about a final round interview within 48 hours of my first interview. At this point they would discuss what potential offices you might want to work in, and eventually decide which office you'd prefer to interview for.

    The final round was in the specific office I wanted to work in, in this case New York. The final round is comprised of 3 case interviews with Principals or Partners. I received my offer the same evening.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

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

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    1st round - Two 45-min interviews (10 min behavioral, 30 min case, 5 min Q&A)
    Final Round - Three 45-min interviews (same format)

    Practice practice practice cases - BCG cases are probably the toughest out of MBB. At the end of the day, a strong behavioral will help but it won't carry you to an offer. Interviews don't have to be perfect, but you have to be solid/strong on all 5 cases in order to get it.

    Think out loud, structure everything, hypothesize then verify/negate with data, synthesize well, provide risks/next steps.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    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 a weekinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    3 Interviews

    Interview Questions
    • Presented Interviewees with graphs that we needed to analyze in a split second.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They were amazingly flexible and open--I was incredibly impressed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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