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Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – The process had 4 parts:
1st: CV Selection
2nd: Analytical Test: 20 GMAT style questions in 20 mins.
3rd: First round of interviews with 3 consultants.

-->First part was CV and fit questions, they really want to know you know your story. Typical questions at this stage where 'tell me about this on your CV' and 'why consulting and why BCG'.
-->The second part of the interview was a 30 to 35 min case. The cases are challenging and you have to be very fast with numbers and very organized with the process! I got 3 cases 1 about reevaluating a distribution channel, a loyalty program strategy for a retailer and finally a case about opening a manufacturing facility for a food producer.
--> Last part you get to chat a bit with the consultants and ask them questions. Be prepared they expect smart questions.
-->The consultants where very accomplished, smart and friendly people, very open and willing to help you through the cases. Nevertheless you should expect them to be hostile at some point since they also want to test your boiling point.

4th: 2 Interviews with partners.
-->For the second round The process follows exactly as with the consultants but partner cases where much more difficult. They are more abstract and open ended.
--> For the partner cases I felt that you really need to excel when you organize your thoughts, be very creative for brainstorming and show that you can be left alone with a client.
-->The Partners are very smart and have a wide understanding of business (Almost seems like they have seen it all in the business world), they are also very friendly and helpful they wont let you fail in the case, they want you to crack it! i really enjoy their cases. It was clear to me the way they where assessing me.

Interview Question – Explain why Asset Management companies that have low and high volume of assets have high margins while the companies with average volumes have low margins.   Answer Question

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London, England (UK)

I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in December 2012.

Interview Details – It was the first round of interview. One 1 to 1 interview (45min long) and one numerical and reasoning test on computer. People there are verrrry friendly. The interview was a classic consulting firm interview. We started review my CV and then we switch to a case study. We ended with generic questions. The numerical test was much more harder than the exemple the provided me few days before. Do not neglect this part as it was really tough.

Interview Question – About what I disliked the most during my last internship (I wish I had more responsibilities) : Have you asked your superior to have more ?   Answer Question

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Rome (Italy)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2011.

Interview Details – Very short and easy online application, did not have to take any numeracy test. Sent in application on line and received and invite to London, for 2 interviews. Much less formal than I had anticipated. "Fit" portion was just a discussion about my work history- cannot remember getting a single question of the classic PEI's usually mentioned (challenge, fail, team, etc) 30 min fit 20 min case (times two)

Interview Question – Nothing was really unexpected, but I got off on the wrong track on the case.. and swan dove off the cliff from there when I messed up some very simple math, I think I included two more zeros than I should have. We both knew it was over when the guy basically chuckled at me because it was amusing to him how off base the answer could, in fact, be.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – like any phase involving classified and proprietary info. Wheeling and dealing to the max, my friends

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I applied online and interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – Online application, followed by a first round consisting of a 45 minute analytic test and two 1-hour interviews. Each interview consists of 30 mins going over your background and general competency questions, and 30 mins of solving a case.

Interview Question – Cases can vary significantly, one was much harder than the other.   Answer Question

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I applied online and interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – Submitted application through school's career website, then got invited to the first round interviews conducted at my school. There were two interviews: one with a principle, one with a consultant. Both interviews are composed of fit questions and case interview. Interviewers are nice and encouraging. Overall it was a good interview experience

Interview Question – One case interview was about an industry I'm not familiar with, so didn't quickly come up with a good method to do the market sizing   Answer Question

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Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

Interview Details – Hiring and interview process is very structured and planned
There are 2-3 case interviews - one has to don them very well
Finally an HR round but that is a formality

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Position and compensation are fixed for a role

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Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group

Interview Details – Had an on-campus first round interview. 2 interviewers, each of whom spent about 10-15 minutes on fit and 30 on cases. The cases were pretty standard, maybe more data intensive than Bain's. They seemed to want me to crunch numbers rather than think outside the box.

Interview Question – Name a leader who you think is successful and explain what specifically they do that makes them so effective. Not difficult, but it just threw me because I wasn't expecting it.   Answer Question

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Paris (France)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2011.

Interview Details – - Great and friendly HR people
- Considered as potentialy part of the company and well thus welcomed

Process

1 Interview with a senior consultant and face to face case study (Business Case)
2 Computer case study
3 two more interviews and case studies but didn't get that far.

You have to prepare a lot for this process, work on case studies books and apply it in smaller consulting companies.

Interview Question – Case study on the Korean Travel Retail
Computer case
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Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group

Interview Details – Two initial tests - math (gmat style) and logical.
Three interviews - 2 principals and 1 partner. All the interviews were classic estimation / business-case type.

Interview Question – Estimate how many tennis balls are sold in our country in one year.
Estimate the consumption per mile of an airplane
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Brussels (Belgium)

I applied through other source and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2011.

Interview Details – The interviews are very much focused on the analytical skills of the individual.
For experienced hires, there is first a serie of 2 1:1 interviews with a consultant and a project leader.
During the second appointment, there is a 2 hours paper case to prepare and present to a partner. Then there is another live case with a partner.

Interview Question – what is your principal quality ?   Answer Question

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