Boston Consulting Group Associate Consultant Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 4, 2014
Updated Aug 4, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    I have to say that I come from a non/Business background with a 6 month master in management, a PhD and post/doc in Biology. The process consisted of a computer based test and 2 rounds of interview with 2 consultants each. The whole process was excellent! Well co-ordinated and with great people. HR people were very nice as well. I admire consultants from BCG for their I.Q, presence and friendly character. The behavioural questions were very easy so I will share my experience with the case interviews.

    The cases I got in the first round were- 1. A warehouse that sells construction material is suffering from losses. Typical cost and revenue analysis. The answer was that fixed costs were too high although I had to go though all the possible solutions such as cross/selling, bundled offerings to increase revenue, increase price etc.

    2. A man wants to donate money to a certain cause. Was given a chart with details about different projects that required funds. They consisted of development oriented projects or projects that focused on emergency relief. From the chart the best option was the development project since it benefited more number of people and had longterm benefits. (These 2 cases had charts and numbers. You have to be good with numbers. Dont make mistakes)

    Second round. 1. Tough and abstract case related to the business valuation of a shipyard. I did not do well in this interview since it was completely out of my league. Sometimes I did not know what the interviewer was looking out for. 2. The case was about entering a new market. A railway contractor who had to choose between Spain, Italy and Germany. You had to see all scenarios, customers, competition, external factors, returns etc and make a decision.The best interviewer of all. Very direct and structured in his approach.

    I enjoyed the entire process and learnt a lot from it even though I was not selected. Hope to be able to interview with them again!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Anonymous Employee in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rome (Italy)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rome (Italy)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - 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 Questions
    • Cases can vary significantly, one was much harder than the other.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - 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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Paris (France)
    Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    • Case study on the Korean Travel Retail
      Computer case
        View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    • Estimate how many tennis balls are sold in our country in one year.
      Estimate the consumption per mile of an airplane
        Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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