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- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2014.
Applied online, there is no deadline for this position.The interesting part is they offer me a chat opportunity with associate and analyst who works in BCG New York, not the HR to have the phone interview with me.
- Normal questions. Introduce yourself, why consulting, why BCG Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2014.
1st round, two case interviews, not very hard. I am a PhD, and don't have much business ground, but I think the questions are still not hard. The brainstorming part is to think about factors relevant to how to choose a city for a new restaurant.
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2014.
This is one of the worst companies to interview with. My process was drawn out of three months after HR told me someone needed to be hired within a month. I went through six rounds of interviews. It started off with an analyst and the person who would be my line manager and then went up the food chain. All of the interviews were done over a skype type interface that worked terribly. I was led on and gave up a job offer for Booz Allen Hamilton just to hold out and hear from BCG. HR does not respond to emails unless you hound them.
- Case based analytical questions Answer Question
- No OfferEasy Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (New York, NY).
I had a BCG phone chat after I submitted my application online. I was a bit confused about this. But a phone chat is just that, a chat, not a phone interview.
- There were no difficult questions, it was a conversation. I had some questions prepared and I used the opportunity to talk about my experience and what I am looking for. Answer Question
- No Offer
I applied through college or university – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interviewed on university campus for first round interview. Interviewed by 2 different people, each was 45 minutes long. The interviews had a few behavioral questions followed by a case and then time for questions and answers.
- Tell me about a time when it was difficult to be a leader Answer Question
Helpful (5)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Boston, MA).
I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. After providing me with a description of the job, she interviewed me over the phone. She then scheduled an interview for me with someone in HR. Neither interview was complicated, just basic fit questions, resume walk-through, etc. The first in-person interview was more difficult and in two parts. First, I had to complete a 45 minute skill assessment that involved researching Proctor & Gamble, their top 3-5 competitors, and bench-marking them in a fictional report. It was straightforward, and they provided you with the information they wanted to find. The second part of the interview involved two associates who talked through a case about the pencil industry in Nigeria with me to analyze my thought process. They were both fairly friendly and engaging. When I got called in for the final round, however, I was given a stress interview by one person. She asked how I would analyze the cosmetics market in a particular country in Eastern Europe. In a stress interview, the interviewer acts critical, disinterested, and even condescending to assess your reaction to pressure, so I highly recommend preparing for that. I didn't expect it in an interview for a research position, and I think I was too thrown off and intimidated to get an offer.
- What would you analyze to create a report on the cosmetics industry in Ukraine, and what order of importance would you rank them in? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
I went through on-campus recruiting from an Ivy League school. Had 2 back-to-back, 45min interviews with 15min on fit questions and 30min on a case. One interview was with a Project Leader and the other was with a Consultant. Very straightforward cases and general consulting questions (Why consulting? When have you worked on a team with difficult team members? etc.) Heard back within a week that I made it to final rounds at my top office choice. Was flown out and final round interviews were the same as first round, although they were with higher-ups in the firm.
- What motivates you in everything you do? Answer Question
- No Offer
went through case study where they talked about an oil company and the financial difficulties and there was some other companies that also played a part. Many of the companies sold energy or worked on energy. The interviewer was very nice, not very chatty. Some of the other questions were very standard things like working in groups, conflict etc.
- where do you see yourself in 5 years Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a week – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2014.
Very efficient process. Applied on campus, was contact after 6 days for an on-campus interview. The interview includes 2 back-to-back interview. The case itself was not hard, the hard part was for you to take charge and explain areas you want to explore. In other words, the analysis was not difficult, but to ask the right questions to extract the right data was the challenging part.
The interviewers were extremely nice. Having been through the dreaded stress test interviews for other firms, I found BCG's interviews to be very pleasant and professional.
- I was given a bar chart and had to struggle a bit to figure out what new meaning the graph shed on our current business situation Answer Question
- No OfferAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2014.
Upon getting the notification email for interview, I was also given the option to attend their case workshop. Very beneficial, especially for candidates not too familiar with doing cases. Through the workshop, candidates can also learn more about the BCG interview style. Aside from general info, we did two cases with two different consultants. For the 1st round in office interview, which consisted of 2 interview sessions, within each, there were a fit question portion, 30 min case, then Q&A. Interviewers were nice, the interview process itself seemed very casual and more conversational.
- Unexpectedly, an interviewer asked me about my thesis project, which is very heavy on science. Answer Question
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