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Administrative Assistant Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details – Started with a great phone interview/screen. Was then asked back for a 1 on 1 interview. Was not impressed with the manager I met with. Perhaps it was the day or time, but you could tell they were interested in getting along with their day and leaving the office more than finding out anything about me. Might have just been a difference in attitude but was expecting decorum from such a high ranking company.
Interview Question – What do you dislike most about your job. (Was later critiqued for sounding negative about my current position.) Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Financial Systems Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details – Sent my resume out, received an offer to interview not too long after. Fairly easy interview, consisting of mostly walking through my resume. Heavy focus on technical skills.
Interview Question – What is your least favorite class? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details – Long and strenuous interview process, but a great experience
Interview Question – I was asked about a trucking company that was experiencing revenue loss year-over-year. View Answer
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group
Interview Details – Applied through the Advanced degree route. BCG came to campus for a presentation. Case practice workshop was conducted for first round interviewees. First round was in Chicago. Interviewed by two projects leaders. Each interview consisted of a 10 min fit component, a 30 minute case and 5 min Q&A. Fit and case were both pretty standard.
Interview Question – Heavy on data analysis from graphs/tables. Need to be quick/thorough with math. View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.
Interview Details – Initial Communications were good, lots of preparation for interview.
First interview went fine, interviewer was professional and upbeat.
Second interviewer was terrible. Constantly checked his e-mail, asked me to repeat what I was saying because he wasn't listening, gave me the wrong exhibits. Not very professional at all and made it difficult to solve the case
Interview Question – What should our client be worried about that they aren't thinking about? Answer Question
Associate Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.
Interview Details – I made initial communication with consultants within my preferred office and was accepted as a referred candidate. Additionally, I applied online and through BCG campus resume collection.
The first round interviews consisted of two 45-minute in person interviews. The interviews were ten minutes of fit/behavioral and the remaining time for one case each.
I was very nervous during the first interview and messed up the math...the interviewed was very kind and asked me to look over the numbers again.
The second interview went much better. The case and fit portion felt much like a conversation, and overall, I had a lot of fun during the interview!
The behavioral questions were very much expected. The case questions involved multiple graphs and additional facts. I strayed from my initial framework and had to be quick on my feet to respond to each interviewers prompts.
Additionally, it is helpful to know that I have a liberal arts (political science and economics majors) background. I have had no prior experience in the industry and relied mainly on online resources to learn about the case interview process. The case questions I encountered were not difficult because of the technicalities but because of how fast-paced it all seemed.
Interview Question – The fit and case portions were to be expected. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2013.
Interview Details – Had first round interview in Atlanta. Two 45 minute interviews with first 10 minutes behavioral. Had market entry and cost case. Practice unit conversion because that is what through me off.
Interview Question – Look at this slide and tell me which supplier we should use. Answer Question
Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2013.
Interview Details – First round through on-campus interviews. First round is two, 45-minute case interviews. It starts with a few questions about your resume, where the questions seem very much subject to change depending on your interviewer. Their case questions can be a little difficult, but they are made to be doable, at least in the first round.
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Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group
Interview Details – Submitted resume and cover letter, then received a first round interview that took place at their headquarters. The interview consisted of two 30-40 minute cases with two different interviewers. Both case interviews included 5-10 minutes of general questions about my resume and past experience as well.
Interview Question – Give an example of working with a difficult person in a group setting and how you handled it. Answer Question
Summer Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2013.
Interview Details – First round interview in Boston, relatively straightforward cases with principals who were very easy to read. One case on forward-integrating and another on factors that drive retail growth. Overall a very pleasant experience.
Second round in Washington, DC. Two cases, both with partners, very little fit interview (the first partner jumped right into the case, the second asked one or two very basic fit questions and then moved on). Much more difficult to read. Made a minor math error on the first case, nailed the second. Received tepid phone feedback -- "good job, it's very competitive for the summer, please try again in the fall." Agree with the comments from a previous reviewer: my sense was that they care much more about full-time than the summer.
Interview Question – The cases were straightforward. It was much more about responding to what the interviewer wanted you to say, which I suppose is no different than any other consulting interview. Answer Question
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