Boston Consulting Group Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
Updated Jul 30, 2014
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    Summer Consultant Interview

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

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Easy case interview process very informal and laid back. People were nice

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation - set salary
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Associate Interview

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

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed 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 Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    On-campus recruiting (receptions, info sessions, dinners, two initial round interviews)
    Decision Day (three final round interviews)

    Interviews were all 45 minute long with 5-15 minute on fit questions and the rest on case.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Did not feel as if they wanted to hire me. They made me wait 30 minutes after the scheduled time to for the interview. There was no reason for the delay and it seemed I was a distraction to their day. Not a great feeling when you were excited abou the role.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Did not feel like it was a fit for me.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 2 days - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had 2 first-round interviews on campus, both of which were case interviews. 3 second-round interviews were then held in the San Francisco office. The structure of all the interviews was very similar, with the first 5-10 minutes being resume-based. The questions here were pretty standard and generally nothing to worry too much about. The next 25-30 minutes are dedicated to the case portion of the interview. BCG has a very analytical culture, so be prepared to work with numbers throughout the case. Finally, the last 10 minutes or so are reserved for questions. This part is also pretty standard, although it can be a good time to gain a few bonus points if you can ask poignant, thought-provoking questions. I had a great experience with all five of my interviewers, with all of them being very open and helpful. In general, it is very important to make the case into a dialogue with the interviewer, rather than a presentation or solo exercise. Although most of the interviews I had were partners at the firm, they were very willing to help work through the case and add helpful insights along the way.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    The HR folks here are top notch, and they go out of their way to sell you on the interview experience. Absolutely best in class HR.

    Phone screen interview was mostly behavioral and verification of background, experience, and general fit.

    Two weeks later, was flown to the Atlanta office for a series of 4 1:1 interviews with directors/partners.
    Interviews here were case based and "think on your feet" type situations. The last interview was down right impossible as it was about an industry I knew nothing about. I thought I had completely bombed the interview, but ended up getting the offer.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I took an offer with another management consulting firm.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview included three case interviews mixed with behavioral aspects. The entire process was friendly and collegial. My advice would be: let your personality shine through, even during the case. Make sure they know who you are, not just how well you can crack their case.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me when you were part of a group and you disagreed with your boss.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Associate Interview

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

    The process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Two rounds of in-office case interviews, with fairly straightforward questions in the first round. Final round questions were significantly more open-ended and involved more creative and out-of-the-box thinking. Interviewers were generally very friendly and not confrontational or condescending at all. People were also extremely eager to talk about their work and experiences.

    Interview Questions
    • We are working with the Port Authority of a large city, who is trying to gain some information about the types and patterns of people entering and leaving the city. What should we look for, and what should we do?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2008.

    Interview Details

    All of the communications were highly professional. The interviews were typical of what one would expect, 2 behavioral/case interviews in the first round and 3 behavioral/case interviews in the third round. Preparation is a must to perform well, however having a positive attitude along with some luck always helps. The number of interviews is helpful in getting multiple opportunities to show one's skills; conversely each interview provides a further opportunity to fail. In order to obtain an offer, every interview must go reasonably well.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewee needs to know his/her resume backwards and forwards. Based on my resume, I was asked what my two favorite authors are, why that is so, and what I had read most recently by them. I did not expect the question to be so detailed.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    15 minute fit interview: Was asked basic questions that focused on my strengths/weaknesses. Asked to provide examples of challenging situations or situations in which I demonstrated qualities relevant to the consulting role (managing difficult personalities, taking on a leadership role even when not formally appointed, etc.) It was important to be prepared specific with examples as my interviewer kept probing for more details. It is important too in the "fit" part of the interview that everything you say has a purpose; i.e. don't spend time talking about something if it does not demonstrate a character trait that you would like the interviewer to be aware of.

    30 minute case interview is typical of consulting cases. I had four interviews before getting an offer, and my sense was that the case interview process varies significantly across interviewers. Generally, in the first round expect more junior interviewers (and hence interview cases that are more data-driven); in latter rounds expect more senior interviewers who will be looking for you to draw insight from the analysis of a problem and provide creative solutions to problems that may appear run-of-the-mill at first pass

    Interview Questions
    • Give me three reasons why I should NOT hire you   View Answer
    • Tell me something about you that you are proud of, which you have not written in your resume   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Remuneration in the consulting industry (not BCG specifically) was too low.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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