Boston Consulting Group Interview Questions

Updated Jun 29, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview

    Drop resume, got a call in a week

    Interview Questions

    • guestimation calcuate daily revenue of starback located in US   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did pretty well on guestimation

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    Receptionist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2013.

    Interview

    I went through two rounds of interviews. During the 1st, I met with 2 people in person. During the 2nd round I met with one in person, and two people from another office via video-conferencing.

    All of the people that I met with were very friendly, and I felt comfortable and confident throughout the entire process.

    Interview Questions

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    Principal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Interviews at BCG are mostly case study based. Lateral hires can also expect one or two interviews with senior partners that are more geared toward assessing fit with the company and its culture. Case studies are classic business problem case studies, i.e., no puzzles or brain teasers. Candidates should expect four to five rounds of interviews. Decisions are typically made and communicated within a week or two of the final interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Candidates familiar with case study interviews should find the overall process similar to that at other leading management consultancies.   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Campus info session - starts in September every year
    First round interview - happens in October on campus, 2 interviewers at Consultant or Project leader level, 45 minutes per session, a mix of behavioral questions and case interviews,
    Second round interview - happens in the office, 3 interviewers at Principal or Partner level, 45 minutes per session, a mix of behavioral questions and case interviews

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview

    Standard interview with case studies and behavior questions. You just have to be really insightful and logical. And be prepared for the excel functions.

    Interview Questions

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Chicago, IL) in August 2013.

    Interview

    There are two rounds 1st round I had two interview with a project leader and a principle. The Second round I had two interviews with Partners. With the exception of one of my final round interviews all the interviews had the same standard format. Fit interview for 15 min and then candidate lead case interview for 30 min. One of my final round interviews was a written interview where I had 45 min to look through information and compose a recommendation. I then had 45 min of discussion and follow-up questions with my interviewer regarding the situation. Then I had 15 min of Fit interview to finish up.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult question was probably some of the math in one of the cases. Not complicated mathematically, but conceptually trying to figure out how to structure the solution.   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview

    Applied to the job while in college and went through the normal university recruiting process in November of my senior year. This consisted of a strict application deadline, and set on-campus interview dates. Once you make it past the on-campus interview, you rank the offices you'd prefer, and are invited to a second-round interview at the office that you matched with.

    Interview Questions

    • Calculate the break-even cost given a set of parameters (in your head, without a calculator or pen/paper)   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. Salaries were pretty much consistent across the entering class and across all offices.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview

    Standard process: 2 interviews in first round, 3 in final round, mix of case and behavioral

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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Chicago, IL) in February 2013.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume and cover letter on my college's recruiting website and received a first round interview. The interviews were handled very professionally—we received a packet of information about the interviewers and process in the waiting room. Each interview was 45 minutes and consisted of fit, a relatively straightforward case, and time for questions. They let me know on the next business day that I had received a final round, and I received feedback from my first round interviewer that was crucial in helping me prepare, as well as a buddy from the office who ran through a practice interview with me. The final round was relaxed and fun, with a dinner the night before where the candidates got to meet current associates and relax. The final round was also two 45 minute interviews, with cases of about the same difficulty. They let me know about the offer by lunchtime that day.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    After I received the offer, the company was extremely helpful, putting me in touch with a host of senior and junior people with similar interests and extending my offer until I knew enough to decide.

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    Alumni Relations Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Boston, MA).

    Interview

    I was called in via the recruiter and just had to meet with 3 people.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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