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Updated May 4, 2014
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I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online via website, took a month for them to contact me back (deadlines were very late January this year), but once I got a first round the second round was three days later and I got an offer that evening.

Interview Question – Difficult cases, very numbers focused   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – I interviewed on campus and then had a final round at the office I applied to. The guys I interviewed with were great, with tons of interesting experiences and insights about a career in consulting.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you as a leader had to prove yourself   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – I came from a target school. BCG came to campus toward the end of the fall semester and held presentation & coffee chats. Make sure you make an impression at the presentation and get to know the campus recruiting lead (not the recruiter, but the associate/senior associate who actually works as a consultant). Two rounds of interviews: first round is on campus, 2 45-minute case interview (10min fit, 25-30 minute case, 5 q&a); second round is in similar format: 3 45-minute interviews with principals/partners.

Interview Question – I've interviewed with all top consulting firms except McK, and BCG cases are much tougher than that of any other firms. BCG cases tend to have a focus on strategy - it is not enough to be able to follow through a framework and do the math correct. For one thing, BCG almost never gives you data right away. If you are asking, what are the customer segments, you better be prepared to give them some ideas as to how you would segment the customer. They also expect you to have some intuitive knowledge about competition and high level strategy.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation for entry positions.

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2014.

Interview Details – 3 back-to-back interviews

Interview Question – case interview questions which are very creative   Answer Question

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Interview Details – First round on-campus interview (2), second round on-site interview (3)

Interview Question – What is your favorite book and why? Point to something you didn't include in your resume   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2009.

Interview Details – 2 on-campus interviews for first round (1 with project leader, 1 with principal), followed by 3 on-site interviews in office for final round (2 with partners, 1 with principal). All interviews were case interviews.

Interview Question – All case interviews - nothing unexpected though. Some on-the-fly quant estimation was required and could be tough for non-quant types.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2013.

Interview Details – 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 Question – What is your best accomplishment?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – 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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San Francisco, CA

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 Question – That's a great idea... But what if that doesn't work?   Answer Question

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Boston, MA

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 Question – Tell me when you were part of a group and you disagreed with your boss.   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2012.

Interview Details – There were 2-3 rounds of presentations made by team coming down from BCG to the campus. Initial resume submission, followed by a shortlisting of candidates. This is followed up by a dinner with few consultants and partners. Finally, 2 to 3 rounds of 1:1 interviews are conducted based on case-interviews & few HR type of questions.

Interview Question – Why would you choose BCG over Mc Kinsey?   Answer Question

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