Bain & Company Associate Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Jul 27, 2015
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Associate Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Bain & Company (Atlanta, GA) in September 2009.

Interview

I interviewed with Bain & Company on-campus at my university. The interview was one hour long and consisted of two 30-minute case interviews. The first interview was an auto car show case concerning entering a new market. The second interview concerned the declining profitability of a major US university. There were quantitative and market sizing portions of the case. Each of the cases are designed by the interviewers from cases they have worked on. The company offers candidates the opportunity to practice a case with a Bain AC prior to the interview, but substantial preparation on the part of the interviewee in necessary to land the job.

Interview Questions

  • A major US university is experiencing declining profits. (1) Please discuss the drivers of profitability for the organization. (2) How might you improve the profitability of this university?   1 Answer

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Bain & Company in July 2010.

    Interview

    Really nice office and the people were great. One interviewer seemed a bit tough, the other was really nice. Interviews consisted of 2 back to back 30 minute interviews. They were very strict on the timing, so I didn't have time to really chat with the last interviewer. Didn't receive an invite back to second rounds. It was off cycle recruiting, so it was a long shot to begin with. Bain is very tough on mental math (this is where I got dinged the most I guess). Usually not to bad, I guess it was an off day. Make sure you can do this, and do it well.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself.   Answer Question
    • Why consulting?   Answer Question
    • Case: Company X wants to expand into another country, and has decided that acquiring Company Y is a good entrance strategy. Evaluate.   1 Answer
    • Company Z is a CPG company, that both produces and distributes their products. They're deciding whether they should outsource their distribution. What would you use to evaluate this? Go.   1 Answer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company (San Francisco, CA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Received an email to setup time for first interview the following week. First round interview was two case studies from a senior AC and a consultant. Both were very friendly and helpful throughout the case. The cases were much more numerical (I had a table of numbers I had to fill out) than I was expecting (compared to case & point cases). There were no behavioral questions, and no questions about why Bain or why consulting - just the case and then time for me to ask questions. Round two was with a staffing manager, manager, and partner. Again all were friendly and helpful. I only received a short case from the manager. It lasted about 10 minutes and just focused on the business issues I'd be thinking about for a cell-phone related case. No numbers at all. The rest of that interview and the other two were entirely questions like "how did you hear about Bain?" "Why consulting?" "What do you think your performance review at the end of a year at Bain will say?" (got this one twice) and "Describe this project on your resume." I was very surprised I didn't receive harder cases!

    Interview Questions

    • Let's say I'm your manager and you get hired at Bain. At the end of one year, what will I write in your performance review?   1 Answer
    • Describe this project on your resume?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate.

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Bain & Company (Dallas, TX) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Had 2 45 minute interviews in Las Colinas office. Going back for a second round interview later this week. Was able to speak with current Bain AC before interview process to prepare. This was very helpful.

    Interview Questions

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Bain & Company in February 2012.

    Interview

    Applied through the university's recruiting website. I did minimal networking, but had a decent resume. The interview consisted of two 1:1 interviews with a partner and manager. The interviews consisted of brief small talk, one fit question, and one case. They lasted about 45 minutes each. The interviewers were very nice and friendly. I tried to go in with the mindset of having fun and being relaxed, and I think that really helped me get the offer.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you help an European charter airline turnaround its declining profits?   1 Answer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in February 2010.

    Interview

    On campus interview - first round. Consisted of 2 back-to-back case interviews that were 30 minutes each Office interview - final round. Consisted of 3 back-to-back case + behavioral interviews that were 45 minutes or so each. These were with more senior people in the company

    Interview Questions

    • Asked various situational case interviews - had to ask for the appropriate data and ask the right questions to continue along in the interview.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation - set at a national level

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Bain & Company (Brussels (Belgium)) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Scheduling and planning the interviews with 5-6 weeks in advance, excellent organisation. Very good interviewers, they answered clearly to all my questions including working hours. Business cases are as expected form a top tier consulting company, you have to be good with numbers at least in the first round. The second round is less mathematical and more about concepts, focusing on your weaknesses from the 1st round... Very honest process. A pity I couldn't make it.

    Interview Questions

    • If you doubt with the business case, as it happened to me during the 2nd round, they are going to ask you endlessly: Are you sure? You answer. Are you sure? ... Very hard trap.   Answer Question
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Bain & Company in September 2011.

    Interview

    Two 30 minute case interviews. Both were one on one. Applied through campus recruiting. Basic cases. One was more market focused and one was more strategy with numbers included. If you are competent at cases you will be fine. Some interviewers gave more feedback than others, so be prepared to talk for an extended period of time if your interviewer isn't providing as much help. Study your cases and practice.

    Interview Questions

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company (San Francisco, CA) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Standard hiring process through college. Dates and deadlines announced online, with a generic info-session arranged at the college. Upload your resume, cover letter and transcripts online. First round is on campus, followed by at-office for the second decision round. Hardest parts are the resume screening and round 2. Notwithstanding what anyone says - it helps to network and know people at the office. Also, Bain arranges a mock case study session like most other big consulting firms before starting the interviews and after resume screening is done. DO NOT go into the idea that the mock cases are in anyway representative of what the actual interview are like. Actual cases are very intensive and need ample previous practice.

    Interview Questions

    • A round 2 case with the Partner. Case was about VAT (sales tax) recovery option for foreign tourists in a country. The agency that handles the VAT recovery is an investment target for a private equity firm. The task was to suggest growth strategies to the pr.eq. for the agency's business. Note the deliberate use of multiple confusing layers, and bringing up an industry that you are sure never to have heard of. The challenge is to be able to deal with such situations.   1 Answer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company (San Francisco, CA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Case study + questions on resume & personal development

    Interview Questions

    • Case study about various industries with varying questions   Answer Question
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