Bain & Company Interview Questions in Boston, MA

Updated Dec 8, 2014
Updated Dec 8, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Help Desk Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and received a standard auto-confirmation receipt. I was contacted within a week to schedule a phone interview, which occurred two days later. At the end of the phone interview an in-person interview was scheduled for two days afterward. I went into their Boston office and was greeted by a very friendly receptionist. I then met with 4 members of the Help Desk team in 15-25 minute increments. Each person was very energetic an welcoming, further enforcing the friendly atmosphere of the company. Even the rejection letter I received two days later was very warm and polite. Despite not being offered the position this was a great experience overall.

    Interview Questions
    • I was given a laptop computer that could not connect to the internet and had to diagnose the problem.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Overall the recruiters/interviewers were nice. You were welcomed in a waiting room where youd meet some of the other candidates. However the interview was one hour delayed and i had to start as late as 6pm. Bain puts a lot of focus on quant so i suggest to review your Gmat math.
    1st round included 2 case interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Standard market sizing question: Estimate market size for replacement tires in the US.
      Business situation case. Quant focused
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Coordinator Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    A recruiter contacted me about my online application and asked to schedule an initial phone call regarding my background and experience. She asked me questions about my past employment, why I was looking for a new job, why Bain/ this role in particular. A few days later, I had my first round of interviews with four different members of the team, who asked me a mix of situational questions and behavioral questions: what were my biggest strengths/ weaknesses, why am I excited about this role, where do I see myself in 5 years, etc. A couple of weeks after, I came into the office a second time for another round of interviews. I met three different individuals on the HR team and had a similar array of questions. Everyone was welcoming and very honest with me about the responsibilities and culture.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Bain & Company.

    Interview Details

    I applied through my college career center website , got invited to interview on-campus.
    First-round interviews consist of two 30-minute back-to-back interviews with two Associates.
    Interviewers were very nice, and made me feel at ease. The cases were purely mathematical, with very little business insight required (not expecting that at all). If you were good at math and kept calm, you would pass the first round easily.

    Interview Questions
    • The qustions were not very difficult. The first one required me to estimate revenues and profits for a family-owned restaurant wanting to open a second branch in a town nearby. Second case was about a high-end luxury watch manufacturer in New England considering whether to enter the affordable watch market.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    On-campus recruitment with university; after an interview at the career center with 2 30 min cases from senior associate consultants we received an email the next day that we were selected for final round interviews. The final rounds were held in the Back Bay office with two directors giving 60 min cases (with some fit questions).

    Interview Questions
    • The business case was confusing in that it involved the transportation and storage of a good (but not the sale or purchase of the good itself) so it was difficult to conceptualize all of the variables   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 15 people found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Went through a college recruiting process — standard resume, cover letter. Did not network at all with Bain before beginning the interviews and did only a few cases as prep. First round was two 30-minute case interviews with a few fit questions and resume reviews; they were behind schedule and felt rushed. The two interviewers were both young Consultants, recent business school graduates, who were friendly and supportive even in a few moments I struggled with a case. One complimented my socks.

    Somehow, I got through them, and the next day was invited to another office for a final-round interview a week later. Three candidates were there for that position; the night before, we had dinner and drinks with a collection of managers, consultants, and associates in the office. It was a relaxed, no-pressure environment, and I had ample opportunity to schmooze and relax with the assembled staff. (I actually thought it was a fun dinner.)

    On the day of the final round interviews, I was given my interviewers' biographies (which I should have gotten at the dinner, had I not needed to leave early). I and the other two candidates filled out background-check information forms nervously before our interviews. The recruiters and receptionists were very friendly and a calming presence. The format was three 40-minute interviews; two were case interviews (one with a manager and one with a partner) and one was a fit interview with a consultant who worked as a mentor within the firm. I luckily had my cases first and then my fit interview, which let me ease into the day.

    Both case interviews were challenging, but stimulating. They were not framework-friendly, and instead were driven by intellection and inference — it was crucial to apply Bain's hypothesis-driven approach to succeed. I stumbled in both, but kept up a great rapport with both the manager and partner. They were fun. The second interview was by far the most challenging; I was essentially made to ask questions and throw out dozens of hypotheses for a case which was not exactly solvable. The fit interview was very relaxed and friendly — some "why consulting," "what makes Bain stand out," "what other firms are you considering," and "what should we expect if we give you an offer" questions, but mostly a nice chat with a lovely person.

    I flew back to school and received a Saturday afternoon phone call from the partner who had interviewed me, both to congratulate me on receiving an offer and to offer immediate feedback on my approach to the cases. He dissected my approach and gave me constructive feedback and areas to focus on in the future with Bain. Perhaps his most interesting note was that, while the two other candidates (from engineering and business undergraduate programs) breezed through the cases mathematically, I was less detail-oriented but more right-brained, and that the firm valued liberal-arts students like myself. (His exact words were "your left brain is teachable.") I was extended an offer in writing three days later.

    Interview Questions
    • Being flat-out told "You're wrong. Why are you wrong?" in a case with a partner.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There really wasn't that much negotiation there — I didn't have any other offers and was happy with what I had been offered, so it was an easy sign. Perhaps I should have fought for it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Consultant (First Year) Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Bain & Company.

    Interview Details

    They did not recruit at my school however I was lucky enough to receive an interview. First round was via phone with 2 principles. Fit interview for 10 mins then 1 case from each interviewer. Cases were not so hard straight forward but they were very dynamics and encompassed many different frameworks.

    Interview Questions
    • How much to purchase competitor even if it is loosing money. Interviewer asked this question in many different ways.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Help Desk Technician Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Bain & Company.

    Interview Details

    Submitted app via LinkedIn. Was contacted by recruiter within a few weeks. After a normal telephone interview, was invited to the local office to participate in an in-person interview. First met with the HR recruiter I had the tele interview with. Then had 4 separate interviews with different members of helpdesk team. Each took about 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    I attend a small liberal arts college in the northeast that is not a core recruiting school for Bain, but Bain has started to do info sessions on our campus and look at more of our applicants. I submitted an application through an online college career center job board. I think they probably selected people for first round interviews solely based on the highest GPAs in the applicant pool. Through this recruiting channel I believe they selected 4 people for first-round interviews through this process out of maybe 80 applicants.

    First round interviews were over the phone, two 30 minute back-to-back case interviews. Most Bain cases are the same, so I'm just going to lay out the basic structure they follow rather than go into the details: first they ask for factors or buckets of factors that go into your initial thinking on the problem. Then there's a market sizing question. Next, a break-even, profit calculation, or larger math portion of the case. There is always a twist in the math, so write out your equations carefully. Finally, a "curveball" qualitative question where the interviewer is looking for you to be creative.

    Second Round Interview was a similar format of two 45-minute case interviews back-to-back but in-person at the Boston office. Similar case format as the first round cases, but slightly more involved.

    Everyone who worked as an AC, Consultant, etc. at Bain was really nice and extremely helpful. However, HR and the people responsible for scheduling the interviews were a mess. Inconsistent e-mails, no clear details, etc. Also, if you go on to the next round they usually call you 2 days after the interview, and if you don't go on to the next round (or don't get an offer) they usually get back to you at the end of 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • "We get thousands of high quality applicants that look just like you. Why are you different and why should we hire you?"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Bain & Company in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied to Consultant position for Moscow office through typical MBA on-campus recruiting. Had two first round interviews, one with an engagement manager and one with a partner. Both interviews were with people from the US offices and conducted in English, although I was previously told that they would be in Russian. The interviews were pretty straightforward and typical for Bain - very few behavioral questions (in fact one of them had none, the other included 1 or 2 questions about my resume), with the case discussion taking up most of 45 minutes. The cases were very typical for Bain. The interviewers were generally nice, but got very poor and useless feedback from them after being denied.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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