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Bain & Company Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Nov 19, 2014
Updated Nov 19, 2014
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Consultant Interview

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

I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Bain & Company.

Interview Details

Need to apply online (it's best if one builds relationships with people at the firm before sending the application. If you're an MBA candidate of one of Bain's target schools, make use of all the opportunities given to you during the recruiting process. The more advocates you have in the firm, the more chances of getting an interview)

First round: 2 case interviews 45-60 minutes
What's important here is to be structured and drive the case (vs. McKinsey, where you have to answer specific questions posed to you but you're not driving the case)

Second round: case interviews, written case interview and fit interview
Important for the written case is time management. You'll get a big deck with a lot of information, and time management is key to quickly understand the problem, come up with a hypothesis and argue for a solution based on the data available

Important for the fit interview is to not give general answers (e.g., I like Bain because the people I've met are great". Be as specific as possible about why YOU and how you can contribute to Bain)

Interview Questions
  • Be ready to have cases about every industry and capaiblity area (e.g., from music shows, to cement construction companies, food, retail, etc.)   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
There is no negotiation. Salaries and benefits are the same for each new class
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bain & Company.

    Interview Details

    First-round interviews consisted of two 40-minute case interviews with consulting staff. No fit questions were asked – almost all time was spent on the case. Both interviewers were friendly but disinterested, looking at their phones less than five minutes into the interview. It struck me as rude, but perhaps it was a stress tactic to see how I would react.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The recrutting consisted in 6 case interviews and a written case. It is important to be really prepare for the written case and the behavioural interviews that take place aswell.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    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 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
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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Bain & Company in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    First, there is a resume and cover letter drop by the recruiting deadline in early fall. Then, first of two interview rounds started three weeks later. We were notified a week and a half before the first interview date although they were flexible on the interview week in case there was any date conflict. Those outside the immediate office area did first rounds over the phone. First round is basically all case driven. Doing well on both case interviews while being able to answer a few personal fit questions meant that you passed the first round.

    Interview Questions
    • What industry or type of work are you most interested in and why? What is the biggest leadership role you've had?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    1 round of on-campus interview followed by a second and final round of interview at the Bain office in San Francisco.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewer, who's a partner at Bain presented a case of an less-than-optimal investment opportunity, and asked me to evaluate this opportunity and give the potential investor, a retired senior management professional a recommendation.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Bain & Company in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    applied online through referral from a friend, received an interview 2 weeks later, onsite in Chicago Bain office, 2 consective typical case interivews, face to face, not so difficult, but very stressful

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    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 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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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Bain & Company in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online before the early-bird deadline. Got invited to a half-day "Get to Know Bain" event that included presentation about the company, group case practice and a social dinner.

    Got invited to 1st round interview one week after the official deadline.

    Two 1:1 behavioral + case interviews. Heard the result from one interviewer the night on the interview day. Not invited to the final round.

    Interview Questions
    • Please evaluate what a time-share developer should pay attention to when they want to buy a time-share exchange network company. After clarifying what is time-share developer and time-share exchange network, the interviewer told me he had no more data and I was asked to talk for the rest 30min.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Bain & Company in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview was 2 Back to Back interviews. Each interview had about 10-15 minutes of "Fit" and a 30 min Case.

    One Case was a question about a Broadcasting Company (TV). The goal or objective was to drive short term profits. And the interview focused more on the cost side of things.

    Another Case was a Gas Station/Convenience Store located in a local neighborhood. The case involved assessing whether to open a new store. Part of this was market sizing. Part was figuring out the key drivers, and how/why the market structure was a particular way.

    Both interviews involved typical case questions about background, why consulting, why Bain. Examples of leadership, and dealing with persuasion in a difficult situation.

    Interview Questions
    • Assess whether we should enter the gas station industry/convenience store in a local area. Do market sizing. Assess market structure. Key Drivers. How to improve the profitability.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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