Bain & Company Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014
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Consultant Interview

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

I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Bain & Company in September 2010.

Interview Details

Was contacted by senior manager from an European office, encouraging me to apply. Did first round in Chicago, with two managers, and then second round in Boston, with two partners, one of them from the office I was applying to, in Europe. After I passed the first round, one of the managers who had interviewed me called me, giving me some tips for the second round. After I got the offer, this manager was in town for business and called to take me out for dinner... The whole process was very smooth and everyone was very pleasant.

Interview Questions
  • Typical case interviews... I messed up an estimate (average income brackets in latam country...) in one of my first interviews, but did well enough in the rest of the case for that not to be a deal-breaker.   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
Standard package, nothing to negotiate, frankly...
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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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 day - interviewed 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  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed 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  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Bain & Company in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    You must apply through a top school online or have a friend submit your app if they don't recruit on your campus

    Interview Questions
    • It is all case based and will depend on the particular interviewer - you should prepare or you are screwed - use real case studies to prepare   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiations except for on start date selection
    Accepted 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 day - interviewed 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 months - interviewed 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  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bain & Company in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Standard management consulting interview process - a mix of written case interviews, oral case interviews, and "fit" interviews. The interviewers were genuinely interested in getting to know you and testing your knowledge, not tripping you up with trick questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Bain & Company in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    Lots of networking. 2 first round interviews - one case, one behavioral. 3 second round interviews, 2 cases and 1 "presentation"

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Bain & Company in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Standard consulting intervew. First round was way easier than on this board. KNOW HOW TO DO PERCENTAGES quickly e.g. 15 percent of a number. Stupid question on two cars with different intial costs and MPG, find breakeven point.

    Gets trickier in later rounds. Zero stress tests, Bain is a nice company.

    Interview Questions
    • Given charts and asked to estimate market size of IT developers who can create websites   Answer Question
    • Find breakeven point with two cars (Prius and Pontiac G6) given MPG, wanted to know how long in years given miles driven per week   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Better offer elsewhere

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy 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 day - interviewed 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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