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Updated Jun 30, 2014
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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Consultant Interview

Consultant
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Boston, MA

I applied through college or university and 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

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – 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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and 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 Question – Nothing out of the ordinary...   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – A case about restaurant profitability.   Answer Question


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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Los Angeles, CA

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

Reason for Declining – Better offer elsewhere


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Dallas, TX

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – 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


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No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Atlanta, GA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Bain & Company in November 2010.

Interview Details – Seemed like a good place to work. Very friendly people. The partners in the second round were a bit more stoic. But case interviews in both first and second round were not exceedingly difficult. I found the written case a bit more challenging as I had to make sense out of 60 slides, write three summary slides and prepare a spiel, all within 60 minutes. I still don't know what the best way to deal with this is. Formulate an initial hypothesis then look for all the evidence you can (risk being way off) or browse all slides, decide what is generally interesting and then synthesize (time is not on your side).

Interview Questions

  • B2B player in mobile phone parts faces declining profit. Why? Devise a growth strategy for them.   Answer Question
  • Player in paper transport market faces declining profitability. Identify why and suggest solutions.   Answer Question
  • Ski resort has been tasked with doubling profit within one year. (Insert a TONNE of useless information here). After you identify price and volume as possible levers, state how much each has to change to achieve goal.   Answer Question
  • Grill maker in US faces declining profit. Looking around, all competitors outsource. They have decided to outsource. Should they go China or Mexico?   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Bain & Company in November 2009.

Interview Details – It was a standard case interview, 1 per consultant, exactly how they said it would be. The financial case was ok, but the operations case was what tripped me up. I thought I was prepared, but the operations part was a weakness for me, and I was unlucky to get a tough case in that subject. I was disappointed in the result but don't have any complaints about it.

Interview Question – A banking client is considering an acquisition of a smaller competitor. Evaluate if the client should go ahead with it.   Answer Question

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