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Booz Allen Hamilton Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Reston, VA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in November 2009.

Interview Details – I spoke with a recruiter at an MBA Conference in September, and almost two months later I received a phone call for an interview in early November. I flew into Reston on a Thursday evening, and the interview took place on a Friday. I had a total of 4 interviews in a "speed dating" type format. The interviews went great, and I received wonderful feedback - I was told that I would be perfect for a particular position, and that I would be contacted within the next week. I followed up with the recuiter a couple weeks later...didn't hear anything, however I finally received a phone call from the recruiter around Thanksgiving stating that they apologize, are running behind with getting back with candidates, and that I was still being considered for the position. I called back a couple weeks later, received the same message, and never heard back at all. I'm not sure if the contract for the position fell through, but I found the process to be unorganized and unprofessional.

Interview Question – Experience, weaknesses, strengths, situational questions, behavioral questions   Answer Question

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Senior Associate

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in July 2010.

Interview Details – McKinsey type bs to figure out process. Like telling an adult how you put trousers on

Interview Question – How will you guarantee new business - we are hunting big elephants   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Unrealistic goals for business Development in areas where they had not won business

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Associate
Tysons Corner, VA

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in February 2009.

Interview Details – I was interviewed by three two-person teams in sequence. Each team focused on a different aspect of work at Booz Allen, using my resume as their basis for questioning. The oerall interview lasted three hours. After I was hired, I found myself working with many of the people who performed the interview.

Interview Question – How do I balance my work life with personal life   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was contacted by HR three days after my interview, and given a verbal salary/position offer.

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Consultant
Troy, MI

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in July 2008.

Interview Details – Initial interview at local office- was hired and then kept on 'hold' until a position opened up. Interview style was a panel with my future bosses. Very relaxed and focused on my college experiences - good dialogue and back and forth. Discover Booz Allen orientation was great- worked with many Harvard, MIT, and Stanford grads. My time at BAH set the groundwork for my career- I still work with many BAH'ers as a government employee.

Interview Question – Can you obtain a secret clearance ?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Automatic bump in salary, 5-10%. Non-negotiated.

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Lead Associate
Newark, NJ

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in June 2008.

Interview Details – Got an interview through on-campus university career services. Interview was one on one with HR representative and then the technical interview with five technical team managers. Interview was detailed and it took more than 4 hours including presentation, demonstration and technical queries. Concentrated more on seeing if the candidate is eager to learn.

Interview Question – Why would you like to work for Booz Allen Hamilton   View Answer

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Senior Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee
Herndon, VA

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in July 2010.

Interview Details – NB: I was hired during BAH's TakeShare program. This program was limited to the 2009-2010 period, when Booz Allen hired aggressively to acquire talent. The reasoning was that the recession created an excess of talent in the market, and BAH was in a strong place financially.

- each applicant seated in large room at own small table - applicant's namecard on table
- three to five individuals or teams came by in half-hour increments for interviews - total time two hours
- afterwards, a presentation from a recruiter on the firm's benefits structure: vacation, holidays, incentives, training, ECAP (Employee Capital Accumulation Program - essentially 10% of base salary deposited in asset program - full vesting after six years with BAH)

Interview Question – Behavioral Questions - e.g. "Tell me about an interpersonal conflict between yourself and a team member or among other team members. How did you work through the conflict?"   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I had two other offers at the time, and BAH offered the highest salary and most-comprehensive benefits, so I had no real reason to negotiate.

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Senior Consultant
Linthicum, MD

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in August 2010.

Interview Details – My resume was submitted to them by an employee and I received a phone call within 24 hours. I was brought to a interview fair and was grilled heavily on the technical questions. I was brought to a private room and away from the hordes of people once I passed the technical potion of the interview.

Interview Question – Deep packet analysis questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I asked for $80K and they came back at me with $85K. I can't complain, they were very fair and didn't take advantage of a young guy who was new to the market.

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Anonymous Employee

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Interview Details – 6 rounds, some technical questions and some behavioral

Interview Question – write an algorithm to reverse an array   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Interview Details – Worked with University Recruitment Staff during the selection and interview process. Initial interview consisted of a general phone screen covering background, previous work experience, etc. After 2 weeks of waiting for a preliminary determination, the final interview was scheduled about a month after the process kicked off. The final interview consisted of a phone interview with 4 Booz Allen Hamilton staff asking a series of questions related to my career aspirations, experience working within teams, large scale projects that I had worked on in school or various internships, etc. The verbal offer came fairly quickly - 2 to 3 weeks after the final interview, but formal paperwork (a signed offer letter from a Partner) did not materialize until 3 to 4 months after the final interview. The particular recruiter I was working with was good at keeping me up to date regarding status of the formal offer.

Interview Question – What aspects of consulting for the Federal government interest you the most?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was given a range (based on my major and expected role within the firm) with the low and high value separated by 10k. Based on the strength of my previous experience, I was able to secure a salary only 2k below the max. None of the other 3 offers I received at the time (IBM, Capital One, Bank of America) came within 8k of Booz Allen Hamilton's offer, so I wasn't able to use any of them for leverage.

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Senior Consultant Interview

Senior Consultant

I interviewed at Booz Allen Hamilton in March 2012.

Interview Details – My interview process consisted of meeting with 5 consultants for 30 minutes each. Each meeting consisted of a series of situational questions and case studies.

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