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Updated Dec 8, 2014
Updated Dec 8, 2014
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Associate Consultant Interview

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

The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

Interview Details

BCG seems like a great firm from the presentations, but it's hard to know what to think when your interviewer interrupts you mid-question to tell you that some of the reasons you've listed for why you like BCG are part of the "BS that recruiters feed to college grads in order to get them to join the firm." That being said, it probably is a great place to work, and I might have gotten stuck with the one guy who had a bad day.

It's a two part interview: two separate 45 min 1-1 interviews, with one case and some personality questions each. Be prepared to answer why consulting? why BCG? what's interesting about you? Cases are straight-forward and no brainteasers, but be sure to use the BCG structured response strategy because that's what they want.

Interview Questions
  • Why BCG? Relates to the fact that the interviewer dismissed most of my answers.   Answer Question
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    really nice people, just wasn't as sharp on the case interview as i could have been. interviewed with two people each 45 minutes. it was a really good experience because both of the people were really friendly and understanding. when it came to the case interview, both were pretty understanding and helped out if it seemed like you were really stuck

    Interview Questions
    • pretty basic and normal: what key activities were you involved in   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied through online system, email came a couple of weeks after, and it contains interview invitation. Interview consisted of two case interviews by separate interviewers, who are both principals in BCG Singapore. Each interviewer starts by asking some fit questions such as 'why consulting?', 'why BCG?', and 'why you?'. That was followed by a case and an opportunity to ask the interviewers a few questions.

    Interview Questions
    • The first case was about a market entry strategy for a researcher that has invented a novel laser technology. The second case was about a strategy to increase productivity in Singapore. The latter one was particularly hard because it was not like typical case interview questions. There was an equation given and you're supposed to compare between Singapore's productivity and New York's.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    Applied for the summer recruitment drive. First round interview over Video conference since I applied for Dubai office. Good at feedback. Not so good at organising interview dates. Try to go for in person interviews if possible unless you are very good at communicating thought process to interviewer over video.

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    No Offer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Düsseldorf (Germany)

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    Die Kommunikation mit der Personalabteilung war sehr effizient und äußerst freundlich.

    Die erste Runde der Vorstellungsgespräche war wie beschrieben. 2 Gespräche mit Fällen. Die Interviewer waren sehr freundlich. Die Fälle waren nicht schwierig, aber die Zeit war sehr begrenzt. Der Online-Fall war nicht so numerisch, sondern er ging eher um Geschäftssinn und Logik.

    Die zweite Runde besteht aus drei Gesprächen mit Fällen, und sie sind schwieriger. Die Eignung zur Firma ist der wichtigere Teil, nehme ich an.

    BCG rief mit ganz gutem Feedback nachher an.

    Communication with HR was very efficient and extremely friendly.
    Interview 1st round was as described. 2 interviews with cases. The interviewer were very friendly. Cases weren't tough, but time was very limited. Online case was less numerical but more about business sense and logic.
    2nd round is three interviews with cases and more difficult. Fit to company is the more important part, I assume.
    BCG called with really good feedback after.

    Interview Questions
    • Wie würden Sie sich fühlen, nachdem Sie eine Analyse durchgeführt hätten und die beste Möglichkeit für einen Klienten gefunden hätten, wenn er sich für einen anderen Weg entscheiden würde, von dem Sie wissen, dass er ihm nicht so viel Nutzen bringen würde?   How would it make you feel if you made an analysis and found the best option for a client but he decides to go another way which you know wouldn't benefit him as much?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    I was first invited to a preparation Workshop, it covered the firm’s culture, recruitment process and a sample case analysis. I found the sample case analysis very useful. So there were 3 rounds of interview, each round composed of 2 case interviews. I was interviewed by a principal first, and then a consultant. Unfortunately, I did not make it through the first round. I would recommend interviewees to develop a framework instead of tackling the questions intuitively.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Online application and a little back and forth with the recruitment manager. First round interview was in person, with two consultants. The interviews were tough and the consultants don't provide too much comfort if you get off to a shaky start. This was followed by a 1 hour 'aptitude test', involving verbal and numerical comprehension and reasoning. It started easy then got quite difficult towards the end, and was very business focussed, in comparison to some of the more generic aptitude tests out there.

    Interview Questions
    • A case study about a customer service phone company in Kenya. The question was actually asking to calculate the per unit profit.   View Answer
    No Offer
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied for associate campaign online.
    Only got to first round interviews.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate - Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in London in November 2013. Enjoyed the process and found the staff friendly, interesting and approachable, including my interviewer.

    Day consisted of a fairly simple quantitative maths test, a case study interview and online case study test (graph and data interpretation, verbal and numerical).

    Interview Questions
    • Business case - need to improve a retail bank's sales force productivity with a focus on their employee incentive scheme   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, was invited to take BCG online test. This test is a case based scenario where you need to answer questions based on information you'v been provided. The math is quite easy and you are provided with a calculator. I would suggest to read those questions carefully as they are quite tricky and not as strait forward is they can seem at the first glance.

    Interview Questions
    • The fact that you can't move forward unless you have correct answers to previous questions. So check your answers twice before approaching next questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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