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Boston Consulting Group Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 6, 2014
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Interview Details – applied through my school, had 2 rounds of interviews (3 interviews in each round)

Interview Question – tell me about a risk you took and if it paid off   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation

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New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

Interview Details – First and final round interviews were a week apart. Hiring process took a month overall.

Interview Question – Standard consulting interview. Nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

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Interview Details – Referred internally, called in for two first round interviews a week or so later. The interviewers were extremely personable during the introductions and behavioral questions. When we got into the cases, I stumbled a bit, but they tactfully urged me in the right direction. I knew I wasn't going to get called back for second rounds after bungling one of the cases, but they spared me a lot of embarrassment and then gave me constructive feedback afterwards.

Interview Question – When one interviewer saw that I was writing out the math, he asked me to do specific calculations in my head, without pen and paper. Being put on the spot made it very difficult.   View Answer

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New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – On-campus recruiting at Wharton.

Interview Question – A company makes feminine protection products. They are facing contracting margins. A new supplier offers them a low price on a new low-tack adhesive. What criteria should the use to evaluate it?   View Answer

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Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

Interview Details – If not coming from a "target school" it is quite difficult to get an interview.

Interviewers were very nice. Seemed to place more emphasis on case and overall "raw horsepower" than fit. Interview process gives a good sense of the firm's unique culture.

Interview Question – Two business cases as expected, other than that it is a fairly straightforward behavioral interview (ie. leadership, teamwork, failures, etc). No brainteasers.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not worth negotiating.

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.

Interview Details – Initial Communications were good, lots of preparation for interview.
First interview went fine, interviewer was professional and upbeat.
Second interviewer was terrible. Constantly checked his e-mail, asked me to repeat what I was saying because he wasn't listening, gave me the wrong exhibits. Not very professional at all and made it difficult to solve the case

Interview Question – What should our client be worried about that they aren't thinking about?   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2013.

Interview Details – First round through on-campus interviews. First round is two, 45-minute case interviews. It starts with a few questions about your resume, where the questions seem very much subject to change depending on your interviewer. Their case questions can be a little difficult, but they are made to be doable, at least in the first round.

Interview Question – Case Question   Answer Question

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Chicago, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2012.

Interview Details – A former Consultant forwarded my resume to a Director in the Chicago office. I then received an email, had an initial phone screening and was set up to take part in the normal recruiting process a few months later. I was living in Brazil at the time and BCG put in extra effort to make the "in-person" interviews possible by setting up a video conference at their São Paulo office nearby me. I had two interviews. Both started with a few brief questions about my resume and then a case study. My nerves got the better of me and I tripped up on the math. Overall the interviewers were very friendly and informative.

Interview Question – The most challenging part is driving the case. Without much prior preparation this can be difficult.   Answer Question

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Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group

Interview Details – Campus info session - starts in September every year
First round interview - happens in October on campus, 2 interviewers at Consultant or Project leader level, 45 minutes per session, a mix of behavioral questions and case interviews,
Second round interview - happens in the office, 3 interviewers at Principal or Partner level, 45 minutes per session, a mix of behavioral questions and case interviews

Interview Question – Case questions requiring brainstorming   Answer Question

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Associate

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details – Multiple rounds of interviews, only made it through the first round. The first round had two interviewers. Both interviewers began with a behavioral interview and then a case interview. which lasted about 30 minutes.

Interview Question – My second interviewer began speaking to me in Spanish, which I listed as highly proficient, not fluent, on my resume. After having spent 45 minutes in an interview and case interview right before that, it was jarring and threw off my game.   Answer Question

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