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Updated Jan 27, 2015
Updated Jan 27, 2015
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Associate Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
Application Details

The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

Interview Details

The HR folks here are top notch, and they go out of their way to sell you on the interview experience. Absolutely best in class HR.

Phone screen interview was mostly behavioral and verification of background, experience, and general fit.

Two weeks later, was flown to the Atlanta office for a series of 4 1:1 interviews with directors/partners.
Interviews here were case based and "think on your feet" type situations. The last interview was down right impossible as it was about an industry I knew nothing about. I thought I had completely bombed the interview, but ended up getting the offer.

Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining

I took an offer with another management consulting firm.

Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Really intense company. Really intense interview. First round interview consisted of two back-to-back case interviews with two different people, both holding at least an MBA. It was exciting though, doing case interviews with really smart and seasoned professionals. Definitely be prepared to do some calculations (bring paper and pencil, of course).

    Interview Questions
    • Asked to analyze a business case where a large manufacturer of packaging products used to face minor competition, but more recently faces new entrants and increased competition. Asked to think about why this might be the case.   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Tough but manageable cases. Very dependent on the mood of your interviewer. Even if you ace all the cases, if one interviewer doesn't LOVE you you will not get an offer (words direct from the HR Director). Seems arbitrary, but they have had a lot of success in the past so who are we to question their methods. Do LOTS of case prep and know your behavioral answers cold before you go in.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    Resume drop then on campus interview - 2 cases (one on pharma and the other one I forgot). Call the next day about second rounds in office location. They paid for convenient flight and a SUPER nice hotel and were very accommodating for my schedule. 3 cases for final round (one on energy, one on the auto industry, and one on travel/tourism). I heard back the following Monday (I interviewed on Friday)

    Interview Questions
    • Client is a pharma company looking to enter the rare disease business and want to grow x percent (can't remember) in 5 years. Will they meet their targets?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Munich, Bayern (Germany)

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Ich bewarb mich online und erhielt eine Einladung zur einem Interview-Tag in der ersten Runde im Londoner Büro (Internationales Recruitment - ich bewarb mich für BCG Deutschland). Die erste Runde bestand aus zwei 1:1-Interviews und einem Zahlentest. Der Test war ziemlich einfach und ein wenig „interessanter“ als die Standard-SHL-Tests zum Zahlenverständnis. Die Interviews beinhalteten ca. 15 Min. persönliche Fragen, 25 Min. Fallstudie, 5 Min. für Fragen an den Interviewer (Fall 1: schlanke Produktion/Instantkaffee-Produzent, Fall 2: Potential für die Steigerung von Gewinnspannen für eine Bergbaufirma analysieren). Der erste Interviewer war wirklich hart und stellte sehr aggressive Fragen, der zweite war freundlich und locker, aber auch ein bisschen langweiliger. Ich wurde ein paar Tage später zu einer zweiten Interview-Runde eingeladen, die ich ca. einen Monat nach der ersten Runde in Deutschland absolvierte. Dieser Recruitment-Tag umfasste drei Fallinterviews, eine Runde von drei kleineren Aufgaben (die sogenannte BCG-Realität) und ein spätes Mittagessen mit einer Führungskraft auf dem Münchner Büro. Die Fälle waren wahrscheinlich ein wenig schwieriger als in der ersten Runde (1 Pharma, 1 NPO, an 1 erinnere ich mich nicht mehr), aber nicht sehr viel schwieriger als in der ersten Runde. Die realitätsnahen Aufgaben stellten eine ziemliche Herausforderung dar, da man üblicherweise 5 Min. für die Vorbereitung und 5 Min. für die Ausführung zur Verfügung hatte (z.B. präsentieren Sie mir diese schriftlichen Informationen und entwerfen Sie eine Powerpoint-Folie). Insgesamt war mein Eindruck von den Interviewern nach der zweiten Runde ein bisschen weniger positiv als nach der ersten, da alle sehr ähnlich schienen (keine außergewöhnlichen Charaktere).
    Ich bekam zwar nicht den Job, aber gutes Feedback noch am selben Tag. Wenn ich nochmals dasselbe Interview absolvieren müsste, würde ich darauf achten, während der Fallstudien selbst auf die Zeit zu achten: Ein Hauptkritikpunkt betraf die Tatsache, dass ich selbst zu den Schlussfolgerungen hätte gelangen sollen, ohne dazu aufgefordert zu werden, da die Zeit um war. Wenn Sie daher in nächster Zeit ein Interview bei BCG absolvieren, achten Sie darauf, ein Auge auf die Uhr zu haben. Außerdem würde ich mich wahrscheinlich eher für ein Praktikum bewerben, da soweit ich es verstanden habe, die meisten Einstiegspositionen in Grunde an frühere Praktikanten vergeben werden und der Bewerbungsprozesse für Praktika weit weniger mühsam ist.

    Applied online and got an offer to attend a first round interview day at the London Office (international recruitment - applied for BCG Germany). The first round consisted of two 1:1 interviews and a numerical test. Test was pretty easy and a little bit more 'interesting' than the standard SHL numerical reasoning tests. The interviews consisted of ca. 15min personal questions, 25min case study, 5min questions one could ask the interviewer (case 1: lean production/instant coffee manufacturer; case 2: analyzing potential for increasing profit margins of a mining company). The first interviewer was really tough and asked very aggressive questions; second one was nice and easy going but also a bit more boring.
    Got invited for a second round of interviews a few days later, which I attended ca. 1 month after the first round in Germany. This recruitment day consisted of 3 case interviews, a round of 3 smaller tasks (called BCG real life) and a late lunch with a principal from the Munich office. The cases were probably a little bit more difficult than the ones in the first round (1 pharma, 1 non-for-profit, 1 I don't remember) but not much harder than in the first round. The real life tasks were quite challenging as one usually had only 5min preparation time and 5min execution time (e.g. present this written information to me and draft a powerpoint slide). Overall, my impression of the interviewers was a bit less positive after the second round than after the first one, as everyone somehow seemed to be very similar (no exceptional characters).
    I did not get the job but got good feedback on the same day. If I had to go for the same interview again I would pay attention to take time myself during the case studies: one major point of criticism was that I should have come to conclusions on my own, meaning without being asked to do so because the time was up. So if you're going for an interview with BCG soon make sure to keep an eye on the watch. Also, I would probably rather apply for an internship as I understood that most of the entry level positions are basically given to former interns and the interview process for internships is a lot less tedious.

    Interview Questions
    • Wann mussten Sie sich mal aus Ihrer Komfortzone heraus bewegen?
      Warum fällt Ihnen erst jetzt (nach dem ersten Studienabschluss) auf, dass Ihnen Ihr Studienfach nicht gefällt, anstatt Ihr Hauptfach noch während des Studiums zu wechseln?
       
      When did you ever move out of your comfort zone?
      Why are you realizing only now (after undergraduate degree) that you do not enjoy your subject of study and did not just change your major half-way through your undergraduate degree?
       
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds of 2 interviews each.First round with consultants and a partner; second round with two principals. Generally a positive experience. Standard case interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Grow a company wich manufactures a commodity in a mature market with no posibilities to export.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    Very nice people throughout -- very focused on balance of quantitative and qualitative strengths; one alone will not get you the position. As is true with most firms of this caliber, people are impressively intelligent, interesting, passionate, and driven, while managing to remain bizarrely (seemingly) down to earth. Very few are larger than life, but everyone is remarkable in their own right. Did not secure the position, but left with a positive impression of the company and its people.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online with NY office as my third choice. Received invitation via e-mail a few weeks later to come to a 1st round interview in the Tel Aviv office on behalf of NY. I was living in a nearby country at the time, but they flew me out and put me up in a hotel (odd -- though nice -- for a 1st round).

    1st round consisted of two one-on-one case interviews with BCG Project Leaders. Each interview began with a few motivation/personal questions (why BCG, why the NY office, walk me through key points in your resume, etc.). Interviews were difficult and the cases did not have obvious solutions. It's really important when trying to isolate the problem in the case to think holistically about the business at hand and how it works and its operating cycle, etc.

    Eventually solved both cases (with some help from interviewers). Interviewers were very friendly and super helpful in answering my questions. Very positive experience.

    Found out a week later that I did not pass to the final round. Feedback was that once I had set up structures/frameworks, I then strayed from actually using those structures to solve case. Also my suggestions were not very creative and I relied too much on the interviewer to drive the case's progress (probably a function of my having recently done McKinsey interviews which are interviewer led). Also, my motivation for consulting was a little too general and unspecific. Definitely have a clear connection ready to share for why consulting will help you meet your career goals.

    Having interviewed with McK, Bain, and BCG, I think BCG's cases are the hardest and require the most creativity and "out of the box" thinking.

    Interview Questions
    • Client is a tire manufacturer whose sales are flat. What is going on and how can we turn this around?   View Answer
    • Client is a data services company with three different products. Sales are declining and client has hired BCG to turn this around.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    Three rounds of interviews with each consisting of 2 one-hour interviews, with people of increasing seniority. Final two interviews are with partners.

    Interviews are ~ 1/3 traditional 'about you' questions looking for leadership capability, fit with culture, emotional intelligence, presence etc.

    The remainder of the interview is a case study - lots of information can be found online about these. My advice? Be highly structured and explicit (out loud) with your thinking.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations. Standard package for university leavers.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • What should our client be worried about that they aren't thinking about?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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