Boston Consulting Group Associate Interview Questions

Updated Feb 21, 2015
Updated Feb 21, 2015
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Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in April 2011.

Interview Details

Two case interviews back to back. I bombed the first but not the second. Since the first guy was calling the shots they decided not to pursue. Cases were standard profitability problems with a few curve balls, nothing unheard of. My advice: prepare as many cases as possible with people who've done these, not with friends who will help you crack the case as they mock interview you.

Interview Questions
  • Calculations of odd percentages within profitability case   View Answer
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was set up via email with BCG. I had a first round interview scheduled and was informed beforehand that I would be interviews by 2 people that day. Additionally, each interview would also be case interviews where I would go through the analysis of a specific case study and formulate a final recommendation at the end.

    The office in Boston is located at State Street and is an incredible building. The office was very open with a lot of open space as well as glass walls. When I arrived there was a room with water and breakfast items as well as someone from the company sitting in the waiting area conversing with you.

    Both interviewers were very welcoming and friendly. The first case study was to analyze an internal problem regarding the sales of a specialty insurance company (ie. motorcycles, ATVs, jetskis, snowmobiles, etc.). I made it through the analysis with a hint from the interviewers and came to a viable conclusion. The second case study I forget. Overall, the case studies were very similar to those they provide on the BCG website.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the internal problem of an insurance company that has both automobile and specialty insurance. They are investing equal parts into both divisions, but the profit from specialties is not doing quite as well as automobile. The customers have no complaints with the service. The problem is internal within the company itself. Take a look at the compensation plan for the sales associates. The commissions for automobile insurance are twice that of specialty insurance.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very nice some case interviews, use Case In Point

    Interview Questions
    • Market sizing: how many people would use a drug that prevents baldness?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No typically the same salary
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    2 cases on campus; 2 final round cases and 1 fit interview. Everyone was friendly, but that meant they let you keep on talking even if you were going in the wrong direction in the case. focus on the big picture don't go on tangents

    Interview Questions
    • Steel company is facing declining profits and thinking of acquiring a competitor. How would you evaluate the situation   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Graduate Associate position at BCG. Typical case studies, first round was very basic business situations, 1) 1 outsourcing telephone line repair services for a Telecoms company, a lot of basic math. 2) A bit more abstract and strategy case consisting of heavy metals industry and their future strategy. Final round was a mixed bag, in the end it came to screwing up one case study and therefore no job offer. If I had to do it over, I think I would have

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with BCG as part of on campus recruiting. Did my first round interviews at the Boston Office, met with two consultants, two standard case interviews that started first a little bit with behavioral (leadership experience, team work) from my resume, then a case with each of them. One of the cases involved looking for graphs, but you have to ask for them, so if you feel that you need data to solve the case, be sure to ask.

    Second round interview in the DC office (your rank top 3 preferred office locations, they fly you to one of them). I had heard that BCG case interviews tended to be very structured with graphs and diagrams, but I got one very open-ended case that surprised me.

    Interview Questions
    • A travel magazine is trying to decide whether to raise their prices. Do a back-of the envelope calculation for what this would mean to their business.   Answer Question
    • There is a medical company who have designed a treatment that appears to be cheaper and more efficient than existing methods, yet doctors are hesitant to use it. Why do you think that is?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Singer, LA
    Anonymous Employee in Singer, LA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    I was given 2 case interviews: one had a ton of numbers and one was pretty vague - so I would say get as much practice with different types of cases as possible.

    People were very polite and friendly - none of my interviewers were especially mean to give me a hard time.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

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

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Two rounds of in-office case interviews, with fairly straightforward questions in the first round. Final round questions were significantly more open-ended and involved more creative and out-of-the-box thinking. Interviewers were generally very friendly and not confrontational or condescending at all. People were also extremely eager to talk about their work and experiences.

    Interview Questions
    • We are working with the Port Authority of a large city, who is trying to gain some information about the types and patterns of people entering and leaving the city. What should we look for, and what should we do?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    First round interviews were on campus and consisted of two short case interviews -- one with a Consultant and one with a Partner. The Partner played bad cop, yawned, and shot down most responses. After surviving that round, the second round is three interviews at the office location of your preference with Partners. Generally these interviewers were friendly. Half the time was allotted for "fit" questions, and the rest for the cases. They got back to us about decisions that afternoon.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Employee 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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