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Boston Consulting Group Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Dec 4, 2014
Updated Dec 4, 2014
140 Interview Reviews

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Consultant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2014.

Interview Details

The first round interview consisted of two 40 minute back-to-back case interviews with the first 10-15 minutes of each devoted to behavioral questions. The interviewers were very nice and seemed to sincerely want you to perform well on the cases. The interview was the result of an employee referral. After communicating with recruiting, I had approximately a month to push back the interview in order to prepare.

Interview Questions
  • One of the business cases involved evaluating whether a supermarket chain should expand its offerings.   Answer Question
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Consultant Interview

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

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    There were two 45-minute interviews with a Project Leader and a Principle. Both interviewers were similar - 5 minute intro, 10 minutes of fit questions, 25 minutes of the case, and 5 minutes of my questions. There was nothing really surprising. Both interviewers were pleasant to talk to.

    The first case was led by the interviewer (i.e. interviewer asking questions), while the second was interviewee-led (i.e. interviewer presents information only when asked). This threw me off as I was expecting the the interviewee-led cases. Be ready to lead the case or be led. The same structured approach should be applied to both.

    Interview Questions
    • What accomplishment outside of work/school are you most proud of? What qualities would your ideal manager have?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    I applied via ADC recruiting at my university. Within two weeks I was notified of an interview the next week. Two simple profitability cases and fit interviews. Second round interview was with two principals, cases were relatively straightforward. Third round with managing partner consisted of creating a business plan in a different era.

    Interview Questions
    • A 'just brainstorming' question that turned into a case.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got my resume into the recruiting cycle through a connection. I was told there would be at least two interview rounds, with 2 to 3 interviews at each stage. People were very nice, and they tried to help candidates feel comfortable

    Interview Questions
    • The business case was a little confusing because it focused on an example "client" who also had clients, and I'm a little embarrassed to say it was hard to keep everything straight in my mind.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Initially picked up via a 3rd party recruitment firm. Submitted CV and covering letter for specific BCG team (IVI Taskforce). Attended first round interview at which I met two BCG employees, one specifically from IVI team and one more senior general strategist. Both interviews had all the standard cultural fit and CV exploration. Both had a case study element, one relating to to a Swiss bank looking to reduce costs.

    Interview Questions
    • Maths elements of both case studies were quite complex and you were invited to ask questions or clarify. However interviewer sat right next to you which was slightly off-putting.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    - Comprehensive hiring process on campus; several networking sessions and dinners / cocktails
    - BCG supported the interview process by organizing mock interviews with candidates
    - Interview itself comprises 2 rounds of 2-3 45-min interviews (10-min behavioral, 30-min case and 5 mins to discuss other questions)

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing out-of-the-blue in terms of question. However, in second round with partners, it's likely that the interview structure could be non-traditional depending on the "mood" of the partner interviewing. Possible to end up even as a conversation / discussion about a topic of interest. But note that you are still being assessed on structured thinking, creativity, insights, etc.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    interviews after Bridge to BCG program

    Interview Questions
    • During the second interview, the interviewer asked me to read some data first without asking for a framework.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    College campus initiated process with a resume drop. First round: 3 separate 30 minute interviews (resume and business case). Second round: 4 separate 30 minute interviews (resume and business case).

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Two rounds of interviews. 2 back to back case interview each round. Good learning experience. Unfortunately I didn't get the offer. Very professional experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Interviews were rigorous and difficult. Important to maintain cool under pressure. Must have hypothesis driven approach and interviewee must drive the case. Good structure and math are expected. Solution - practice... a lot.

    1 round interview - 2 interviews in local office. Mix of behavioral and case interviews with Project Leader and Principal.
    Decision round - 3 interviews in the office of choice/preference. Again Mix of behavioral and case interviews with Partners and Principals.

    Interview Questions
    • Rigor of the cases. Must have creative solutions yet also suggest implementable solutions to tough problems in a very short time (approx. 25 min cases).   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None. Best in class offers.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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