Boston Consulting Group Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Sep 2, 2015
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Chicago, IL) in August 2008.

Interview

15 minute fit interview: Was asked basic questions that focused on my strengths/weaknesses. Asked to provide examples of challenging situations or situations in which I demonstrated qualities relevant to the consulting role (managing difficult personalities, taking on a leadership role even when not formally appointed, etc.) It was important to be prepared specific with examples as my interviewer kept probing for more details. It is important too in the "fit" part of the interview that everything you say has a purpose; i.e. don't spend time talking about something if it does not demonstrate a character trait that you would like the interviewer to be aware of. 30 minute case interview is typical of consulting cases. I had four interviews before getting an offer, and my sense was that the case interview process varies significantly across interviewers. Generally, in the first round expect more junior interviewers (and hence interview cases that are more data-driven); in latter rounds expect more senior interviewers who will be looking for you to draw insight from the analysis of a problem and provide creative solutions to problems that may appear run-of-the-mill at first pass

Interview Questions

  • Give me three reasons why I should NOT hire you   1 Answer
  • Tell me something about you that you are proud of, which you have not written in your resume   Answer Question

Reasons for Declining

Remuneration in the consulting industry (not BCG specifically) was too low.

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  1. Helpful (5)  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview

    I applied through an employee referral and was invited to interview within approximately 1 month of the initial referral. I had 3 rounds of interviews all in one day, with a decision at the end of each round on whether interviewees had done well enough to move to the next stage. It was a long and gruelling day and required a lot of stamina, although there were breaks during which I was able to go to go outside, get some fresh air and recharge. Before the interviews started we had a one hour session with a number of current consultants introducing the firm, getting to know each other and giving candidates the opportunity to ask questions for about half an hour - it was a nice way to start the day and meant I felt fairly relaxed by the time I went into my first interview. The first round involved 2 regular case interviews and then an 'online case' i.e. numeracy & chart reading test done on a computer. The second round consisted of 2 cases with principals and the final round was just one case interview with a senior partner. Each interview lasted 45-60mins. Each interview followed the classic format, i.e. 10-15m discussion about fit, motivation, prior experiences and leadership credentials, followed by up to 45m discussing a business case. The fit discussions were in line with my expectations, and no major curveballs although I was asked to discuss a time I had failed and what I learnt from it. I found this section of the interview very informal and enjoyed getting to know my interviewers during the discussion. The case interviews were less fomulaic than at the other top tier firm I received an offer from and quite intellectually stimiulating. I found the key was putting down a very clear structure at the beginning and using it as a reference throughout the interview to engage the interviewer in my thinking. Most of the cases involved calculations, one involved some quite lengthy and laborious market size calculations for different market segements. What helped here was actually writing out my equation and variables and then running each calculation whilst filling in a table to keep things organized. My 3rd round did not require any calculations at all and felt more like a series of mini-cases about specific business topics, than a classic business case. Other than that the support team did a great job throughout the process (I had to fly to a neighboring country for my interview), they put us up in a lovely hotel and informed me of the outcome pretty early on the next working day after the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • I had one deeply theoretical case about the automotive industry in which the solution required me to develop an equation from first principles to describe the economics of the product line the 'client' was operating in.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Limited room to negotiate as packages and benefits are standardized. I had another offer from BCG's main competitor and their benefits package was superior (though their base pay was lower). Despite this, BCG did not change their offer significantly in the course of negotiations. However I went with BCG as it felt like the better fit for me and I was impressed with them throughout the process

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Milan (Italy)) in November 2014.

    Interview

    The process entailed 6 interviews with 4 Principals and 2 Partners based on business cases on very different topics, plus 1 on-line business case on low-cost airlines' sector. The whole process was rapid, effective and result-oriented, and I received an offer in a very short time. Very limited margins for negotiation, but the package offered is very attractive.

    Interview Questions

    • Evaluate the market appeal of a new player producing umbrellas.   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    You must apply early, or else they will reject your application outright. After submitting the application, they will ask you a first round interview involving a case study and questions on your CV. The second round consists of two case studies with your potential colleagues, and the final round is 3 case studies with firm partners.

    Interview Questions

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2014.

    Interview

    I did my recruitment on campus a target MBA program. The recruitment was very structured with presentations and several networking opportunities before the application deadline. For those who did their research, followed the advice given and spent time on the resume and application they were very likely to get an interview. First round as advertised: Two interviews with a fit part, a case part, and a Q&A part. Know you can nail the cases, but spend almost equally much time on your stories. Make sure you have 2-3 stories showing your leadership, achievements, dedication and entrepreneurial drive. For most this will take a lot of preparation. Use time with your friends to prep both parts of the interview and get feedback on both content and presentation of your stories Final round with partners and principals at the office of my choice. They were focused on making sure I understood the local office, fit with the culture and really understood the job.The usual cases were in the partner interviews as well, but most of the focus was on fit

    Interview Questions

    • Answering "Why BCG" in a convincing matter   1 Answer
  6.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Singapore (Singapore)).

    Interview

    I interviewed through career services for my MBA program. It was a classic on campus recruiting process. First interview was on campus, two interviewers who you could tell were engaged and attentive. Both asked atypical case questions (neither had a clear cut and dry answer) you could tell they were analyzing how I broke down the problem. Second round was at BCG's offices and I met with two partners, was more of a strategy discussion than a case. They were really down to earth and very interesting people to get a chance to talk to.

    Interview Questions

    • The interviewer said that a project I was working on was due in 2 months, but was just told by my team that we would need 4 months to complete. How do you solve the problem ? The interviewer was very vague with answers and didn't give anything that I didn't ask for.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, consultant salaries out of MBA are pretty standardized.

  7.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Singapore (Singapore)).

    Interview

    Campus Recruitment. BCG short-lists people from the top B-schools based on the resumes and then conducts detailed case interviews. Often, they offer summer internships and based on summer performance, full time offers are given.

    Interview Questions

    • I want to invest in alumnium in Australia. Give me your advice. For every question asked the reply was 'I have nothing more to say'. It was exaspearating- no details. I was forced to make many assumptions in providing the advice.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No, negotiation. It is fixed pay.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    6 interviews divided into 3 rounds. First round with more jnr staff and last round with partners. Case based interviews. First 10-15mins about you, 35 mins on a case questions then time at the end for you to ask questions. Get on www.caseinterview.com to help you prepare and do lots of practice with friends.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Very little negotiation possible other than start dates

  9.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    The lion's share of interviewing is done with students, undergraduates for Associate positions and MBAs for consulting positions. There is an extensive resume screen and only the top candidates from the top schools are chosen for interviews. Interviews are done for "classes" of consultants that will all start at the same time and position. Candidates come in for several case interviews in one day - typically 3-5 interviews. Those who make it through the first round are invited back for a second round. Successful candidates receive an offer that is non negotiable.

    Interview Questions

    • A case study where you are presented with only a few facts and asked to provide a recommendation on what the company should do.   1 Answer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    2 cases you get with 2 people for one hour each. One more quantative and one more qualitative. Overall not too bad if you come in calm. Bring a lot of paper with you and prepare to be challenged.

    Interview Questions

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