Boston Consulting Group Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Sep 15, 2014
Updated Sep 15, 2014
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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 1+ week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2010.

Interview Details

Applied through college website for an internship and got an interview offer. Was called to their offices for in person interviews. Had two 30 minute interviews, back to back with two consultants. One was a very typical tell me about yourself, your weaknesses , strengths, why BCG interview and the next was a 30 minute case interview with lots of graphs and charts. I fumbled in one of them and did not get a call back, but the process was very smooth and the people were extremely courteous.

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No Offer
Neutral Experience
Difficult Interview

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had 3 rounds of interview, with 2 interviews in each round, and with people with ascending seniority ( Consultant -> Principal -> Partner) Format was that of a standard consulting case interview. 10min fit + 30 min case. Different interviewers had different style, some were friendly whereas some were straight face and showed no emotions. Actually, the more senior the interviewer the less feedback you had by reading expressions in the interview process

    Interview Questions
    • 1) How would you design tobacco policy for some SE govt 2)How to cut costs for electricity producing company 3) How will you design channel strategy for a smart card (pre-paid) company 4) Strategy for a launch of a low cost air carrier in Asia in year 2002 ( there were no low cost carriers in Asia at that time)   Answer Question
    • Fit questions : 1)Leadership example2) What do you do for personal growth3) Any difficult situation that you handled in workplace   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Still haven't interviewed yet. I have been preparing a lot and my interview is coming this week. I wanted to use this site to look at some of the questions that others have faced interviewing at this company. I will update my info after my interview to provide a more detailed description of my experience

    Interview Questions
    • The client was a major credit card company (e.g. Mastercard, AmEx, etc.) with $2B annual revenues. Last year, they entered into the Chinese market with limited success -- only bringing in $6M in revenues. They have entered into other emerging markets and have been successful. The CEO wanted to know whether the Chinese market is attractive, and what are some strategies for either growing in the market or retracting from the market.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Two cases, very pleasant experience (as much as it can be). One case on insurance company strategy and the other on pharma R&D and pricing. Get an offer to proceed to the second round

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Received a phone call to confirm my availability two months later and scheduled another phone call a few weeks after that. The next phone call was to fix a suitable data for a face-to-face interview. The 1:1 interview took place in the London office and I went through two case studies with two interviewers respectively.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    BCG holds yearly presentations on our campus to recruit PhD candidates for jobs in consulting. This year, they also heavily advertised a program for PhD candidates called "Bridge 2 BCG", which was meant to be a three-day introduction to a career in consulting. I applied to "Bridge 2 BCG" and was wait-listed, then rejected, when a spot did not open up. Later, after obtaining interviews at other top-tier consulting firms, I informed my recruiter about my interest in BCG and was granted an interview.

    First, I was invited to a mock interview workshop with a networking reception on a Friday the week before my formal interview was scheduled. The mock interview consisted of a non-evaluative group case interview, which was a very pleasant experience overall.

    A week later, I showed up for my real interview. Upon sitting down with my first interviewer, I noticed that her copy of my resume was six-months-old. I had submitted a recent resume to the recruiter, but this did not make it into my file and the old resume from my "Bridge 2 BCG" application was present instead.

    My first interviewer started by informing me that she obtained an MBA from a prestigious school and that management consulting was an obvious path for her to take. She then proceeded to grill me on my background, what I did for my PhD research, and why I would choose to get a PhD at all if I now wanted to be a consultant. I felt that her line of questioning was very accusatory, and I felt that she was neglecting the fact that BCG came to my campus every year specifically to recruit PhD candidates. Only after this charade did we begin the case interview, although it was entirely clear by this point that she was not interested in me working at BCG.

    My second interviewer was much more pleasant, but seemed entirely unprepared to give a case interview. He was clearly making up the case off the top of his head. At some point he rattled off some equally arbitrary data that was just as confusing as whatever structure--if any--he had imposed on the case he was giving.

    The following Tuesday I got my entirely expected "no" answer from the recruiter. The recruiter was outstanding in his commitment to professionalism and openness. He took special care to share my interview feedback with me, and I commend him for that. However, my interviewers--both of them--clearly were not interested in me from almost the moment I walked into the room with them. One of my interviewers even went so far as to say to me, "I don't know why a PhD would be interested in consulting, don't they all want to go into academia?" (This was during my interview.)

    Although the support staff at BCG were great, the interview experience itself was a decidedly negative one for me.

    Interview Questions
    • A client in the beverage services industry wants to improve customer satisfaction at their drive-thru locations. What course of action do you take?   View Answer
    • A major big-rig manufacturer is experiences declining profits, even after out-sourcing production to Mexico. What is happening?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    I saw the initial job posting on an e-mail that was forwarded to me, applied, then went through an initial phone screen (fit only) with a current Consultant. A couple of weeks later I received an invite to first round case interviews: 2 45-minute interviews, each consisting of a case and fit portion.
    My interview advice would be:
    1) Prepare very extensively: I'd recommend the materials on caseinterview.com as a starting point
    2) "Cracking" the case is secondary: it's the process, and the comfort and smoothness with which you approach the cases that counts.
    3) Have a least a couple of strong stories in response to the standard fit interview questions: got tripped up when my prepared story to a leadership question didn't seem to impress the interviewer, and he rephrased his question. On the fly, I ended up giving a nice story, but in hindsight, it didn't have much to do with leadership.

    Interview Questions
    • The first case was about the feasibility of introducing a new product (small water craft) to Amsterdam, on behalf of the city council.   View Answer
    • The second case was about the growth potential for private label foodstuffs, for a grocery chain.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very well organized procedure. Interview consisted of two interviews (5-15 min) followed by the case studies.

    Case studies were both related to the Pharma industry

    Interview Questions
    • Our client has developed a drug for preventing strokes. Should they sell the drug, or not?   Answer Question
    • Our client is a big pharma company that traditionally advertises on paper to doctors in their practices. Should we move to ipad delivery or likewise electronic delivery of this advertising?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Brussels (Belgium)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brussels (Belgium)
    Application Details

    The process took 2 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    The first round of interviews consist of two interviews of each 45 minutes, that have 3 parts; 15 minutes about the candidate, 25 on a case and 5 for the candidates questions. The final round of interviews consists of two more of these interviews, along with another part. This part exists of 2 hours uring which you have to work through a large information packet, answer 3 questions to which you make slides. After the 2 hours, you will present this to one of the principals.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    First round was two back to back 45 minute interviews. Decision round was a series of three 45 minute interviews. Interviews always started off with a few behavioral questions and then transitioned to the case with a few minute at the end for questions. Cases were real projects the interviewers had been involved with. Interesting and challenging. I wasn't successful but best of luck to others who are interviewing.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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