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Recruiting Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in July 2014.
Interview Details – 2 days after submitting my online application I received an email invitation for an interview which took place two days after. The process was pretty fast and well organized (received interview invitation first, after agreeing on date and time received interview confirmation with all relevant information). Overall the interview went well. It was a friendly professional atmosphere with standard interview questions - nothing unexpected.
Interview Question – Please describe a situation in which something unexpected happened and you had to react quickly. What did you do? How was the outcome? Answer Question
Executive Assistant Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details – First, an email to request and phone interview. Then if all goes well an in-person interview with the broader team and HR member. I met with three team members and one HR consultant.
Interview Question – Everyone had the same questions because they read it off of a sheet that HR printed out for them. It was repetitive and insincere. View Answer
Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group
Interview Details – first round, and then second round.. not much people get invited to the second round. They do reimburse all travel expenses, very nice. One person was nice the other was not: almost stress interview-- never smiled throughout the whole process!
Interview Question – for foreign offices, you are required to do some translation test Answer Question
Associate Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2010.
Interview Details – Case interview conducted by consultants, principals and partners current working at the BCG office in Sao Paulo. Additional interview with HR as a final check. The best way to prepare is by studying and practice case interviews, there are tons of case study books online
Interview Question – Typical case interview process, no surprises here Answer Question
Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
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 Question – 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
Research Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in June 2014.
Interview Details – Applied online and found out it was through an outside consulting firm. I had a phone interview, one in person interview and another phone interview. The phone interviews were general (tell me about yourself, what brought you to BCG, can you talk about X experience at Y place, etc.).
The in-person interview was more extensive. Questions about work history, specific projects I had done, how did I feel about doing certain tasks that would be required in this role, what information did I feel was relevant if a consultant needed more information about Department of Z in the US government. All three interviewers (I only had one interviewer per round, the phone interviews were with women, the in-person one was with a man) were all polite and nice and I felt it was genuinely pleasant conversations with each of them.
I did feel that the in-person interviewer (whom the incumbent would be working with) and I did just did not connect and I was distinctly less interest interested in the job as I advanced through the interview rounds. I somewhat suspect that particular experiences on my resume were of interest to this interviewer, but not necessarily as a means for actually hiring a candidate (more like we had something unique in common). However, this is strictly personal speculation as the recruiter informed me he had no specific feedback about my application/interview style.
They have a nice office and the front desk person was also quite personable.
I'm not sure if I would have accepted the offer, but for the right personality and person, this place could be a great fit.
Interview Question – None were highly unusual. If you've been on interviews before or have experience with this type of organization, it probably won't stand out. However, as this would have been a new field for me, I may not have received any curve ball questions. Answer Question
Junior Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2013.
Interview Details – BCG held a booth at a Job Fair where I dropped off my resume. I was later called back for a 20 minutes informal interview with one of the partners.
Interview Question – How does company X make money out of event Y. Answer Question
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – A 'just brainstorming' question that turned into a case. Answer Question
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Summer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2014.
Interview Details – I first applied online and was contacted about a week later letting me know that I had been approved for the first round. I had a great experience in that first round interview. The front desk was warm and helpful, they had brought many full time staff to the event to answer questions, make everyone feel comfortable, and in general keep conversation going. The first day had two interviews which went very well. Both of those first day interviews were basic 45 minute interviews with the second half reserved for a case study. A few days later I was contacted by both associated with whom I spoke and they talked me through everything I could improve on. This was a great experience and I really felt like they cared about helping me. I made it to the second round and enjoyed a wonderful dinner with all the other potential interns the day before. The next day, the 2 interviews were of the same format but with much more senior employees. Unfortunately, I did not perform to my normal standards and was informed the next day that I was not selected. No hard feelings, I know I didn't deserve it based on my interview, and I will be back next year.
Interview Question – I am not allowed to disclose the business case, but the case that caught me off guard was completely verbal and given as if the partner was making it up off the top of his head. That threw me for a loop, but it did seem to be a normal case. Answer Question
Associate Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group
Interview Details – Interviewed on campus, standard initial round of two case interviews. Lots of feedback provided. Then an additional case prep and second round which consistent of three case interviews. People were very friendly. May be due to the fact that people were recruiting on campus. I interviewed from DC for New York.
Interview Question – was asked to calculate 10.58% of something. No bueno. Answer Question
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