I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2013.
Interview Details – Applied as a PhD student from a non-target school and was invited for a first round interview in the office. Interview consisted of two behavioral/case interviews. One interview was with a principal and the other was with a project manager. Cases were fairly standard affairs and were based on actual projects that the interviewers worked on.
Interview Question – A pharmaceutical wants to expand to China or Mexico. Which one should they move into? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – 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.
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online, got a call two weeks later with an invite for first round of interviews. Had to wait four weeks for this first round, which consisted of 1 test and 2 case interviews. Received (positive) feedback the same evening, with an invite for a secound round two weeks later. Second round was two case interviews and a written/presentation case. I experienced the people at BCG as open, diverse and interested, and somewhat "calm" or reserved.
Interview Question – Calculate the amount of new houses in our market being built in country X next year. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online and received a call to schedule my interview. Interview consisted of two rounds at their offices, each of which was dominated by a case study. One interview was with a partner and one was with a consultant (i.e. post-MBA role). Both were very nice. One of the cases was substantially easier than the other, but that may have been because I got flustered during the first one and messed up.
Interview Question – How would you improve the sales of a used automobile dealer? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.
Interview Details – First round had two 45 minute interviews with ~5 minutes behavioral, ~35 minutes case, ~5 minutes questions. Interviewers were very friendly, helpful, and encouraging. Second round had a 15 minute fit interview with a recruiting director and two 45 minute interviews with senior partners, same distribution of time. Partners weren't as encouraging, but that's expected.
Interview Question – Talking about the effect of a new product entering a market on the elasticity of supply and demand in that market and in the raw materials market. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details –
I ultimately removed my application for consideration. I came to the conclusion that consulting was not for me.
With that being said my experience throughout the entire ordeal was nothing short of awesome. I have never run across a more down to earth caring group of professionals in industry before. The effort shown by the administration and consultants during the recruitment process was amazing. I have the utmost respect for BCG, especially the Houston Office.
Those of you thinking about entering a career as a consultant should consider employment with BCG.
Interview Question –
Describe a time when you were a leader... OK describe another time when you were a leader... OK describe another time when you were a leader. Describe a weakness, describe another weakness etc.
My advice to those of you interviewing, you need to have 3 examples for the various types of interview questions or most common interview questions. Do a google search online for the most popular interview questions. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details – Applied through employee referral. Heard back in 2 weeks and phone interview was brief. Explanation of position, run-through of resume and questions all took less than 20 minutes. Heard back a week later and didn't get the position.
Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group
Interview Details – Typical consulting process: 1st round-two 45 min interviews (30 min case, 15 min fit), 2nd round identical process with more senior employees
Interview Question – Behavioral/fit component is pretty straight forward; practice cases Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details – Sent my resume out, received an offer to interview not too long after. Fairly easy interview, consisting of mostly walking through my resume. Heavy focus on technical skills.
Interview Question – What is your least favorite class? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details – Started with a great phone interview/screen. Was then asked back for a 1 on 1 interview. Was not impressed with the manager I met with. Perhaps it was the day or time, but you could tell they were interested in getting along with their day and leaving the office more than finding out anything about me. Might have just been a difference in attitude but was expecting decorum from such a high ranking company.
Interview Question – What do you dislike most about your job. (Was later critiqued for sounding negative about my current position.) Answer Question
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