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Updated Feb 22, 2015
Updated Feb 22, 2015
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Summer Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Anonymous Employee
Application Details

I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview Details

This interview process was frustrating as the "fit" questions were kept to a minimum. The interviewers seemed rush to get to the next person and would cut off your question at the end to start ushering you out the door. Although the process was efficient and only took a few days, you do not seem like an individual but a number to them.

Interview Questions
  • The only question was "tell me about a time someone disagreed with you." Other than that, it was a case.   Answer Question
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Went through on campus recruiting of a top tier university. Submitted resume, cover letter and transcript through their website and campus recruiting website. They invited me to their local office for a mock interview about a week before the real thing. It took them a weekend plus a couple of days to get back to me.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you worked on a team that was functioning well   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2.  

    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied through on-campus recruiting at top-10 university. Process took a little over 2 weeks.

    First round interviews were on-campus and consisted of two 45-minute interviews with Project Leaders. Both spent 5-10 minute upfront on behavioral questions before jumping into cases. BCG cases are very candidate-led, so having a strong structure upfront is key to being able to crack the cases. I made my way through both first round cases pretty quickly, which gave me lots of time to just chat with my interviewers and ask them questions at the end of each interview.

    I received a call the day after my interview informing me I had made it to the second round in my preferred office. One of my interviewers also called before my second round to give me interview feedback and also told me that BCG decision round interviews place a very strong emphasis on fit with the firm.

    Second round interviews were on-site at the BCG office. My decision round interviews were the same format as my first round (two 45-minute interviews--apparently format can vary between each office though) and were with partners in the office. In my experience, my interviewers in the second round spent a lot more time casually chatting/asking fit questions than my first round interviewers. The cases were also lot less structured than the ones I saw in the first round, with partners often deviating from calculations, etc to ask me to brainstorm ideas. I received a call later that day from one of the partners who interviewed me and was extended an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Write Cover letter and submit Resume. You are invited to their offices to take the test. Had some travel the first time because their system was not working. I had to come another day.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    After applying online, I found out a few days later that I had an interview and offering the chance for some practice interviews with people from the firm. I conducted 2 practice interviews with different people from the firm. I met a lot of people throughout the whole process

    First Round:
    Two 45-minute behavioral/case interviews with consultants from the firm. The cases were pretty different in nature, and you really need to structure your thoughts up-front in order to be successful. The first case had a lot of graphical exhibits from which you needed to do calculations, the second only had 1 exhibit. Make sure you tailor your structure to the problem! For example one of my cases really had to do with costs, and so if I had suggested we look at profitability, that would have been incorrect.

    • You get feedback from your interviewers after the first round. Take notes when they call you to chat about this, and make sure that you take the feedback into account when preparing for final round interviews.

    Final Round:
    One 45-minute behavioral/case interview, plus one 90-minute written case interview (45 minutes to prepare + 45 minute behavioral/case interview where you present etc.), this time with principals & partners from the firm. The biggest thing here is managing your time and discerning what's relevant information from the slide deck they give you. You are expected to select 4-6 relevant slides to go over with your interviewer, as well as craft an executive summary of your findings to explain your thought process. You also really need to be able to transition to the standard, oral case style after the written case. During the talk with the partner, it turns into more of a standard case, and then the second interview is again an oral case.

    • I also really want to stress the importance of networking. I do not believe that I would have gotten the offer without the networking that I had done throughout the whole process. Also, if you don't hear back day-of your decision-round interview, don't despair because there is still a chance that you can get the offer. I heard back 1 week after my final interview.

    Interview Questions
    • • Name a time when you set a lofty goal for yourself and how you planned for that goal
      • Why consulting
      • Describe a leadership position that you've had or when you've led a team. What was a challenge you encountered during this, and how did you over come it?
      • What are the components of a good team? How do you know when a team is working well together?
      • What is your usual role on a team? How do you contribute?
      • How do you organize yourself and make sure that you are hitting a long-term goal? Describe a time during which you have done this.

      Generally, they're trying to get a feel for your personality and if you're going to be a good fit at BCG. Have really good questions prepared, and do your research to figure out what it is they're looking for so that you can say the right things
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    First round was OCR, two interview each with 15 minutes of behavioral interview, 30 minute of cases. Straight numbers (though the case background was a little difficult to understand at first).
    Invited to final round the same Friday, one written case, one typical case of same format in the first round. Again straight numbers.
    Regardless of the fact that didn't get an offer, the recruiters and the consultants I met along the way are super friendly. Would apply for full-time

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Initially took part in on campus networking, then resume drop, then first round interview. Did no extra informationals, but would probably have helped. I did two back to back interviews, each with a behavioral and a case. Cases were certainly tricky; good preparation is essential. I used Case In Point and other resources and they helped a lot. Interviewers were great people, very laid back and made the interview much more easy and less stressful.

    Interview Questions
    • No incredibly difficult ones. Maybe "tell me about a time you had to sell an idea to a higher level" or influence someone/create buy in - have a good story for those!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Back-to-back 45-minute interviews for the first round. Some time was spent on behavioral questions, but the case was clearly the only thing of interest to the interviewers. For the cases, they seemed to want me to go on a very specific route (they had several charts that only made sense if they were presented in a certain order). Because the interviewers offered no direction beyond stating the initial problem, it took some trial and error to get on the right track.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you, as a leader, had to deal with a difficult teammate.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    You must must must practice case studies with a partner, it's not really enough to just read Case in Point (although it's a good starting point). You can't really be over prepared. Make sure to be organized and logical in your approach.

    Accepted Offer
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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    1st round of 2 back to back 30 minute interviews. Standard behavioral questions and a case.
    2nd round of 3 back to back 45 minute interviews. Requires more creativity. They usually let the candidates know about the good news the evening of the interview day.

    Interview Questions
    • The case questions are not extremely difficult but they do require you to learn about a new industry quickly. One of the most difficult part is to perform well for 3 hours long.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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