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Updated Jul 24, 2014
Updated Jul 24, 2014
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First round phone interview was two one hour cases. The interviewers were quite nice and professional but not much behavioral questions - they moved quickly into the cases. Overall, I really appreciated the professionalism but tough to find good practice cases. They have one or two on their website, which are helpful but not enough. Traditional cases are different enough to where they can only go so far.

    Interview Questions
    • Two cases were not extremely difficult individually (no difficult math or market sizing) but it was a steady stream of "how would you go about finding/prioritizing this or that"   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The Bridgespan Group in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial 2 phone interviews, both cases, with a few additional resume questions. The cases were surprisingly simplistic - I had figured the example case on their website was a simplified version, but in fact all of their cases are extremely simple.

    Of course, knowing the detail of a case is not necessarily helpful, but here were some: A case involving a foundation with very ambitious goals seeking advice on how to expand into a national campaign. A second case involving a company (essentially) wikipedia planning which countries to expand into. Language cross-overs between countries was a factor in the decision.

    Overall, the cases force you to try not to think or actively engage in the question as if it were a real question (the real complexity and externalities of the questions are far more interesting than the story they are trying to walk you through). Instead, demonstrate that you can listen carefully and catch the "hint(s)" that the interview drops as part of the choose-your-own-adventure business story. Also, your demeanor with the interviewer is assessed in terms of your ability to listen, frame a sensible response that sounds confident, etc...

    In both cases, the math was absurdly simple and easy.

    As others have mentioned, they call you to talk you through rejecting your application, which necessarily involves an awkward conversation that they don't really want to be having anyway. I guess they're trying to prove that they're a nice company, but it's basically just patronizing.

    Interview Questions
    • One case ended with a question related to confronting a CEO who didn't take recommendation and how to respond to that. I'm pretty sure I bombed this and that the ideal response related in some way to a hint that I missed in the case.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview process was rigorous, but not unmanageable. If one advances beyond the resume and cover letter screening, which is by far the most difficult component, the company is willing to provide substantial support to ensure the candidate is as prepared for the interview as possible; they want to make sure they’re evaluating you at your best.

    Interview Questions
    • All of the questions they ask are somewhat difficult; none were unexpected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at The Bridgespan Group.

    Interview Details

    TBG recruits at elite universities, and I went through the recruiting process - similar to for-profit firms, but they do two rounds of interviews after an initial resume screening: first was over the phone, second in-person. They do a combination of case interviews which are very similar to the kind you would see at McK or BCG - only that you also think about social impact - and also fit interviews about your passion for the nonprofit sector. From what I could tell and have heard from friends, it's a great firm with great culture. Everyone was extremely friendly and committed.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the impact that X organization has toward its mission?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Went back to school.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at The Bridgespan Group in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    First interview: Case interview given over the phone. Straightforward case with simple quantitative elements. Focus on integration of qualitative setup and quantitative evidence to drive conclusions.

    Second (final) interview: Three in-person interviews. 2 Case, 1 "fit". One case was straightforward consulting case. Second case was more free-form. Don't be thrown off by free-form - stick to consulting rigor and organization. Overall vibe was friendly and relaxed but don't get too relaxed. Remember that they almost all come from for-profit consulting backgrounds and are looking for polish. Stay sharp.

    Interview went very well but I did not get an offer in the end. Competition is very high.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at The Bridgespan Group in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview was broken up into two 40 minute sessions, consisting of a ten minute behavioral interview and a 30 minute case interview. The interviewers were encouraging and friendly, although they seemed a little bit bored during parts of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you had to resolve a conflict between two parties.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The Bridgespan Group in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online for the Associate analyst position at bridgespan.I had to write and essay as well as include my resume to complete an initial application for the position. I received a call to schedule and interview and was interviewed the next week. The interview consisted of two back to back interviews, 45 mins each. For each interview the first 10-15 mins were on my background and reason for wanting to join the firm while the remaining minutes were case study questions

    Interview Questions
    • Analyze the profits of a particular non profit, how much are they able to raise, what are your recommendations   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed at The Bridgespan Group in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    Case-style interview x 2. Back to back - both senior-level employees. Study case!!! Not much time for behavioral questions. It seems that they use case to weed out applicants. Math portion was reasonable, but they do test for a strong gasp of strategic frameworks.

    Interview Questions
    • Market entry for a foundation that uses network effects to spread its mission.   Answer Question
    • Expansion strategy for human-capital NGO that partners with underperforming grade schools in order to improve learning quality and graduation rate.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at The Bridgespan Group in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied online with a cover letter and resume. I had a prep interview with one of the Consultants. Then two phone interviews with Consultants. I had some behavorial questions and then a case question.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at The Bridgespan Group in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online in the fall for an Associate Consultant position. The online application consisted of a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample. I was contacted for two back to back phone interviews, and made it to the final round, which consisted of three back to back in-office interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work with nonprofits/for Bridgespan?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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