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Bain Capital Interview Questions

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  1. Helpful (16)  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Boston, MA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Case-based interview system. Two interviews in first round, 6 interviews in second round. Each interview is about 30 minutes. All of them are case interviews (e.g., We have a business that does X, Y, Z. How would you grow revenues?) Focus is on whether recommended action would produced suitable ROI - and therefore is it a good action / investment?

    Interview Questions

    • You operate a trucking company that ships supplies between Las Vegas and Los Angles. How would you think about growing revenues?   1 Answer
    • You lease a shreding truck that shreds confidential documents for companies on site. How would you think about expansion opportunities for this business?   2 Answers

  2. Helpful (3)  

    Junior Portfolio Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Boston, MA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    The interview was very straightforward. The 1st day was two 1-on-1 interviews: one was a relatively easy case interview and the other was data analysis (i.e. here's a list of bonds and their statistics, tell us what you infer from this and how would you go about structuring a portfolio from these and why?). I passed this and then had at least 5 more rounds, all single interviews, one-on-one with managing directors. They did this to accomodate my own work schedule which was very nice of them. Overall, I was very impressed with them. I liked that they were willing to overlook my slight lack of intimacy with credit markets and see my raw talent and interest in the field. All of the MD interviews were completely about fit, interest in what they do, behavioral questions, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing out of the oridnary. The one data question is described above. The interviews were almost completely behavioral.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I did receive an offer but decided the role wasn't the best for me. I declined in favor of a top quant finance masters, feeling that the more quantitative route was a better fit for me.

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    Operations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Bain Capital.

    Interview

    Good overall interview experience. Interviewed with two managers within operations and discussed my past intern experiences. Basic behavioral questions, like strengths/weaknesses and discussing your resume. The office was very impressive.

    Interview Questions


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    Operations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Boston, MA).

    Interview

    Interviewed in their office in the John Hancock Tower. Interviewed with 2 different people, the Direct Manager of the sector and the VP of that sector. Mostly asked about experiences and situational questions rather than technical questions. This was only the first interview so I assume that the technical finance questions would be asked in the second interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Give a situation where you had to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize projects.   Answer Question

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Cambridge, MA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Went through a case, then asked me why I was interested in the internship. I am a pre-med student so I just told the truth. Interviewer said case was solid and he could tell that I was passionate about the role, but my lack of background might hinder me in the process, which I guess it did.

    Interview Questions

    • Why I was interested in finance even though I had no finance background.   Answer Question

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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Boston, MA) in May 2018.

    Interview

    Met with 4 different interviewers. Very straight forward questions, felt like they were trying to get to know me and see if I was a good fit. Nothing technical was asked

    Interview Questions

    • Basic personal info, basic behavioral questions, nothing technical   Answer Question

  7.  

    Senior Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Boston, MA) in December 2010.

    Interview

    Ask basic and advanced .NET development and Service questions on phone. 1on1 questions were technical with other developers, business with manager and client reps.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe MVC pattern and why it is used?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Found job closer to home.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Boston, MA) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Very disappointed interview with them. Arrogant people, outdated technology, poor performance computer. I was approached by agent, and the phone screen run so well that they asked for onsite interview. I found out that it would take me one day off going Boston Backbay to take one hour computer based test, then go home and listen to the next step. I was a contractor and couldn't afford to lose one day pay with nothing. I insisted test and interview on the same day, but agent couldn't arrange this. I rejected the interview and gave up the opportunity. Then person from Bain Capital who interviewed me over the phone directly contacted me and convinced me that it was worthy to take a try. Then, he phoned me again and told me his managers agree to break the rule and let me take the test and then proceed to interview if the test result is positive.
     Half hour before I head to Bain Capital for interview, I received the sample code exam question from my agent. Apparently, they changed the game plan, instead of computer based questions, they would test by programming skill. It would be fair game anyway. When I headed to their office, I waited about 10 minutes and finally a person came and brought me several floors down. He gave me notebook computer that run a VM which is very slow (sticky mouse movement, and very slow response from key hit) that greatly reduced my productivity. At that time, Visual Studio 2012 had released, but the IDE on the VM was still Visual Studio 2008. The project was ASP.NET webform with ADO.NET data access, but my interests had shifted to ASP.NET MVC. There is no internet for helper, local help system missing the ADO.NET document. With all these curbs, I managed finished merely more than half of the work in 50 minutes. They did take credit of the slow computer, so I ended up with wasting my day for nothing.

    Interview Questions

    • The skeleton project was itself not difficult if you have been doing WebForms and ADO.NET.
      They expect you found the tricks they designed, trouble shoot, and make the program run.   Answer Question

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    Senior Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Boston, MA) in May 2010.

    Interview

    The interview process is fairly similar to most processes I've been on before. You meet many of the people you will be interacting with and further you interview with many higher ups that you will not necessarily be working with on a day to day basis. All the typical interview questions apply, it is mostly about fit, your resume/qualifications get you in the interview and the interview gets you the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions posed asked to share specific situations or recalling times when you needed to act or do something, role-play type questions are always a bit out of left field.   Answer Question

  10.  

    Senior Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Bain Capital (Boston, MA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    I sent my resume to my recruiter and from there he set up a phone screen and two in person interviews at the offices. The Bain offices were impressive, and the process went very smoothly.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a recent project you worked on that was challenging   Answer Question

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