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Bain & Company Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Apr 28, 2017
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Bain & Company (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    CV and cover letter screen, followed by online tests, followed by invitation to first round interview. First round interview consisted of two hour long interviews, one of which was a business case study, other was 50/50 competency questions and market sizing case study

    Interview Questions

    • Market sizing case study question on annual sales of bike shops nationally   Answer Question

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    Legal Counsel Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Bain & Company (London, England (UK)) in February 2017.

    Interview

    I applied for the position on Bain's career website and I was contacted for a phone interview one week or so later. After that I was invited for a face to face 2 hours interview in Bain's office in London consisting in three rounds of interviews with the hiring manager and several members of the legal team.
    All the interviews, both over the phone and face to face, were quite easy and relaxed, more of a chat, yet professional. I wasn't asked any technical questions. Indeed, the purpose of the interviews was clearly understanding if I was a good match for the position and the company, rather than testing my skills. All the interviewers were really kind and made me feel comfortable all along the selection process.
    For these reasons, even though I didn't get an offer, I would describe this as an overall positive experience.

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    Senior Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Overall the impression is positive. However, the interviews were quite quick, so if you got delayed at some stage, you would not be able to finish the case or ask personal questions. The cases were solvable, and interviewers were ready to help you out.

    Interview Questions


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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Bain & Company (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online, did relatively simple online test. First round consisted of 1 case interview and 1 competency + market sizing interview (both ~35-40 minutes). Final round was one "interactive written case" and two case interviews with managers/partners. Was told after first round that if you are doing well they are likely to push you with off-the-cuff challenging questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to deal with a conflict?

      Market entry, profitability, and growth cases.

      Written case involved going through ~30 slides of info and presenting findings, involved filling in a table of data which required many calculations.  
      Answer Question

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Bain & Company (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Online app, online testing, first round (with two interviews) and final round (with three interviews).

    I enjoyed the interview process, great people, easy conversations and I really saw myself there. Made a mistake in my final round which seemingly cost me the role, but overall I really enjoyed the process as much as one could have.

    Interview Questions

    • Why xxxx (from my CV)? Why Bain? Why Management Consulting?   Answer Question

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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Bain & Company (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Opportunity arose via a recruiter. First round was a HR phone screen - explain your skills & experience (e.g. programming, data analysis etc.) in clear, easy-to-understand terms. Then a face-to-face with the manager in the office for one hour, again talking about skills specific to the role (maths, stats, data analysis etc.), with a brief case study discussed as well. Really good experience, everyone friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you used your data analysis skills.   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Bain & Company in December 2016.

    Interview

    1) Online Application
    2) Online tests
    3) Interview

    Passed my online tests and was invited for an interview. Interview involves two case studies and general consulting questions

    why consulting? why bain? are you applying for other firms?

    Interview Questions

    • 1: why consulting?
      2: why bain?
      3: are you applying for other firms?  
      Answer Question

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Bain & Company (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    1. CV and Cover letter: keep it concise, as ACs screen them (not HR) and they don't have time
    2. Tests: prepare well and you will be fine. The tests are not as difficult as the PST or Oliver Wyman's
    3. 1st interviews: market sizing and case study with an AC and a senior AC, both very friendly and helpful. The questions are not difficult at this stage.
    - Don't mess up the mental maths in both cases. If you do, don't freak out either, it's not the end of the world
    - Structure and think out loud
    - Look out for hints from the interviewers (they are genuinely there to help)
    - You get feedback later if you go through, which is extremely kind of them
    4. Final interviews: a written case, a verbal case, a partner interview & case
    - Practice reviewing massive sets of presentation slides under high time pressure (e.g. know what's irrelevant).
    - Answer a few questions and put them into the empty slides given to you. Prepare to crunch some numbers in this limited time (show your workings, always)
    - Never mess up the maths, in all cases
    - Be proactive in asking questions if interviewer is quiet
    - Prepare to answer some basic motivation questions with the partner. Research what industry his/her expertise is, and the case is likely to be about that

    Interview Questions

    • What are the different ways that people switch energy supplier?   Answer Question

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    AC Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Bain & Company (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    First round - standard market sizing question, standard case
    Second round - 3x cases (one written). Much more fluid than first round.

    Written case is very tight for time and quite difficult - I think half of it is seeing how well you handle the pressure and choosing where to focus your energy.

    Interview Questions

    • Annual revenue of an opticians in a small town in England   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate - graduate scheme so didn't feel like there was room to negotiate. Everyone was very friendly and helpful at all stages.


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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Bain & Company (London, England (UK)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and completed the online maths test.

    I was then invited to the first-round interview. Before this, I attended a case study session by Bain and corresponded with my 'first-round interview buddy', who was assigned to me by Bain. The interview itself consisted of a market sizing/personal fit interview (conducted by an Associate Consultant) and a case study interview (conducted by a Consultant). I got on well with both of my interviewers and it was a great experience. The case study interview had some slides to go through and the interviewer guided me through some questions about it. The market sizing was a fun process and there was a lot of back-and-forth / brainstorming with my interviewer about certain assumptions.

    I was invited to the second-round interview. Before this, I received some helpful feedback from one of my first-round interviewers, who was very encouraging. Again, I thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with my interviewers in the second round (two Principals and a Partner). The second round consisted of a presentation-style interview, where I was given a lot of slides and not a lot of time to sift through them. The case was about a small burger chain in London. They had some questions for me to answer based on the slides and a lot of calculations to make (no calculator). Some of the slides were not important (even so, it requires some quick work). There was also a personal fit interview incorporated in this one (with some typical interview questions, in addition to a few personalised ones based on my CV). The next interview was a case study, where the interviewer gave me a bunch of information to write down. The interviewer asked me a few different questions about what the company's options might be and which would be best (Case in Point was useful to get a general sense of available options). It required a ton of assumptions, as there was little to go on. I then had a couple of slides with numbers and had to do a bit of maths. The final interview was a short case study (mostly a personal/CV interview), where I was given a few slides and asked to draw some conclusions based on graphs. Mostly, though, it was a general discussion about the job and the company!

    The recruitment team was very welcoming, friendly, and seemed genuinely interested in hearing about how your interview had gone.

    Everyone I met was great - they were all interesting people, friendly, willing to engage in discussion, and open to answering all my questions. They were also all very forgiving of the mistakes I made in my interview, and in some instances willing to give me a little hint!

    Interview Questions

    • Estimate the revenue of an optician in your town.
      Why Bain?
      Why consulting?  
      Answer Question

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