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Boston Consulting Group Management Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Aug 4, 2017
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Chicago, IL) in October 2015.

Interview

Applied the ADC, and got the 1st round case interview. The interviewers and HR were very friendly. However, since I did not prepare well and was very nervous, so I did not get the 2nd round. So I have to wait for another two years before applying for another BCG position.

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (New York, NY) in September 2015.

    Interview

    I applied through an on-campus recruiting event and was invited for their 1st-round interview a month later. There were 2 45-min interviews consisting of 15-min fit and 30-min case. I got to the 2nd round which had essentially the same format as the first one but the interviews were a lot more intense - longer fit portions and one of my cases was quite unusual.

    My advice:
    * Fit - relax, relax, relax (that way you can think on your feet while being bombarded with unexpected questions).
    * Case - focus on the core issue of the case and be very flexible with your framework.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you were part of a team and made a long-lasting impact   Answer Question
    • If you were to join BCG, what would be the one thing you would change about the firm?   Answer Question

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Detroit, MI) in September 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process is very well organized. It is exactly what you would expect from a top 3 consulting firm. The first interview consists of 2 fit/case studies, and the second consisted of 1 fit/case and 1 fit/written case. My one suggestion is to watch your time on the fit portion because they will not interrupt you and it can bleed into your case time!

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had to tell someone something they didn't want to hear.   Answer Question
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (San Francisco, CA) in September 2015.

    Interview

    2nd round interviews process
    Very nice and friendly people, including coordinator and consultant inteviewing
    1. round interview 2 straighforward cases, behavioral questions
    2. 2 more lengthy cases and strong effort to get to know me
    Cases involved basic calculations 1) about the airline industry 2) about the pharmaceutical retail industry

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    Negotiation

    I accepted an offer with another firm


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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Haven, CT
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (New Haven, CT) in January 2015.

    Interview

    After resume drop and an in-person alumni meeting, I was given an interview slot about a few weeks afterward. The interview was two separate back to back thirty+ minute interviews, each with a case and behavioral questions. There were two separate interviewers with different roles in the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Case questions to assess consulting/business skill set   2 Answers

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Houston, TX) in July 2011.

    Interview

    BCG Contacted me about my interest in working for them.. Had an initial phone screen which went on very well. The first round was very theoretical cases about retail industry and O&G industry.

    I have over 13 years in O&G / Power areas and was really only interested in Energy industry consulting.

    The retail cases was a theoretical one which I didn't too well. The O&G case I did well... I moved to the next round.

    In the 2nd round all cases involved all cases not connected to Energy Industry. I thought I did ok on them but got feedback that I needed to structure cases better and be able to assimilate data on the fly.

    The feedback sounded too theoretical for me..

    Since I like the energy industry, I have since realigned my search to mainly focus on Energy Industry consulting or other firms in Energy Industry. I see myself in the medium term taking a leadership role in Energy Industry and I feel that broadening out my career with Mgmt consulting (Mck, BCG, Bain, Booz) will thin me out rather than focus me into energy.

    I think the hiring practices of the typical mgmt consulting companies is focused on hiring fresh starry eyed MBAs rather than experienced hands.

    Smart people will succeed anywhere though. The selective companies have more smart people than most other companies...

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Detroit, MI) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Did not feel as if they wanted to hire me. They made me wait 30 minutes after the scheduled time to for the interview. There was no reason for the delay and it seemed I was a distraction to their day. Not a great feeling when you were excited abou the role.

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    Reasons for Declining

    Did not feel like it was a fit for me.


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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in March 2017.

    Interview

    Formal interview process began with 1hr HR phone call. General behavioural/situational questions asked.

    1st set of case interviews with two Project Leaders occurred ~4 weeks later. Each interview was 20min situational, 30min case, 10min questions to clarify. After the interviews was the computerised Potential Test; calculator was permitted. Positive feedback and progression provided before end of day.

    2nd set of case interviews 3x weeks later. Same interview format as before, with one Project leader and with one Principal. Positive feedback and interview progression provided within 2-3 hours.

    Final pair of case interviews with 2x Partners. Same format as before, although cases and questions were much more unstructured requiring deeper thinking compared to earlier.

    Feedback and successful recruitment were only provided 3-4 days after the final interview. Formal offer was sent next day.

    Interview Questions

    • Given your seniority within industry (10+ years), why do you want to transition to a consulting role now?   Answer Question
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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    It was a fair process. The employees are quite helpful throughout the whole process. Once I got shortlisted, a couple of current BCG employees were assigned to help me prepare for the phone interview (initially) then for the in person case interviews.

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    Management Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview

    Total six interviews: three rounds involving two 45min interviews at each subsequent round. Each interview comprises 10-15 mins fit questions followed by a case, followed by an opportunity to ask questions of your interviewer.
    TIP: Be prepared in advance. It is typical for you to have your interview the day after being phoned so there will be no time to prepare once you are offered an interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of superlative style questions:
      Tell me about a single event at [x company] that defines your experience there?
      What was the best thing you did at [x company]?
      What do you think will be the biggest change transitioning from [current environment] to ours?   Answer Question

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