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Boston Consulting Group Principal Interview Questions

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Principal Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

Interview

Very tiring. Typically a mix of emotions as interviewers were friendly and professional. I kept asking of there is a specific skill set they are looking for and they said nothing about it. They mentioned they are looking for generalists. After more than 2 weeks of final interview they gave me the reason that they needed a specific skill set. Interestingly that was one of my strengths but the focus of the interview was on different skill sets. I provided them frank feedback that if they are looking for specific skill sets they should be transparent. My interview went extremely well and I found it a wierd reasoning. I have been in the consulting industry for more than 16 years now.

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    Principal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (San Francisco, CA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Interview took forever to set-up - recruiter very hard to pin down. Lot of not returning emails. It's normal, but a drag. Once set-up, the interview was by phone. The person doing the interview was nice enough, but had definitely not reviewed my resume prior to the conversation and didn't seem to be entirely sure what position they were interviewing me for. Questions were pretty generic.

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    Principal Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Interviews at BCG are mostly case study based. Lateral hires can also expect one or two interviews with senior partners that are more geared toward assessing fit with the company and its culture. Case studies are classic business problem case studies, i.e., no puzzles or brain teasers. Candidates should expect four to five rounds of interviews. Decisions are typically made and communicated within a week or two of the final interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Candidates familiar with case study interviews should find the overall process similar to that at other leading management consultancies.   Answer Question
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    Principal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Chicago, IL) in March 2009.

    Interview

    Seems like for Boston Consulting is enlisting the help of executive recruiters for their top talent - though an appropriate strategy given the level, they may wish to be more selective in their talent procurement strategies.
    After numerous voicemails and emails exchanged over two weeks, finally was able to get a '15 min' time slot to understand the expectations. Waited for a call... waited - ten minutes into the said '15 mins', got a call with an apologetic assistant requesting that I follow up with an email to request an alternate time. Understanding that things can change, fired off an email requesting possible reschedule week thereafter... no response to date.

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    • (over email) How do you feel you can further xxxx's (practice area) reach in the Middle East?   Answer Question
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    Principal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in July 2016.

    Interview

    I am very sorry to write this review. BCG is probably one of the most well known strategy consulting firms. However, the way interview process is organized is a long painful ride at least where I interviewed. It is in my opinion interview process are rather long and disorganized. The interviewers and HR are not talking to each other , unaware of the exact profile. Interviewer says one thing, HR another, you end of talking to third person who has his own idea.

    Firstly, it takes forever to organize a meeting. Once this is done it is never sure with who it will be. It can always change last minute. Person who wants to hire you for his practice does not get to speak to you. Person who admits not to know anything about your business ends up talking to you. It is a simply waste of your time and their time. They use a case study at every level to test your skills which can be a overkill for someone coming with Industry experience.If they do not agree with your approach, thinking that is a reason enough not to go ahead. Kind of odd considering you not even going to work for them/with them.

    They are well aware that in real world of business there are different ways to approach a problem. BCG way may not be the right and only one. After all look at the world today, a lot of is to be thanked to people thinking the exactly same way to make a quick money.

    People may be friendly, well versed, intelligent but so is your guest. When one comes from consulting background he is used to multitasking. If that is used as a reason to reject , it is really a pity.

    I think the months I invested to interview, prepare was simply a waste of my time and theirs.

    I recommend to interview if only you want a consulting job with them, prepare very thoroughly the BGG way, they really do think in frameworks and you are expected to live by them to succeed.

    Interview typically last an hour , there will be 2-3 interviews. First half is getting to know you which should go fine if you did your homework. Second half is a case study. Pick on the hints they give and stick to it. Practice a lot BCG way. I did not find a BCG consultant to train me and I do not regret it. But if you want the job follow exactly the way they expect you to address the issue. if you do not , they will give find enough reasons not to go ahead with you.

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    Principal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Frankfurt am Main (Germany)).

    Interview

    Met great people. Partner interviews were good but other principals were too snobby. 5 interviews (2 principals and 3 partner). All in all very structured process. Great insights into the company.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you estimate how many people where blue in Madrid on a Tuesday.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Salary not competitive to financial services or investment banking

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    Principal Interview

    Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Short and quick process, very well managed. Six case interviews with Partners from the office and the region.
    Interview content:
    1. CV review, personal objectives, career objectives
    2. Strategy cases.
    3. Questions about BCG.
    After process, got a call from the HR Officer (a Partner), congratulating and making the offer by phone, after which I got a formal offer letter.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. CV review, personal objectives, career objectives
      2. Strategy cases.
      3. Questions about BCG.  
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