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Associate Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details I was first invited to a preparation Workshop, it covered the firm’s culture, recruitment process and a sample case analysis. I found the sample case analysis very useful. So there were 3 rounds of interview, each round composed of 2 case interviews. I was interviewed by a principal first, and then a consultant. Unfortunately, I did not make it through the first round. I would recommend interviewees to develop a framework instead of tackling the questions intuitively.
Interview Question – What do you know about private equity? Answer Question
Associate Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in March 2014.
Interview Details Applied for associate campaign online.
Only got to first round interviews.
Interview Question – 1. What sort of leader are you?
2. Biggest challenge? Answer Question
Visiting Associate Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details The HR liaison was extremely helpful in explaining the recruitment process. The office I applied to organised for me to pass a test in my nearest BCG office, which I found to be convenient.
Interview Question – I passed the online case study. It was more challenging that I expected. Questions were a mix of quantitative and qualitative. Answer Question
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in August 2012.
Interview Details There were 3 rounds of interviews - each of the first 2 rounds were case interviews, an he final round was one case interview and one 'fit' interview. I got into the interview process, when BCG did a presentation at my campus, and I talked to the recruiter that was there, afterward. She put me into the process, and then emailed me to schedule the interviews. The first 2 rounds were in the local BCG office, and the last round was a video-conference with the office I had applied to.
Interview Question – Due to the employment agreement, I can't divulge any specific question. But I can say that I used the prep questions on BCG's website (as well as on Bain's and McK's) to practice case interviews. And I looked at other websites that have case interviews for practice purposes. These really helped with prep. Also I read the Economist regularly, so it was easy to make small talk, or have context for international-type questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate my offer, b/c I knew it was standard for the role for someone coming out of school (like myself). I think if you have additional work experience you can negotiate for more.
Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group
Interview Details 6 interviews divided into 3 rounds. First round with more jnr staff and last round with partners. Case based interviews. First 10-15mins about you, 35 mins on a case questions then time at the end for you to ask questions. Get on www.caseinterview.com to help you prepare and do lots of practice with friends.
Interview Question – Calculations with lots of zero's Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Very little negotiation possible other than start dates
Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details 3 rounds, 2 interviews in each round. Comprised of behavioural and case questions.
Interview Question – Calculating return on equity as part of a business case in the context of a growth strategy. View Answer
Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in March 2011.
Interview Details I applied online. Received a call from the Recruitment Director. Organised a first-round interview.
First round consisted of two interviews, 1 hour each (fit questions, case, general questions), with a consultant and then a project leader.
Second round consisted of two interviews with Principals.
Final round consisted of two interviews with Partners.
Cases tended to get more interviewer-led as the seniority of interviewers increased. By the partner round I forgot I was doing cases and just entered into more of a discussion. It was actually a lot of fun and I ended up being quite relaxed by the end.
I found out I had an offer about an hour and a half later by phone.
Interview Question – What's the one thing in the world you're really passionate about? Answer Question
Junior Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details First round assessment test (similar to GRE); second round case interviews, third round case interviews + group interview, reference + background check. Everyone very friendly and kind, but serious. Cases were interesting but challenging.
Interview Question – The case interviews can be very tough - I came from a non quant background so I found the rapid-fire mental math to be intimidating at times. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – contract said 'non-negotiable' so i didn't, but heard that other people did successfully do so
Recruiting Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in July 2014.
Interview Details 2 days after submitting my online application I received an email invitation for an interview which took place two days after. The process was pretty fast and well organized (received interview invitation first, after agreeing on date and time received interview confirmation with all relevant information). Overall the interview went well. It was a friendly professional atmosphere with standard interview questions - nothing unexpected.
Interview Question – Please describe a situation in which something unexpected happened and you had to react quickly. What did you do? How was the outcome? Answer Question
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