I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2013.
Interview Details Arrived. All interviewers friendly. Case about a pharmaceutical company with new drug. Involved maths, graph interpretation. Found that the task was very much about making a structure but then interviewer guiding through the rest of the interview. Interesting experience. Approachable interviewer.
Be careful to watch out for simple but tricky maths
Interview Question – When have you had to take a risk? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in November 2012.
Interview Details First Round Assessment Day
- Case Interview
- Non-calculator maths tests (similar to GMAT)
- Written case (similar to McKinsey PST)
Second Round Job Interview
- Two Case Interviews
Interview Question – What would be your ideal engagement brief? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in April 2011.
Interview Details On campus interview (MBA), with two rounds back to back. The interviews were both case studies, giving an initial brief of the problem verbally, laying out the situation with limited information, where you are expected to come up with relevant questions to prompt them to provide additional data in printed form.
Typically, the cases were single issue problems (cost saving, expansion) and where you are judged on how you structure the problem. This directly affects the questions you ask and the information you get (eg. competitor's costs). A part of solving the case would require you to make some calculations (eg. contribution margins for different products) which are fairly straightforward.
Good overall experience, with the interviewers maintaining a friendly and open approach.
Interview Question – Why consulting and Why BCG? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2011.
Interview Details 2, 45 minute interviews with principles in the IT and Public Sector practices. Was grilled quite intensely on my decision to shift from strategic planning consultancy to commercial consulting. First case involed a P&L for a mortgage company, with basic quants, and a discussion on potential future sale and ownership structures. Second case format was Mckinsey style from ex-Mckinsey consultant and was very qualitative.
The process took a day - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2009.
Interview Details Had an interview for a posting in one of their overseas offices at their local office in London done by teleconference. Session consisted of 2 Interviews with one case study each with time for questions before and after. Interview conducted very professionally but was my first ever case study interview so didn't realize it was quite as formulaic as it was. Would strongly recommend anyone interviewing with them to first practice one on one with a friend or colleague as being turned down excludes you from re-applying for a period of time.
Interview Question – Graph reading and data handling question, within the context of a case study View Answer
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.
Interview Details First and final round interviews were a week apart. Hiring process took a month overall.
Interview Question – Standard consulting interview. Nothing unexpected. Answer Question
Interviewed at Boston Consulting Group
Interview Details Referred internally, called in for two first round interviews a week or so later. The interviewers were extremely personable during the introductions and behavioral questions. When we got into the cases, I stumbled a bit, but they tactfully urged me in the right direction. I knew I wasn't going to get called back for second rounds after bungling one of the cases, but they spared me a lot of embarrassment and then gave me constructive feedback afterwards.
Interview Question – When one interviewer saw that I was writing out the math, he asked me to do specific calculations in my head, without pen and paper. Being put on the spot made it very difficult. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details I applied online and was then invited to the first-round interview which consisted of two case interview and a 45 minute online mathematical reasoning test (which you need to do on site). The interview process consist of in total 3 rounds (all with case interviews), but I did not make it to the 2nd round.
Interview Question – The cases weren't that difficult but I guess I got too nervous and couldn't think clearly Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.
Interview Details On-campus recruiting at Wharton.
Interview Question – A company makes feminine protection products. They are facing contracting margins. A new supplier offers them a low price on a new low-tack adhesive. What criteria should the use to evaluate it? View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2013.
Interview Details If not coming from a "target school" it is quite difficult to get an interview.
Interviewers were very nice. Seemed to place more emphasis on case and overall "raw horsepower" than fit. Interview process gives a good sense of the firm's unique culture.
Interview Question – Two business cases as expected, other than that it is a fairly straightforward behavioral interview (ie. leadership, teamwork, failures, etc). No brainteasers. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not worth negotiating.
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