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Boston Consulting Group Consultant Interview Questions

Updated 10 Apr 2015
Updated 10 Apr 2015
155 Interview Reviews

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You must apply early, or else they will reject your application outright. After submitting the application, they will ask you a first round interview involving a case study and questions on your CV. The second round consists of two case studies with your potential colleagues, and the final round is 3 case studies with firm partners.

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    Consultant Interview

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    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group in October 2014.

    Interview

    First round interview consists of two interviews with principals or project managers. Each interview will involve about 10 minutes of 'fit' questions (tell me about a time when....) followed by a 30 minute case study and then a few minutes for you to ask questions. The second round interview is the same but consisted of three interviews with partners.

    Interview Questions

    • When have you identified an underperforming team member and what did you do to improve their performance?   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

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    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group (London, England) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Applied to the London office. They came to our business school, had a number of information sessions and then screened CVs for the first round. Passed the first round of two interviews and then had three interviews with partners for the second round about ten days later.

    In between doing the second (and final) round and getting dinged I got two congratulations e-mails from BCG, one from a 'buddy' who was assigned to me to convince me to join and one from the lead recruiter at our school. Naturally it was very confusing when I got the ding phone call.

    They promised to call me later with feedback on my interviews, but never did.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you advise the mayor of London to improve the competitiveness of the financial sector?   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (London, England) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Campus recruiting information session. Invited to interview within a month of application submission. Current consultants reached out to provide mock interview prep prior to the actual interview and were very friendly and welcoming. Actual interview was pleasant and just as friendly as prep call was. It was difficult to gauge performance due to the general positivity of the interviewer. Feedback session afterwards was provided, but very generic.

    Interview Questions

    • An operations case was provided which was difficult as it wasn't a standard type of case that is available in the prep books that I had used. However, using logic to deduce bottlenecks and capacity issues is doable.   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

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    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (London, England) in April 2012.

    Interview

    First round - two 1.1 interviews with cases and CV questions Very nice people, reasonable cases. My feedback, lack of structure in one case hence didn't make it through. One case was more interviewer led than the other.
    One was a growth case of Consumer goods.
    Other case was reduced profits in aluminium manufacturer.

    Interview Questions

    • I was changing careers so wanted good reason for career change.
      Also have good fit stories ready - sometimes people forget to prepare this part properly.
       
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    Consultant Interview

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    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group (London, England) in June 2011.

    Interview

    2 rounds of in-person interviews with Partners and Principles of the firm. All were a combination of personal/fit interviews plus case interviews. Weeks or months of preparation are needed to do well in these interviews, it's very easy to make mistakes which could cost you the offer. The interviewers were supportive and open to working with you to answer the questions posed.

     HR was good about responding with feedback within 24 hours.

    Culture was much more supportive than competitive firms even though interviews were with more senior staff.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a particular competitive environment how would you advise our client to price their product?   Answer Question

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    Consultant Interview

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    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group (London, England) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Very well organized procedure. Interview consisted of two interviews (5-15 min) followed by the case studies.

    Case studies were both related to the Pharma industry

    Interview Questions

    • Our client has developed a drug for preventing strokes. Should they sell the drug, or not?   Answer Question
    • Our client is a big pharma company that traditionally advertises on paper to doctors in their practices. Should we move to ipad delivery or likewise electronic delivery of this advertising?   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

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    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group (London, England) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Applied online. Received a phone call to confirm my availability two months later and scheduled another phone call a few weeks after that. The next phone call was to fix a suitable data for a face-to-face interview. The 1:1 interview took place in the London office and I went through two case studies with two interviewers respectively.

    Interview Questions

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    Consultant Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Boston Consulting Group (London, England) in May 2010.

    Interview

    2 x Case Interview Rounds:

    1st Round: 2 x Project Leads
    2nd Round: 1 Principal, 2 Partners

    People were extremely sharp, found the interviews interesting and challenging. Made me want the job even more.

    Of the 5 people I met I'd say 2 were absolutely exceptional, 2 were very strong and the final person was by the book and was a very difficult person to interview with.

    All of the interviews were 45 mins duration with 15 minutes general chat, 20-25 mins case study and 5 minutes of questions from you at the end.

    To get in I think you have to nail all of teh cases and while my feedback was that I was strong quantitatively ad solved some of the cases faster than any previous candidate I completely screwed up one and I think that was it for me.

    It's tough but it's a great job if you get through I'd say.

    Interview Questions

    • What are you passionate about?   1 Answer
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    Consultant Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Boston Consulting Group (Seoul (South Korea)).

    Interview

    I applied through on-line for the consultant position. Got a call from HR few weeks later to schedule an interview saying that she will send me the confirmation email right away but didn't get till the next day. HR called again to change the time of the interview, confirmed, got a confirmation email.

    Interview Questions

    • typical why BCG, why consulting questions and a case study interview   Answer Question

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