BCG Interview Process
The exact BCG interview process may vary slightly depending on the office that you are interviewing for. However, the vast majority of candidates will have two rounds of interviews before they receive an offer.
Your first round of interviews typically consists of two 45-minute interviews. The first 10 to 15 minutes will be spent briefly exploring your background and experiences while the remaining 25 to 30 minutes will be spent on the case interview. Interviewers generally try to save time at the end of the interview for you to ask questions.
Second round interviews typically consist of two to three 45-minute interviews. Your interviewers in this round will typically be more senior in tenure than your first round interviewers. However, the types of questions will roughly be the same mix of behavioral and fit interview questions and case interviews.
For some offices, second round interviews may have a written case interview. In this type of interview format, you’ll be given a packet of information on a business case. You’ll then have 2 hours to answer a set of questions and make slides to present to the interviewer.
In the following sections, we’ll cover in detail how to handle each of these types of interview questions and formats:
Some people have made consulting a career while others have used their experience as a springboard to a variety of opportunities.Â Consultants have made their mark in all areas of business, finance and politics. An interviewer would like to confirm that you are ambitious, curious and have thought about your career. Importantly, then, you do not have to have definitive plans, but it is important to demonstrate the maturity to show that you have seriously considered your career.
This Chapter is devoted to the first six categories. Please see our Consulting Case Study Training Guide for lengthy discussion and examples of the final category of questions.
Behavioral and experience questions, and many of the variations of them, can be very dry and annoyingâand the interviewer knows that. But they need to be done, so be prepared for them. Your goal is to come across as engaging and charming, but do not try and be too funny or witty. This can be viewed as unprofessional if taken too far.
Now that weâve covered the basics of interview preparation for Consulting jobs in the previous chapter, weâre going to go much more in-depth on the types of questions that are likely to come up in Consulting interviews. Questions in these interviews will typically come in these different flavors:
You do not have to know all of the business issues going on, but you do need to have a broad view of the key current events, as well as some deeper knowledge of a couple of specific events or trends. It is rare that you will be asked about a specific news itemâunless, of course, it relates to something that you have discussed.Â If, for example, you stress a deep interest in healthcare and there has been major news on the healthcare industry, you might be asked for your understanding and opinion, so be ready.
Part 3: Case interview questionsThe following questions and answers are streamlined for demonstration purposes; real case interviews have much smoother transitions and require more complex issue trees/calculations.
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