The Boston Consulting Group

Interview: Tips & Advice

2017

"I recommend practising case interviews with other people rather than in isolation."
Consulting, Entry level, London
"Read through some case studies and make sure to practise your mental maths."
Graduate, London
"The first round involves an a case interview with questions about yourself and a maths test. The second round is two case studies and two further interviews. The third round involves three case studies and three interviews, all with partners."
Graduate, London
"You need to submit a CV and covering letter. This is followed by three rounds of interviews including a case study component as well as personal motivation questions. It's helpful to practise case studies in advance with a friend and brush up on business knowledge and mental maths."
Graduate, London
"Interviews are challenging. Make sure you are familiar with case studies and practise a bit (although don't go crazy). Interviews will all test how well you 'fit' in the company so be yourself."
Graduate, London
"Have a selection of stories about your past accomplishments that show you in your best light and be prepared to pick the one that most closely relates to the questions asked. Also, practise for the case interview but don't stress about frameworks or specific knowledge. They want to test your thinking."
Graduate, London
"After the CV and covering letter submission there are three rounds of interviews. Each interview has a case study component and questions around prior experience and motivation etc. The best preparation would be to brush up on basic business knowledge and practise case studies with a partner."
Graduate, London

2016

"The process consists of a mathematical test, and then a series of interviews based around case studies and personal achievements. The best preparation is to practise case studies, but not so much as to become formulaic, and also to consider business and case study type problems in a broader context. Equally, it is very important to think about your own personal achievements and their relevance for consulting."
Consulting, Graduate, London
"Mainly case studies. Prepare with practice questions online."
Consulting, Midlevel, London
"Practice case studies. Relax, and be confident."
Consulting, Graduate, London
"There is a maths test and then three rounds of case interviews. Don't complete millions of case studies, and don't read the whole of Case In Point! Instead, practise a few cases in a pair as it really highlights the mistakes that people make in a way that isn't so obvious when you're making them yourself. Don't try to learn a million frameworks, I only ever used two. Lastly, be yourself."
Consulting, Graduate, London

2015

"The interview process is thorough and challenging, with three rounds of interviews and three interviews at the final round. It is also a highly competitive recruitment process, showing how BCG wants to select the best possible candidates."
Graduate, London
"In terms of preparation for an interview I advise that you have a strong CV, which shows that you performed above and beyond both in and out of the academic world. Then practice diligently in a group to prepare for case interviews."
Graduate, London
"With regards to interviews, you should be extremely structured in your approach to answering questions, and make sure you are confident in performing quick calculations."
Graduate, London
"In an ideal world you should practice case interviews as much as you can to prepare for the interview."
Entry level, London
"Throughout the interview process I recommend developing real, personal answers to the questions that you are asked rather than spouting out the typical/common answers. I was asked why I wanted the job, what would make me good at it and how I have dealt with struggle and failure."
Entry level, London
"There is an online application consisting of a CV and cover letter which is followed by 3 rounds of case study interviews. Your CV must be exceptional to get an interview due to the high volume of applicants. You should highlight previous work experience and its relevance to consulting, positions of responsibility and demonstrations of teamwork. You should research online for case study preparation; which is the focus of the interviews."
Graduate, London
"In my experience, you should talk to interviewers as if they were your colleagues, not your superiors."
Entry level, London
"A wide breadth of knowledge helps when preparing for interviews, and I found that doing case practise can help you gain some understanding of different businesses."
Entry level, London

2014

"In terms of interview preparation nothing works better than going through as many case studies/case study-based interviews with your friends, (i.e. imitating the actual interviews environment)."
London
"Do lots and lots of practise 'case' interviews. Get a good night's sleep before the interview."
London
"Practise doing basic maths in front of other people. You can be a maths genius and still make a beginner's error in an interview setting. Also: be quirky and interesting. There aren't many 'cookie-cutter' smart people at BCG."
London
"Read some case study text books, look over GMAT maths."
London
"For the case interview: practise, practise, practise!"
London

2013

"Know the basic structure of case questions. Learn how to talk someone through your reasoning so that you voice assumptions you are making, and therefore find it easier to go back and challenge these assumptions. Try to relax."
London
"Prepare for case studies and personal chats."
London
"Practise cases. Try to be interesting."
London
"Make sure you get lots of case study practise with friends and/or (ex) consultants if possible."
London
"The more case studies you've seen before the better you will be at them. Practise makes perfect."
London
"Practise case studies and prepare interesting, unique and impressive stories to share to demonstrate leadership, teamwork, communication skills and problem solving."
London
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