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Interview: Tips & Advice

2016

"Relax and be yourself. Don't try to apply frameworks that don't fit and don't try to conform to what you think the company wants. They want diversity and you don't want to work in a place that wouldn't hire the real you."
Intern, London
"The process has a very competitive CV: screening stage followed by the first round of interviews where you have two interviews with project leaders/principals and sit in a maths test. In the final round you have three interviews with partners. The advice on the BCG website is pretty accurate! I also think it helps to just relax and be yourself. I found that my interviewers were keen to get the best from me and I didn't have to try to be something I'm not in the interviews."
Intern, London
"After the CV stage, I had two first-round case study interviews with two different partners (principals also interviewed other candidates). After this I had, on a separate day, another three case study interviews with a partner. My advice would be to prepare extensively with online case study materials and by finding friends or other applicants to practise case studies with face to face (aim for at least ten)."
Consulting, Intern, London
"Prepare for case interviews but do not over-prepare. Make sure you remember basic algebra for the maths and statistics test – be confident and smile."
Intern, London

2015

"Practise your mental maths and remain focused throughout the interview. You will be asked to do simple calculations and put your answer in the context of the information given."
Intern, London
"My advice is to practise cases! It seemed the majority of the interviews were strongly case-based and this was often the key area to impress your interviewer."
Intern, London
"Think about how you're shown initiative and leadership skills, but don't forget to be very friendly - ultimately they're not going to hire someone they wouldn't want to work with or present to a client."
Intern, London
"BCG has a relatively standard consulting interview process: you will be invited to a first round interview where there will be a relatively simple maths test and two 45 minute interviews, if successful you're then invited back for a final round of two more 45 minute interviews with more senior interviewers."
Intern, London
"The application process consists of an online application form including CV and cover letter, quantitative tests, and four case interviews across two interview rounds. Top tip: practice case interviews."
Intern, London

2014

"I would advise candidates to ensure that their mental maths is up to scratch, and running through a couple of practice case studies before the interview is useful preparation. Additionally, talk through your workings and ask the interviewer questions if you are unsure."
Intern, London
"My advice is to practise cases before the interview, and make sure that you have answers to why you want to do consulting and so on."
Intern, London
"Do some case interview preparation to improve mental maths and critical thinking!"
Intern, London
"Try to meet a few BCG employees as you will get a good feel for whether the work interests you. It's definitely a challenging life, but it is intellectually rewarding. Read websites on case interview techniques and practise mental maths."
Intern, London
"Go through the practice case studies that are available online and ensure that you are exposed to the latest world news."
Intern, London
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