Applicants must have at least one year of working experience. Your background is not that relevant as far as you have a diverse experience and proven track record of outstanding results in your previous jobs and studies. We want to meet candidates who are self-driven, constantly up for improving themselves and their environment, open to new challenges and who are striving to make an impact. We value quick powers of comprehension, a sharp analytical mind, curiosity, and inventiveness—and you should be as good with numbers as you are with people.
Our interview process is aimed at getting to know you personally, learning more about your analytical capabilities, and also introducing you to our people and our work. We assess your ability to listen, communicate effectively, and present yourself with energy, persuasiveness, and tact. We look for intellectual curiosity and creative thinking. And sometimes, we just want to find out what it would be like to spend a week on the road with you, working together on a client project. Our interviewers value a sense of humor and a bit of "sparkle" in your personality.
Typically, we divide an interview into three parts:
Case studies help us gain insight into how you might approach and analyze a typical business issue. We want to assess your problem-solving capabilities, analytics, and business judgment. We find that case studies are the best way to evaluate this. Because the case will likely be based on a real client project your interviewer has worked on, you will get a unique glimpse of what strategy consulting at BCG is like. The case study will feature a business problem that you and the interviewer will seek to solve together. It will not require extensive knowledge of specific industries or processes, and our cases often do not have right or wrong answers. Your thought processes are more important to us than coming up with the perfect solution. Since candidates typically find the case study to be the most challenging, we have gathered a few tips to help you prepare and show the best of your capabilities.
It is important to prepare for the interview as you will need to solve several cases during the interviews.
You should expect a fast-moving and iterative two-way discussion with additional series of questions that require formal answers.
We suggest these steps for you to prepare: