Below you will find some of the frequently asked questions from advanced-degree candidates (ADCs) looking to apply to BCG.
You will receive plenty of training, as well as coaching, help, and advice. Many new hires come to us from a nontraditional background. BCG hires candidates based on curiosity, willingness to develop, and appreciation of teamwork, as well as more traditional criteria such as the amount of work and leadership experience and scholarships or distinctions earned.
Training is a continuous process at BCG. Entry-level training is available, as are targeted training sessions as you move along in your BCG career. BCG also makes an effort to share its collective knowledge through the BCG knowledge management system, which provides information about BCG people, topics, experience, knowhow, and more. It is available to every consultant in every BCG office, although client names and other confidential information are protected.
In the end, most of your colleagues will tell you that the most effective school at BCG is daily work. Working with your team and with clients, you will experience an incredible learning curve. And BCG does not leave you alone in this endeavor; your peers will support you, your project leader will coach you, and your career advisor will provide useful advice on how to overcome some of the obstacles we all face.
To see if BCG will be visiting ADCs at your campus, please visit BCG on Campus to search for your institution.
The ADC application for 2018 start dates has passed. We will be on campus in the coming months so please check back for upcoming application information, including our 2018 Bridge to BCG workshop.
The most practical way to submit a résumé is through our online application.
Our interview process is a dialogue aimed at getting to know you personally, learning more about your analytic capabilities, and also introducing you to our people and our work. We assess your ability to listen, communicate effectively, and present yourself with tact, energy, and persuasiveness.
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. Interviewers value a sense of humor and a bit of “sparkle” in your personality.
Specific interview processes may vary by location. Typically, there are two rounds of case interviews, with three separate interviews in the first round and two additional ones in the second. We usually divide interviews into three parts: personal background, consideration of a case study, and an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions about us.
As with your research and the time you have devoted to your advanced degree, you know that success comes with practice and preparation. We want to see you at your best, so we encourage you to practice before coming to the interviews.
We recommend that ADCs interested in transitioning to consulting spend time practicing the business case interview, as it is a format that is likely to be unfamiliar. You will learn much about the business case interview from both giving and receiving cases. Many business case interview books are readily available in campus libraries and bookstores and through career services.
And while the interviews demand a lot of intellectual engagement, we do not expect ADCs to have a working, insider knowledge of all industries and businesses. We do hope you will be yourself and think logically about the business issues you are discussing with your interviewer. Remember, you’re getting to know us and the consulting career just as we’re getting to know you.
The day-to-day responsibilities will vary depending on the industry or client you are working with. However, you should expect to apply your problem-solving and analytical abilities to problems with no clear answers. At BCG you will be a member of a BCG project team, which can vary in size from a handful of BCGers working alone at a client to several BCG project teams working at the same client on multiple issues.
Regardless of the team size, you will be responsible for your own work stream or module, which will inform a larger piece of the BCG solution for the client. These assignments when you first begin your BCG career can vary between client/consumer interviews, data analysis, conducting research, and presenting key findings to BCG's clients.
BCG has been recruiting ADCs for more than a decade, and we have ADCs in every region across the globe. Your time as a BCG consultant will provide a more accelerated and amplified career development platform than would academia or other industry roles your may consider.
We offer ADCs customized training and development programs from the outset to ensure your success at BCG. And you will be joining a network of highly successful advanced-degree holders at BCG. Nearly 100-plus partners worldwide have advanced degrees and many, hold leadership positions in the firm, including our CEO.
We also know that not everyone wants to stay to become a partner, and at BCG our culture is supportive of career transitions regardless of the consultant's background. By joining BCG, you will have direct access to our worldwide network of nearly 1,000 advanced-degree alumni. You will find their paths after BCG are as diverse as the firm is now. Many moved into specific industries, while others entered the nonprofit and social impact spaces or returned to academia. For more information on the career path options available at BCG, please visit our main Consulting Career Track page.