BCG Interviews: U.S. vs. Europe

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Question:

I just had a question about local differences between BCG offices. I am planning to attend interviews in BCG (European Office).

I think most of the information in your website and other similar resources are aimed at the U.S. context.

Do you know if there is any difference between Europe and the U.S. version of BCG?

My Reply:

The consulting case interview process in Europe is more similar than different when compared with the U.S. If you look at the many "I got an offer" emails, you'll notice that they come from all over the world - including Europe.

http://www.caseinterview.com/category/mckinsey-bain-bcg-interview

There are also a lot of emails that I've received globally that haven't yet made it to the blog.

There are the range of nuances I've heard across different offices at different firms -- less a function of Europe vs. U.S., more a function of some office just decided to do something different.

In Round 1, I see a lot more variation in the cases with some offices in some firms going with more of pre-structured type of case interview.

Some offices will use a telephone screening process before the first in-person interview. Others will give a written test of some sort.

So there is a lot more variability before and during Round 1 across offices and firms.  I've found that from Round 2 and onwards, they tend to be a lot more consistent with a candidate-led type case.

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