bain

How BCG, Bain & the Consulting Industry Got Started

There’s a great article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek that while several years old does a great job at discussing how the global strategy consulting industry got started, why Boston Consulting Group was founded, how Bain was a spinoff of BCG, and how Bain Capital was a spinoff of Bain. Although the article’s title focuses on tracing the business [...]

Each Firm's Favorite Cases

A reader sent me an email asking if there was a pattern or trend to what kind of case problems are given by each firm? So, does BCG give M&A questions while McKinsey gives business cases? My answer is the cases you get are all over the place and there’s no pattern that I’ve ever [...]

Tips for Candidate-Led Cases

Question: With only a few days to prepare for the 1st round interview with McKinsey, I listened to your material (LOMS) and was invited to the 2nd round. Now, I’m struggling with the change in the interview format (interviewer-led x candidate-led). I’m having difficulty prioritizing the areas of analysis (in the 1st round I didn’t [...]

Experienced Hire Case Interview

Question: I’m a U.S.-based consultant preparing for an Bain interview for experienced hires next month. Your site and LOMS program has been invaluable, and I was wondering if you could help answer two questions: 1) How would you conduct case interview preparation differently for this interview given that it is for [a Non-US Country] and [...]

Bain Interview Success

Success Story: Just received an offer at Bain & Co. What luck to have come across your website a week before the final round! What separates your exposition about applying frameworks to case interviews (and life really!) from all the other ‘for-profit’ guides is the focus on ‘application’ as opposed to ‘framework’. It was never [...]

Bain Western Europe

I’ve already sung your praises (in past emails) so will keep this brief to mention I’ve received an offer at my top choice, Bain. Will be starting there in XXXXXXX office  in september most likely. I hope you are getting what you hoped for from the website, which everyone finds fantastically useful.