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 [...]