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BCG Coffee Chat

I received an email from a CaseInterview.com student regarding an informal or “coffee chat” she was able to secure with a BCG Associate. What the student was asking about is what is the dress code for an informal interview like this and what would be the best use of the 20 minutes or, so they [...]

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 [...]

BCG Asia Offer

Following is a field report I received from a F1Y in Asia. Field Report: Dear Victor, Just wanted drop you a quick note. As an experienced hire that didn’t even get interview invites coming out of undergrad and periodic cold web submissions a couple years ago, I now made it to final rounds with Bain [...]

McKinsey + BCG Undergrad Consulting Offer

Hi Victor! I was just offered positions at both BCG and McKinsey!! The firms are now in the process of “wining and dining” me, and for a kid who has never seen any significant amount of money, it’s really exciting. I just received McKinsey’s offer, and factoring in bonuses and their generous retirement contribution, it’s [...]

BCG Offer Sao Paulo, Brazil

I’m from Brazil, and I was looking for a job in consulting. I had had a small internship at (Top 10 Consulting Firm), at the Strategy practice, but I was trying to get to a bigger firm (not in quantity, but in quality). After a lot of effort and study, I got accepted following my [...]

Cases for Partner-Level Hires vs Associates

Question: I am a Senior Manager at XYZ in [ABC Country] (equivalent to Manager at Bain and Associate Principal at McKinsey I think i.e. one level below partner) and have always been interested in working for Bain & Co and they have just started significant growth momentum in [ABC Country] bringing two new partners to [...]

Consulting Recruiting Tips for Non MBA's

Question: I have recently become interested in management consulting, and I realized that I’m at a disadvantaged position without an MBA degree. When I applied to grad schools, I did not realize that in the US, many companies (management consulting in this case) almost recruit exclusively from MBA or PhD programs, especially during economic downturns. [...]

Case Interview Criteria for JD, MD, PhD Candidates

Question: As I was flipping through your site and others I noticed there is not a lot of information out there on non-traditional hires, particularly J.D.s I have a BCG interview on Friday, and I was just wondering if the standards for hiring are the same as for M.B.As or if they understand there will [...]

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