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The interview process is a dialog aimed at getting to know you personally, learning more about your analytic capabilities, and also introducing you to the company, the people and the work. You are assessed on your ability to listen, communicate effectively, and present yourself with tact, energy, and persuasiveness.

The interviewer looks for intellectual curiosity and creative thinking. And sometimes, they 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 humour and a bit of ‘sparkle’ in your personality.

Some interviews are divided into three parts: personal background, consideration of a case study, and an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions.

Your personal background

During the interview, the interviewer wants to find out more about you and how you would fit in the Company. For example, you might be asked to describe ways you have been able to make an impact in a team environment in the past. Or you could be asked to tell of a time when you were able to overcome obstacles, persuading others to go along with a decision that they had initially resisted. The interviewer may also simply be curious to hear your motivation for choosing to pursue a career with the company you are interviewing for.

Case study

The case study gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your problem-solving skills. Because the case is likely based on a real client project your interviewer has worked on, you will gain a unique insight into what strategy consulting is like.

The case study will feature a business problem that you and the interviewer will seek to solve together. It will not require extensive knowledge of specific industries or processes, and some cases have no right or wrong answers. Your questions and thought processes are more important than coming up with an actual solution.

Questions and answers

The interview is your chance to ask questions about working in a firm or your interviewer’s personal experience. It is an opportunity for you to get to know the people and the culture of the company. Come prepared with the questions that matter to you, and your interviewer will make every effort to answer them.

Preparation for the case study

To prepare for the case study discussion, you can review some practice cases from the BCG website. These examples will give you an idea of what to expect in the case study portion of the interview. You can also practice using BCG interactive online case. On the day of the interview, relax and be yourself.

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