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BCG Consultant internship interview

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Aman BhatnagarFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Lucknow for Consultant role at BCG
Interview Process
Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
Round 1

Case Study Interview

Interview Questions
  • Question 1: Tell me about yourself.
Interview Experience
T he interview started with a discussion on tintin, herge, literary quizzing and went on to about yourself.
Case:Client is a life insurance agency in Sri Lanka facing declining market share ,
Analysis:Market leader, no.2 and no. 3 growing in dominance, Market growing, they didn't release a particular policy, don‟t give enough incentives to their agents which other firms are capitalizing on.
Structure:
Broke it down into their business structure, understood how they operate, tried to find loopholes in each step.
Summary:
Was asked to stop after explaining the approach and asking two or three questions, BCG vs McKinsey took over, spirited discussion regarding pros, cons and discussion I had with Gautam Kumra at McK, after debates and stressing the people point, we called it a day.
Interview Tips
Take hints, explain approach
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
This interview again started with a 'tell me about yourself' question and my experiences till now.they gave me an outlin that we'll start with a case and then move on to any doubts I have about BCG.
Case: Leading cement manufacturer is facing declining profits; prices have halved in the last few months and facing decreasing prices further as well. Suggest emergency measures for next few weeks.
Analysis:Spoke about the business, market, the competition and how everyone else was coping. Talked about how the business worked; distribution and sales network, retailers and incentives and breakup in terms of branded, unbranded cement. Twist in the case, BCG says increase prices; profits fall by 12% more and take a hit. Now what?
Structure:
Value chain + market scenario, focused on issues like rising costs, raw material sourcing, manufacturing difficulties, expansion possibilities but were discounted. Went on to retailers and distribution and his eyes lit up, literally. Focused on region wise distribution, why there were discrepancies in individual dealers selling different quantities given same consumption patterns, focused on price prediction patterns and inventory holding practices by different retailers.
Summary:
Was stopped after this, talked about BCG, consulting as a career and how the partner found his calling, how BCG contributes in making real change in the world.
Interview Tips
Be clear, calm and logical on the day and not let anything bog you down, least of all, the pressure and reputation.
General Tips
Be comfortable and at ease while giving the interview.
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BCG Associate interview

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AnonymousFresherSelected
Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Associate role at BCG
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Case Study Interview HR Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
Resume shortlist for consulting companies is perhaps the most competitive among all firms and therefore, in the interest of meaningful utilization of time, it's best to start case study preparation only after the shortlist is out. There's typically little more than a month between then and placement day, which is more than enough to prepare for any interview.
Round 2

Case Study Interview

Interview Experience
To prepare for case study interview, all shortlisted candidates will form prep-groups.
It's good to have 2-3 students per group, but not more. 
It's a good idea to practice solving cases (a case, very crudely, is nothing but a business problem which some firm is facing and you are approached for guidance and suggestions) with different “interviewers”. This helps in getting feedback from different perspectives. 
I solved cases with my BCG (someone from within the firm assigned to help you in preparation), within my prep-group and also with few other shortlisted fellow students. I worked out maybe 10-12 cases in interview setting. This number varies from person to person.
Interview Tips
The idea is to practice till you gain confidence.
I used cases from Case In Point for the preparation. 
Other good sources include case study material of foreign business schools such as Wharton. But then again, time is a precious resource during placement semester. So, I didn't bother going through any source apart from Case In Point. Also, despite whatever people might say, 
solving cases requires nothing but logical thinking and some innovative thought at times. 
It is not required to mug up the frameworks (you will learn about this irritating word at a later point) and you also do not require any business knowledge to crack the interview.
Round 3

HR Interview

Interview Experience
The personal interview part is not something to fret over. It is just meant to see whether you are an amicable person (read: someone who will be able to interact with the clients). 
As for preparation, just go over everything that you have written on your resume. You should be comfortable with talking for five minutes on any point in your resume. 
And, of course, think on the standard HR questions: 
Why consulting? 
Why this firm? 
What are your strength / weaknesses? And so on and so forth.
Skills

Skills Tested

    General Tips
    Application process to company starts typically with a resume shortlist and therefore it is of utmost importance to write a good, impressive resume. <br />
    A lot of people with great credentials fail to make this initial mark because their resume is poorly organized. It's good to have resume points, but it's equally important, if not more, to write them properly. Writing a perfect resume is an art that needs to be learnt.<br />
    <br />
    Resume-writing is an iterative and time consuming process. <br />
    So, best start a fortnight before deadline. Remember that it's a one-time effort. Once a good resume is ready, it can be used throughout the placement season with minor modifications. <br />
    Do it once and do it correct. It took me about four or five iterations to end up with my final resume. It's a good idea to show the resume to lots of colleagues and seniors and challenge them to tear it down word-by-word.
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    BCG Summer intern interview

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    Aman BhatnagarExperiencedSelected
    Application
    I Applied for job through Walk-in for Summer intern role at BCG
    Interview Process
    Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Client is a life insurance agency in Sri Lanka facing declining market share
    Interview Experience
    Case analysis:
    Market leader, no.2 and no. 3 growing in dominance, Market growing, they didn't release a particular policy, don’t give enough incentives to their agents which other firms are capitalizing on,
    Structure:
    Broke it down into their business structure, understood how they operate, tried to find loopholes in each step
    Summary:
    Was asked to stop after explaining the approach and asking two or three questions, BCG vs McKinsey took over, spirited discussion regarding pros, cons and discussion I had with Gautam Kumra at McK, after debates and stressing the people point, we called it a day.
    Interview Tips
    Take hints, explain approach.
    Round 2

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Leading cement manufacturer is facing declining profits; prices have halved in the last few months and facing decreasing prices further as well. Suggest emergency measures for next few weeks.
    Interview Experience
    Case analysis:
    Spoke about the business, market, the competition and how everyone else was coping. Talked about how the business worked; distribution and sales network, retailers and incentives and breakup in terms of branded, unbranded cement. Twist in the case, BCG says increase prices; profits fall by 12% more and take a hit. Now what?
    Structure:
    Value chain + market scenario, focused on issues like rising costs, raw material sourcing, manufacturing difficulties, expansion possibilities but were discounted. Went on to retailers and distribution and his eyes lit up, literally. Focused on region wise distribution, why there were discrepancies in individual dealers selling different quantities given same consumption patterns, focused on price prediction patterns and inventory holding practices by different retailers
    Summary:
    Was stopped after this, talked about BCG, consulting as a career and how the partner found his calling, how BCG contributes in making realchange in the world.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Ability To Cope Up With Stress
    • Case Analysis
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    BCG Consultant interview

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    BhagyashreeExperiencedSelected
    Application
    I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
    Interview Process
    Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Our client is a merchandise manufacturer. They have recently come up to us saying they are facing losses in the business. We have to help them out.
    Interview Experience
    Which type of merchandise does the manufacturer produce? Does it sell homemade designs or branded products or both?
    The store sells mostly homemade design –no branded clothes.
    The kind of clothes can be imagined to be as ‘super-hero’ T-shirtsIs the company pan-India or operates only in certain areas of the country?
    The company is not pan-India, assume it operates in the complete NCR regionHow many direct competitors does the store have?
    There are a few but they have not been making losses.Are there any other products sold by the company?
    No
    How many stores does the chain have?
    There are 7 stores in the NCR region
    What is the magnitude of losses faced by the company? And is the losses a new phenomenon for the company? Was it making profits earlier?
    The company has been making losses for quite some time now. Just that they are paying heed to it recently. Losses are around 8-12%
    Have the revenues been declining or costs going up?Revenues are not declining.
    Costshave also not gone up, but yes the company has been reporting losses since 8-10 quarters
    Is the manufacturer present in some alternate businesses as well?How will that help in the analysis?
    It would help in understanding if the company has deep pocketsand is funding the losses from the cash made from alternate business. Because if they were in losses for quite some time, they would have wanted to shut-down some time back.No, the producer doesn’t have other businesses
    Interview Tips
    The overall case experience was good. The interviewer was happy with the analysis and questions I asked him. He happily gave the answers and it was a fruitful discussion. The approach of the case is more important than the final answer. It’s also very important to understand and capture the hints from the interviewer’s body language during case discussion.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Case Analysis
    Skill Tips
    From all the hints and answers given by the interviewer, my first step was to make the Value chain for this business. This was the step when the interviewer was also very excited and wanted me to proceed. I laid out the process as Sourcing >> Inbound Logistics >> Production/Manufacturing >> Outbound logistics >>Warehouse >>Transportation >> Outlets/Store.
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    BCG Consultant interview

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    Anshumaan RaviExperiencedSelected
    Application
    I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
    Interview Process
    Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: The Government of India has invited bids for purchasing 1 GW solar power in multiples of 5MW. Our client is considering bidding for this project. Advice the client on pricing and capacity.
    Interview Experience
    What was good:Holding my calm and smiling throughout the stress interview.What could be better:I tried to bring in a structure to the best extent possible. I probably could have had a more structured approach.
    Interview Tips
    I started by telling the interviewer that I would look at this project from two aspects: Risks and Rewards.The interviewer agreed and asked me to drill further into the reward part. I further split reward into financial and non financial, where I explained that financial rewards would be the revenue earned from the government and the non financial rewards would be the brand recognition and possibility of getting similar projects, etc.Diving further into the inflow, I said the inflow would be based on my bid. For me tobid I would consider the following:Costs incurred plus desired marginExpectation of the Government Based on similar projects in the pastCompetitive bid Find ways to identify the other bidders and try and identify who would potentially bid for the contract. I mentioned that you could use game theory for this and the interviewer asked me further questions on how game theory would help and how I propose to use game theory.Under the cost incurred I broke the costs into a fixed portion and a variable portion. The interviewer then asked me what would impact the variable cost and if the variable cost per unit would remain constant. I mentioned it would remain constant over time but the interviewer kept probing me until I mentioned that the variable cost per unit would depend on the scale of production (i.e. If I increase the scale, the VC per unit would reduce). The interviewer nodded and mentioned that learning effects will also reduce VC per unit over time.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Case Analysis
    • Ability To Cope Up With Stress
    Skill Tips
    After this discussion the interviewer abruptly stopped the case. I asked some very relevant questions based on articles written by the interviewer. It always helps to prepare about the interviewer in advance so it helps you ask smarter questions
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    BCG Consultant interview

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    Anshumaan RaviExperiencedSelected
    Application
    I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
    Interview Process
    Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: The client is a global pharma company has been present in India for around 10 years. Ithas a history of being an innovative company. The company has developed a drug that cures breast cancer and it is the only available drug for the disease.A bio-similar (competitive product) has been developed by a competitor and our expects it to be launched in 1 year. This product is priced lower and threatens our market position.Requirement:Identify the market size for the product in IndiaWhat competitor response would you suggest to the company?
    Interview Experience
    As the case was big, I quickly summarized the question.Scoping questions asked Patents for the product (Response: No because the patent laws in India are not very strong and it wouldn't be of much help)About the product. How the drug works? Is it a substitute for Chemo and Surgery (Late stage of cancer requires chemo, surgery and drug, while early stage requires only drug) Price of drug (1 course contains 10 vials and costs Rs. 5 –6 Lacs)covered by health insurance? (Yes) Government subsidies available? (Yes, 15-20% get the drug for free) Perception in the market (Very good, blockbuster drug) side effects (None).
    Interview Tips
    What was good:The interviewer was very happy with the recommendation I gave for ‘response to competition’.What could be better:I probably spent too much time scoping the question. The interviewer had to guide me by asking me to start with the market sizing.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Case Analysis
    Skill Tips
    Market Sizing: Split the population as rural and urban and then into male and female.Stressed on the difference in rate of diagnosis between rural and urban (due to lack of awareness, financial difficulty and access to diagnostic centers, hospitals and oncologists)Based on the above I identified the market size of the drug after making certain assumptions (Interviewers are largely ok with the assumptions youmake. They are more focused on the thought process)Response to Competition:Be as detailed and structured as possible while giving your recommendation. For reference, below is the structure I used in the interview.
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    BCG internship interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus for BCG
    Interview Process
    Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Guesstimate Interview
    Round 1

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Brief introduction followed by a case
    • Question 2: The case was concerning a mobile device manufacturer facing a decline in profits. It had opened new stores through a franchisee recently and started selling products at a lower price. This had affected the equation with the set of old retailers. In addition the margins provided to the retailers by the client weren’t competitive which were causing it to lose sales.
    Round 2

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: The interviewer had shaken things up a little by doing away with the conventional over the table discussion and the case was solved on a blackboard. Problem statement was developing a presentation to be made at a round table conference of procurement managers. I started off by laying out the broad structure of the presentation. Later the discussion moved onto coming up with different environmental factors that need to be included which would concern the day to day work of a procurement manager. I bucketed these factors into Political, Economic, Social, Technical and generated ideas for each backing them up with recent events eg. Under economic factors one of the concerns was currency fluctuation which would affect price of procurement and how hedging could mitigate the risk.
    Round 3

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Brief introduction followed by a couple of experience based questions
    • Question 2: The case was about a pharmaceutical company launching a new vaccine and looking to decide upon a pricing strategy. I listed the 3 factors I would consider to fix the price point - manufacturing and selling costs, pricing of competitive products, value of product to customer. The interviewer directed me to consider the first factor since there were no competing products and the third factor was very qualitative. The problem was then reduced to estimating the size of market, forecasting sales and asking questions to get complete information about the costs involved (R&D, Patents were major costs).
    Round 4

    Guesstimate Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Introduction and basic questions
    • Question 2: The case involved estimating the demand for the upcoming Mumbai metro. I proceeded by breaking the problem into three parts – shifting of passengers from Mumbai local, shifting of passengers from other modes of public transport, people shifting from private to public transport. I made reasonable assumptions about the % of passengers that would shift from each segment on the basis of the information I had about the metro routes. Post that there was some calculation involved in estimating the size of each segment as frequency multiplied by capacity (separately for peak and non-peak hours).
    General Tips
    Extremely important to stay calm and confident throughout the interview and have a good discussion with the interviewer.
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    BCG Associate interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus for Associate role at BCG
    Interview Process
    Resume Shortlist Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Resume Shortlist

    Interview Experience
    Your resume can only get you an interview. Beyond that, I guess everyone is on an equal footing. I believe that once shortlisted for a consulting interview, your CGPA and/or extracurricular achievements don’t matter so much that it can make your selection.
    Interview Tips
    Made a good resume (after dozens of iterations).
    Round 2

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: solve a case study
    Interview Experience
    I solved in 20 mins, all the while explaining to interviewer my thought process.
    My 2nd, 3rd and 4th round of case interviewers did not spend any time on 'chit chat' and went on directly to give me a case.
    Interview Tips
    I believe what they were looking for was confidence, clarity of thought process, logical deduction at every stage of problem solving and poise, if and when you go wrong and realize your mistake. Case interviews are a simulated work environment; the interviewers will treat your performance as a proxy of how you would do in everyday consulting work. This includes checking for 'fit' or likeability.
    There was not much time spent on discussing my resume and/or HR questions, so I should have been selected because I did the case studies well. However, please do not consider this as a reason to not bother about your resume at all. Consult interviewers may pick up any point/word on the resume and you do not want to be in a situation where you can’t explain/talk enough about what is asked. I had spent considerable time preparing for everything on my resume.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • case studies
    Skill Tips
    It is necessary to understand the consulting interview process well, as there are specific traits which firms are looking for in future consultants and which they will definitely test through case interviews. I did so by practicing cases with friends and seniors working in consulting
    Resources

    Preparation materials

    Books
    • Vault guide,
    • Case in point,
    General Tips
    1. Made a good resume (after dozens of iterations) and knew it well<br />
    2. Prepared for HR questions, rather than just looking up answers online<br />
    3. Practiced GDs, did mock interviews as frequently as possible<br />
    4. Revised quant<br />
    5. Current affairs. And by that, I don’t mean just knowing what is going on, but having an opinion about all sorts of issues<br />
    6. Didn’t spend too much time after one particular sector/company. And got to know every company/sector's style of interviewing from seniors who are placed there. Attended all placement talks to understand what each company is looking for.
    Funny Moments
    I should have prepared core subjects, even though I was not too enthu about joining a core company. I interviewed with ITC, but did badly in the technical round and wasn’t called for a 2nd round of interview. Fortunately, things went well for me in the end so it did not matter.
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    BCG Consultant interview

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    Ankita BanerjeeExperiencedSelected
    Application
    I Applied for job through Personal Contacts for Consultant role at BCG
    Interview Process
    Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: An apparel company is failing to meet its target to processa number of items in a day in its warehouse. Identify why
    Interview Experience
    Q.What is warehousing process? What is meant by processing of items?The manufacturing unit of the companysends the items to the warehouse. The items are recorded and then sent to the storesQ.Is the problem related to only one ware house or others as well?I was asked to just focus on the problems that may arise in only one warehouse. Q. How was the target set?Based on how many they would want to sell.Q. What is the target and by how much is it missing? There were two targets. One for incoming items and one for outgoing items both 25 items per hour.
    Interview Tips
    I started with drawing a part of basic value chain starting from suppliers ->inbound logistics->warehouse outbound logistics.I was informed that neither suppliers nor logistics is an issue and the problem is related to warehouse management only.So I figured that I need to know the detailed process in warehouse. Upon asking for details I was told that entire warehouse management is divided into two parts. One where incoming items are received recorded and stacked (put on shelf) for dispatch. Another where the outgoing items are picked packed and shipped. Again I asked for capacity of each of the sub processes. The last process for incoming was manual and the capacity hardly reached over 20 items per hour. Again for outgoing one of the processes was bottle neck. So I understood that Manual labour was the problem. Once I mentioned that problem. I was asked what could be the potential problems. I was asked to list down some of the reasons:I came up with the following reasons1)No proper incentive structure for employees2)Training issues 3)Lack of information flow between the incoming and outgoing processes 4)Miscalculating the actual capacity of the workersI was not asked to summarize because the interviewer was looking for list of factors only.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

    • Case Analysis
    General Tips
    Stick to the structure and discuss each part with the interviewer.
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    BCG Summer intern internship interview

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    Aditi GargFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus at IIM Lucknow for Summer intern role at BCG
    Interview Process
    Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview Case Study Interview
    Round 1

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Tell me something about yourself.
    Interview Experience
    There is a shoemaking company in France. Involved in making casual shoes and safety shoes for industries. It wants to expand its market in terms of geography. The durability, costs, profits, demand of both the product segments is different. Estimate the market demand for its products in the new geography and avise in which segment it should enter.
    Interview Tips
    Seek as much clarifications during the initial phase of the interview. Keep a time check.
    Round 2

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Which city do you belong to?
    • Question 2: is it the first time I am staying away from home?
    • Question 3: Interests?
    Interview Experience
    Case1: A manufacturing co. produces 3 products: A, B and C. Cost of production of each is Rs.20. The SP of A-Rs60 B=Rs80 and C- Rs 100. The company produces same amount of all the three products. In order to earn more profits, the CEO of the company feels that the company should concentrate on producing c while CA says that they should go for A. Can you help the CEO?
    Interview Tips
    Write whatever data is given properly and examine whether it is required for the case or not.
    Round 3

    Case Study Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Question 1: Explain in brief about your job profile.
    Interview Experience
    A car service company is planning to open a huge service station which will service cars from all the brands?
    Discuss the aspects that he should consider before opening such a station.

    I explored all issues like classification of cars into sedan, hatchback and heavy vehicles. Considered aspects of frequency of servicing based on usage, service requirement, maintenance, price per serving, location etc.
    Round 4

    Case Study Interview

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