From Bloomberg Business
Interview Cheat Sheet #22
The MethodFirst Round:
Meet with two consultants, project leaders, or principals on staff at BCG for a 45-minute, on-campus recruiting session. (Or meet elsewhere, if the candidate is out of school.) The panel asks candidates about their backgrounds and requests they complete a real-life case study to demonstrate problem-solving skills and creativity.
Interviews at a BCG office with partners or principals, wherein the candidate goes through a more rigorous case interview than the first one. “We want to see how you adjust your thinking based on new information and insights from data.”
Interviewers discuss the candidate’s performance and decide on the right candidate over the course of a conversation. Partners put the most weight on how innovative the candidate was during the case study, along with how well they think on their feet.
How to Ace It Do lead with your impressive track record. “We tend to look beyond intellect for this role. Give us concrete ways you’ve capitalized on opportunities and executed them.”
Do look at all the angles of a case. “We’re impressed by someone who is creative and hypothesis-driven, not necessarily the person who gets the right answer the fastest.”
Do explain your academic background. “Not having an MBA won’t disqualify you. Our consultants hold an array of diplomas, from PhD’s to M.D’s and JD’s.”
Don’t over-prepare. “Planning everything you’re going to say and do in the case study portion of the interview makes for a stale presentation and misses the mark. The point of the case is to see how you approach problems in real time.”
Don’t fumble your elevator pitch. “Know your personal stories inside and out, because you’ll only have time to give the interviewer one or two anecdotes to take away from the interview.”