Yesterday I did final rounds interviews for AC position in one of the overseas offices, my hometown. It was 3 interviews - 1 partner & 2 managers. The partner interview was all fit -tell me about yourself and a couple of leadership questions. Manager cases were %15 fit - %85 case. I did pretty well on the partner and one of the manager interviews but I kinda messed up one of the cases.. The consultant helped me a lot.. and I missed to see the obvious for more than once... She kinda directed me to the solution and obviously changed my way several times.. Sigh.
What do you think are the odds of me getting an offer?
Do you need to do awesome in all of your interviews to get in?
Will hear back in a couple of days.. I'll let you know :)
Bain Interview Process Overview
If you make it past the initial screenings and into the final rounds of the case interview then congratulate yourself, because you are in the top one percent of candidates. The question is, will you be the candidate for the job . Bain & Company is a notoriously hard interviewer. In fact, they come in third for the hardest interviews according to 2017 Consulting Industry report. The pivotal portion of any consultancy interview is the case interview portion. The case interview will be conducted by more senior members of the firm. This means the interviewee is less likely to have a personal connection with them. So, these case interviews are entirely performance-based. Every candidate should prepare thoroughly for this portion of the interview.
Preparing for The Bain Case Interview
When it comes to a job offer its best to cut luck out the equation and prepare appropriately. Especially for MBB Total number of practice cases varies. However, the average is between 20 and 30. However, you should not be going through these cases to tally up points. It's more important that you internalize the process so that you can apply it appropriately.
User @brj shared their thoughts:
I did around 30 and gave about 25, which IMO is just as important. This was in the span of 3 weeks. The vast majority of my classmates who got MBB were in the 15-40 range. I know a few who did 50+. At that point, most people have a tendency to burn-out or become robotic. When you're doing interview prep, DON'T FORGET FIT. My case partners and I typically gave each other 1-2 behavioral questions before every case. If you can develop rapport with the interviewer during the fit portion, you're more likely to get the benefit of the doubt if you have a minor stumble during the case.
Bain Case Interview Explained
The following insights are courtesy of the Wall Street Oasis Company Database. The interviewee was a Bain & Company applicant. This person was applying for an associate consultant role in San Francisco.
How did you get the interview?:
College / University / On Campus Recruiting
Overall, how would you describe your interview experience?:
How long did the interview process last?:
Less than 1 month
Overall, how difficult was the interview?:
Please describe the interview / hiring process.:
Got invited for initial phone screen which consisted of two back to back case interviews with two seperate consultants (senior level)
What were the most difficult or unexpected interview questions asked?:
The initial case was about a frozen yogurt place. Very quantitative; this interviewer was really really rushed so he led the entire thing unfortunately... extremely quant heavy: market sizing to breakeven analysis for units and dollars and then market share analysis. The second case was also very rushed and extremely quant heavy. Market sizing to profitability analysis with different kinds of promotions this outdoors store could run. Overall lots of different numbers and equations to come up with on the fly
How did you answer each of these questions (please be specific)?:
I did the basic case interview framework: Start by reiterating the case to make sure you got everything down, ask some clarifying questions, then ask for a minute to structure your thoughts. Then i gave my hypothesis which I thought was tailored very well to each case given. However, both consultants said yes that sounds perfect but for time's sake I am going to push you towards X. So I played along and went with what they had suggested. Overall they really wanted to focus on my quant abilities!
How to Ace the Bain Interviews
As you can see the case interviews are difficult even at the initial screening phase. The further you get in the recruiting process the more difficult the case interviews will become. As stated above, the best way to ace your interview is to prepare adequately so you can execute with confidence when the time comes.
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