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Are there any typical type of cases that mostly come up in Interviews at Bain?

Anonymous A asked on Mar 14, 2018

By typical cases, I refer to specific types of cases such as PE, Profitability, Market entry or finance related etc.

PS: I am interviewing in Europe.

Thanks a lot for your help!

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Hi,

Here is some information according to 100+ Bain cases my candidates had on the interviews. However it may be not representative geographically, but according to my experience:

Most common types of case:

  • Private equity (due diligence)
  • Synergies
  • Profitability + market sizing as a part of a case
  • Market Entry

Most common industries:

  • Retail
  • CPG
  • Airlines
  • HORECA - hotels, restaurants, coffeeshops, etc
  • Diamonds (Might be specific to the particular office)
  • Agriculture (No specifics, closer to CPG)

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Anonymous replied on Mar 14, 2018

Hey anonymous,

Similarly to most of the consulting firm, the most used type of cases are profitability (or a bifrucation from it) and market/product entry. On top of those, Bain interviewers (across Europe) really love to do PE cases (much more than McK or BCG).

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Bruno

Francesco replied on Aug 31, 2018
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Hi Anonymous,

the answer depends a lot by the country. In Italy for example there are two recurring types of question very common:

  • Valuation question, also for unusual topics (eg should a zoo buy a Panda? If so for which price?
  • Market sizing, in particular for partner rounds. Not necessarily as part of a case, also given as per se cases

I would recommend to check Glassdoor for you geography for some specific examples.

Best,

Francesco

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