I have a FT Associate Consultant interview with two partners from Bain next week. Does anyone who has recently completed this process have any advice on what to expect or how to prepare? Thanks!
Bain Final Round Interview
The interview process, in general, is exactly the same however the pressure will be much higher:
- Fit: Story about you, Why consulting, Why Bain, Your questions. However, partners may ask some additional tricky and unusual questions. Be ready to explain and defend your career choices and motivation to work for a particular company. More recommendations on how to answer you can find here: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/why-consulting-why-mckinseybcgbain-questions-770#a1762
- Case: Interviewee-led, most of the cases have the final answer (are no open-ended). The major difference - the partners at Bain will not forgive you the mistakes and in general the cases and the pressure will be much bigger. Thus - make sure that you are very good with cases.
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