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Anonymous A asked on May 23, 2019

Hi Everyone !

Do you know if Bain interviews involve also public sector cases ? What are the preferred Bain cases during the interviews (both 1st and 2nd round)?

Thanks!

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Vlad replied on May 24, 2019
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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)

Still, you can expect a public sector case. It's a roulette

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Anonymous updated his answer on Jun 03, 2019

Hi,

Bain tends to do less public sector cases in general. Also, see the following discussion:
https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/bain-public-sectorgovt-work-3178

Overall, Bain likes to give PE-related questions, i.e. cases that involve entering a new market, buying a company etc. which generally means that you need to understand the market (common to all interviews) but also understand the dynamics of a PE deal.

You can find a video on Bain's website where they present common interview cases given by Bain:
https://www.bain.com/careers/interview-prep/case-interview/

Hope that helps :)

Best regards

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Serhat replied on May 31, 2019
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Hi there,

One of my coachees very recently had a public sector case at Bain.

Cheers
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