Bain's 1st round - Partner interviewer?

1st round Bain Bain & Company needed partner
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Danning
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asked on Jul 31, 2019

Hi,

I have a coming 1st round interview at Bain. I was just informed by recruiter that my interviewer will be two partners, and the format will be 2 case based interviews. Is it usual to have a partner interview at the 1st round? What should I expect from this interview, will this be harder? (I thought the interviewer for the 1st round would usually be a consultant..)

Thank you very much!

Danning

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Francesco
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replied on Aug 01, 2019
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Hi Danning,

having partners as interviewers in a first round is indeed unusual, unless you are an experienced hire. There is no difference in terms of the preparation compared to the “standard” first round, however usually partners:

  1. spend more time on fit questions and your alignment with the company
  2. check more closely your communication (eg how you react to challenging questions)
  3. may not have a “proper” structured case to present – during my finals at BCG I had one interview which was made by two market sizing questions and a brainteaser, without any business case.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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Vlad
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Hi,

Several points here:

  • In general 1st round interviews at Bain are indeed easier
  • Having partners at the 1st round is a rare scenario but it happens. Bain offices are pretty small and the teams might be at the client at your interview date
  • Don't stress too much about the partners - they are super busy and there can be last-minute changes
  • The overall process will be the same so if you are prepared, there is nothing to worry

Best!

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Danning on Aug 01, 2019

Thank you very much!

Deniz
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Hi,

As you mentioned, it is quite unusual to have partners interview on the first round (this may be because of the availability of the interviewers). However, the structure will be the same. There may be more emphasis on fit i.e. you may spend a little bit more time discussing your experience, and your motivation to work at their company/office.

Best,

Deniz

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Danning on Aug 01, 2019

Thanks!

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