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Anonymous A asked on Apr 15, 2019

Hi all,

to briefly summarise my current situation - I'm an experienced hire from consulting (non-MBB) applying to BCG:

  • Applied to BCG and was first invited to an informal lunch with a partner
  • Invited to 1st round interviews (online case, 2 interviews)
    • Feedback was: "not much feedback, maybe feel free to draw a bit more from your experience when answering the case questions"
  • Invited to 2nd round interview
    • After receiving the invite, the recruiter told me that the partner I had lunch with said that I can call him if I have any questions before the 2nd round

My questions:

  • What would you do with this feedback? My concern is that if I draw too much from my experience in the 2nd round that they will dismiss me as profesionally biased. I guess it's just about finding the right balance...?
  • Is there any particular reason the partner extended the invite? I think it's very kind of him and I would like to speak to him about expectations in the 2nd round (e.g., what should I prepare for that is office-specific), but I don't want to ruin my chances in any way

Thanks!

M

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Serhat replied on Apr 25, 2019
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Hi there,

1- As you said it is all about balance. Considering your seniority, it would be safe to leverage your industry knowledge where you feel confident

2- Probably there is no particular reason other than they believe that you are a good candidate whom they do not want to reject due to small mistakes.

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Guennael replied on Apr 15, 2019
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Congrats on moving to the 2nd round. Some thoughts:

1. You are going to the 2nd round, so they liked you

2. Implicitly, they are telling you that you can do the job; the question now will be whether you are the best suited. I often equate this with a "job is now yours to lose"

3. Little to no feedback even though they apparently tried... suggests to me you did very well and just don't have much to improve

4. Partner offering for you to call directly... very rare, looks very good. These guys are busy; making himself avaialbe speaks volumes of the impression you made

5. Oh, btw - your background is largely irrelevant as soon as you are invited to an interview. They already weighed that, it more than likely won't come into the equation anymore

Keep practicing the cases, review the fit and your why, but I think you should feel pretty good about yourself right now. Good job!

Vlad replied on Apr 15, 2019
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Hi,

Several things:

  • The feedback probably means that you should demonstrate more business judgment. It's not about professional bias but rather about understanding the business and demonstrating it. It's not related to your particular expertise
  • Re the partner - it might be the case that this partner is responsible for hiring experienced hires and its one of his target. You can meet with him and ask questions about BCG. I would use it as an opportunity to practice the fit part and to get more insights on the particular office you are applying to

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Hi M,

the feedback you received seems to suggest you have to be more creative in your answers. This means that after structuring an answer, you may provide more examples of a solution (eg instead of just mentioning distribution channels for a pharmaceutical company as a way to increase volume, refer to the fact they could partner with local doctors). As mentioned by Vlad, I don’t think you have to provide experiences related to your particular work experience.

As for the partner, I would use the opportunity to (i) ask questions office-specific that you cannot find in other ways and (ii) strengthen the relationship with him with questions on his experience, similar to those you would ask at the end of the interview.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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