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BCG - 2nd Round Interview - Business Case

Someone asked on Apr 13, 2019 - 1 answer

Any suggestions for the 2nd round interview at BCG (2 x 45 minutes business case interview with partner/principal)?

Which are the most common industries to be dealt during the business case? Any real examples?

What about the most common case problem type?

Thanks a lot!

Vlad replied on Apr 13, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Most common industries in the following priority (sorted by probability of getting a case): 1-retail, CPG, Horeca; 2-airlines; 3-Telecom; 4-banking; 5-natural resources;

Actually all types of cases:) Below you can find a list of the most common case types and some high-level recommendations on structuring:

  • Market sizing - Market sizing can be either a separate case or a part of the case. Structuring from the supply or demand side. Structuring using a formula or using an issue tree.
  • Profitability - basic profitability framework. Remember about different revenue streams and product mix
  • Market context cases (Market Entry, New product, Acquisition, etc). Always start with the big picture "market". Finish with something specific to the case (e.g. How to enter?"). Structure it as if you are defining the work streams for the real project.
  • Operational math problem (e.g. Should we increase the speed of an elevator or just buy a second one? How should we reduce the queues? Etc.) - Structuring as a process / value chain, with inflows, operations, and outflows
  • Cost cutting - I provided the recommendations on structuring it here: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/operations-cases-mck-1105#a2134
  • Valuation - Purely financial structure with cash flows, growth rate, WACC / hurdle rate, etc.
  • Synergies - revenue synergies (price, qty, mix) and cost synergies (value chain).
  • Social / economics cases (e.g. How to improve the quality of life in the city? How to increase the revenues of the museum?) - huge variability. Practice 3-5 social cases before the interview

Best

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