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I have a BCG first round interview in 4 days. What are the questions they ask in the 15 minute behaviorals? And what should I do to prepare for the interview?

I have a BCG first round interview in 4 days. What are the questions they ask in the 15 minute behaviorals? And what should I do to prepare for the interview?

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The basic ones, like "why consulting," "why BCG," or "XYZ on your resume looks cool, tell me about that" are common. But you only have a very short time for the behavioral interview portion since the case/questions for the interviewer take a long time and the whole thing is only 30 minutes to 1 hour at most. So as an interviewer, I usually select an "icebreaker" question by checking the bottom part of the resume for interesting hobbies and ask about those. That both makes you less nervous (so a better case performer) and tells me if you are an interesting person I'd like to spend time with in an airport (as consultants tend to do).

The basic ones, like "why consulting," "why BCG," or "XYZ on your resume looks cool, tell me about that" are common. But you only have a very short time for the behavioral interview portion since the case/questions for the interviewer take a long time and the whole thing is only 30 minutes to 1 hour at most. So as an interviewer, I usually select an "icebreaker" question by checking the bottom part of the resume for interesting hobbies and ask about those. That both makes you less nervous (so a better case performer) and tells me if you are an interesting person I'd like to spend time with in an airport (as consultants tend to do).

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Meghan is right. Btw, make sure to prepare a few questions for your interviewer in case there is time at the end. Good examples would include "what is one think you'd like to change about the company", or "what is one advice you'd give your younger self as you were about to join BCG" => Basically, a question that will force your interviewer to think rather than give a canned answer.

PS: Bad questions are anything that you can find an answer to on the web, such as "what does your typical day look like". I also avoid the "what keeps you at BCG" because too many interviewers will just answer "the people" and wait for your next answer. Obviously, absolute worst types of questions would be "who is the CEO" or "how many consultants are there"... :)

Good luck!

Guennael.

ex-BCG Dallas

Meghan is right. Btw, make sure to prepare a few questions for your interviewer in case there is time at the end. Good examples would include "what is one think you'd like to change about the company", or "what is one advice you'd give your younger self as you were about to join BCG" => Basically, a question that will force your interviewer to think rather than give a canned answer.

PS: Bad questions are anything that you can find an answer to on the web, such as "what does your typical day look like". I also avoid the "what keeps you at BCG" because too many interviewers will just answer "the people" and wait for your next answer. Obviously, absolute worst types of questions would be "who is the CEO" or "how many consultants are there"... :)

Good luck!

Guennael.

ex-BCG Dallas

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