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BCG Real Life Interview

Anonymous A asked on Feb 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Hi there,

I just qualified to the 2nd round in my BCG Interview and wanted to ask if you guys have some information on the BCG Real Life-Interview customary in the German offices?

Thankful for any leads!

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One of my clients went through this in the Munich office just a few weeks ago (and yes, she got an offer). The real life portion of the interviews were 3 12-minutes live cases where you basically have to think on your feet and do these mini-cases in a very short amount of time. As far as I can tell, this is brand new since earlier clients (think 6 months ago) only told me of a written portion.

Without much specific intel on the live cases, I'd expect the scenarios and expected answers to be very similar to a normal case, just without the benefit of time to think and write down your framework on paper.

Congrats on getting a 2nd round - this indicates BCG already believes you can do the work. At this stage in the process, you are probably 1 in 20; the final round is just a way for additional BCGers to look at you again and decide among 3 or 4 people who the lucky candidate who receives an offer will be.

Good luck!

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Hi Anonym,

I worked at BCG until recently.

If you like, we can have a call on it? Feel free to write me.

Best regards


Anonymous B replied on Nov 21, 2016

Hi guys,

Any new experiences with the real life part of the second round?

Thank you for your help!

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Hope this e-mail finds you well! Second round should be more focused on if you have that special click. From my experience the first round is a filter to understand if you have the analytical skills and if you would fit in the culture of the company.In the second round the partner should be looking for what makes you diferent, he will test you anyway on analyticals but would be looking for the business sense, the different value you could add.

Let me know if I can help you on any other topic.


Maren replied on Sep 10, 2017
Interviewing for Bain, BCG and McK in September and looking for case prep partners with experience

Hey - As far as I heard BCG Real Life really tests your everyday consulting qualities. Could be things like small talk to a client, preparing a presentation draft very quickly or persuading somebody of your opinion.

Best, Maren

Anonymous C replied on Jul 26, 2017


could someone maybe share some experience of the second round at BCG?

Thanks in advance!

Jakob Fasika replied on Jun 06, 2016

Hi to the original poster,

could you possibly share some of your experience in the second round at BCG?

Thank you!



Anonymous A replied on Feb 11, 2016

Thank you very much, Guennael!

Anonymous A replied on Feb 11, 2016

Dear Daniel,

Many thanks. This is very helpful.

Do you perhaps also have insights to

- the McKinsey Telephone Interview which is a intermediate step for experienced hires to the German offices and

- the typical scenarios and expected answers in the BCG Real Life Interview Segment?

Thanks a lot!

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