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Do McKinsey, BCG and Bain have different selection criteria and if yes, which are the toughest and easiest to get into?

Anonymous A

I always thought their selection criteria are quite similar, but a friend got invited to an interview only from McKinsey and he said they seem to have different selection criteria. Does anyone know more about this? I want to improve my profile accordingly

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Chris replied on 05/18/2017
BCG Consultant / Interviewed 80+ applicants at BCG / Received offers from McK (US) and BCG (DE)

At least for Germany, I'd simply say "No".

There are some cultural differences between M, B and B ("company fit"), but hard selection criteria are the same or very similar (Structured thinking, math, communication, ...)

If anything at all, I think it makes sense to get to know each company's culture before the interviews, e.g., at recruiting events.

Hope this helps!

Deniz Ahmet
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replied on 05/24/2017
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Hi Anonymous,

I would agree with Chris, the selection criteria are not very different amongst MBB globally. They will look into your behaviour during the interview (e.g. your interpersonal skills, your response under pressure) and how well you crack the case (e.g. concise messaging, analytical skills).

Your experience may differ not by company but rather by interviewers you will speak with (which is totally by chance). You may encounter some interviewers that place high importance in precise calculation (which you may good at), and some may place more importance in the case solution approach. In addition to this, the sectors that will be covered in the case interviews typically change frequently, thus you may find yourself solving a case from any sector.

Best,

Sudipto replied on 05/18/2017

If You want to apply MBB for AC or Consultant Position. MBB welocmes applicants all background. If you are strong in Math or SAT math and strong Verbal writing, You can apply MBB any position.

For Mckinsey. Mckinsey always looks for analytical, Verbal, Communication, leadership role and any test (GRE, GMAT or SAT etc). McKinsey PST is equivalent GMAT CR part. I passed 1st round interview because it was discussion Financial services with Associate Partner at Mckinsey but failed McKinsey 2nd round because it was very difficult and it was discussion Oil and Gas and High Tech industry with Senior Partner.