FIT Questions at BCG

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New answer on Jan 09, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 02, 2021

Hi All,

Happy 2021!! Do you please know how long my BCG fit answers should be and about how many questions they ask?

I appreciate your time and answers.

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Ian
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replied on Jan 02, 2021
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Hi there,

In general your answers should be 1-3 minutes long (depending on the question and body language of the interviewer). Remember, you need to be prepared with answers for "Resume Walkthrough", "Why consulting", and "Why BCG". Furthermore, you need to have 5-7 stories prepared.

You should expect 2-4 questions.

Resume walkthrough

  • Needs to be chronological
  • Only keep important details that make you look good (i.e. I worked across 7 industries and rose up the ranks twice in the course of that role)
  • Keep a theme of "why consulting"
    • I.e. at each step you need to show that you both got exposure to aspects of consulting AND thrived + enjoyed them
  • Finish with: And that's why I'm here today looking for consulting with your company

Why Consulting

  • You need to summarize what you did before along the theme of consulting aspects you liked and consulting aspects that were missing
  • You then combine those two - i.e. I know I like + am good at x, y, and z which is required for consulting, and I really am excited to get a, b, and c
  • You finish with a "mini" why x company

Why x company

  • Start with a "mini" why consulting
  • Then have 2-3 reasons why x company is your target
  • Every "reason" needs to incorporate 1) That you know they value x 2) That you not only value x but have exhibited it and done it in the past
  • Be very very mindful of what they want you to want

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Anonymous A on Jan 03, 2021

Amazing advise! Thanks a lot Ian.

Clara
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replied on Jan 02, 2021
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Hello!

Happy new year to you too!

Process is similar among MBB, with sligh differences. However, the 4 types of questions FIT can have are found all across MBB -and other consulting companies-.

If you are looking for materials, the "Integrated FIT guide for MBB" has been recently published in PrepLounge´s shop (https://www.preplounge.com/en/shop/tests-2/integrated-fit-guide-for-mbb-34)

It provides an end-to-end preparation for all three MBB interviews, tackling each firms particularities and combining key concepts review and a hands-on methodology. Following the book, the candidate will prepare his/her stories by practicing with over 50 real questions and leveraging special frameworks and worksheets that guide step-by-step, developed by the author and her experience as a Master in Management professor and coach. Finally, as further guidance, the guide encompasses over 20 examples from real candidates.

Furthermore, you can find 3 free cases in the PrepL case regarding FIT preparation:

Intro and CV questions > https://www.preplounge.com/en/management-consulting-cases/fit-interview/intermediate/introduction-and-cv-questions-fit-interview-preparation-200

Motivational questions > https://www.preplounge.com/en/management-consulting-cases/fit-interview/intermediate/motivational-questions-fit-interview-preparation-201

Behavioural questions (ENTREPRENEURIAL DRIVE) >https://www.preplounge.com/en/management-consulting-cases/fit-interview/intermediate/behavioral-questions-entrepreneurial-drive-fit-interview-preparation-211

Feel free to PM me for disccount codes for the Integrated FIT Guide, since we still have some left from the launch!

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Francesco
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Hi there,

You normally get 2-3 fit questions at BCG.

The length depends on the question itself. For example:

  • Walk me through your CV. 1-2 min
  • Why BCG? 1-2 min
  • Tell me about a time when xxx. Your story, 2-4 min. The interviewer may interrupt you to ask for clarification and make the whole delivery longer.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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Gaurav
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replied on Jan 05, 2021
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Hello there!

The common practice is 2 to 4 questions like
Why BCG / Why you / Why consulting, walking through your CV and fit stories.

Your answers should be about 1 to 3 minutes depending on the question
(stories might take longer as there may be clarifications from the interviewer.

Try to stay structured and consequent when giving answers.

Happy holidays!

GB

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Antonello
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Hi,

The length of your answers depends on a lot of factors (e.g. the question itself, your feeling with the interviewer, etc.) so that it's very difficult to give you an exact answer.

As for the content, there are three questions you must practice a lot:

- Why you?

- Why consulting?

- Why BCG?

Also prepare fit stories that showcase relevant experience, e.g. entrepreneurial drive, etc.

If you are interested in knowing how I support candidates for every step of the recruiting process, and especially the fit part, I'd be happy to set up a quick introductory call.

Best,

Antonello

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Nikos
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Hi there!

I wish you a happy 2021!

Usually this part of the interview takes about ~10 minutes and the interviewer asks approximatelly 2 to 4 questions depending on whether he/she feels confident/satisfied with your responses.

However, you should not base the length of your answers on the duration of this part. You should make sure that your arguments are well structured and you provide specific examples/ points in your answers to make it more tangible. On the other hand, you should not prepare a monologue for each one of the questions.

Hope this helps!

Please reach out if you have more questions regarding the overall process:)

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Anonymous replied on Jan 09, 2021

Hi,

As a rule of thumb no more than 2-3 minutes and make sure to have a clear structure that is easy to follow by the interviewer.

You need to be ready for at least the following questions:

  • Tell me about yourself - focus on key things that you want to highlight or interest them to dig further so you can sell yourself more
  • Why consulting - need to have a strong reasoning based on your experience, discussion with people (ideally can directly relate to the next question)
  • Why BCG - really try to dig as much as possible about the firm from the coaches / friends / network to get a specific reasoning
  • They might also ask about your greatest achievements and failure - make sure you have strong learning to be shared in both questions

Best,

Iman

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