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How does BCG Pre-talk Select candidate?

Anonymous A asked on Mar 24, 2018 - 2 answers

I just finished BCG pre-talk, which is only 10 mins totally. I feel good about giving good answers.However, it seems that i didn't get the chance to the next round. I am wondering how does pre-talk select candidate. Thank you!

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replied on Mar 25, 2018
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Pre-talk focuses on the fit part of the interview, that’s why it usually lasts only up to 15 minutes. Presence and communication skills are also scored across several sub dimensions . In terms of fit, some of the dimensions, as correctly pointed out, are prior experience and motivation. There are few other specific ones that I do not feel appropriate to discuss in a public forum.

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They ask several questions:

  1. “Tell me about yourself” or “walk me through your resume”- this is how Consultants usually begin the interview. It's an opportunity for them to learn about you and to pick some interesting facts. Don’t lose this opportunity since the 1st impression is usually the strongest.
  2. “Why consulting?”, “Why McKinsey” or “Why BCG” questions are used to assess your motivation to be a consultant in general and to work in that particular firm. They will check how you have done your homework and what you’ve learned about them. They also want to make sure that you have a clear intention to work in consulting.
  3. Next, the interviewer may also ask you to provide examples from your background to assess how good you are as a leader or a team player; how you can create impact and persuade people; or how you can achieve your goals. These are all parts of consulting mindset - DNA of consultants, and you should be ready to prove that you are one of them.
  4. At the end of the interview, you will also have an opportunity to ask your questions to the interviewer. Most of the candidates disregard this part in preparation, while it is a great chance to demonstrate the intellectual capacity and build some rapport with the interviewer.


Thank you! — Julia on Mar 25, 2018

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