1

How is Bain's Group Dynamic part of the recruitment process?

Does someone have experience with Bain's Group Dynamic part and can give me advice on how to prepare for that? Thanks in advance!

Does someone have experience with Bain's Group Dynamic part and can give me advice on how to prepare for that? Thanks in advance!

1 answer

  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Best Answer

Hey!

I went through the interview process with Bain in São Paulo and took part in the group dynamics simulation. Depending on how many candidates there are, you will get divided into small groups of 3-4 people. You will have 3 hours time to solve the business case and present the solution in front of Bain consultants. They will evaluate your ability to work in teams and to communicate. I prepared cases and otherwise I just read a bit online about group dynamics in general. There are four main downsides of group dynamics you also need to avoid during the interview

  • Conformity: don’t go along with the group if you don’t agree with them. This doesn’t mean to unnecessarily debate points or conclusions, but if you really think someone is saying something wrong, say so

  • Group polarization: try to avoid an extreme decision due to group dynamics, e.g. less afraid to take risk

  • Obedience to authority: It’s not good for a company when subordinates never challenge their superiors’ decisions, so after presenting your solution, be open for feedback but stand to your points if you think it’s correct (they might just be testing you, as the situation would be in front of the real client)

  • Bystander effect: if people are unsure what to do, and others are around who don’t do anything either, noone will end up doing anything. Imagine your group is getting asked a difficult question. Don’t be afraid to answer, even if others might seem clueless.

I guess overall you can’t prepare that much for the group exercise. In general, it’s always important to be balanced in those group cases. Try to involve everyone, and don't talk too much but not too little either. Be confident! Best of luck :)

Hey!

I went through the interview process with Bain in São Paulo and took part in the group dynamics simulation. Depending on how many candidates there are, you will get divided into small groups of 3-4 people. You will have 3 hours time to solve the business case and present the solution in front of Bain consultants. They will evaluate your ability to work in teams and to communicate. I prepared cases and otherwise I just read a bit online about group dynamics in general. There are four main downsides of group dynamics you also need to avoid during the interview

  • Conformity: don’t go along with the group if you don’t agree with them. This doesn’t mean to unnecessarily debate points or conclusions, but if you really think someone is saying something wrong, say so

  • Group polarization: try to avoid an extreme decision due to group dynamics, e.g. less afraid to take risk

  • Obedience to authority: It’s not good for a company when subordinates never challenge their superiors’ decisions, so after presenting your solution, be open for feedback but stand to your points if you think it’s correct (they might just be testing you, as the situation would be in front of the real client)

  • Bystander effect: if people are unsure what to do, and others are around who don’t do anything either, noone will end up doing anything. Imagine your group is getting asked a difficult question. Don’t be afraid to answer, even if others might seem clueless.

I guess overall you can’t prepare that much for the group exercise. In general, it’s always important to be balanced in those group cases. Try to involve everyone, and don't talk too much but not too little either. Be confident! Best of luck :)

Related BootCamp article(s)

Interviewer-Led vs Candidate-Led cases

Case Interviews can be led by the candidate or by the interviewer: In Candidate-led cases the main challenge is the structure. In Interviewer-led cases the main challenge is to adapt quickly

Case Studies

The case study is the most important element of the case interview, which you'll have to nail in order to get into strategic consulting. Here you can learn the specific skills and concepts necessary to solve them.

Related case(s)

Bain case: Asian lubricants producer

Solved 123.2k times
Bain case: Asian lubricants producer LubricantsCo, a very successful Asian premium producer of lubricants in their native region, would like to further increase their revenue and profit. The product range ranges from lubricants in the automotive sector (e.g. motor and gear oil) to industrial applications (e.g. fats, heavy-duty oils). According to preliminary examinations, further growth potentials in the Asian core market are rather limited. Thus LubricantsCo would like to investigate options to internationalize in the passenger car business – also outside the premium segment which is given priority. Therefore your consulting firm was instructed to elaborate a market entry strategy for the European market.  
4.7 5 28155
| Rating: (4.7 / 5.0)

LubricantsCo, a very successful Asian premium producer of lubricants in their native region, would like to further increase their revenue and profit. The product range ranges from lubricants in the automotive sector (e.g. motor and gear oil) to industrial applications (e.g. fats, heavy-duty oils). ... Open whole case

Bain Case: Old Winery

Solved 51.6k times
Bain Case: Old Winery You have inherited the “Old Winery” from your grandfather, a winery which has been family owned for five generations and can be dated back to the 16th century. Half of the eleven hectares are used to grow white grapes, the other half to grow red grapes. They are grown in the conventional way, i.e. they are not organically farmed and certified. The vine stocks are in a good condition regarding age and care. Overall, only ¼ of the harvest is made into wine by the winery itself; the rest is sold. Your grandfather never wanted to change the image of the winery and left the managerial and administrative task to a young and energetic wine-maker. Due to the not so well-known brand , the demand for the “Old Winery” wine is currently rather low. You do not intent to run the winery operatively, given your limited knowledge of wine making, but find the idea of owning a winery exciting. Your plan is to give the winery some fresh impetus.
4.4 5 1341
| Rating: (4.4 / 5.0)

You have inherited the “Old Winery” from your grandfather, a winery which has been family owned for five generations and can be dated back to the 16th century. Half of the eleven hectares are used to grow white grapes, the other half to grow red grapes. They are grown in the conventional way, i.e. ... Open whole case

Bain Questions

Solved 23.4k times
Bain Questions Tell me about a difficult situation you had to cope with. Tell me of a task which you didn’t like doing and explain why you performed it nevertheless. Why do you do things? What do you like doing most / What is your favorite hobby? Walk me through a situation where you showed leadership skills.
4.6 5 284
| Rating: (4.6 / 5.0) |
Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

Tell me about a difficult situation you had to cope with. Tell me of a task which you didn’t like doing and explain why you performed it nevertheless. Why do you do things? What do you like doing most / What is your favorite hobby? Walk me through a situation where you showed leadership skills ... Open whole case

Powered Wheelchairs

Solved 700+ times
Powered Wheelchairs We have been hired by the CEO of Comfort Chairs, a company that manufactures complex powered wheelchairs. Comfort Chairs has headquarters in Sweden with manufacturing in Sweden and sales all over Europe. The company enjoys a strong market position and is known for being a pioneer in its industry. It was recently acquired by a leading global private equity firm that is interested in driving the international growth of Comfort Chairs. Especially, the US market looks very interesting. The CEO has hired you to help him with two things: 1. Determine the size and the growth of the US market for complex powered wheelchairs. 2. Analyze whether entering the US market is attractive.
4.5 5 22
| Rating: (4.5 / 5.0)

We have been hired by the CEO of Comfort Chairs, a company that manufactures complex powered wheelchairs. Comfort Chairs has headquarters in Sweden with manufacturing in Sweden and sales all over Europe. The company enjoys a strong market position and is known for being a pioneer in its industry. It ... Open whole case

Smart Education

Solved < 100 times
Smart Education Your client is SmartBridge, a nonprofit educational institution offering face-to-face tutoring services. The client operates in the US. The mission of SmartBridge is to help as many students as possible to complete studies and prevent that they drop from the school system, in particular in disadvantaged areas. The client is considering starting operations for its services in the Chicago area. They hired us to understand if that makes sense. Due to the nonprofit regulation, SmartBridge should operate on its own in the market, without any partnership. How would you help our client?
5.0 5 1
| Rating: (5.0 / 5.0)

Your client is SmartBridge, a nonprofit educational institution offering face-to-face tutoring services. The client operates in the US. The mission of SmartBridge is to help as many students as possible to complete studies and prevent that they drop from the school system, in particular in disadvan ... Open whole case