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Interview language for German-based internships?

Anonymous A

Especially for those international students in Germany applying for consulting opportunities, have you done most of your interviews/cases in German or English? I was offered an interview at one of the MBB's, and although client work is mostly in English they said that the entire interview (1 personal CV check, 2 cases) would be conducted in German

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Andrea
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replied on 02/02/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years

German. They will test English but fluency in German is must for new hires because clients might want documents in English but second level executives and management are still more comfortable in german than in English. Therefore german fluency is key to build rapport with them.

Francesco replied on 02/02/2018
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Hi Anonymous,

in Germany you may get cases in both English and German, but the majority will be in German. To my knowledge, every office in Europe requires local language knowledge besides English, with the exception of the Netherlands and the Nordics where knowledge of English only would be fine.

Best,

Francesco

Vlad replied on 02/02/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

Based on a sample of my students, the interviews at German MBBs are in both languages, so you should be confident with German as well

Best,

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