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Is it ok to talk about my work experience at the family company?

Anonymous A asked on Aug 19, 2019 - 3 answers


I am going to apply for a BCG internship next week, and I want to know whether or not it would be a good idea to talk about the experiences I have had working at the family company (medium sized pallet company).

Additionally, I have been structuring a sustainable reforestation project as my bachelor thesis that is going to help solving one of the biggest problems in the family company, (securing the access to raw materials – wood- at a competitive price in the long term.), but that will also become my first business in the upcoming months.

I want to know if it would be a good idea to talk about it in the cover letter and in the fit interview, even though it is only under development.

Thanks in advance

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In my opinion absolutely yes!

It shows your commitment to your family business, your passion for the job you have done, your entrepreneurial skills, ...

If it's under development / not finished yet, you can talk about the achievements you reached so far, your plans for the future, ...

It's a great experience to have in such an environment to stand above other applicants!

I would definitely encourage you to mention it in your application!

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Hi Anonymous,

If it was a family-owned company or not does not really matter - what does matter is what exactly you did in this situation in terms of how much value you personally brought to the table.

So yes - it's definitely ok!


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Hi A,

It is good that you have family-business experience.

Please use the following format to prepare your personal stories for BCG.

Use the top-down approach while communicating your stories. I recommend using the STAR framework:

  • SITUATION. Provide the context, usually in 1 or 2 sentences
  • TASK. Task usually includes 2 or 3 sentences describing the problem and your objective.
  • ACTIONS. Provide a list of specific actions you took to achieve the goal. It should take 1 or 2 sentences per action (Usually 3-4 actions). Note that the interviewer can stop you any minute and ask for more details.
  • RESULTS. The results part should have 1 or 2 sentences describing the outcomes. This part is finalizing your story - make sure it can impress the interviewer and stay in the memory.

Please make sure that you have stories prepared for each of the BCG’s values.

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