MBB differences in interviews

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Anonymous A asked on Jun 22, 2019

Hey all

what are the differences in interview focus between McK BCG and Bain?

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replied on Jun 22, 2019
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Hi,

McKinsey:

  • 1st round mostly interviewer led, 2nd mostly interviewee led
  • Lots of non-conventional cases: non-profits, operational improvements, market sizings as a standalone case
  • Fit is super important. They will ask you to provide another story if they don't like what you are saying

Bain

  • Hardest cases, most of which have a particular numeric answer
  • Classic industries + lot's of M&A and synergies cases. Marketsizing very often a part of the case
  • Lot's of the cases with printed handouts to analyze
  • Fit is the least important of the MBB companies. They will just ask a story about yourself, why consulting, why Bain, your questions to them

BCG

  • Somewhere in the middle between Bain and McKinsey. The cases are pretty standard. The fit interview part includes stories by the interviewers are less demanding than at McK

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