MBB Interviews

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Anonymous A asked on Apr 08, 2019

Hi,

1) Assuming each round will be composed of multiple interviews, do they make the rounds back to back in the same day or one round can be completed in series of days?

2) Any tips for the interview day? ("be there 1 hour before, wearing tie is a must" etc....)

Thanks

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Serhat
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replied on Apr 21, 2019
BCG | Kellogg MBA |82% Success rate| 450+ case interview| 5+ year consulting | 30+ projects in ~10 countries

1- Most of the times each round consists of 2 interviews in the same day. Some offices are doing all rounds in the same day but this is rare.

2- Be ready days before your interview day. You do not need to do anything special other than being confident as you did enough until that day. (Be there 15-20 min advance, tie is a must)

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Vlad
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updated an answer on Apr 08, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

  1. Depends on the company / Office. You should check with HR. Can be same day or series of days
  2. Business attire is a must in most offices. You should look like a consultant.

Since you'll have 2-3 and in some cases 5 interviews in a row - it's important to keep the energy level. Thus think in advance about the right meal before the interview and energy bars

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Anonymous replied on Apr 11, 2019

hi there,

1) A single round is generally on the same day - I haven't heard of cases of a single round being conducted over multiple days. Rather, I have seen multiple rounds on the same day (e.g. round 1 in morning, if you pass you have final round after lunch)

2) I mean, we can provide a lot of potential tips here. Arrive with plenty of time, don't psyche yourself out before, drink lots of water and a nutritious breakfast, and definitely wear a tie

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Guennael
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replied on Apr 08, 2019
Ex-MBB, Experienced Hire; I will teach you not only the how, but also the why of case interviews

Typically, 1st round is back to back one day - could be in school or local office; 2nd round again back to back (to back) but another day/week, and normally in the hiring office.

They will let you know what to wear; I was told explicitly no suit (i.e., no tie) but this may change by country

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Bob
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replied on Nov 29, 2020

Other guys have answered 1 fairly well, so I will talk about 2.

The biggest thing is to be in a good state of mind. Here are a few things I'd focus on:

1. Get a solid night of sleep before. 8-10 hours. Make sure no electronics and be in a dim space 2 hours the night before.

2. Have a nutritious breakfast the next morning. Do some brainteasers and then just go for a walk or a run. Then put on your suit and tie.

3. Right before the interview, do a breathing technique. In 4 seconds, hold 4 seconds, and out 4 seconds. It'll physically calm you down. Also, force your face into a smile, and hold it for a minute. That automatically improves your mood and will remind you to smile more during the interview.

Those are my bags of tricks. Good luck!

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Gaurav
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Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

1. One round is mostly completed in one day. I am not aware of situations it's been done otherwise.

2. Be prepared in advance, so you could feel confident and have some proper rest the day before the interview. HR usually tell you what to wear but if they don't - simply dress up as a consultant. Oficial dress-code, with a tie.

Do you need any further help?

GB

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