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Passed first round at Bain. Have 4 months to prep for the 2nd round. Need Tips!

Actively preparing for interviews with Bain and BCG Bain & Company second round
Edited on Oct 31, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Aug 18, 2019


I have passed the first round at Bain and now have my second interview in January. Thus, I have around 4 months to prepare for the 2nd round. The feedback I got was:

1. Need to improve my prioritization skills (while looking at key elements of the structure to analyze first)

2. Diving into the data (graphs), not taking enough time to analyze it and missing some things.

Can you give me some tips on how to improve on this, given that I have ample of time?

Also, I am afraid of suffering from burnout or overpreparing. Can you suggest me some ways to tackle that?

Thank you!

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replied on Aug 18, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


Several tips re prioritization:

  1. At the first level of your analysis try to maintain the levels in your structure correctly. Imagine you have a team and each bucket of your analysis is a dedicated person. The question to ask yourself is: "Is this bucket of analysis worth to be a workstream for a dedicated person on a real project?". (E.g. if you are acquiring a company you should analyze the company and the product will be just a sub-bullet in the company analysis. On the contrary - if you are launching a new product, you should have a dedicated person looking at the product first)
  2. Try to prioritize quantitative over qualitative. E.g. Instead of asking about regulation when analyzing the market, start with size and growth rates. The reason is - the chances of finding the insight in qualitative questions are much higher, which is crucial when the time for the case is limited
  3. Be very specific in your questions. E.g. when asking about the competition don't ask "Who are the competitors" or "How many players we have?". Be specific and ask what are the market shares of the competitors and their growth rates.

With the charts / tables you can use the following approach:

  1. Take a minute to look at the graph
  2. Read the graph title
  3. Look at the graph type and define the type (pie chart, line chart, etc)
  4. Look at the legend (ask for clarifying questions if necessary)
  5. Identify whats going on on the graph. Look for: Trends, % structures,
  6. Look for unusual things - correlations, outliers,
  7. Make 3-4 conclusions from the graph. Think of potential hypothesis on what could be the root cause / what are the consequences
  8. Prioritize the most important for your current analysis and move forward with the case

Sources to learn from (prioritized):

  1. Study "Say it with Charts" book by Barbara Minto
  2. Learn basic statistics (Any GMAT or MBA prep guides)
  3. Check all available MBB presentations and publications. Practice to derive conclusions and check yourself with the actual ones from the article / presentation
  4. GMAT IR part (Official guide and Manhattan prep)
  5. "Consulting Bible" and "Vault guide for consulting" - check the chapters on cases with graphs in these books

Good luck!

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Anonymous replied on Jul 25, 2020

Dear A,

I would recommend you to keep practicing, and doing it not mechanically but with self-analysis. Constantly asking yourself where you can improve more.

Also I would recommend you to work on your mind concentration. Our silly mistakes are because of lack of concentration.

For avoiding burnout I would recommend you to learn your personal limits. For this roadmap of preparation will help you ad defined indicators by which you can measure your success.

If you need help with any of this things, feel free to ask.



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updated an answer on Oct 31, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut


Congrats for moving to final round!

As it has been outlined, its very similar, but :

  • Cases you can expect are more "free riding" - less organized than the ones your found in the 1st round or most prep pages
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McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School
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