expert
Expert with best answer

Jacopo

100% Recommendation Rate

28 Meetings

231 Q&A Upvotes

USD 219 / Coaching

Result of BCG first round is postponed to Monday, is that normal?

Anonymous A asked on Nov 17, 2018 - 4 answers

Hi,

I had first round interview at BCG on Friday. I was supposed to hear about the result by phone from one of the consultants (as it is usual in most of consulting firms). However, I recieved a call from HR instead and she told me that I have to wait until Monday. She told me that consultants were very busy today and they didn't have time to finalize their decision. I was wondering

1. how usual this situation is in consulting interviews? and does it mean anything?

2. On monday I have a long flight and during the day I won't be available except a few hours. I told this to HR, but I don't know how much that will go through. Is it usual to recieve the result per email?

To be honest, I think I performed well during the interview. But I also know it's MBB and it might be that it was not good enough for them. If anyone had similar experience and could share the thought, it would be great! thanks.

4 answers

  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Best Answer
Jacopo
Expert
replied on Nov 17, 2018
Project leader BCG, Bain and A.T. Kearney / 200+ real interviews
Book a coaching with Jacopo

100% Recommendation Rate

28 Meetings

231 Q&A Upvotes

USD 219 / Coaching

Hi,

  1. Very usual :) - it normally takes between a few minutes up to a week to get the outcome of an interview. In the event of two interviewers, they must have a quick discussion to agree on the outcome…they also have to fill the feedback form and share it with the HR recruiting team; agendas of consultants can be very busy and so it is not uncommon that that has to be pushed by one or two days
  2. That is not a problem, I am sure the HR team will take your availability into account with no issue…regarding receiving the feedback via email, that usually happens in case of a negative one…but there is not really a written rule about it

I hope this helps,

Best of luck!

Jacopo

Anonymous replied on Nov 17, 2018

I agree with Jacopo.

1. The timing of the decision can be influenced by a lot of factors. In general, the recruiters like to have the interviewers discuss the interviews in person (or via phone) that day. But, consultants schedules sometimes don't align at the end of the interviewing day due to prior commitments (e.g., travel, personal commitments). Also, things just come up like medical emergencies. In both of those cases, the interviewers have to find an alternative time to connect to make a decision.

2. In terms of the form of communication, an offer is almost always communicated via a phone call and a turndown is office / consultant dependent. It can come via an email or even a mailed letter (rarely). So, don't be surprised if it you don't hear from them until even Tuesday with a decision.

Matthew

Vlad
Expert
replied on Nov 18, 2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School
Book a coaching with Vlad

97% Recommendation Rate

364 Meetings

5,236 Q&A Upvotes

USD 229 / Coaching

Hi,

Please relax and wait till Monday. If you pass the interview - they will find a way to reach you. The delay is absolutely normal.

P.S. this is the most common question that people ask here, so try to use search if you want to succeed in a consulting role;)

Best

Sebastian replied on Nov 17, 2018

You will be notified of the result by email and then get a call from your interviewer with feedback, so I wouldn't worry about being busy during the day on Monday.

Related BootCamp article(s)

Interviewer-Led vs Candidate-Led cases

Case Interviews can be led by the candidate or by the interviewer: In Candidate-led cases the main challenge is the structure. In Interviewer-led cases the main challenge is to adapt quickly

Related case(s)

BCG Questions

Solved 22.5k times
4.5 5 193
| Rating: (4.5 / 5.0) |
Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

What arouses your interest when you are working / studying / doing another activity (from the CV)? Tell me of a time where you had no idea what you were doing. When did you use an uncommon approach to do something? Have you ever had responsibility for other people? Tell me of a situation where y ... Open whole case