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Retake BCG 1st round online test?

Flo

Hi all,

I got the feedback from my first round at BCG (1 online case + classic interview) and was told that, although I did a good job in the interview on both the fit and case parts, I underperformed in the online test especially on the "business sense" questions. I was expecting this a bit, since I did not have the time to do the qualitative, business judgement-oriented questions at the end of the test.

Considering that the feedback from my interviewer was that I especially demonstrated a good business sense during the case, do you guys think it would be possible to ask to retake the test? Have you heard of something similar happening to other candidates in the past?

Thanks a ton for your help!

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Jacopo
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replied on 11/13/2017
Ex Bain and A.T. Kearney (7 years in consulting) / Now Private Equity / 200+ real cases / Landed all Big 3 offers

Hi Flo,

As a general rule, consulting firms apply the so called ‘reject re-apply rule’. It is not unusual that the interviewers believed that the candidate was capable, smart, a good fit and thus has a great potential, but there were also things that were not good enough (e.g. bad business sense, bad performance at the online test). ‘Reject re-apply’ means that they won’t make you an offer right now, but they believe the candidate has a lot of potential and, with the right preparation and experience over the course of ~1.5/2 years, they will be happy to consider your application again (even if it might feel bad now, it is a positive sign).

My recommendation is to apply to the other consulting firms if you haven’t done it already (e.g. McKinsey, Bain, AT Kearney,...) and if you do not land an offer in consulting now well that is not a big deal; you can get some professional experience in the industry as well and just apply again after 1.5-2 years (I know many successful candidates who have done that). In that case, it would be important to show a professional growth in the meantime.

I hope this helps, good luck!

Jacopo

Vasilis
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replied on 11/13/2017
x-BCG Dubai consultant/interviewer/recruiting lead, current Manager at Uber

Hi Flo,

Unfortunately, my office did not offer people that opportunity. But hey, it would not hurt asking! I would definitely reach out to HR or the interviewer and ask for the chance to re-take the test.

It all depends on the office and they might just give you the opportunity for a second take.

Cheers,

Vasilis

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