I am an experience professional who has applied to BCG for Expert Principal in their TA practice. Since I a very experience professional and the role is quite a bit senior, I have been only interviewing with Partners, since the first phone screen. In my previous round, one of the partners actually cancelled his next appointment and continued talking to me for 90 minutes in total. The feedback after my last round was that 1) the FIT portion was very good, 2) the structure of my cases were good, 3) stumbled a bit on the math, and 4) tighten up the conclusion/recommendation. A few questions/advice:
- Does each round stand on its own? For example, do they consider the first round in their final recommendation, or is the first round, just to prove you can move to the final round?
- Most of the advice I see is for people to really be prepared for the final round because now you are interviewing with Partners. As I have only be interviewing with Partners, is the final round any different or much of the same?
- I should not have fumbled the math, one of my degrees is in Math and I am pretty advanced, as well as quick at doing math in my head. I fumbled more so because I took a slightly different approach to the math than what BCG was looking for. My approach was more aligned to industry practices to the problem, and they took a more basic approach. I am not sure I am going to fumble this again.
- What is the best way to prepare for the second round to tighten up my conclusion. My cases conclusion should have been more focused around, did the savings that I calculated deliver on the original question.
I chalk up most of mine to nervousness that I felt with the built up pressure I had in my mind. So I feel that I need to practice more live scenarios. I am not in college, so I don't have the same resources as MBA students might have. I will continue to review cases, but would like to get as much face to face practices in that I can with as senior of people as I possible can.