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This is for those who managed to secure or seeking to secure an internship at Roland Berger ( Middle East would be a plus). I have my phone interview scheduled for next week and wanted suggestions as to how to prepare for it. Thanks

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Francesco replied on 12/26/2017
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Hi Anonymous,

fit part and cases are similar to the standard ones in face-to-face interviews. Preparation should then cover the following:

Fit

You should prepare the standard questions on leadership, drive, impact, teamwork plus questions about the firm; thus at the bear minimum the following, using a STAR or PARADE structure for the answer:

  • Tell me about yourself
  • Why consulting
  • Why Roland Berger
  • Give me an example when you lead a team
  • Tell me about a time when you did not work well with a colleague/supervisor
  • Tell me about a time your idea was criticized
  • Why should I hire you

Case

Standard 30-minute case, as in face-to-face interview (profitability, M&A, market entry etc). It may be slightly easier to get a market sizing case, as this is simpler to deliver and follow over the phone.

Additional tips

Below you can find some additional suggestions:

# 1. Go the extra mile in the case when presenting what you think. This is important in face-to-face interview, but even more in phone interviews where the interviewer cannot see you or your notes. In short, this implies:

  1. Explain clearly upfront why you need some information. Eg don’t say “do we have information on price?”. Rather “In order to understand where the problem is on revenues, I would need to analyse price and volume for this segment. Do we have any information on how price and volume changed in the last year?”
  2. Present with numbers in a structured way each area you want to introduce. I would suggest to do that in two steps:
  • STEP 1: mention first the macro areas of your framework. “In order to help our client, I would like to focus on three main areas. Number 1 we may work on [FIRST TOPIC], Number 2 on [SECOND TOPIC], Number 3 on [THIRD TOPIC]. If this is fine for you, let me go deeper in each of them”
  • STEP 2: provide details for each macro point. “In area Number 1, this is what I would analyse. First, I would like to cover [FIRST STEP OF FIRST TOPIC]; second, I would like to focus on [SECOND STEP OF FIRST TOPIC]; next, I would like to work on [THIRD STEP OF FIRST TOPIC]. In area Number 2, this is what I would analyse. First,(…)”

# 2. Attach to the wall in front of you all the material you need (structures, tips for fit part, etc) – in this way you do not have to look for information on the go

# 3. Prepare your own questions. One thing many candidates neglect to do at this stage is to prepare their own questions. Relevant questions at the end are a great way to show your interest in the company and get additional points. In the first reply at the following post you can find some more information on the ideal type of questions to ask at the end of your call: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/open-house-at-bcg-311

# 4. Dress properly - as if you had a face-to-face interview

# 5. Prepare the place for the call - good internet connection and quite environment are must-have

# 6. Smile – although you are over the phone, smiles are perceived by people as well, and show positive attitude

Hope this helps,

Francesco