Manager Bain and A.T. Kearney / 200+ real interviews
Book a coaching

Toughest Bain Style case

Anonymous A

Hi everyone, am going into interviews with Bain but couldn't find many Bain-style cases. Could anyone kindly share samples (preferrably the toughest) Bain cases you might have come across please?

(edited)

  • Upvotes
  • Date ascending
  • Date descending
Jacopo
Expert
replied on 04/09/2018
Manager Bain and A.T. Kearney / 200+ real interviews

Hi,

That is an interesting question with no single answer. As a matter of fact difficulty of a case is relative and depends on multiple factors such as your background, your experience, the position for which you are being interviewed (junior vs. senior), the interviewer,... long story short: a case very difficult for you could be very easy for another candidate (and viceversa ).

As you probably know already, Bain uses the candidate-led case interview format where the interviewer presents you with an open question like "Your client is considering a merger with its next largest competitor. What should they do?" For your information, with the exception of McKinsey which uses to an interviewer-led interview, most other firms use some variation of the candidate-led case.

Having said that, you can practice for your interviews at Bain with any candidate-led case (there are many available online and Preplounge has an interesting collection as well https://www.preplounge.com/en/management-consulting-cases?language=en&style[]=1&sort=real-case-desc&page=1&perPage=20)

As an expert, I have experience with several real Bain interview cases (coming from my own experience while at the firm and other Bainies colleagues)...while I won’t be able to share the details here :) I can give you a couple of examples:

  1. Company XXX, one of the leader YYY companies in the world, is thinking about entering the retail business. Should XXX do so?
  2. Your client is an XXX company that is in the business of YYY for ZZZ in Spain. Your client would like you to advise them on how to increase revenues.
  3. Our client is a XXX company that has annual sales of 250m euros. It makes and sells a variety of YYY and is thinking about expanding its product line to include a ZZZ. The CEO has engaged our consulting firm to build the case on whether this is a good idea or not.

I hope this helps,

Jacopo

(edited)

Lorenzo replied on 04/10/2018

Hello Anonymous,

I am also preparing an interview at Bain (Milan office). Let me know if you want to share some knowledge about potential business cases and maybe prepare some of them together.

Cheers, Lorenzo

Related BootCamp article(s)

Case Studies

The case study is the most important element of the case interview, which you'll have to nail in order to get into strategic consulting. Here you can learn the specific skills and concepts necessary to solve them.

4 Comment(s)

Getting Up to Speed

In order to repeatedly demonstrate prerequisite skills under the pressure of a real case interview, you need to learn the basics and practice cases.

3 Comment(s)

Related case(s)

Bain case: Asian lubricants producer

Solved 64.1k times
4.7 5 25869
| Rating: (4.7 / 5.0)

LubricantsCo, a very successful Asian premium producer of lubricants in their native region, would like to further increase their revenue and profit. The product range ranges from lubricants in the automotive sector (e.g. motor and gear oil) to industrial applications (e.g. fats, heavy-duty oils). ... Open whole case

Bain Case: Old Winery

Solved 5.6k times
4.5 5 156
| Rating: (4.5 / 5.0)

You have inherited the “Old Winery” from your grandfather, a winery which has been family owned for five generations and can be dated back to the 16th century. Half of the eleven hectares are used to grow white grapes, the other half to grow red grapes. They are grown in the conventional way, i.e ... Open whole case

Bain Questions

Solved 16.2k times
4.6 5 189
| Rating: (4.6 / 5.0)
Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

Tell me about a difficult situation you had to cope with. Tell me of a task which you didn’t like doing and explain why you performed it nevertheless. Why do you do things? What do you like doing most / What is your favorite hobby? Walk me through a situation where you showed leadership s ... Open whole case