what are some of good questions to ask in the end of the interview about the company?

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Anonymous A asked on Aug 09, 2020

I have an interview with BCG coming soon and I was wonderng what are some good questions to ask the interviewer aboyt the compnay in the end of the interview. I usually have struggle finding good questions to ask and I really need some help with that.

Thanks!!!

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Sidi
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replied on Aug 09, 2020
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Hi!

There is a whole lot of great questions you can ask. My best advice is to really think through what interests you most about the job, the firm, or the industry! If you have a particular interest (industry sector, nonprofit area, social engagement, etc.) you can ask if there are touch points/adjacent areas in the firm you could explore. Also, make sure to relate your interests and questions to your background and/or career/life objectives.

That being said, here are a couple of example questions – but by no means exhaustive:

  1. "Can you tell me about your background, and in particular how you ended up as a BCG consultant?" (if the interviewer has a rather exotic professional/educational background)
  2. "I’d be interested to hear what your most challenging case has been thus far in your career?"
  3. "What do you think are the biggest misperceptions that applicants have about consulting?"
  4. "I’m really interested in [particular interest, such as public sector consulting or renewable energy]. I’d be interested to hear what you know about that area at BCG."
  5. "I’ve heard from various people who say your firm is [something good about BCG] but also that [something bad about BCG]. To what extent is this impression accurate?"
  6. "If the interviewer has enough tenure: From your position, how do you think the economic cycles have affected the consulting business over the years?"
  7. "What was your perspective on BCG before you came in, and how was that changed in your time there?"
  8. "If you could recommend 2 books that all prospective management consultants should read, what would those be?"
  9. "When you think back to your university days, what would be the 2 or 3 things that you wish you’d learned that would have better prepared you for the job today?"

Cheers, Sidi

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Francesco
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Hi there,

Great that you are thinking about this in advance.

Good questions should:

  1. not be related to something you could easily find online or that shows you don’t know much about consulting
  2. not be related to the firm per se (eg how is XYZ in Bain), but to the experience of the consultant (How did you find XYZ in your experience as a consultant?)
  3. be related to a positive experience (eg avoid to challenge the consultant on his/her future. Instead, let him/her talk about successes in the past)

Best,

Francesco

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Anonymous replied on Aug 10, 2020

Hi there,

I would always suggest candidate to find out more about the company culture, and ask in a smart way.

Don't ask point blank question like "can you tell me about the company culture", because that would likely lead to a text book answer. Ask in a different way, e.g. "You have been spending X years in this company, what keeps you here? What do you like most? Anything you wish could be better?"

Best,

Emily

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Ian
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The case you've been given is more likely than not a (very simpified) real life project that they worked on .

Ask them something about the case you just did!

I.e. "So, was this a case you worked on? Ah! Did it end with a similar recommendation? How did you handle x issue? Did you also consider y?"

People love talking about themselves AND the interviewer wants to know you'll be interested in the job itself. Two birds, one stone!

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Anonymous replied on Aug 10, 2020

Dear A,

Ideally, there are might be questions that could show your intrinsic interest in the company, person, or both ideally. So one of the greatest question could be for example the following:

"Now, look at your career XX long, what is the one project assignment, by looking back, makes you very proud of accomplishing smth great?"

Hope it helps,
André

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