Whats the difference on MBB Interview for undergrad entry level (Analyst/Associate) vs master/MBA(Associate/Consultant)

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Mo
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asked on Apr 27, 2019

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Nirmit
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replied on Apr 27, 2019
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None. Same questions and bar for case and fit

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Serhat
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replied on Apr 27, 2019
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Hi there,

Format of the interview is same. Cases are same too.

However, sometimes performance expectation can be different. While in terms of logical thinking and critical reasoning type of aspects expectation is same for both MBA and undergrads, technical knowledge expectation can be higher for MBA students. For example, it might be okay if undergrad student is not familiar with a valuation but it would be less acceptable for MBA student.

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Serhat

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Francesco
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Hi Mo,

as mentioned, the structure of the interview is the same, however the expectations are different. For a post MBA with previous work experience, there will be expectations of more “technical knowledge” and business sense, stronger examples for the fit part and better communication.

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Francesco

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Clara
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Hello!

Long story short: the interview parts and competences are the same, but the bar is higher with MBA candidates due to their experience. 

Cheers, 

Clara

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Anonymous A replied on Apr 30, 2019
  • The case pool is the same for all candidates, but recruiters might give an easier case for intership and lower level roles. The case difficulty can vary significantly among cases
  • Expectations are lower for business judgement and fit stories
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