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Bain Questions

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Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

Problem Definition

  • 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 skills.

Comments

The Bain personal fit questions try to assess qualities of candidates in terms of

  • Problem solving
  • Result orientation
  • Passion
  • Leadership

Ask for the CV of your partner in order to ask questions specifically targeted at a passage of his or her life. While listening to the answers, keep in mind the two major criteria you have to evaluate:

  • Can I work with this candidate closely in a team every day?
  • Can I send the candidate to a client alone?

Short Solution

Make sure, the candidate follows the three basic rules for personal fit questions:

  • Provision of a clear roadmap: The candidate has time to think of a structured answer.
  • Using distinctive answers: Examples instead of generic answers help to remember a candidate.
  • Using the answer to sell him/herself: The statements should still answer the question, but in a way that the candidate conveys useful skills.

Detailed Solution

Tell me about a difficult situation you had to cope with.

DO:

  • Analyzing the problem analytically.
  • Finding several creative solutions and applying the best.
  • Stating the achieved results.

DON’T:

  • Focusing too much on the problem.
  • Showing no process while solving the difficult situation.

Tell me of a task, which you didn’t like doing and explain why you performed it nevertheless.

DO:

  • Concentrating on the possible outcomes of the task.
  • Defining a goal which motivated the candidate to follow through.

DON’T:

  • Doing the task only because others wanted it.
  • Showing no initiative to make the best out of the situation.

Why do you do things?

What do you like doing most / What is your favorite hobby?

DO:

  • Showing active drive and passion.
  • Answering persuasive and while arousing interest.
  • Trying to achieve goals that the candidate set for him/herself.
  • Analyzing the action/hobby/work and trying to improve.

DON’T:

  • Having no values or principles.
  • Being driven by others.

Walk me through a situation where you showed leadership skills.

DO:

  • Communicating effectively with other persons (listening and speaking).
  • Taking ownership and responsibility.
  • Having obstacles that were solved together with the other team members.

DON’T:

  • Being too pushy and neither listening nor considering the team members’ opinions.
  • Delegating the important tasks and not delegating minor assignments.

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