Bain & Co. is a global management consulting company. The company has many different entry routes and a large focus throughout the recruitment process is put on case study interviews. This article will focus on the graduate scheme for candidates applying with an MBA but a similar process can be expected for both undergraduate candidates and experienced professionals.
Throughout the process, it is important to have the competencies Bain & Co. looks for in mind. Here is a list of their 4 competencies:
The Bain & Co. online application is fairly straightforward. You are asked to provide your basic details followed by questions about your academic career. There is also an opportunity to upload a CV and cover letter.
The online aptitude tests for Bain & Co. are provided by Cubiks, one of the leading test providers. Although you may not find the material difficult, working under pressure can be challenging.
The Bain & Co. numerical reasoning tests are business oriented and aim to assess your numerical ability. With approximately 25 questions to answer in 20 minutes, you must work fast and efficiently. In the questions, you are presented with data is either a graph or table form. Using basic maths functions, you may use the data to answer the questions asked. Practicing numerical reasoning questions is the best way to prepare for this test and you can do so with JobTestPrep’s numerical style practice tests.
The Bain & Co. logical reasoning test is focused on diagrammatic reasoning. Again, in this test time is of the essence.You are given approximately 30 questions to complete in 25 minutes. You are given two groups of shapes, each with a different shape pattern. Your first task is to identify the pattern or rule which links each shape in the group together. Following this, you must examine 4 new shapes and decide which pattern or rule they follow. Being familiar with this type of test is the best way to prepare as you will learn the underlying concepts and rules that govern this test. JobTestPrep provides practice for Cubiks style diagrammatic reasoning tests to help you.
If you are successful in the online tests you will next be invited to the case study interviews. The first round of case study interviews is held in an assessment centre and consists of two different interviews: a market sizing case study interview and a broad case study interview. Get some tips on our consulting case study page.
This interview begins with a few basic competency questions such as “when was a time you failed?” or “what is your greatest strength?” In the remaining time, the assessors then ask you to analyse a common industry such as TVs or cars.
This interview is performed by a manager and consists solely of a case study. The case is more detailed than the previous one and you are asked to analyse data and perform calculations at this point. If you are successful in the first round, you will be invited to a second round of case study interviews. Much like the first, the second round is held in an assessment centre and consists of three interviews: a case study, an experience and a written interview.
This is the third case study interview you encounter during your Bain & Co. interview process. The assessor presents you with an issue and you must break down the problem into parts and identify possible solutions. The focus here is your problem solving skills so there is no right answer. Assessors are looking at your thought process and if it’s suitable to Bain & Co. Make sure to review JobTestPrep's Consulting Case Study and Interview page beforehand.
The experience interview is a more traditional CV based interview where the assessor asks questions regarding your CV, work experience and behavioural questions. The aim of the interview is to get a better picture of how you work and to learn more about you.
The written interview is very similar to the case study interviews you have previously done. The only difference is that you give written rather than verbal answers. You are provided with a 20-30 slide PowerPoint presentation that describes a situation you may encounter with a clients. In approximately 55 minutes you must review the slides and write a short synopsis and give your recommendations. It is a good idea to practice written case studies before this interview to help with time management and giving good, concise answers. See our written exercise practice on JobTestPrep.
Following this preparation, you must give a 45 minute presentation where you discuss your recommendations with the interviewer. The interviewer may challenge your suggestions in order to simulate a real client situation. Get advice for how to handle a written exercise on our advice page and practice presentations with our presentation preparation pack. The 2 part interview process is the most important stage as it is where Bain & Co. assessors can get a full picture of how you work. Bain & Co. makes a conscience effort to provide and warm and welcoming environment and the assessors are known for being friendly. Preparation and confidence are your keys to success in this section and you can use JobTestPrep’s interview preparation pack to get yourself ready.
Bain & Co. is one of the world’s leading consulting firms and with a strong graduate program, it is a great place to make your mark. With correct preparation, expanding your knowledge about Bain & Co., as well as practising the different aptitude tests and interview skills you will be able to exceed your expectations thus improving your chances of getting that job.