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If you want to get a job at Bain, you might ask yourself, what is the Bain recruitment process?

Bain & Company is the third largest of the prestigious “MBB” (McKinsey & Company, TheBCG, orBain & Company).Bain, founded by former Boston Consulting Group consultants, has been growing for 15% per year for two decades.

Of the big three, Bain stands out for its culture. Bain is known for entrepreneurship, tailored solutions, and a work hard/play hard culture. Bain is also #2 on Glassdoor’s 2020 Best Places to Work list.

Bain & Company is a great company for candidates interested in private equity as a post-consulting exit opportunity. Its sister company, Bain Capital, also uses Bain & Company consultants in private equity engagements.

Bain’s recruitment process is one of the most selectiveas well:it is common for only 1% of consulting applicants to receive offers.

In this article, I will remove the mystery of the Bain recruitment process, including the resume and cover letter screening, the Bain Online Test, the experience interview, and, of course, the case interview. Plus, Bain’s special twist: the written case interview.

Let’s find out what it takes to become a Bainee.

Table of Contents

An Overview Of The Bain Recruitment Process

From the time you apply until the moment you accept the job offer, you will have to progress through a series of steps in the Bain recruitment process.

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Most of the time, this process takes between 4 and 6 weeks, with often 14 days between steps on average.However, the 2x rounds of interviews can be planned for 2x consecutive days.

The typical feeder into Bain is through a target recruitment school, which is published here.

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Undergraduates participate in an Associate Consultant Internship, taking place before the typical fourth year. MBAs complete the Summer Associate program, taking place in between the first and second years.

Now, let’s see which deviations from the standard Bain recruitment process, as shown in the picture above, can happen.

If you are applying to a South American office, particularly Brazil, it is likely that you will have to take the Bain Online Test before, maybe, being invited to interviews.

Finally, if you apply to a non-consulting position, within Analytics & Customer Insights, Digital & Innovation, or Business Services, you may have a different interview process.

For instance, your interview could include coding tests and project discussions with product engineers, portfolio reviews with other designers, or discussions about coaching and agile methodologies.

To conclude, check the video below. This video, from Bain & Company, shows what Bain looks for when hiring for Consultants.

Show Your Uniqueness: The Resume And Cover Letter Screening

Your resume, with a cover letter, is the first step to a very lucrative job at Bain & Company.

Yet, less than 15% of applicants receive a call for an interview.

So, what Bain is looking for when screening your resume and cover letter?

First, Bain Is Looking For Academic Performance

A recent study from poetsandquants.com shows which schools are the top MBA feeders in the consulting industry.

For instance, top MBA programs with good placement in the consulting industry include MIT, London Business School, INSEAD, or Columbia Business School.

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Secondly, Bain Is Looking For Specific Qualities

Bain & Company is looking forpeople with certain characteristics and skills.

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Therefore, allyour resume and cover letter content should demonstrate that you master these skills.

To be more precise: your resume and cover letter content must showhow you used these skillsandthe IMPACT you had.

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Lastly, Bain Wants To Understand Your Motivation To Join The Firm

Bain wants to understand your motivation to join Bain: Are you genuinely interested in joining Bain over McKinsey or the BCG?

Thus, your cover letter must show thatyou have researched the firm,talked to its consultants, and have persuasive and tailored arguments why Bain is your first choice.

At Bain, culture is critical. Here are the values Bain shares with clients: Passion & Commitment, Honesty & Openness, Practical, One Team.

Also, Bain believes culture differentiates itself from other consulting firms, specifically an insurgent mindset, integrated innovation, and a uniquely collaborative culture.

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Are your cover letter and resume ready for applications?

Check these 2x articles to learn how to write winning resumes and cover letters and get lots of examples:consulting resume: 17 advanced writing tips, andhow to write a persuasive and customized cover letter.

Don't Stress Out: The HR Screening Interview

In most cases, the HR screening interview is conducted by phone and is aimed at briefly reviewing your background.

For instance, the HR screening interview can include a list of questions such as :

  • Background questions: for example “tell me about yourself” or “describe your work history”.
  • Motivational questions: for example “why are you interested in consulting?” and “why Bain & Company”?
  • Specific skill-based questions: for example “tell me about a time when you had to solve a problem in a team”

For this stage, you can expect a 20-minute interview.

Alternatively, to a phone screen, you may be asked to complete the One Way Interview (or One Way Video Interview).

Bain is following BCG in introducing this interview method.

The Bain one way interview is a series of interview questions asked (similar to the questions above) and answered via the video interview website, Spark Hire.

Hence, you won’t be speaking with a live interviewer.

Instead, you’ll receive the interview questions when you log onto the site from your laptop.

Spark Hire will record a video of your answers for a Bain recruiter to review at a later time.

To conclude: you won’t have a case interview at this stage.

Show Your Logical Reasoning: The Bain Potential Test

If you are applying to a South American office, theBain recruitment process likely includes an Online Test.

The Bain & Company Online Test

As a Consultant or Associate Consultant at Bain, you will spend a lot of time reading and analyzing data (from a graphical chart or an excel spreadsheet).

Besides, you will have to derive insights from these data and connect these insights to your client’s problem.

The Bain Online Test tests your ability to complete these tasks well.

In other words, the Bain Online Test assesses your ability to do the job:if you do well at the Bain Online Test, it is an indication that you will perform well as a Consultant.

Indeed, this test has been designed to assess how you are usingyour deductive, inductive, and quantitative reasoning abilities tosolve problems logically.

How Does The Bain Online Test Look Like?

First, theBain Online is a digital test like the McKinsey PST and BCG Potential Test, also with a similar feel to the GMAT and GRE. You can expect 25 multi-choice questions for 50 minutes.

Secondly, the 2x most common types of questions you can have are:

  • Calculate X, Y, and Z given the following data
  • Which of the following conclusions are accurate given the following data

These questions will come in two sections: a business case study with multiple choice answers and an analytical reasoning section ( GMAT-like questions).

Thirdly,no business background is required. You only need your common sense to answer the Bain Online Test questions.

Lastly, be prepared if a calculator is not allowed, and just use your natural abilities.Math questions are solvable with simple math or approximation.

To conclude,the most challenging part of this test is the time management. Manage the time allotted to ensure you do your best.

In fact, wrong answers are penalized, while not answering is not.

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Do NOT Neglect It: The Experience Interview

After the screening process, there is a selection process, which consists of multiple interviews.

This section will tell you everything you need to know about the behavioral interview.

But, before we start, I want to point out a mistake done by too many candidates:do NOT neglect your preparation for this part of the interview.

What To Expect During The Experience Interview

During each of your behavioral interview,you can expect the 4x following types of questions:

First, “Tell me about yourself” or “Walk me through your resume.”

Then, “Why Consulting?“.

Thirdly, “Why Bain?“.

Finally, several behavioral interview questions.

You can expect the experience interview (also known as fit interview) to last around 10 minutes.

With one exception: during the second round, one interview of the three interviews may consist of only behavioral questions.

Now, let’s go through these 4x questions.

Tell Me About Yourself

As I write in Tell Me About Yourself: How to Answer This Question, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

This question, or common variants such as “Walk me through your resume,” is an easy and open-ended start to a conversation, where your interviewer wants to know:

  • What are your motivations and what drives you?
  • Which problems you had to solve and how you solved them?
  • What is your academic background
  • How do you deal with people?
  • What impact have you had in the past?

Why Consulting?

A natural question following “Tell me about yourself” is Why consulting?.

Because the second most important thing that Bain wants to know after who you are is:

  • if you understand what Consulting is,
  • and if you are truly interested in pursuing a career in that industry.

Why’s that?

Because Bain doesn’t want you to leave after 6 months when you would have realized that the consulting lifestyle doesn’t fit your objectives.

So, whether Consulting is a thoughtful career choice or an “I don’t know what to do, let’s try” career choice, there are many good reasons why Consulting can be a good opportunity.

7x Reasons Why Consulting Can Be A Good Career Opportunity

  • #1 - It's a good career choice after University if you don't know what to do: if you don't know what to do after University or after your MBA (you're not alone!), then Consulting is a safe bet. You'll have the opportunity to explore which career, sector or specialty is right for you
  • #2 - You'll have a strong impact: you'll have the opportunity to work on and solve the most pressing problems faced by big corporations
  • #3 - You'll have a strong exposure to C-level Executives: early on in your career, you'll work directly for CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, etc. and start developing the soft skills to become a senior Executive later
  • #4 - You'll learn a lot: Consulting firms invest a lot in training their consultants. In addition, the feedback culture is very strong and you'll get full performance reviews regularly
  • #5 - You'll work with bright people: consultancies pride themselves on hiring bright and interesting people. Plus, with 3-month projects on average, you'll meet a lot of different people in consulting
  • #6 - You'll have the opportunity to work in an international environment: large consultancies sell work to businesses and governments all around the world
  • #7 - You'll have access to an amazing alumni network: having worked in a consulting firm will give you access to its alumni network that will help you throughout your career

2x Other Reasons Why Consulting Can Be A Good Career Opportunity (But You Can't Tell Them To Your Interviewer)

  • #8 - You'll have great exit opportunities: headhunting firms or big corporations love ex-consultants. Even now, 5 years after I left Consulting, head hunters still contact me on Linkedin to point out interesting opportunities
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  • #9 - You'll earn a lot of money: consulting is also known as a very well-paid industry. The average base salary for a Bain Consultant is $156,000 a year according to Glassdoor. Plus, your salary will increase between 10% and 25% each year

Besides listing a couple of reasons why you want to pursue a career in consulting, a compelling answer should explain WHY these reasons are important for you.

To conclude this section, you can check this article to learn how to craft a compelling answer to the “why consulting?” question.

Why Bain?

Next, “Why Bain?” : This question evaluates your motivation to join Bain&Company.

I have explained in this article how to have a compelling answer to this question.

Behavioral Interview Questions

The remainder of your Personal Experience Interview consists ofseveral standard behavioral interview questions such as (check the more exhaustive list of questions below):

  • Describe a challenging situation when you have had to work hard to achieve something, in a limited time, outside your comfort zone
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to work with someone with an opposing opinion
  • Describe the greatest challenge you have had to overcome when working effectively together with a group of people

To conclude, I recommend preparing between 4x and 6x potential stories to ensure every interviewer hears a different story.

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Watch the video on this page to see Bain’s examples of the experience interview.

Hence, be prepared to go into details and to explain the options you had, the decisions you made (and why), what was difficult, what did you enjoy the most, etc.

Be Exceptionally Structured: The Case Interview

The Case Interview Is Another Problem-Solving Test

Bain believes the best way to assess your problem-solving skills is to discuss a real client scenario with you.

This helps them understand how you structure tough, ambiguous business challenges, identify important issues, deal with all the implications of facts and data, formulate conclusions and recommendations, and articulate your thoughts in a fast-moving discussion.

For instance, you can watch this that outlines what to expect during the case interviews:

Besides what is outlined in the above video, you can watch what a real interview looks like in the next video:

Interviewer Led vs. Candidate Led

The Bain style case interview follows thecandidate led case study interview format.

What does that mean?

First,your interviewer will present a problem. After asking clarifying questions, you will have to structure an approach to solve this problem.

Secondly, it is up to you to determine the course of the conversation – with some help from the interviewer, of course.

Here are the steps Bain evaluates:

  • Problem structuring – organize the problem into an issue tree
  • Hypothesis – direct the conversation by choosing a logical path to follow
  • Analysis – review a graph and synthesize information relevant to the client
  • Quantitative analysis – solve a simple mathematical calculation without a calculator and synthesize the results for the client
  • Synthesis – the partner or client CEO is in the elevator with you. What do you recommend they do?

Your interviewer knows the details you learn by asking good questions. But don’t worry, the interviewer won’t let you get stuck.

Good examples of interviewer led cases can be found in the sample cases on theBainwebsite.

Furthermore, you can read mycase interview guide for beginners.

Other consulting firms, such as McKinsey & Company, might useinterviewer led case study interviews, in which the interviewer asks a series of formal questions about the case.

The Bain Written Case Interview

Bain gives some candidates – depending on the office – a written case study. Don’t worry, it’s not an essay. You’ll just craft two handwritten slides.

Bain believes some candidates do better when offered a little extra time to formulate thoughts. The written case study is a chance to use extra time to demonstrate your problem-solving skills.

Your interviewer will give you 20-30 PowerPoint slides. You can ask your interviewer questions.

You’ll then have 55 minutes to craft a recommendation. One slide will show your recommendation, and another for your rationale.

Your interviewer will then discuss your recommendations with you for 40 minutes.

My advice to you is the same as with the candidate-led case study interviews. But with extra time, you should strengthen your argument by also considering alternatives and counter-arguments.

Keith Bevans, Bain’s global head of recruiting, talks about the written case study in this video.

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Bain Wants You To Succeed

Unlike in many industries, management consulting firms tell you exactly how to interview; the challenge is meeting Bain’s level of excellence.

To help you and other candidates meet baseline expectations, Bain provides these resources to candidates:

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I want you to succeed, too. The internet holds hundreds of example cases. I recently shared a list of250+ practice cases, with morehere.

You’re Almost Done: Ask the Interviewer Great Questions

You’ve made it through the behavioral and case study portions. Now, the interviewer asks if you have any questions.

Bain is genuinely interested in your questions. Interviewers want to know you are passionate about consulting and working at Bain & Company.

Here are some ideas for great questions:

  • Make a connection with your interviewer. Ask questions about their background and their current work that really interest you
  • Explore the culture of the office at which you are interviewing
  • Clarify the structure of the office, Bain, or client engagements

You can read this article to build your list of smart questions to ask at the end of your interviews.

The Infamous Blacklist: Does It Exist? And How to Overcome It

The jury is out on if there is a Bain blacklist.

Here’s what I do know: only apply if you are ready to interview.

Remember, management consulting is a destination job for both university programs and experienced hires. Competition is strong.

For instance, if you do not pass the interviews, consulting firms will request you wait 12-18 months until you reapply.

Even then, Bain & Company may want to see a significant career change as evidence your skills have improved to pass another set of interviews, such as through a graduate degree, significant promotion, or work at a top tier company.

Don’t dwell on the question of the blacklist, but remember competition is tough. Be confident before you interview.

Offered an interview but not feeling ready? I can help you prepare in as little as 4 weeks.

The Bain Recruitment Process: Conclusion

To conclude, you now have a better understanding of the essentials of the Bain & Company interview process.

Curious about the recruitment process for other top firms? Read more here:

  • McKinsey
  • Boston Consulting Group

Now I want to hear from you:

Do you have any questions about the process?

With which part of the process do you struggle the most?

Leave a comment below.

Sébastien

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FAQs

How many rounds of interview are there in Bain? ›

The Bain interview process can vary slightly between offices and regions. Yet, it typically consists of two rounds of case interviews, with a brief behavioral portion right before each case. In the first round, candidates are generally given two 30-minute cases by consultants or case team leaders.

How difficult is it to get into Bain? ›

Probably the toughest part of the application process is passing the initial screening process. As an example, a large Bain office would receive around 3000 applications and narrow it down to about 100 for the first interview. So you would have to be at the top 3% to even get the interview.

What does Bain look for in applicants? ›

The company looks for people who have a demonstrated "significant analytic capability," he explains. "They come from a variety of backgrounds, but the ability to solve complex problems is a common trait." 2. Strong communication and leadership skills.

How many rounds are in Bain and Company? ›

Bain & Company interview process usually has 2-3 rounds.

How do I pass my Bain interview? ›

Bain Written Case Interview
  1. Understand the business problem and objective. ...
  2. Read the list of major questions. ...
  3. Skim the materials. ...
  4. Create a framework. ...
  5. Read and analyze the material. ...
  6. Decide on a recommendation. ...
  7. Create your slides. ...
  8. Prepare for potential questions.

Is BCG or Bain better? ›

In head to head recruiting, Bain often beats out BCG because of culture but loses to McKinsey based on prestige or brand-name. In terms of staffing, you'll find that Bain is more analyst heavy than both McKinsey and BCG. On a standard McKinsey or BCG team, there may be only 1 analyst.

What is the starting salary at Bain and Company? ›

Minimum salary at Bain & Company depends on the role you are applying for. For Coordinator the minimum salary is ₹9.6 Lakhs per year, for Analyst the minimum salary is ₹10.3 Lakhs per year and so on.

Who are the Big 3 consulting firms? ›

Bain, BCG, McKinsey: How To Get Hired By The Big Three Consulting Firms. It's hard to look past Bain, BCG, and McKinsey when it comes to consulting. Year after year, swathes of ambitious MBA graduates enter the ranks of the Big Three consulting firms, keen for career success and lucrative consultant salaries.

Are Bain interviews difficult? ›

One of the biggest challenges of interviewing with Bain is solving cases that you've never seen before. Each case can be difficult, and you'll have to perform well across multiple case interviews in order to get an offer. As a result, it's critical for you to have a consistent approach for solving cases.

How long does Bain take to respond? ›

Usually within 24h or 1 business day.

How hard are Bain case interviews? ›

Bain case interviews are challenging and to pass them, you'll need to start practicing early. Bain is less focused on getting the “right answer” and more focused on having a structured approach to solving the problem. This is because with a structured approach, you can solve any problem.

How many people get first round interviews Bain? ›

Your resume, with a cover letter, is the first step to a very lucrative job at Bain & Company. Yet, less than 15% of applicants receive a call for an interview. So, what Bain is looking for when screening your resume and cover letter?

How do I prepare for a recruitment consultant? ›

How to get into consulting: 6 steps to land a job offer
  1. Adjust your resume and cover letter.
  2. Get your foot in the door.
  3. Ace the quantitative tests.
  4. Stand-out in behavioural interviews.
  5. Nail your case interviews.
  6. Ask your interviewer good questions.
  7. Bonus: top consulting firms.
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What is Bain consulting known for? ›

Strong Private Equity Practice

Bain is the leading consulting partner to the private equity industry. It has a global practice in this area over 3x larger than any other consulting firm.

Are Bain cases interviewer or interviewee led? ›

BCG and Bain case interviews are often candidate-led. At the most extreme of this format, the candidate “leads” the problem-solving process breaking down the problem through an “issue tree” and hypothesizing for the root causes. The interviewer assists the candidate by supplying data to test their hypotheses.

What is answer first in consulting? ›

Answer first communication allows you to get to your point immediately. If a meeting ends early and there isn't enough time to get through an entire presentation, you won't have to rush past the recommendation, which is always the most important part.

How do you answer why do you want to be a consultant? ›

A good answer to the “why consulting” interview question

I've thought about it a lot and there are three main reasons. First, the opportunity to work on really challenging business problems. Second, the opportunity to work closely with talented colleagues. And third, the variety of work you experience as a consultant.

Does Bain pay more than McKinsey? ›

Bain MBA consultants earn the least at $246,000, an increase of around 4% from last year. BCG pays a total of $248,750, while McKinsey MBA consultants earn the most with $250,000, up by around 9% from 2021.

Who are the Big 4 in consulting? ›

The Big 4 firms in management consulting are Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte), KPMG International (KPMG), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Ernst & Young (EY). As of 2020, they are the four largest consulting firms in terms of revenue.

What are the levels at Bain? ›

The career path at Bain is steep but extremely rewarding.
...
Take a look at our senior roles.
  • Manager. ...
  • Senior Manager. ...
  • Associate Partner. ...
  • Partner.

How do I pass Bain online assessment? ›

6 Tips on Passing the Bain Online Assessment
  1. Practice, Practice, Practice! ...
  2. Read Up on What Bain's Looking for In Candidates and the Firm's Values. ...
  3. Get a Good Night's Sleep. ...
  4. Ensure You Have a Quiet Environment. ...
  5. Take Your Time Understanding the Bain Online Assessment Instructions. ...
  6. Start With a Strategy.

Is Bain test timed? ›

Bain does not use any particular service but their own online test. Test is not timed but the time you need to complete is factored into your score.

Does Bain have a problem solving test? ›

Composed of multiple parts, the Bain Online Test assesses an individual's skills (problem-solving, analytical, logical reasoning, etc.)

How many hours a week do Bain consultants work? ›

Typically, both single and married consultants average 56.6 hour work weeks, but about a quarter of single consultants routinely put in between 60 and 70 hours per week. About six percent of the responding consultants say they average between 70 and 80 hours a week.

How much does a consultant earn at Bain? ›

Bain Associate Consultants in the US can make up to $122,500 each year, with $90,000 from base salary, $22,500 from bonuses, and $10,000 from shared profits. In most other developed countries, the salary ranges from $60,000 to $80,000 (profit sharing not included).

Is consultant a good career? ›

Pursuing a career in consulting can be tough. However, for MBA graduates with the right skillset, consulting provides a good and lucrative career path and a variety of globally renowned firms to work for.

Should I work at Bain or McKinsey? ›

McKinsey has the better brand and is probably the only company that, if you make partner, you could walk straight into a very senior industry role. Bain obviously has a great brand too but it probably isn't quite as good as McKinsey across the board.

Is IT easy to transfer offices at Bain? ›

Office transfer in Bain is possible after 1-2 years with extensive networking, above average performance and if your expertise is in the areas that Bain NYC does a lot of engagements in (e.g. Financial services, Private equity).

How prestigious is Bain? ›

In other words, the majority of people in consulting fields agree that MBB are the best firms when it comes to prestige.
...
1.1. MBB Firms Have Much Higher Prestige Score (Vault 2020)
RankScoreName
18.984McKinsey & Company
28.738Boston Consulting Group
38.600Bain & Company
47.121Deloitte Consulting LLP
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Is Bain good place to work? ›

In their reviews on Glassdoor, employees praised Bain & Company's commitment to fostering an inclusive, supportive culture, camaraderie among teams, intellectually challenging and rewarding work, and flexible career paths.

Can you apply to Bain after rejection? ›

Bain: unofficially states that you should wait 12 to 18 months before reapplying.

How many times can I apply to Bain? ›

You can apply to up to three offices at a time.

How do you answer the question why Bain? ›

The most important thing is to show interviewers you're structured and MECE. If a Bain interviewer were to ask me a question along the lines of “Why do you want to join us?”, I would answer them in the order of two parts – (1)”Why Consulting” and (2)“Why Bain”. For each part, I will give three among the insights above.

How much does an associate consultant at Bain make? ›

Average Bain & Company Associate Consultant salary in India is ₹ 21.5 Lakhs per year for employees with less than 1 year of experience to 3 years. Associate Consultant salary at Bain & Company ranges between ₹ 13.5 Lakhs to ₹ 32 Lakhs per year.

How do I ace a consulting interview? ›

So, no matter where you interview, use these tips to sail on through.
  1. Ask Questions—From the Start. ...
  2. Engage Your Interviewer. ...
  3. Structure, Structure, Structure. ...
  4. Recognize Case Archetypes. ...
  5. Practice Your Numbers. ...
  6. Keep Up With Industries. ...
  7. Practice—and Grab a Buddy.
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Which company is hardest to get into? ›

Here's Glassdoor's list of the 25 Companies That Give the Toughest Job Interviews:
  • Sapient.
  • Citrix.
  • Nvidia.
  • Informatica.
  • Facebook.
  • Guidewire.
  • Caterpillar.
  • Rackspace.
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How many candidates make it to the final interview? ›

The average is around two to four people.

As always, there is no defined structure for how hiring managers will get to this point. Most decision-makers like to meet with potential hires multiple times before they extend a job offer. It's a way to know that they're making the right decisions.

What is the final round of interview for? ›

A final interview is generally the last interview you will encounter before learning whether a company has decided to make you an offer of employment. At this stage, you've likely had several other types of interviews, such as with a hiring manager or about your technical skills.

What is the recruitment process in consulting? ›

Preliminary Screening & Interview

With the selection of candidatures we are engaged in preliminary screening where we assess them on Key Result Areas (KRA's), Compensation Package, Job Title, Job Location and other details. Our team of consultants personally conducts their interviews to assess the candidate competency.

Is it hard to get a consulting job? ›

Consulting is the most popular career path for MBA students, and consulting jobs are extremely competitive. This means there are a lot of very hard-working people competing to get some very prestigious jobs.

What is the consulting interview process? ›

First and foremost, it's important to understand that the consulting interview process typically consists of two types of interviews: (1) Fit interviews (also called experience interviews), which focus on your skills, background and professional aspirations, and (2) case interviews, which focus on your ability to ...

Why should one join Bain? ›

“At Bain, we have a strong belief in a workplace environment that is conducive to creating holistic, well-rounded career development opportunities for all our employees.” Thus, at Bain, smart and effective people are surrounded by other smart and effective people.

How does staffing work at Bain? ›

It's a typical up-or-out system, with more focus on the up. Bain used to utilize a 50-50 staffing model, where consultants were assigned to 2 projects at the same time. The idea was that staff would always be at least 50% utilized. In seasons of intense growth, however, the staffing model was unsustainable.

Does Bain and company pay well? ›

Bain consultant salary prospects are especially strong for incoming MBA hires who earn base salaries of $175,000. Master's-level graduates get offered around $100,000 in base salary at Bain. MBA hires at Bain receive performance bonuses of $41,250 and a signing bonus of $30,000.

Are Bain interviews difficult? ›

One of the biggest challenges of interviewing with Bain is solving cases that you've never seen before. Each case can be difficult, and you'll have to perform well across multiple case interviews in order to get an offer. As a result, it's critical for you to have a consistent approach for solving cases.

How many people make it past Bain first round? ›

Consulting firms typically have two different rounds of interviews before extending consulting job offers to candidates. Roughly 10% to 30% of applicants pass consulting first round interviews and move onto final round interviews.

How long does it take to hear back from Bain final round? ›

Usually within 24h or 1 business day.

What is the final round of interview for? ›

A final interview is generally the last interview you will encounter before learning whether a company has decided to make you an offer of employment. At this stage, you've likely had several other types of interviews, such as with a hiring manager or about your technical skills.

How long does Bain take to respond? ›

Usually within 24h or 1 business day.

What is the starting salary at Bain and Company? ›

Minimum salary at Bain & Company depends on the role you are applying for. For Coordinator the minimum salary is ₹9.6 Lakhs per year, for Analyst the minimum salary is ₹10.3 Lakhs per year and so on.

How do you pass a consulting case interview? ›

So, no matter where you interview, use these tips to sail on through.
  1. Ask Questions—From the Start. ...
  2. Engage Your Interviewer. ...
  3. Structure, Structure, Structure. ...
  4. Recognize Case Archetypes. ...
  5. Practice Your Numbers. ...
  6. Keep Up With Industries. ...
  7. Practice—and Grab a Buddy.
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Are Bain interviews interviewer led? ›

BCG and Bain case interviews are often candidate-led. At the most extreme of this format, the candidate “leads” the problem-solving process breaking down the problem through an “issue tree” and hypothesizing for the root causes. The interviewer assists the candidate by supplying data to test their hypotheses.

Is Bain good place to work? ›

In their reviews on Glassdoor, employees praised Bain & Company's commitment to fostering an inclusive, supportive culture, camaraderie among teams, intellectually challenging and rewarding work, and flexible career paths.

How many people pass McKinsey first round? ›

Once you get to the 1st round it is on your to deliver during the interview. 20% - 30% success rate at 1st rounds is usual.

What are the signs that you will be hired after an interview? ›

16 Signs You Will Get the Job After an Interview
  • The conversation turns casual.
  • The interview runs long.
  • The interviewer shows positive nonverbal actions.
  • They introduce you to other team members.
  • They indicate they're impressed.
  • They ask about your availability.
  • The interviewer discusses perks.
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What are the top 3 questions to ask an interviewer? ›

7 good questions to ask at an interview
  • Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role? ...
  • How could I impress you in the first three months? ...
  • Are there opportunities for training and progression within the role/company? ...
  • Where do you think the company is headed in the next five years?

What are the 3 rounds of interview? ›

3 Rounds of Interview

This type of interview may include an HR round, technical round and a final discussion round.

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