Congratulations – you are almost there. The Final Interview is the last stage of the BCG application process. You just need to focus on a few more things.
Tip: Learn as much as you can about BCG and its corporate culture. You need to have a high level of understanding of BCG mission, any relevant recent big news and its future developments. Think about the retail industry as a whole too – do you see any structural changes that you could talk about?
BCG Final Interview: Questions & Answers
The answer to questions will depend on the particular line of business and role you applied to. Since each position requires certain set of skills and some pre-requisite knowledge, make sure to do extensive research to know exactly what is required for this role.
BCG interviews are likely to involve many competency and motivational questions, with many questions looking to examine your general business acumen. Here we provide some of the most common BCG interview questions and tips on how to approach them.
These questions may include:
- Have you ever been in conflict with a colleague? How did you resolve it?
To answer this question correctly, you need to refer to some sort of conflict you were involved with: it is not sufficient to say you are a not a problematic person and have never been in a conflict with anyone. Conflicts are a natural occurrence at a workplace. Think of a situation where your opinion differed to someone else, explain the context and give reasons as to why you believed your idea was superior, but don’t be dismissive or arrogant. Show appreciation and understanding for other team members and describe how you managed to reach a conclusion, referring to skills such as: communication, compromise, and professionalism.
- ‘Tell us more about yourself’.
To answer this interview question, refer to your academic interests, extracurricular activities, as well as general passions and hobbies. Although these do not have to suit the position you applied to – make sure to stress specific skills you learnt or experiences you gathered. For example, if you competed in sports, do not just focus on how much fun it was: stress the discipline and hard work it required, and the team skills you developed, etc.
- Commercial awareness questions, including:
- What do you know about BCG?
- What are the differences between BCG and other competitors in the market?
- What do you understand about BCG’s company culture and values?
To answer these BCG interview questions, draw upon your knowledge of the company and the industry that you should have gathered when preparing for the interview. Be specific and concise.
These type of questions are usually considered most difficult – mainly because they are very abstract and as such, there is little advice you can get besides – be yourself. Assessors are looking to see how you think when confronted with puzzling questions and how creative your answers can be to questions like:
- How many corner shops are there in London?
- Describe the colour red to a blind person.
- How would you test a calculator?
The Final Interview at BCG is also your opportunity to find out more about the company and the team you might be working with. However, asking interesting questions in the interview is about so much more than this.
Tip: Come equipped with some thought-provoking questions, stand out from the competition and demonstrate your genuine motivation and enthusiasm to work for the company.
Do not be afraid to ask your interviewer about their personal experiences with the company, as well as their career path. They want to see your genuine interest to work for BCG and not as just another ‘job seeker’. Your enthusiasm and interest may offset some of your shortcomings from the interview.