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beating a dead horse: BCG interview for Phd dude

 
#1 beating a dead horse: BCG interview for Phd dude
26/09/2007 13:37

Fred

ok, been invited to an interview with BCG next week. Got PhD (biochemistry) and a couple of years experience (postdoc). What kind of treatment can I expect with regards to case studies? Hard core business concepts etc?

"determine the profitability of rubber company x given these numbers/factors?"

Input much appreciated.

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#2 RE: beating a dead horse: BCG interview for Phd dude
26/09/2007 14:00

MBB to Fred (#1)

It should be the same as for normal undergrads or MBA students. There are lots of practice cases out there (check MBB websites and look for case books). The general rule is, that they will normally be business-based (either market-sizing or some kind of 'strategic' problem - often entering a new market). They should not require specific business (or industry) knowledge beyond the basics (profit=revenue-cost, revenue=price x volume, costs are of different types, fixed and variable, what are the types of things a company might do to cut costs or increase revenue etc). The will generally be looking to test (a) basic mathematical literacy and comfort with maths, (b) ability to structure/synthesise and communicate your understanding (c) creativity/ability to learn quickly and (d) interpersonal skills.

Hope this helps

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#3 RE: beating a dead horse: BCG interview for Phd dude
26/09/2007 14:32

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com) to Fred (#1)

Fred - you should join our case study interview techniques call this Friday, we'll be running through examples of cases you could face and how we would recommend you tackle the problems. I've had fantastic feedback from candidates that have interviewed with most of the leading strategy consultancies that the call prepared them for just the formats they faced at interview (I'm an ex-strategy consultant so I guess that figures). If of interest see:

<a href=http://www.top-consultant.com/UK/events/Article_display.asp?ID=140>http://www.top-consultant.com/UK/events/Article_display.asp?ID=140</a>

Tony Restell

Top-Consultant.com

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