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need to give someone practice case, how does BCG differ from McK?

 
#1 need to give someone practice case, how does BCG differ from McK?
05/11/2009 18:30

eric longdon

Hi all, just a quick question. A friend (engineer, master's deg.) has asked me to give him a practice case for his BCG interview. I myself am a recent post-graduate hire for one of the top consulting companies, but have not started yet. I know for example, how McK cases are like -- how should I modify the questions to be more like BCG? (I didn't get any interviews with them)

For example, the McK interview usually goes something like:

-- small talk, hellos, resume chat

-- tell me about a time you had to use leadership skills to solve a difficult problem

-- case portion, a company is thinking of adopting this new technology, what general issues can you identify to be examined?

-- ok, you mentioned production issues. Here are some numbers about their production capacity, can you tell me how the new technology will affect their profit margin?

-- what initial thoughts do you have for the CEO this afternoon?

So I'm basically trying to come up with something for him to practice realistically for BCG. One thing I noticed is that McK interview was not very framework or typical case-based. Is BCG more? Somewhere I read that with BCG you will be "driving" the case more, like having to ask, "is it this factor or that factor", "ok, can you tell me more about the segmentation of that". Is that right?

Thanks for your help in advance!

(by the way, we are in the US)

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#2 RE: need to give someone practice case, how does BCG differ from McK?
06/11/2009 00:02

anon to eric longdon (#1)

Have you had a look here first?

http://www.bcg.com/join_bcg/interview_prep/practice_cases/default.aspx

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#3 RE: need to give someone practice case, how does BCG differ from McK?
06/11/2009 01:34

HK to anon (#2)

jesus christ, how the hell did you get into a top strategy firm with your research skills?

I am currently at McKinsey, and like everyone else, also made applications for roles at BCG/Bain. You would have surely got a rough idea of some of the differences from web research alone (e.g. from the web link our friend has posted above).

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#4 RE: need to give someone practice case, how does BCG differ from McK?
06/11/2009 06:46

Anon to HK (#3)

Wow HK did that make you and your superior research skills feel good about yourself? The guy is trying to help someone out.

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#5 RE: need to give someone practice case, how does BCG differ from McK?
07/11/2009 00:46

eric longdon to Anon (#4)

thanks a lot for the information, and that link from BCG.

Sorry to pi$$ you off, HK. I just haven't had a whole lot of time to devote to this (still working at my current job), and was looking for specifically how BCG interviews are different from McK. Not much distilled information readily found about that topic I'm sure you'll agree...

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