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How to Get Hired
We asked The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
BCG is growing across all practices and all functional areas. We are seeking a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and there is no specific prior expertise required. We look for smart, curious individuals who have the drive, passion and humility to be in client service and who will embrace the BCG culture and thrive within it. Candidates need to have strong interpersonal, leadership, communication, and analytical skills, as well as the ability to focus on the truth that we believe exists in any business problem. In a summary, we are looking for people with drive and passion to help our clients and BCG succeed.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
A strong prospective employee will not only offer solutions to the problem at hand during an interview, but will also demonstrate a natural curiosity to explore other related issues and opportunities. Strong candidates are genuine and are able to communicate what makes them unique and how they will contribute to our culture.
Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?
There are multiple rounds of interviews, and the candidate will meet with several people in each round. Candidates are asked to discuss a business case that is a simulation of our actual work. It is important to familiarize oneself with the format of the interviews as it is not a personality interview only but also a case interview.
The best preparation is familiarizing oneself with the format of the interview well enough to be comfortable, and then be ready to think on one’s feet, engage with the interviewer, and have a dynamic conversation. To ensure candidates are well prepared for our rigorous interview process, BCG provides a variety of interview preparation tools and guidance, including those found at careers.bcg.com/join
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
This year we plan to expand hiring across job categories, industries, practice areas and geographic locations to support our continued growth. We look for candidates from a variety of education and industry backgrounds with drive and passion to help our clients succeed. In addition to new consultants, we have ambitious targets for 2015 across many pieces of our business including expert hiring, Technology Advantage, Business Services Staff, Principals and Project Leaders.
BCG Digital Ventures (DV) has created strategic partnerships with the world's leading companies to create disruptive digital platforms. In doing so, DV doubled its size within the US in the last year and expanded rapidly internationally. We're continuing to look for talent at all levels from college graduate to experienced industry executive across all functions. In addition, BCG is looking to hire further talent across all levels into Platinion, BCG's in-house IT consulting and risk management services subsidiary.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
BCG’s online presence is an accessible way for candidates to learn more about us. Our redesigned website, www.bcg.com, houses information about our work, global presence, people, publications and latest news. Our social media presence is another way candidates stay current with what our people are thinking about and working on; BCG is on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+. We also maintain social media channels for bcg.perspectives to disseminate the latest research from BCG’s thought leaders.
We encourage future candidates currently in undergraduate or graduate programs to connect with BCG via our on-campus recruiting events, so we can get to know one another informally and in person to determine whether BCG could be a good fit. Interested candidates can also reach out to our office-based recruiting teams to set up an informal discussion about employment opportunities.