The experience interview is an opportunity to highlight your problem-solving and leadership skills in the context of past professional and academic experiences. In addition, your interviewer will want to learn more about your interest in consulting, your motivations and passions.
Interviewers may start the interview asking traditional résumé questions to gain a better understanding of your background, interests and career goals. Some interviewers may conduct a mini-case based on your professional or academic experiences. The mini-case asks you to describe a strategic project you worked on and elaborate on the approach you and your team took to develop a hypothesis and recommendation, as well as the steps to implement.
In addition, you may be asked behavioral questions to gain a better understanding of your team skills and your interest in Bain. Behavioral questions could consist of asking you to describe your actions in a past experience in the context of a consultant skill. We encourage you to be open and specific in your experience interview to allow interviewers to learn more about you.
Some of the questions you may have to answer are:
- Why are you interested in Bain?
- What experience are you most proud of?
- What experience do you wish you could do over and how would you do it differently?
- What is a difficult decision you’ve made in the last year?
- What is an example of when you showed initiative and leadership?
- What aspects of your internship did you especially enjoy?
- What aspects of your internship did you like less?
- What do you most like to do in your free time?
- What attributes would you bring to a case team?
- Describe a role where you changed the direction of a team. How did you do it?