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Jeff

Manager, Los Angeles

The person across from you wants you to succeed, and you should aim not just for “cracking the case,” but also for feeling like you know the company, the job, and your interviewer. double-quote-close

Why Bain?

I went through the interview process with several consulting firms, as many people do. My Bain interviewers were open, interested and made the process (though very thorough) feel like a series of friendly conversations. You never know for sure right after an interview whether you “passed,” but after mine I knew for sure that I could work with these people and have fun doing it.

My passion

I really enjoy being involved with recruiting at Bain. I can put myself back in the shoes of people working to find their way into a position here, and I remember how great it was to have Bainies willing to answer questions, have a coffee chat and generally support me during the process. I like being that person now that I’m on the other side.

Outside of the office, my passions are travel and the outdoors – I burn most of my vacation time pursuing these. This can be a demanding job, but we’re encouraged to use those vacation days, and I try to completely unplug when I can (i.e., leave the laptop at home).

My favorite case

I worked on a case to integrate two merging life sciences companies. The best part of this case was our team’s progression – we started with identifying (and overdelivering) on a synergy plan that was communicated to Wall Street, and then shifted our focus to commercial strategy in Europe and Asia (with members of our team traveling to both regions) and then shifted again to help with even broader strategic topics, like branding and e-commerce. It was all one case, but was essentially half a dozen “mini-cases” that allowed us to build really strong client relationships and return our fees many times over.

My personal results story

I’m most proud of the moments on this job where I’ve played a role in converting a client from a consulting or Bain skeptic to a deep, intractable Bain promoter. I’ve had clients explicitly thank us for taking a practical approach without overengineering the answer, and then ask us to stick around for another few months. Those client stories make the job personally rewarding for me.

My perspective on diversity at Bain

Bain’s transfer programs and global network make the company a very cosmopolitan place to work. I’ve met, trained, or worked with Bainies from Mexico, Belgium, Switzerland, Dubai, Australia, Colombia, India, Ukraine and from all over the US.

A final thought

It’s a competitive process to land a consulting job, but try to take a step back from that in your interviews and relax. The person across from you wants you to succeed, and you should aim not just for “cracking the case,” but also for feeling like you know the company, the job, and your interviewer.