Experience Interview - Bain & Company

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Consulting Interview Preparation

Experience Interview

The experience interview gives us a chance to learn about your accomplishments, understand your motivations and passions, and hear why you’re seeking a career in consulting at Bain.

Bain consultants answer potential experience interview questions.

What Is the Experience Interview?

Your interviewer may start by 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 involves describing a strategic project you worked on and elaborating on the approach you and your team took to develop a hypothesis and recommendation, as well as the steps to implement the recommendation.

In addition, you may be asked behavioral questions to help us gauge your team skills and your interest in Bain. 

What Are Behavioral Questions?
  • Behavioral questions ask you to describe past experiences and how you handled them, possibly in the context of a consultant skill. We encourage you to be open and specific to allow interviewers to learn more about you.

Tips for Nailing Your Interview

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • 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 a time 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?