Saturday, May 16, 2009

BCG Round 1 Interview - Part 1

As promised, here is a rundown of my first round BCG interview.

I woke up at 4am on Friday morning to suit up, gather my padfolio, and head over to the airport. After a cup of coffee and short flight , I was at the Dallas-Love airport. It was 7:45am, and I had some time to kill, so I listened a few tunes on the Ipod. This also helped me calm my nerves a bit.

I arrived at the office in downtown Dallas around 8:20am. The interview wasn't until 9am, so I had yet more time to kill. Fortunately, the front receptionist had given me bio cards for my two interviewers. I looked over them for a while, noting that both of the interviewers had graduated from Harvard Business School. Shortly afterward, a member of the recruiting team came out, introduced herself, and gave me some additional materials about BCG. I read through the materials and then spent an unknown amount of time listening to the people passing by as they made small talk with each other and the receptionist.

I started texting and tweeting with my phone in order to keep myself distracted. I was in the middle of writing a tweet when another member of the recruiting team came out to talk to me. We exchanged pleasantries and she wished me the best of luck. I had already turned my phone off at this point out of fear that it would still find a way to make a sound in Silent mode in the middle of an interview, so I had no idea how much time was left until 9am.

A 2nd interviewee came shuffling in, grabbed his materials from the receptionist, and then took a seat in the waiting area. I thought I might be able to talk to him to pass the rest of the time, but he was too engrossed in the supplied bio cards. Fortunately, the interviewers came out a few minutes later, introduced themselves, and took each of us away to separate conference rooms to begin the interview process.

I'll post up the 2nd part in the next couple of days or so.

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