FAQ

YOUR APPLICATION WITH BAIN

In addition to an excellent academic record at a university and outstanding analytical skills, you should have gained some international and practical experience. In our interviews, we’ll also look for strengths such as structured thinking and the ability to identify problems and find appropriate and viable solutions.

You can apply for a permanent position or internship at any time; we don’t have an application deadline. However, to give us the time to accommodate your preferences and ensure a smooth application process, we’d ask you to observe our lead times: around three months for permanent employment and six months for an internship.
We’ll process your application as soon as we receive it, and you’ll usually hear back from us within a week.

Yes, you’re welcome to apply to any office in the Bain network. Our online application form  has a section where you can indicate your office preferences. Should you opt for an international office, please upload your application documents in English.

If you apply directly after completing your bachelor's or master's degree, you’ll always start in the position of Associate Consultant. During your first years with Bain, you’ll work on a wide array of projects, allowing you to make a well-informed decision on what area you wish to specialize in. Of course, your preferences will be taken into account in our project assignment.
Should you wish to specialize in a certain area right from the start, that is a possibility but the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. Should you bring significant professional experience in a given field, you’ll typically be able to start right in that field, although that is not a must.

We certainly do! We look for capable and qualified people from all fields. It is important to us to have a mix of different academic backgrounds in our firm, so we can provide clients with consulting services at a high level of expertise.

Absolutely. Depending on the type and duration of your professional experience, you’ll probably start at an advanced career level.

Please use our online application form  only. The online process allows you to put together all the data you need, conveniently and without time pressure, and upload all relevant documents

If you wish to apply for a position at one of our German-speaking locations, you’re free choose whether you wish to submit your documents in German or English. If you’re interested in one of our international Bain offices, we’ll need your documents in English.

No. If you’re applying to a German-speaking office, you don’t need to convert your grades.

It may occasionally happen that one of the positions is not available for selection in the online form. In that case, please select another position for the time being. We’ll adjust the level later.

All contacts, including their areas of responsibility, can be found here.

Your application is complete if, in addition to the cover letter and resumé, you have included all relevant diplomas, internship certificates and work references.
If you apply as an Associate Consultant Intern or Associate Consultant, after confirming receipt of your application we’ll ask you to complete an assessment by Pymetrics: Through twelve neuroscientific games, the system objectively assesses candidates’ cognitive, social and emotional qualities. The process takes about 25 minutes overall; you’ll have two weeks to complete it. Pymetrics is just one of many components of our decision-making process. Once you’ve completed the assessment your application will be processed further. For more information on Pymetrics, click here.

Receipt of your application will be confirmed as soon as possible. If you apply for a position at one of our German-speaking offices, you’ll be asked to complete a Pymetrics assessment. After completing that, you’ll typically hear form us within two weeks. Should you have applied for an international office, it may take longer to process your application. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Please note that we’ll only have information on applications in the German-speaking region.

Our recruiting days take place regularly. We’ll make sure we set the dates so as to accommodate your needs.

To make sure we have a chance to get to know each other, we usually have in-person job interviews only. That said, due to the current pandemic conditions we’re currently doing virtual interviews only. You will receive more information with your invitation.

Our advice to you is, practice as much as you can! To prepare for the case interviews, it is particularly important to look at structuring approaches and to practice mental arithmetics and business judgment approaches. Also, it’s always a good idea to take a look at major newspapers and keep yourself updated on developments.
Some case studies to work on are available at our international website. In addition, many of our applicants use training portals such as Squeaker or PrepLounge.

Yes, we’ll be happy to receive another application at a later date. For best results, you should have gained more practical experience and/or won academic achievements by then. In our experience, clear and visible personal development takes a minimum of 12 to 18 months.

Unfortunately we have to decline that. Since our clients' data are confidential and may not be used for other purposes – not even in disguised form –, we do not supervise academic theses.

To apply to one of our business functions, we ask you not to use our online form. Instead, please send your application directly to the contact mentioned below the respective job posting. You’ll find all current job postings here.

Working at Bain - permanent entry

Our Associate Consultant program enables you to develop further academically. You’ll be able to take a one- to two-year sabbatical during which we support you financially.

Since we pursue a generalist approach, as an Associate Consultant or Consultant you’ll spend the first few years gaining generalist knowledge and experience in various areas. Later, as a Manager, you’ll be able to specialize in certain industries. Should you wish to specialize in a particular area right from the start, that possiblity does exist but the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. Should you have already gained significant professional experience in a certain area, you’ll typicall start directly in that area, although that is not a must.

In principle, we have promotions several times a year. How long it actually takes for you to move to the next level depends on your performance.
At each level, we offer specific training programs to help you prepare for the next higher level.

Usually they don’t. Since it is our primary goal is to meet clients' needs in the best possible way, our consultants will usually dedicate 100% of their capacity to a single project.

Sure. We’ll always try to accommodate your preferences as best we can. That said, the assignment of our consultants to client projects also depends on our firm’s current business situation and the skills and experience required for the respective project.

We certainly do. In fact, we have various flex-time models that can be adapted to your specific situation. Working part-time on client projects is possible, as well as taking on an internal role. On principle, our consultants are free to take unpaid leave at any time.
To grant you the best possible support in balancing your work schedule with your family’s needs, we have an ongoing cooperation with various agencies that can help you organize things such as childcare.

Each of our consultants has a “home office.” Usually that’s where we’ll spend our Fridays – our “office day” – doing our client work and seizing the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues working on other projects.

We have regular female events in Germany that are specially organized for our female colleagues. In addition, our consultants take part in various female training courses.

It is an essential part of our value system as a firm that we make a contribution to society beyond our everyday work. That's why we advise various non-profits, especially social entrepreneurs, on a pro-bono basis. At regular intervals we host our Community Impact Day: On this day, Bainies from all German-speaking offices work at various social institutions in their respective regions.

In addition, each of our offices offers lots of opportunities for volunteering. At the Munich office, for instance, we have BAGSI (Bain Admin Goes Social) – an initiative aimed at supporting socially vulnerable groups in society, which originated from a personal project.

Working at Bain - internship

The ideal duration for an internship is ten to twelve weeks. For doctoral candidates, we expect a time frame of twelve weeks.

The availability of internships abroad depends on the respective location. Please refer to the relevant country's career pages for more information.

We usually manage to select a project that’s an excellent match with your preferences in terms of industry and topic.

Yes, that’s correct. For the entire duration, we’ll provide you with a furnished apartment in the center of the respective city.

Absolutely. If the internship whets your appetite for more, we look forward to receiving your application for a permanent position. Outstanding interns will immediately be accepted into our intern development program Springboard.

Springboard is our intern development program. Acceptance to the program is a particular distinction – we only accept interns whose performance has been outstanding.

The biggest advantage of the Springboard program is a much shorter onboarding process. In addition, you’ll be invited to various events, from office events to dedicated Springboard events; you’ll receive our newsletter with info about Bain and you’ll be able to choose your personal Springboard mentor.

Bain-events

As a rule, there are no costs for you when participating in our (inter)national events. We’ll organize your accommodation and meals, as well as your travel to and from the event.
If you attend one of our local university events, we’ll let you know in advance whether and to what extent we’ll reimburse you for any costs incurred.

First and foremost, to get to know us and find out what makes us tick – and also to

  • exchange ideas with other students and PhD candidates,
  • learn about another career perspective,
  • learn what management consulting at Bain is all about,
  • get professional input on an interesting topic,
  • work on a complex task with Bainies,
  • grow through workshops and personal feedback.

We don’t evaluate candidates at events, but we certainly like to stay in touch with students who leave a good professional and personal impression – for example, through our Red Carpet career program.