MBA or other advanced degree

Join our team. We look for consultant and summer associate (SA) candidates who are enthusiastic about problem solving and have a practical perspective to delivering meaningful results. We hire from the top business schools and graduate programs around the world, seeking people with the intelligence, the passion and the leadership to drive change across organizations—and who also like to have a little fun along the way. Learn more about what Bain looks for.

Who should apply to be a consultant?
We welcome full-time consultant applications from graduating MBAs, JDs, MDs and PhDs. Those conducting postdoctoral research or participating in a medical residency program should also apply. Learn more about the consultant role.

Applications are accepted from August through October. Check with your university’s career services office for your application deadline, or visit your university’s page.

Please contact us if you have questions about the consultant recruiting process.

Apply now
We hope you will consider joining our Bay Area team. Please submit your online application. Fluency in English is required.


Be a consultant for the summer
First-year MBAs who would like to experience the real world of consulting, while getting insight into what a future with Bain would be like, should apply for the SA position. Learn more about the SA role.

Summer associate applications are typically due in November through January. Check with your university’s career services office for your application deadline, or visit your university’s page.


Bain’s interview process involves a series of case and experience interviews to help us get to know you better. Since each of the case interviews will entail a discussion of an actual Bain case, you will also gain some insights into what it is like to work at Bain. We encourage you to prepare for your case interviews.

Candidates will participate in two rounds of interviews; each round will have two or three 40-45 minute interviews.

First round
You will meet with two Bain managers or partners on your school’s campus if you are invited to interview with Bain.

The bulk of the first round of interviews will revolve around the discussion of Bain cases. Your interviewer will present a short business problem and then ask you to structure the problem and recommend a practical solution.

Your interview may kick off with an opportunity to share your achievements and future goals. You should also have time at the end to ask your interviewer questions.

Second round
Those successfully passing the first round will participate in a second round of interviews in the San Francisco or Silicon Valley office. You will meet with Bain principals or partners for the final round, which will consist of one case interview, one written case interview and one experience interview.

The goal of the written case is to provide you with an opportunity to better demonstrate your skills in a more real-life situation. It will also give you a better understanding of the day-to-day role of a Bain consultant by simulating our work process. Bain will provide you with 20 to 30 slides that describe a client situation and ask key questions pertaining to that client. You will have 60 minutes to review the slides and prepare a short synopsis of your insights and recommendations before the interview begins.

In the experience interview, your interviewer will ask traditional resume and behavioral questions, and perhaps questions about a mini-case based on your experiences, to better understand you and your interest in Bain.