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BCG🐠, starting at the Principal level in the NY office. Strong industry expertise, great client skills. Any advice to be successful at BCG?

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As a principal you will want to start to prove your ability to drive a business with an MDP team. Find team(s) you click with, demonstrate your ability to simultaneously execute work and drive biz dev, and make sure you remember to deliver an exceptional experience to your teams (in my experience some lateral hires are surprised by how much this is emphasized at BCG so don’t forget it!). To do that make active mentorship and development a focus for everyone on your team, spend time providing direction and guidance, make sure no one does anything not important to enhance sustainability. You will be great, welcome aboard.

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I agree with BCG1 in part, but don’t overrotate on being too modest, especially if they have you doing some junior role on your first case. Try to find a first case you’re comfortable with so you can show leadership from the start. Try to network early on and find people who value what you do so you can gravitate toward them tactfully over time. Make sure you’re officially affiliated with the right practice areas so you can provide people with help in your areas of expertise and start generating good will/recognition. Also would say compared to many other firms Principals are very involved in case execution

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Leave your ego at the door. Understand the feedback culture and its benefits (I speak as a lateral who found it initially painful but after 4 years, am a total believer). You will be receiving feedback from downward (your team) and upward (the partners). Apply yourself to learning the BCG specific rubrics for success and promotion. Understand what they mean for you, but also the people you are evaluating. NOT doing this is a surefire way to fall short for your team and get a bad reputation amongst the As, Cs and PLs. Ask questions even if they seem dumb. Ask a lot of questions. You aren't expected to come into the firm knowing everything. People who think they were and who aren't curious about understanding the place cycle out fast. Source: lateral hire, been here 4 years now and promoted, watched fellow laterals crash out fast

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It's just our performance rating framework. It's available to everyone who works here. CDA will know where to get it.

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Any advice on finding formal and informal mentors? Are BCGers encouraged to do that?

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Hi op, is being referred at a principal level. Was wondering if we can connect for the interview format. Is it similar to Associate or PL level or different?

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