Bridgespan Applicant Toolkit
The information in this Applicant Toolkit will help you apply to Bridgespan and prepare for the interview process. Please read through it carefully before you apply. Once you've reviewed the materials, please feel free to browse our open positions
Most of this information pertains to consulting positions, please see our page on corporate opportunities for discussion about non-consulting jobs.
After reviewing the toolkit, if you have further questions about our hiring process, please send an email to [email protected].
1. Recruiting Timeline
How does the recruiting timeline work at Bridgespan?
For Associate Consultant and Consultant positions in the U.S.:
The applications for our Associate Consultant and Consultant roles for a 2024 start date in our Boston, New York, and San Francisco offices will open on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. The application deadline is Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11:59PM EST.
- Application review will begin on September 11. Please note, no applications will be reviewed before this time
- Interview invitations will be sent no later than September 20
- First round interviews are scheduled for October 5-9
- Final round interview invitations will be sent no later than October 13
- Final round interviews are scheduled for October 23-25
- Offers will be extended no later than November 2
For Associate Consultant and Consultant positions in Johannesburg:
Applications are AC and C positions are currently open for positions starting throughout 2023.
For Associate Consultant positions in Mumbai:
The recruiting process for 2023 starts has finalized. For Associate Consultant and Consultant positions starting in 2024, the recruiting process will kick off in the Spring of 2024.
For Associate Consultant and Consultant positions in Singapore:
We anticipate that applications for any Associate Consultant and Consultant positions starting in 2023 will open by Q3 of 2023.
For Manager positions in all offices:
We hire on a rolling basis through the calendar year. All available positions are currently posted.
Recruiting webinars for Associate Consultant and Consultant Candidates:
- July 12, 2023, 12:00pm EST, Register >>
- August 9, 2023, 5:00pm EST, Register >>
- August 30, 2023, 3:00pm EST Register >>
- September 6, 2023, 8:00pm EST Register >>
Which positions are currently available?
Please review the Current Jobs at Bridgespan page.
2. Positions and Applicant Backgrounds
Which positions do you typically hire for each year? What are the qualifications for each position?
The most common positions we hire for each year in all our offices are Associate Consultant and Consultant. Manager hiring occurs based on office needs.
We recruit Associate Consultant candidates from campus as well as directly from other organizations. To be eligible for an Associate Consultant position you must have an undergraduate degree and 0-3 years of work experience. You should also apply for an Associate Consultant position if you have a non-MBA Master's degree and less than 3 years of work experience.
We recruit Consultant candidates from campus as well as directly from other organizations. To be eligible for a Consultant position you must have an MBA and 2 years of pre-graduate school work experience OR an MPP, MPA or other Master's degree and 3+ years of professional work experience.
Throughout the year, we seek to hire Managers. To be eligible for a Manager position, you must have at least 6 years of total work experience, plus 4 years of strategy consulting experience, post-graduate school preferred, AND at least 1 year in a supervisory role as a Manager, Engagement Manager or Principal.
Does Bridgespan offer internships?
In the U.S., we are currently offering a Consultant MBA/MPP summer internship through our long-standing partnerships with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and The Consortium Graduate School of Management. Recruiting timeline will be posted in the Spring on each program’s site.
Is nonprofit experience a requirement for the Associate Consultant and the Consultant positions?
No, but we are looking for applicants who have a passion to make greater social impact, have a desire to work full-time in the non-profit sector and have a commitment to consistently apply an equity lens to the work.
Does Bridgespan sponsor visas?
We are interested in qualified candidates who are eligible to work in the U.S. However, we are not able to interview any candidate who require visas of any kind including, TNs, H-1B, F-1 among others. We also cannot support candidates on OPT (Optional Practical Training), as it will require future sponsorship. Candidates must be eligible to work in the US at the time of their application.
Johannesburg and Singapore
Due to tightening labor regulations, we are not able to sponsor any visas at this time.
Is Bridgespan open to full-time remote employees at the AC and C level?
All new AC and C employees are required to relocate to their home office city and work a minimum of 2 days per week in the office in the US and 3 days in Asia and Africa. Please apply only to the office you are local to or willing to relocate to.
3. How to Apply
How should I submit my application?
The Bridgespan Group requires that all applications be submitted via our online application system. We do not accept applications submitted by e-mail or post.
What should I include when I apply?
The Bridgespan Group requires a resumé and cover letter from all candidates upon submission.
Cover letters may be addressed to Kerry Oliver, Director of Recruiting.
You must submit your cover letter and resumé in a single PDF document to be considered for a position.
Can I apply to more than one US office?
We ask that you apply to your top office preference, you will also be asked to list your second and third office preferences. If you are interested in only one office, do not select a second or third office preference.
Can I reapply if I applied for a position last year?
You may submit an application even if you have previously applied to The Bridgespan Group. If you have recently interviewed, we ask that you wait 18 months before reapplying.
I have submitted my application. What is the next step?
Your resumé will be reviewed by a recruiting committee and compared to all other submissions for your desired office and position. Based on the qualifications of candidates and the specific office's hiring needs, a select number of applicants are extended an invitation to interview. If you are selected to participate in the interview process, a member of our recruiting team will contact you to schedule your interviews. If you are not selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail.
4. Preparing for Your Consulting Interview
What is the interviewing process like?
Bridgespan's interview process involves a combination of case interviews and behavioral interviews.
In first rounds, we schedule 1-2 case interviews via telephone. Final round interviews are conducted in person. Final rounds consist for 2-3 additional case interviews and one behavioral interview.
What is a case interview?
Case interviews give you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to structure your thinking, respond to complex and ambiguous problems, and reach sound conclusions. The case interview also gives you an example of the kinds of work we commonly see in strategy consulting engagements. For this reason, our interviewers prepare their interviews based on real cases. The behavioral interviews give you an opportunity to discuss specific instances when you have demonstrated relevant skills and have been challenged. It is also important for us to understand your past experience and gain an understanding of your interest in Bridgespan.
How should I prepare for the case interviews?
We suggest you practice at least 5 case interviews prior to your first interview. We also suggest that you ask a friend to help you prepare, practice walking through the case out loud as though you were in an actual case interview.
Here, you can find a Bridgespan practice cases "Better Future," "Robinson Philanthropy," "Home Nurses for New Families," "Reach for the Stars," and "Venture Philanthropy." Below, we also have a helpful video that demonstrates the case interview process along with some sample questions and answers.
In addition to the case we have provided, we encourage you to use the external resources to supplement our case materials.
Below are some helpful links to assist you in preparing for your case interviews:
- Bain & Co. interview preparation videos and tips
- Boston Consulting Group interview preparation
- McKinsey & Company interview preparation
- Oliver Wyman interview preparation
- Deloitte Case Interview Preparation
- Case Interview Secrets with Victor Cheng (sign in is required)
- Order Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation by Marc Cosentino
You will also find it helpful to familiarize yourself with our work by reading the following articles:
- Transformative Scale: The Future of Growing What Works
- Business Planning for Nonprofits: What It Is and Why It Matters
- Going to Scale: The Challenge of Replicating Social Programs
- Scaling Impact: How to Get 100X the Results with 2X the Organization
- How to Create Effective Philanthropy: Six Questions to Guide Donors
- Due Diligence: How to Research a Nonprofit
5. Corporate Opportunities
As openings occur, Bridgespan hires exceptional candidates for our functional departments, such as finance, marketing, human resources, recruiting, technology, operations, and knowledge. As with our consulting staff, we focus on hiring a diverse group of people who demonstrate outstanding problem-solving skills, leadership ability, teamwork, and a passion for the social sector.
The interview process varies by position, but typically focuses on professional experience and achievements. The interview process for corporate positions does not include case interviews.