Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Business or Commerce background to apply?
Bain regularly considers and hires candidates from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including everything from arts and education, to mathematics, medicine, engineering and law.
Does Bain Australia accept AC applications from international students?
We require all candidates to independently have the legal right to work in Australia in order to apply for an Associate Consultant role in our Sydney, Melbourne or Perth offices.
If you're an international citizen and interested in other Bain offices globally our Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur offices are all recruiting during this period as well.
Is a computer looking at my resume and cover letter?
Contrary to what you might think, every application is reviewed by a team of human beings (not a computer) as we want to take the time to understand your background and experience.
Justin joined Bain Sydney as an Associate Consultant in February 2018 after completing a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Laws at UNSW.
We asked Justin...
I joined Bain at the start of 2018, and since then it’s been an absolute whirlwind, with 2 weeks of intensive onboarding, 2 weeks of global training, as well as local training every 2nd month.
Over the past 12 months, I’ve worked on a variety of proposals in healthcare, financial services and digital; helped one of the world’s largest logistics companies turn around its business with ~$500M+ of benefit in 3 years; and am currently on my way to Japan to assist our Tokyo office with transforming a major global consumer product client. And outside of case work, I’m involved in Bain Band, Bain Social Impact and Recruiting!
Why did you choose consulting? And why at Bain?
Having studied law at university, I always thought I’d start my career as a corporate lawyer. As I got closer to graduating, the idea of specialising so early in my career became less appealing to me as I often found myself developing new fascinations in business, and the world at large.
From my interactions with Bain, it was obvious that the staff genuinely cared about creating results and impact for their clients through their work. In addition, I was really impressed by Bain’s people and culture - you could tell that everyone was comfortable with bringing their entire personality to work and that there was a strong culture of support and mentorship.
Any advice for someone considering applying for Bain?
It’s really important to be clear about why you’re interested in working at Bain, and the experiences that have shaped you as an individual. While cracking a case interview is an important part of the process, Bain places a lot of value on individuals who are reflective, and able to see and explain how the bigger picture fits together.
And lastly, if you weren’t a consultant, what would you do instead?
I’d love to gradually do some more work in the education sector – both locally and globally. The gift of education has significantly transformed the trajectory of my life, and it is the one area of social development which I believe has the most compounding and scalable impact.