Thomas Barti-Magria, HEC Master in Management Grande Ecole 2003
I quickly identify the HEC Paris students amongst the applicants: very good listeners, fast learners with excellent adaptation skills
- Could you present your career path so far and your current key responsibilities at Bain & Company?
After my HEC graduation in 2007, I started working in finance for BNP Paribas, at the General Inspection services. I travelled a lot for 3 years, from Japan to Singapore, California and Africa. Thanks to this experience, I gained transversal expertise in the different banking services proposed by a “universal” bank. Then, I felt the need to broaden my expertise fields while keeping on discovering new businesses. I heard of Bain & Company from one of my HEC best mates. Strategy Consulting offers a large variety of international expert missions. Above all, Bain & Company has many top qualities as a challenging company but also as an exciting team-spirited experience… and an entrance ticket to have a leading role in the football team in the company, which I confess, was quite attractive and decisive, highlighting one of Bain’s top qualities: serious professionals that don’t take themselves too seriously. I had 3 rounds of interviews and joined the Bainees in 2011 as a Senior Associate Consultant. After several years of challenging yet exciting assignments, I now am a generalist consultant / Case Team Leader in charge of managing teams and clients in different environments.
- Have you ever worked with HEC alumni or HEC students within your company? If so, how do they perform in your group?
I see HEC alumni everywhere at Bain & Company, among which senior partners, managers, consultants and associates. All of them surprised me by their visionary spirit, curiosity, ambition, open-mindedness and productivity – sometimes even more under pressure! I can also quickly identify HEC students amongst the applicants: very good listeners, fast learners and with excellent adaptation skills; they often reveal this edge that can make a good interview decisive for recruitment. In addition, within the Bain course (Strategic management of a company), I have discovered that new HEC generations are clear out-of-the-box thinkers, which is a key consultant quality.
- Finally, what advice would you give to students to succeed in case interviews?
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. And be yourself on the D-day. At Bain & Company, we look for people we want to work with. Not machines. But the case fundamentals must be fluid, clean, surgical and completely integrated by a successful candidate.
See the list of participating Consulting Firms:
ACCENTURE, ADVANCY, ARTHUR D. LITTLE, AT KEARNEY, BAIN & Company BEARINGPOINT, CAPGEMINI Consulting, CSC, CVA, DELOITTE, ESTIN & CO, EUROGROUP CONSULTING, EY, KEA & PARTNERS, KPMG, LEK Consulting, LYNX Conseil, McKINSEY & Company, OC&C, OLIVER WYMAN, PWC, SCHLUMBERGER Business Consulting, SOLUCOM, SOPRA CONSULTING, TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES, THE BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP