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 recruiting@bridgespan.org.


How does the recruiting timeline work at Bridgespan?

For Associate Consultant and Consultant positions in the U.S.:
We traditionally recruit during the fall for start dates the following year (i.e., recruiting during fall 2022 for start dates throughout 2023).

The Associate Consultant and Consultant positions for a 2023 start date in our Boston, New York and San Francisco offices will open on August 10, 2022. The application deadline is SaturdaySeptember 10, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

  • Application review will begin on September 12. Please note, no applications will be reviewed before this time
  • Interview invitations will be sent no later than September 23
  • First round interviews are scheduled for October 6 & 7
  • Final round interviews are scheduled for October 26, 27 & 28

For Associate Consultant and Consultant positions in Mumbai:
The recruiting process for 2022 starts has finalized. We anticipate that applications for Associate Consultant and Consultant positions starting in 2023 will open in early 2023.

For Associate Consultant and Consultant positions in Singapore:
The Associate Consultant and Consultant positions for a 2022 start date in our Singapore offices will open on August 10, 2022. The application deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 11:59pm SGT.

  • Application review will begin on September 1
  • Interview invitations will be sent no later than September 8
  • First round interviews are scheduled for September 20 & 21
  • Final round interviews are scheduled for October 6 & 7 

Due to tightening labor regulations in Singapore, unfortunately, we will not be able to sponsor any visas for these positions.

For Manager positions in all offices:
We hire on a rolling basis through the calendar year. Our application for U.S. offices and Mumbai office is currently open.

Is Bridgespan open to full-time remote employees at the AC and C level in the US offices?

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.

Does Bridgespan sponsor visas?
Unfortunately, we do not sponsor any visas in our US offices. We also cannot support candidates on OPT, as it will require future sponsorship.

Upcoming Webinars

Recruiting webinars for Associate Consultant and Consultant candidates in the US offices:

Recruiting webinars for Associate Consultant and Consultant candidates in the Singapore office:

  • Informational webinar - August 23,2022, 7:00pm SGT, Register >>
  • NEW Case Prep Session - September 12, 2022, 6:00pm SGT , Register>>

Which positions are currently available?

Please review the Current Jobs at Bridgespan page.

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 are Associate Consultant, Consultant, Experienced Consultant and Manager.

Associate Consultant
Each fall, 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.

Consultant
Each fall, 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.

Experienced Consultant
Throughout the year, we recruit Experienced Consultant candidates directly from other strategy consulting firms. To be eligible for an Experienced Consultant position you must have an MBA, MPP, MPA and at least one year of post-graduate school strategy consulting experience.

Manager
Throughout the year, we seek to hire Managers. To be eligible for a Manager position, you must have 4 years of post-graduate school strategy consulting experience AND at least 2 years in a supervisory role.

Does Bridgespan offer internships?

At this time, we do not offer internships.

Is nonprofit experience a requirement for the Associate Consultant and the Consultant positions?

No, but we do look for applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to the sector.

Does Bridgespan sponsor visas?

Unfortunately, we do not sponsor any visas in our US offices. We also cannot support candidates on OPT, as it will require future sponsorship.

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.

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:

You will also find it helpful to familiarize yourself with our work by reading the following articles:

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.