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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Burgee Press; 5th edition (July 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971015848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971015845
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cosentino is the Dean of case interviewing prep. Case in Point is lucid, down-to-earth, demystifying and surprisingly entertaining. --Hillary Harrow Senior Recruiter, McKinsey & Company

With humor and insight, Marc gets students thinking about how to use the case interview as a showcase of their talents rather than an obstacle to their employment. --Nancy Saunders Assistant Director, Office of Career Services, Harvard University

About the Author

Marc Cosentino is president of CaseQuestions.com. He spent 18 years with Harvard Career Services training students in case interviews. He has written 3 books on consulting case interviews. He travels around the country giving case interview workshops at the top MBA programs. Cosentino also developed CQI the most sophisicated interactive case interview on-line training tool.

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Marc Cosentino does an excellent job preparing you for case interviews.
Kim Ehrman
They really get you thinking in a different way about questions that one might otherwise dismiss as being impossible questions to answer.
Tapan K. Patel
Book has a very easy to follow organization and language so i never got bored reading this.
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137 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Adam Smith on April 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Case in Point is a must read for people who are serious about getting a consulting job.

Having said that, this book will not help you get a consulting job unless:
(a) You are already interested in business; and
(b) Have good common sense; and
(c) Are comfortable with quantitative questioning; and
(d) Have good interviewing skills; and
(e) have an impressive enough CV to get an interview.

The above does not apply if you are one of those exceptional people who will probably receive offers everywhere you go (in which case the book may still be useful nonetheless).

After reading this book I interviewed with both Bain and McKinsey (for AC and BA positions) as well as with a number of investment banks. Ultimately I received a couple of offers at investment banks, was knocked out in the second round at Bain and received an offer from McKinsey.

Surprisingly the concepts I learnt in the book helped me with my IB interviews (at places such as Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley) as once they establish the basics (ie you can do DCF and understand undergraduate finance 101) they quickly move to strategy-type questioning where people familiar with consulting frameworks have a massive advantage.

Advantages of the Book

The advantage of this book is that it gives you a number of frameworks which can be adapted to answer pure strategy questions. I am aware of no other books that give you such detailed frameworks. The book then gives you a large number of practice questions (most of them are `allegedly' based on real interviews), shows the implementation of those frameworks in candidate answers and then critiques those answers.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By daniel donhauser on September 10, 2013
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"Case In Point" gave me a lot of theoretical knowledge about case interviews and especially about what interviewers expect from their candidates. Having had two interviews at leading management consulting firms after reading that book, I got offers from both firms. However, I have to say that I also used preplounge.com to practise case interviews online with other peers. Something must have worked out - probably both. Of course, I can recommend the book but don't miss the chance to practise real case interviews online.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JDR on September 13, 2007
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Coming from medical school, business cases were a bit intimidating and unfamiliar. Case in Point really decoded the whole process in a way that one can understand in a couple of hours. Of course, the book's practice cases are the biggest help as there is no substitute for thinking through these problems. I must say, Case Questions Interactive on the author's website was just as important in my preparation - and something must have worked because I landed an offer from McKinsey! I can't speak for those coming from a business background, but for those without much relevant experience, Case In Point is a must-have.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Consulter on April 12, 2008
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Case in Point is a decent book and offers good advice. But having worked in strat con myself, I disagree with Cosentinos methodology. I think it is too unstructured and will lead interviewees to shoot with unrefined questions during the interview. Also, the way he tackles Cases suggests that one can learn and repeat the same structure in the interview. From my experience, this is not the winning strategy. Preparation is important, but I would favor practicing a more general understanding of business frameworks.

Also, the book is solely focused on the US. If your interview is for an international office, the recruiting process will be very different. Look for local books, websites etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory R. Videen on February 8, 2009
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This book offers alot of example cases that really let you see how case interviews are structured. They also offer many frameworks that can be used while thinking about case problems. I think the way the information is presented is very clear and will be helpful in preparing for the next round of case interviews.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shanjoy Mairembam on April 25, 2008
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This book gives a simple & easy outline how to approach case questions.
The model case questions are explained in proper structural steps and hence easy to understand.
I would recommend the book to others who wish to understand Case Studies interviews/Analysis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shawkster on December 11, 2007
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Its a great book for preparing yourself for the case interview with consulting firms. The author really makes it an easy read with good humour so you don't get bored after reading the first chapter. The framework and system that he outlines gives you the best foundation to tackle any case that is thrown at you. A definite buy if you're going to a consulting interview.
- Read the book (more than once)
- Practice as many cases as you can (with friends, colleagues...)
- don't leave it to the last minute!!
With this book you'll have no trouble mastering the case.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Ehrman on November 1, 2007
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Marc Cosentino does an excellent job preparing you for case interviews. He knows what he is talking about, and he presents the material in an entertaining way, too! I highly recommend this book for everyone, but especially for those recruiting for a job in the consulting industry. Cosentino's book definitely helped me in getting a job with a great consulting firm.

I strongly recommend this book.
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