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Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation, 5th edition Paperback – July 20, 2007

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Product Details

  • 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: #104,745 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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Your copy will end up dog-eared and highlighted.
Courtney Gardner
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is eager to get a job, especially consulting thing.
Jun
Its a great book for preparing yourself for the case interview with consulting firms.
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137 of 151 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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31 of 31 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Winston Kotzan on July 10, 2009
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Case in Point is a powerful book. This quick, easy-to-read guide to case interviewing will give you an edge in many consulting interviews. It is written by a Harvard professor, and built on the feedback of students who have been through the real thing. The first couple of chapters contain some general interviewing advice. While not purely case-related, they set the tone for the interview scenario and provide good tips for passing the behavioral segment.

The third chapter is useful for helping develop a process in cracking a case question. The line of thinking taught in this chapter is also applicable to breaking down certain brainteaser questions such as "How many gas stations are in the US?" This part of the book is important because it instructs the reader how to ask the right questions.

Next, Cosentino introduces the Ivy Case system. This aspect of the book I found somewhat disappointing. I was expecting to find a very rigid process for approaching a case question, but unfortunately in these interviews there does not appear to be a one size fits all solution. The bulk of the Ivy Case System revolves around 12 case scenarios. In these scenarios, the book tries to categorize each type of case question based on objectives such as "Entering a New Market" or "Reducing Costs". I believe this is meant to simply the process of building a roadmap to the solution and applying the appropriate frameworks (such as porter's 5 forces, of the value chain). While many of the 12 scenarios pose similarities, I believe it is too hard memorize each problem/solution. Also, all of the categories would be business strategy related and may be effective for certain types of organizations such as IT-based consulting firms.
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Prasad Thammineni on July 29, 2008
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When I saw that Marc Cosentino's book is now available to the general public, I cheered! Mr. Cosentino's book is a systematic, thorough, intuitive and unpretentious tool for grappling with the all too over-mystified case interview.

I not only used this book for my own first foray into the business world, but I made frequent trips to the Harvard Career Services Office to buy copies for friends. These individuals ranged in all levels of experience: from Sloan MBA students, to freshly-minted grads and young professionals with a few years experience. With no exaggeration, they all moved into consulting with Mr. Cosentino's help.

Treat this book as your main go-to for case and personal interviews. All the others similarly catchy-titled books, including Ace the Case, are simply its supplements.
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