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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Burgee Press; 7th edition (August 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971015864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971015869
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Associate Director, Office of Career Services, Harvard University

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

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

"'Case in Point' has become the biggest business book you never heard of ..." WSJ 11/1/12 B6

About the Author

Marc Cosentino is the world's foremost authority on case interviewing, author of Case in Point and CEO of CaseQuestions.com. Over the past 24 years he has advised and coached over 200,000 students and alumni. Case in Point, is not only the number one selling case book world-wide, but is also the best-selling interview book world-wide as well. CIP is purchased in bulk by many of the top MBA consulting clubs including Harvard Business School, Wharton, Tuck and University of Michigan as well as three of the top strategy consulting firms. Case in Point is now published in four languages.  Cosentino has given workshops world-wide to MBA and college students and has held training sessions for career services professionals. He has consulted with and designed cases for private sector firms, government agencies and non-profits.
In addition, Marc has trained corporate and academic PhD's to think like business executives.
Cosentino is a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School, Harvard's Program on Negotiation and the University of Denver.
Marc Cosentino's other books include The Harvard Guide to Consulting, The Harvard Guide to Case Interviews and The Harvard Guide to Investment Banking (all currently out of print).

More About the Author

For the past two decades Marc Cosentino's work has towered over the field of case interviews. The Wall Street Journal calls his book Case in Point the MBA Bible which is one of the many reasons why Cosentino is the world's foremost authority on case interviewing. He is CEO of CaseQuestions.com and a popular and sought after speaker. Over the past 25 years he has advised and coached over 100,000 students and alumni. Case in Point, is not only the number one selling case book world-wide, but is also the number two selling interview book world-wide and the top book in the field of consulting as well.

CIP is purchased in bulk by many of the top MBA consulting clubs including Harvard Business School, Wharton, Tuck and University of Michigan as well as three of the top strategy consulting firms. Case in Point is now published in four languages.

Cosentino has given workshops worldwide to MBA and college students and has held training sessions for career services professionals. He has consulted with and designed cases for private sector firms, government agencies and non-profits. In addition, Marc has trained corporate and academic PhD's to think like business executives. Cosentino is a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School, Harvard's Program on Negotiation and the University of Denver. Marc Cosentino's other books include The Marketing Case Interview (2013), The Harvard Guide to Consulting, The Harvard Guide to Case Interviews and The Harvard Guide to Investment Banking.

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Easy to read, enjoyable book.
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This book is so helpful in preparing for case interviews.
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Provides excellent insights and tips.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David P. on September 23, 2013
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I've read several books about case interview preparation but "Case in Point" is by far the best one I've ever read. It does not only give great insights into the business, it's also quite entertaining and Cosentino is for true the Dean of case interview preparation. He gives 40 cases, all up-to-date and challenging as well. However, besides this book, I also prepared myself on preplounge.com to put theory into practice and finally land my dream job. So, Consentino is a MUST READ for interview preparation but make sure you also get real training with others!
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kyle W. Harpole on August 26, 2012
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(As a note, I am approaching this book as a Life Sciences Ph.D. student looking to transition into Management Consulting, so my thoughts and opinions will reflect as such)

Cosentino's book is an absolute staple in preparing for your case interviews. The first few chapters provide valuable information about what to expect in the interview (and what is expected from you). Perhaps the most valuable portion of the book is the number of case questions that sample the different 'varietals' of cases you might encounter.

Also provided in the book are numerous frameworks for tackling this variety of case questions, referred to as the Ivy Case System. While I think this is an excellent approach that many subscribe to, my opinion is that trying to master (or worse, memorize) so many frameworks makes a candidate run the risk of trying to diagnose every case question as one of these types of problems, which may make you appear to be too formulaic in your thinking. Keep in mind that interviewers are aware of the case interview prep that's out there and will plan accordingly to trip you up. As Cosentino states, there's a lot of overlap in the frameworks, so I would recommend approaching the frameworks as a means of understanding the main ideas and getting a feel for the types of questions you will be asking.

Personally, I prefer the framworks used by ex-McKinseyite and consulting prep role model Victor Cheng in his recent book (Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting. I have "cross-bred" the frameworks from CIP with those in Victor Cheng's book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anna Kyrki on February 18, 2013
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The book is great as such, but the Kindle edition is not. There are mistakes in the tables and some tables are completely missing. I'm trying to practice cracking cases with the help of this book, but missing data makes the task really annoying.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BBoler on November 7, 2012
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What do 3M, Anheuser-Busch, Capital One, Google, Pfizer, Alcoa, Cargill, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Amazon, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, Progressive, American Express, Dell, Merck, Target, Campbell Soup, General Mills, Microsoft T-Rowe Price all have in common?

They all now incorporate some form of the case interview element into their MBA interview process. It's not just a form of interviewing used by consulting firms anymore. Will you be ready?

There is NO better source when tackling the case interview preparation process than Marc Cosentino's book, Case In Point. With humor, clarity and plethora of excellent cases, Case In Point will help demystify the process, and allow you to build more competence and confidence as you enter the recruiting the process. The interesting thing about the consulting interview process, is that if you enjoy doing case interviews, it's a pretty good indication that you will probably enjoy consulting. The hard part is getting up to speed on the basic concepts. For this, there is no better starting point, than Case In Point .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carless on January 4, 2013
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Must have for consulting interview. Even if you don't go for consulting, nice book for training of business sense. Strongly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Horvat on October 1, 2012
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Marc's contribution to my level of understanding was significant. He provides many useful structures to common problems. It was helpful not just for the information, but also for practice. Marc provides a 'roommates' guide for your friends to help you practice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Guimaraes on October 1, 2012
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It is a very good book for interview preparation. It is well written and its language is understandable even for non-native/non-fluent readers.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LPD16 on April 2, 2012
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Having read several case interview books I can definitely state that Case in Point is by far the best. The best written, it's entertaining and insightful, and Cosentino writes in a clear and direct manner. The 40 cases are current and challenging. The Ivy case system is based on logic and common sense allowing you to showcase your talents. It's brilliant, practical,and on point. You can tell that years of direct experience with candidates and employers went into the writing of this book. He's not just another former consultant trading on their former employers name. Working at a business school, this is a MUST READ for my advisees preparing to interview!
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