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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Burgee Press; 6th edition (November 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971015856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971015852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,114 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<br /><br />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<br /><br />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

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

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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I got a job at one of the big 3, and it was thanks to this book.
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For those interested in consulting, this is one of the best books to use to prepare for case interviews.
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This book is a must have for anyone interviewing in the consulting or management field.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Isabel on September 4, 2013
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I really enjoyed reading the book and it gave me great insights into the business. However, it is not well suited if one prepares for a case interview at McKinsey. The authors propose a lot of complex frameworks to crack the cases which is on the one hand incredibly useful, on the other hand, however, it is way too much theoretical knowledge. I improved my performance a lot by practicing on preplounge.com. PrepLounge also made it possible to practice case interviews with experts who were working for McKinsey themselves. As you can imagine, it helped me improve a lot and finally I got into McKinsey. So, theory is fine, but make sure you gain real case interview experience.
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After reading this book, I have found myself thinking differently about business issues. I had an epiphany on many business issues including:

1)How to increase profitability?
2)How to analyze an industry?
3)How to increase market share and sales?
4)How to think about entering a new market or business?
5)How to analyze Mergers and Acquisitions?
6)How to formulate growth strategies?
7)How to formulate pricing strategies?
8)How to formulate competitive responses?

This book provides a framework in a decision tree format to answer all the above and more. Furthermore, it has 30 case interview questions for sample questions and answers and analysis. Be warned, this book is NOT an easy or breezy read. In order to do well in case interviews typically given by consulting companies (McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Deloitte etc), one would need to master the contents in this book and practice them thoroughly. I would think that would take substantial investment of time and practice (20-50 hours according to many).

Even if you do not want to be a consultant or plan to participate in case interviews, I still recommend this book. If you are running a business, you should understand the basic framework of business. That is, what questions you should be asking and how you should analyze the data you have to formulate an effective strategic business action plan. Contrary to what many believe, running an effective and competitive business takes more than common sense. For example, an effective pricing strategy is often price-based costing (pricing and developing a product and services based on what the consumers are willing to pay) and NOT cost-based pricing (pricing a product based on how much it costs to develop).
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jerry K. on October 31, 2010
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I used this book as part of the interview process and landed a job at one of the Big 3 firms. That being said, I did most of my practice in groups and only used the book to review the week before the interview.

Here is how I used the book:

I spent a lot of time looking at the Ivy Case System. I think that summary is the most interesting/important part of the book. When you think about a case interview, prep is most important when getting those first few ideas down on paper so that you can start the discussion. For me, once I had done that, the rest of the interview was completed without actively thinking about a single thing from my preparation. The case system is great for just thinking about what large buckets you should be considering so you don't miss something important. I also read a few of the sample cases to get the juices flowing a few days before the interviews. The morning of the interview I carefully read the case system to keep things fresh. This prep worked out well for me.

Note: I'd stay far away from the other frameworks in the book (Porter's 5 forces, etc). I heard that the big consulting firms hate those frameworks because they are never applied properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bilban Meric Akkan on January 26, 2011
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Great book! The framework it provides and the example cases make you feel very comfortable during the case interviews. It got me a job with Oliver Wyman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Howard on November 3, 2010
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This book certainly has good information in it, but I feel that it is almost a little too comprehensive and limiting.

The twelve frameworks offered by Cosentino were all very useful, but under the stress of an interview, I feel that it can be almost confusing. The author states that they are all very similar, so I don't know why he did not create 3 or 4 frameworks and explain how they should be expanded and modified to fit a particular situation.

On the other hand, this book had a wealth of information. The sections on case thinking in general, the "Case Commandments", and the practice cases were all extremely helpful.

I recommend this book to anyone going through the case interview process. The key is to focus on the mindset and not on the specific details. I got a job with a "Big 3" firm, and I owe much of that to this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V on October 29, 2010
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This book is outstanding. Cosentino is a confident writer who clearly knows his stuff. To be fair, his book could be somewhat intimidating at times, making you second guess your preparedness/competencies, but it does help jolt you to reality and push you to study hard. The layout of the book is well organized, and the sample cases are extremely helpful. My interview with McKinsey & Co. is coming up, and I am feeling much more prepared after having gone through this book.
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