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How to Get Into the Top Consulting Firms: A Surefire Case Interview Method - 2nd Edition Paperback – May 1, 2009
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unfamiliar to me. Nevertheless, I wanted to get into management consulting. Darling's book really helped me understanding the whole process of case interviews better. However, practising case interviews online at Preplounge.com was just as important in my preparation. Well, something must have worked because I landed a job offer from Bain and Company. I can really speak for those coming from a math or any other background than business school: read the book, understand the process, but also practise real cases like you can on Preplounge.
Advices on resumes are extremely helpful, the author doesn't make a tiny slip and makes you want to believe him, thanks to the perfect logic and structure of the book itself.
If you want a follow up and a nice set of frameworks to sort of dress up the structure provided in this book - which you want if your case or business experience is limited - go for the Harvard Business School Case Interview Guide. I believe, the combo is gonna make you perfect, provided you practice enough.
"How to Get Into the Top Consulting Firms" addresses the science behind the consulting interview process, making it a great companion to Marc Cosentino's "Case in Point". While other books focus mainly on case interviews, Tim does a great job delving into all aspect of the interview process (fit, networking, resume, cases, etc.). While it isn't as rich in frameworks as Case In Point, I like the fact that Tim presents one framework that can be utilized for 80% of cases and then provides a deep dive into the application of this framework for different types of cases (pricing, M&A, new product/market entry). He also offers an approach to striking "a balance between structure, creativity and flexibility" - which is something that trips up many consulting candidates.
The example cases are a great resource to practice the lessons learned throughout the book. They are mock interview friendly and offer an appropriate level of increasing difficulty.
Since recruiting start so early at the MBA level (September/October), I recommend getting reading "How to Get Into the Top Consulting Firms" and "Case in Point" over the summer to get a head start.
When I bought the book, I was new to the business / consulting world. At the time, I knew nothing about profit trees, how to value acquisitions, synergies, customer segmentation, pricing strategies, drivers and levers, how to be MECE, and most important, what interviewers were looking for in case interviews and consulting candidates. For someone in that position, this book will become a great reference.
Still it's no miracle cure. I believe more now, after having read it, that raw problem solving talent and creativity is key ... and simply having the set of tools and perspective of a pro will not cover for or account for the lack of those. Which makes me wonder whether tools and background are even important at all?
At the very least, a good litmus test for whether you would be a good consultant, or whether you would enjoy a career in consulting, is to see if you enjoy reading the book and if you enjoy / have some success in the cases.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Short and useful; not enough to prep for consulting interviews on its own, but good readPublished 4 months ago by Basma Abdel Motaal
Has too little content to justify the price. A better investment would be Case in Point or Victor Cheng's book.Published 6 months ago by Ray F.
Great book to build your confidence! Its a one stop place for all things you need as a beginner/refresher for the experienced in the realm of consulting.Published 18 months ago by Kate
I don't understand how this book made it to market without being reviewed. I found at least 3 typos and I don't think the answer is correct for 1 of the cases at the end. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sage
Simple, straight forward, intuitive....and short. A must for case study prep. The author focuses on the thought process and reasoning behind case studies vice the memorization of... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Derek Gordon