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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Intaglio Publishing; 4.1.2009 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615279899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615279893
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tim Darling is a manager at a top consulting firm

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This book, on the other hand, is concise, well-written and easy/quick to read.
Jennifer Sloan
It's also well-woven into an overall approach for other case types that makes a complete story as opposed to the independent, isolated frameworks other books provide.
RAZ
In preparation for my interviews I bought this book as well as Case in Point and Vault Guide to the Case Interview.
John Runsfield

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By thorwaler on September 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Coming from math school, business cases were a bit intimidating and
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.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By RAZ on June 20, 2009
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There is only 1 question that really matters: will reading this book increase your chances of getting a job at a consulting firm? My vote is "yes" --- or at least, "probably". Having said that, this book is a tough read if you're brand new to business and case interviews. Case In Point is better on that level -- you can read it like a novel almost with no previous knowledge or context and really start to see how things work. This book is the next obvious step. Once you have some sense of what you're doing and you want to build the logic/knowledge base to go from "good to great", read this one. If you're brand new to all of the terms and concepts, it can be a bit overwhelming. It's very focused and content-deep (despite being just 130 pages). For example, the section on how to value mergers and acquisitions is a good overview of the financial literature that's already out there, but synthesized for the level and style of the case interview. It's also well-woven into an overall approach for other case types that makes a complete story as opposed to the independent, isolated frameworks other books provide.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N. Poursharif on June 8, 2009
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How to Get Into the Top Consulting Firms: A Surefire Case Interview Method - 2nd Edition
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.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E O on September 21, 2009
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This book is only 150-or-so pages, and it was almost more like a booklet or workbook. I expected a bit more for $30.

The author does present a good method for attacking case interviews. I was hoping there would be more information about behavioral interviews - there were only 2 pages covering that.

The book is spattered with typos and spelling errors, which I found distracting and a little annoying. It seems like it's still a work in progress.

All in all, I thought the book was a little overpriced for what it offered, but it is a good primer for approaching case interviews.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Hatman1980 on June 22, 2009
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Overall, I think the book is a great resource for MBA and undergraduate students preparing for case interviews. In fact, it is one of the resources we recommend to the members of our MBA consulting club at the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan).

"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.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Runsfield on April 15, 2010
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In preparation for my interviews I bought this book as well as Case in Point and Vault Guide to the Case Interview. This was by far my favorite: it is short, where the others are verbose; the 10 practice cases lend themselves well to study alone and with a friend, whereas I found the cases in the other books poorly structured; and its advice on resume writing is right on the mark and has become something I routinely recommend to friends - even those in vastly different lines of work.

In short this book helped me feel prepared for the interview, and I was fortunate enough to end up receiving an offer from McKinsey & Co. To anyone interested in consulting I would initially recommend just this book. Only if one still needed more practice after working through the cases in this book would I recommend additional books.
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