- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Innovation Press; 3.3.2012 edition (April 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984183523
- ISBN-13: 978-0984183524
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 335 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Victor Cheng and Case Interview Secrets
"With Victor's help, I went from not knowing anything about consulting to securing offers from McKinsey and BCG."
--Mihnea Munteanu, University of Michigan
"I received six offers--from McKinsey, BCG, Booz, Deloitte, A.T. Kearney, and Marakon. Everything Victor said was right!"
--Michael Yang, Northwestern University
"Despite having a liberal arts degree from a state school, I landed a dream job with L.E.K. Consulting. Thanks, Victor."
--Jackson Boyar, Indiana University
"Victor has put me in a very difficult position--now I have to decide between offers from two of the top three consultancies!"
--Christopher Perez, The Wharton School
"Victor gave me a clear understanding of how to structure a case interview using a highly logical approach. This helped me get offers from BCG and a boutique firm and make it to McKinsey's final round before opting out."
--Martin Pustilnick, Boston Consulting Group, Argentina
"In my first attempt to break into consulting, I failed every one of my interviews with McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Oliver Wyman, Monitor, Booz and probably a few others. On my second attempt two years later, I followed everything Victor Cheng suggested and took advantage of every resource he provided ... and received an offer from McKinsey!"
--Daniel Suo, Business Analyst (Offer Recipient), McKinsey, Stamford
"Without Victor's help, I never would have gotten an offer from BCG. What he teaches really makes the difference between getting an offer and not."
--Puttipath Tasnavites, Boston Consulting Group, Thailand
"After following Victor's guidance, I had a complete breakthrough in my case interview performance and got an offer from Monitor."
--Marine Serres, Monitor & Company
"As a PhD candidate in engineering, I had an academic background that left me completely unprepared for the case interview process. That's when I found Victor Cheng and ended up getting my dream job. Thank you, Victor!"
--Zach Jacobson, McKinsey, New York
"Rather than 'teach to the test,' Victor teaches you how to think like a consultant. It's an approach that required me to memorize nothing more than a few simple business ideas yet allowed me to perform well in the case interview regardless of the type of case I received. I could not have gotten my BCG offer without his help. Thank you, Victor!"
--Warren Cheng, Boston Consulting Group, Hong Kong
"Victor and all his materials on the case interview are by far the best resources on the topic that exist. The combination of Victor's advice and hard work made all the difference for me." --Dmitry Papulin, McKinsey, Dubai
"Victor taught me how to prepare both technically and mentally, and this is what makes the difference between him and the competitors. Without his help I probably wouldn't have gotten the offer from BCG. Thank you, Victor Cheng!"
--István Mag, Boston Consulting Group, Hungary
"Victor is effective because he focuses on behaviors and habits that make you successful and not just on frameworks. With his help, I received a McKinsey Summer Associate offer."
--Abhi Patangay, Kellogg School of Management
About the Author
As a former McKinsey consultant, résumé screener, and case interviewer, Victor Cheng mentors thousands of aspiring consultants via his articles and videos at www.caseinterview.com. As a candidate, he passed 60 cases and received job offers from McKinsey, Bain, Monitor, LEK, AT Kearney, and Oliver Wyman. At McKinsey, he was rated in the top 10 percent of consultants worldwide in his cohort. Today he advises Inc. 500 CEOs.
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The book itself is good, and it provides you what it promises: a good starting point in structuring your answers for job interviews in the major consulting management's firms. Though, it lack of practice cases, and it is self-referenced all the time (things like: "check my blog for further information", and then you have to pay extra for it.). The main claim of this book is practice at least 100 hours, but it does not provide cases to practice in the first place.
Other than that, I think it is a good starting point. I'm trying Cosentino's book now.
All I want to add is that, comparing Case Interview Secrets to other books about case interview preparation, I found it to provide the most structured, clearly enunciated and solid approach to case interviewing. Sure, it does not include case material; the author is aware you can find those in many other books available. Instead, he insists on the crucial details that help you build the right mindset and habits, and most of all, those that help you build a consistent, logical and focused method for solving cases. Why? Because Victor Cheng is talking to you from the perspective of an actual, experienced consultant, and a seasoned interviewer, and helps you understand what consulting firms are looking for in you. That's a tremendously valuable perspective.
This book alone won't be enough for your case interview preparation, but it's the one single book, in my view, you cannot do without.
Here's how the book helped me. I came across this book just 24 hours before my case interview. I worked through the book and zeroed in on sections I thought were most important for me. I focused most on the frameworks that Victor Cheng presents. I learned the frameworks and created practice scenarios using situations I had experienced.
At the end of my preparation I felt very confident that I could lead a case interview conversation. And that is what mattered most. Confidence. Because, of course, in the interview, none of the frameworks exactly applied. But my mind was prepared to think in terms of frameworks. That was really helpful. When I arrived at the interview, I was ready to go to the white board and lead a discussion knowing I had frameworks to draw on.
But the book is much more than a set of frameworks. The book also explains how to structure your case discussion. There is specific guidance for creating an opening, analysis, and closing for your case. This gives you a great view of how to create a discussion on-the-fly, which is what you have to do in a case interview.
This book delivers the content, and sets your frame of mind, so that you can confidently enter a case interview.
That being said, sometimes the explanations seem "dumbed-down", and other times it sounds like as if Cheng's endless plugging in publicity for his website...yet overall, this book helped me tremendously as a rookie in a liberal arts program.
Update: I got into a "top three" consulting firm and I think this book helped tremendously. :)