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Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation, 5th edition 5th Edition

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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

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 Assistant 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Burgee Press; 5th edition (July 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971015848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971015845
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Case In Point" gave me a lot of theoretical knowledge about case interviews and especially about what interviewers expect from their candidates. Having had two interviews at leading management consulting firms after reading that book, I got offers from both firms. However, I have to say that I also used preplounge.com to practise case interviews online with other peers. Something must have worked out - probably both. Of course, I can recommend the book but don't miss the chance to practise real case interviews online.
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Case in Point is a must read for people who are serious about getting a consulting job.

Having said that, this book will not help you get a consulting job unless:
(a) You are already interested in business; and
(b) Have good common sense; and
(c) Are comfortable with quantitative questioning; and
(d) Have good interviewing skills; and
(e) have an impressive enough CV to get an interview.

The above does not apply if you are one of those exceptional people who will probably receive offers everywhere you go (in which case the book may still be useful nonetheless).

After reading this book I interviewed with both Bain and McKinsey (for AC and BA positions) as well as with a number of investment banks. Ultimately I received a couple of offers at investment banks, was knocked out in the second round at Bain and received an offer from McKinsey.

Surprisingly the concepts I learnt in the book helped me with my IB interviews (at places such as Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley) as once they establish the basics (ie you can do DCF and understand undergraduate finance 101) they quickly move to strategy-type questioning where people familiar with consulting frameworks have a massive advantage.

Advantages of the Book

The advantage of this book is that it gives you a number of frameworks which can be adapted to answer pure strategy questions. I am aware of no other books that give you such detailed frameworks. The book then gives you a large number of practice questions (most of them are `allegedly' based on real interviews), shows the implementation of those frameworks in candidate answers and then critiques those answers.
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I'm a pre-med student who had little intention of going into consulting. By mostly happenchance, I landed myself into the interview room with McKinsey. The majority of my preparation was simply reading (at times re-reading) this book. It worked.

This book is a fine introduction to case studies for students relatively unfamiliar with their structure. I would be more hesitant in recommending this book for the better informed, though there is still a trove of useful information for those types as well.

The major strength of this book is not the Ivy System (or whatever fanciful name it touts). The system(s) the book presents are of secondary importance to its actual strength: the numerous simulated case interviews. The interviews are actual conversations -- and this lets you see certain strong and weak moves an interviewee makes, the types of questions and responses the interviewer with which the interviewer prods, and so on. It is tremendously more effective that simply having a case prompt -- and then a series of bullets that you should hit on.
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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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I think it's the best book on the market. But this book cannot cover all. So, I recommand to read the other books which have different styles. For example, Ace Your Case or Crack The Case.

-GOOD-
1. Ivy Case System can give you a guideline. It's worth reading.
2. It explains well how to proceed - defining the problem, setting the goal and so on.
3. This book has many cases than the other books. And they are categorized.

-BAD-
1. All books on the market regard the case as a quiz on the desk. But the real case is a simulation of REAL consulting practice. For example, you may have to suggest HOW you support your hypos in real case interviews.
2. All books on the market do not emphasize the consultant's thinking process. For example, MECE and hypo-driven approach. This book also do not clearly show which issue tree the interviewee uses and how he eliminate his hypos.
3. Ivy Case System is too hard to remember. In this point, Crack The Case is better.
4. The cases are too short to see the interaction. One case is just 2~3 pages. So, it has some distance from the REAL interview. Ace Your Case is better in this point.
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