March 29, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: interview
Case In Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation eBook: Marc Cosentino: Kindle Store
Cosentino demystifies the consulting case interview. He takes you inside a typical interview by exploring the various types of case questions and he shares with you a system that will help you answer today's most sophisticated case questions.
Here's what's new in the 7th edition: 7 additional strategy cases, 8 case starts, 3 human capital cases, 21 ways to cut costs, and advice for industry hires.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3917 KB
- Publisher: Burgee Press; 7 edition (July 29, 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005F9R8F6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
An essential tool for case interview prep, but frameworks too strict.
(As a note, I am approaching this book as a Life Sciences Ph.D. student looking to transition into Management Consulting, so my thoughts and opinions will reflect as such)
Cosentino’s book is an absolute staple in preparing for your case interviews. The first few chapters provide valuable information about what to expect in the interview (and what is expected from you). Perhaps the most valuable portion of the book is the number of case questions that sample the different ‘varietals’ of cases you might encounter.
Also provided in the book are numerous frameworks for tackling this variety of case questions, referred to as the Ivy Case System. While I think this is an excellent approach that many subscribe to, my opinion is that trying to master (or worse, memorize) so many frameworks makes a candidate run the risk of trying to diagnose every case question as one of these types of problems, which may make you appear to be too formulaic in your thinking. Keep in mind that interviewers are aware of the case interview prep that’s out there and will plan accordingly to trip you up. As Cosentino states, there’s a lot of overlap in the frameworks, so I would recommend approaching the frameworks as a means of understanding the main ideas and getting a feel for the types of questions you will be asking.
Personally, I prefer the framworks used by ex-McKinseyite and consulting prep role model Victor Cheng in his recent book (Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting. I have “cross-bred” the frameworks from CIP with those in Victor Cheng’s book. I would recommend owning both of these books and deciding for yourself which frameworks you prefer to use. Some may prefer the CIP frameworks over the Cheng frameworks as the latter may seem to vague and don’t allow for a structured approach. Just be cautious about being too punctilious with the CIP frameworks.
What do 3M, Anheuser-Busch, Capital One, Google, Pfizer, Alcoa, Cargill, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Amazon, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, Progressive, American Express, Dell, Merck, Target, Campbell Soup, General Mills, Microsoft T-Rowe Price all have in common?
They all now incorporate some form of the case interview element into their MBA interview process. It’s not just a form of interviewing used by consulting firms anymore. Will you be ready?
There is NO better source when tackling the case interview preparation process than Marc Cosentino’s book, Case In Point. With humor, clarity and plethora of excellent cases, Case In Point will help demystify the process, and allow you to build more competence and confidence as you enter the recruiting the process. The interesting thing about the consulting interview process, is that if you enjoy doing case interviews, it’s a pretty good indication that you will probably enjoy consulting. The hard part is getting up to speed on the basic concepts. For this, there is no better starting point, than Case In Point .
Best I’ve Read!!!
Having read several case interview books I can definitely state that Case in Point is by far the best. The best written, it’s entertaining and insightful, and Cosentino writes in a clear and direct manner. The 40 cases are current and challenging. The Ivy case system is based on logic and common sense allowing you to showcase your talents. It’s brilliant, practical,and on point. You can tell that years of direct experience with candidates and employers went into the writing of this book. He’s not just another former consultant trading on their former employers name. Working at a business school, this is a MUST READ for my advisees preparing to interview!
A Must Add to your Resources
Marc’s contribution to my level of understanding was significant. He provides many useful structures to common problems. It was helpful not just for the information, but also for practice. Marc provides a ‘roommates’ guide for your friends to help you practice.
It is a very good book for interview preparation. It is well written and its language is understandable even for non-native/non-fluent readers.
Best Case Prep Book
Case In Point is a must read for anyone considering a career in consulting. It does an excellent job of breaking down difficult case questions in a simple manner that is easy to understand. The book’s strengths lie in its explanation of Cosentino’s Ivy Case System (which equips one with everything needed to solve any type of case) and the format of its sample case questions. The cases in Case In Point are written conversation-style between interviewer and interviewee to simulate how a real interview would transpire (with comments on how the interviewee did). This is tremendously helpful in showing the different responses and directions an interviewer could take with a particular case, as well as pointing out what the interviewee did well and what could have been improved.
This book is the best out there for case preparation/interviewing. Not only is it comprehensive and clearly written, but it is also entertaining, witty, and funny. It makes studying for cases fun, but most importantly provides the confidence required to excel in case interviews. Case In Point is absolutely essential for anyone applying for consulting jobs.
Great resource for how to approach consulting cases
Cosentino definitely provides great insight and practical advice for students and others looking at getting into consulting.
At the very least, it should get readers thinking about how to approach answering case interview questions but it also provides the base knowledge required on how to solve real life business issues in any industry.
The Case Interview textbook
Although I didn’t take all of Marc Cosentino’s advice, this book definitely played into my success securing a consulting job. Highly recommended for anyone from an avid case-prepper to someone who’s never though about consulting before but wants to learn what’s what.
HIGHLY Recommended to read if you are interviewing
The case studies presented give you a whole new perspective on interviewing for a job. I applied for a job at Disney Mobile where they totally stumped me with some crazy question: "How would you calculate how many female taxi cab drivers are in NYC?"
Some of you will be like "WTF" while others will find it easy. Regardless, it’s an amazing experience to see someone think out these type of questions and more so that you’re better prepared in the future. I now take a whole new approach to answering questions that I never did before and I’d highly recommend you check it out too.