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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Burgee Press; 7th edition (1600)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971015864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971015869
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mumbaiker on 1 Aug 2012
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This is considered one of the best case-interview prep resources, and for good reason - most importantly, because it has scores of good sample cases in it. The frameworks suffer from being too complicated and therefore slightly ineffective, because no one can remember all 11. However, I have the book in hard copy in storage, and bought it on my Kindle - so that's saying something about how useful I've found it!

That said, it's important to note that the Kindle edition is flawed. Some of the case materials are incomplete, with tables or charts missing that make it impossible to do the cases. Hence the negative review. Without modifications, the edition seems a bit of a rum deal.
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By win on 12 Jun 2014
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i like the book so much, i read it every day, and always tell people to read it, good insights
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By Vivek Roy on 17 Mar 2014
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Useful, detailed and fully of a lot of good information. Good for anyone considering consulting as a career. . .
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I borrowed Case In Point from a friend of mine, and found it quite valuable. It is a good way to start preparing for case interviews. The only disadvantage to this book is that it provides an almost entirely new framework to each problem. It makes much more sense to build from a solid set of frameworks to crack business cases. I am not sure wheter the author actually ever was a management consultant, but in any case: people who are preparing case interviews will find this book useful.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Consentino is a MUST READ for interview preparation 23 Sep 2013
By David P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read several books about case interview preparation but "Case in Point" is by far the best one I've ever read. It does not only give great insights into the business, it's also quite entertaining and Cosentino is for true the Dean of case interview preparation. He gives 40 cases, all up-to-date and challenging as well. However, besides this book, I also prepared myself on preplounge.com to put theory into practice and finally land my dream job. So, Consentino is a MUST READ for interview preparation but make sure you also get real training with others!
36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
An essential tool for case interview prep, but frameworks too strict. 26 Aug 2012
By Kyle W. Harpole - Published on Amazon.com
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(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 too vague and don't allow for a structured approach. Just be cautious about being too punctilious with the CIP frameworks.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Beware of Kindle edition 18 Feb 2013
By Anna Kyrki - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is great as such, but the Kindle edition is not. There are mistakes in the tables and some tables are completely missing. I'm trying to practice cracking cases with the help of this book, but missing data makes the task really annoying.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book! 7 Nov 2012
By BBoler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very nice book 4 Jan 2013
By carless - Published on Amazon.com
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Must have for consulting interview. Even if you don't go for consulting, nice book for training of business sense. Strongly recommended.
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