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Piers asked on Jun 28, 2018 - 2 answers

Hi guys!

Does anyone have any good recommendations of case books? With regard to the practicing interviews through PrepLounge are there any ways to send your partner (the interviewee) exhibits from a case, when it is your own case, and not one of PrepLounge's?

Some adivce on the matter would be highly appreciated.


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Sidi replied on Jun 28, 2018
McKinsey Engagement Manager & BCG Consultant | Interviewer at McK & BCG for 7 years | Coached 60+ candidates secure MBB offers

Hi Piers,

  • On your first question: case books such as Case in Point or Case Interview Secrets are a good starting point, but they will only provide you with a toolbox regarding how to frame your thinking vis-a-vis different business situation elements. It is however important to understand that practically all case books provide very poor guidance on HOW TO APPROACH a case and HOW TO DRAFT A ROADMAP for solving the case. This approach and roadmap needs to be rooted in rigorous and specific logic. This is completely different from the "framework learning philosophy" brought forward by most case books and are an actual root cause why many candidates will not be able to secure an offer.
  • On your second question: you can send through PDFs via the normal chat function on Preplounge.

Cheers, Sidi

Francesco updated his answer on Jun 28, 2018
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Hi Piers,

in terms of resources, I would recommend the following:

  1. Read Case In Point or Case Interview Secrets for a general understanding of what a consulting interview is. Don’t focus too much on the structures proposed in the books though, as they are not good enough nowadays
  2. Start to read MBA Consulting Handbook – you can find several for free online (Insead is a good one to start). Read the cases and try to apply your structure. Whenever you see there is something missing, upgrade your structure with the new insides. Try to read at least a new case per day – in this way you will absorb a lot better the information with constant learning
  3. After having read the first 10 cases in books/handbooks and basic theory, start to practice live. There is a relevant part of the interview score which is based on your communication, which you cannot practice at all if you read cases only
  4. Once you feel you are not improving anymore, if you have a tight time constraint or if you want a realistic assessment of your level, consider using experts support to strengthen your performance