Case Study Books For Consulting Contract
Consulting Cases – Three steps to your dream career in consulting
Consulting Cases are a kind of job interview that are commonly used in consultancies as recruitment test. The topics range from challenging business situations to fancy brainteasers. Central is the evaluation of the candidate’s ability to solve a client’s real-life problems, which means being a consultant. It is the most feared part in the application process at the top management consulting firms like McKinsey, BCG and Bain (MBB). Nevertheless, by choosing an intelligent preparation phase containing the study of theoretical resources, the simulation of consulting cases with peers and coachings with experienced experts, you can get the confidence and assurance you need. This is a short guide to structure your preparation:
Theoretical resources to improve your consulting interview skills
Your case interview prep should be based on a good knowledge of frameworks and concepts to solve cases. Our Experts and case interview coaches periodically hold Crack the Case workshops at universites where they present these concepts and give valuable advice. The workshops contain the most commonly used frameworks in management consulting, new case solving methods, as well as how to effectively prepare for a consulting interview.
Practice consulting cases with other applicants
Skill comes with practice. We recommend that every candidate should definitely practice more than 30 live consulting cases. This is where you can benefit from PrepLounge and its vast database of students and young professionals from all over the world. Finding case interview partners is as easy as never before and in the interactive meeting room you can explore the dynamics of real-life case interviews. Your ability to read the interviewer and your responsiveness to the real-time guidance they provide will increase highly. Your self-awareness in the process will become greater, the more you practice with others.
Ask case interview experts for their advice
Coaches can help you to figure out your weaknesses and focus on your strengths so that you can show yourself in the best light. Experts will lead you to the point where you feel familiar with consulting case frameworks and where you will intuitively utilize concepts in your analysis of business situations. Their company specific insider tips for the consulting firm (McKinsey, BCG, Bain etc.) you are applying for, are priceless.
The following case interview books are a must read for all consulting candidates
1. Case interview End-to-End Secrets
Case Interview End-to-End Secrets Program
Kim Tran’s principle is “Anyone can make it to consulting”. As the author of this book, he has developed a well-structured and thorough practice method so that, yes, anyone can make it into consulting. This e-book effectively tackles 3 aspects of case interview preparation:
- Case Interview Tips & Tricks: aimed at training you to have a good set of habits and methodology in case interviews. E.g: how to communicate your thoughts, when to ask questions, what to do when being stuck, etc.
- Case Interview Business Intuition: aimed at helping you improve business sense and intuition so that you can be insightful in tackling case interview questions. E.g: the ability to catch important pieces of data, the ability to draw creative and practical solutions to defined problems, etc.
- Consulting Math: aimed at strengthening your quantitative proficiency, i.e: how fast and accurate you are with numbers in case interviews (and more).
His insight on the modern-day consulting prep industry is that: People focus too much on the trivial tips on how to look good in the case, but forget that to last long enough in the case in order to perform those tricks, you should be able to offer the interviewer something worth listening to.
2. Case in point
An old but golden book. The book provides various sets of case interview samples, which nicely deal with the 12 different case interview frameworks they show. Moreover, it shows what the context of a case interview would be like.
3. Case interview secrets
Aside from plenty of case examples and tips, this book also clearly states the rationality between the lines.
All the case and frameworks in this one are basic, however, the book succeeds in walking you through the interview process, keeping the big picture from both the interviewer and interviewee’s perspective in your mind.
4. Mastering the Case Interview by Alexander Chernev
A great book with many case contexts and a thorough overview of the cases. However, it seems more suitable for advanced learners, as there are not many explanations and rationalities provided.
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