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Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting
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Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting [Kindle Edition]

Victor Cheng
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In Case Interview Secrets, you'll discover step-by-step instructions on how to dominate what many consider to be the most complex, most difficult, and most intimidating corporate job interview in the world—the infamous case interview. Victor Cheng, a former McKinsey management consultant, reveals his proven, insider's method for acing the case interview. Having personally secured job offers from McKinsey, Bain & Company, Monitor, L.E.K, Oliver Wyman, and A.T. Kearney, he has also been a McKinsey case interviewer—providing you with a hands-on, real-world perspective on what it really takes to land job offers.

Cheng’s protégées work in all the major strategy management consulting firms, including McKinsey, The Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Company, Monitor Company, A.T. Kearny, Oliver Wyman, L.E.K, Roland Berger, Accenture, and Deloitte, as well as in the strategic planning departments of numerous Fortune 500 companies. Whether you’re an undergraduate, MBA, PhD, or experienced-hire applicant candidate, you’ll discover:

* What case interviewers really say about you behind closed doors but wouldn’t dare tell you—until now
* The subtle yet specific performance differences that separate those who get management consulting offers from those who don’t
* The 10 biggest mistakes candidates make in case interviews (and how to avoid them)
* The 3 specific things interviewers expect in the first 5 minutes of a case that often decide the outcome on the spot
* An insider’s take on what interviewers really look for and why—and how to give them what they want

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2011 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984183523
  • Publisher: Innovation Press; 1 edition (April 20 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Nov. 21 2013
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Very useful book. However, I thought it was a bit long and repetitive. For anyone seeking to pursue a career in consulting, this is a good place to start to prepare for interview. However, the one single best thing to do to prepare yourself for interviews is to practice cases. Reading the book will help you, but it's just "theory". Also, I think you could do okay by simply researching and using free resources on the web.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Nov. 6 2014
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Very good book! Easy to follow and really helpful tips!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Victor Cheng's emails condensed July 9 2012
By Subhash Rao - Published on
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The book is a combination of two parts - the actual case interview process and more importantly the rationale behind it. I used Victor Cheng's online resources as a starting point to familiarize myself with the process but used other books for actual practice examples as well as the summary on key frameworks (more as source since I developed my own frameworks and approach that I was comfortable with rather than memorize).

While preparing with practice questions, Victor's email newsletters were particularly useful in modifying or developing my own approach and this book condenses many of the important 'advice' that Victor provides in his mails. This book is NOT a collection of practice questions - it covers the basic problem types and standard frameworks. But the rationale behind the case interview process and consulting work is way more important and helps any candidate modify his/her approach. Frameworks can be sourced or developed from anywhere - books, B-school notes etc and there are many practice materials on the net. However, chapters 17-26 are perhaps the most important - the "How to" for different formats and other softer issues like projecting confidence. In the beginning of my prep, I was to focused on getting the answer or my methodology but only after reading victor's mails and this book did I consciously pay attention to how I came across - engaging the interviewer, using paper effectively etc. which in my experience helped tremendously in getting through.

My advice - read this book in parts and at frequent intervals during the preparation and get a bank of practice questions from other sources - books, careers office, or just online. For aspirants I would also recommend signing up for Victor's newsletter - reading advice on a regular basis cements it in your behaviour much more effectively than just reading this book once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most useful business book I read in 2012 Jan. 31 2013
By Vince Ricci - Published on
I am a leading MBA admissions consultant (VincePrep). Even though I am not trying to join a management consulting firm, I found Victor's book to be a priceless resource in my consulting practice for two reasons. First, he helped me understand the consulting industry (Why do companies hire consulting firms? Why do consulting firms hire some candidates, and not others?). Second, and more importantly, he gave me the tools to clarify the assumptions I make every day.

It was introduced by a former client, who recently joined McKinsey. From 2013, Victor's book will be required reading for my MBA admissions counseling clients, especially those looking to join consulting firms post-MBA.

Whatever your industry sector or future career plans, I recommend "Case Interview Secrets" as a useful toolbox that can help you persuade others to support your ideas.

Thank you, Victor!
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for case interview preparation Nov. 28 2012
By David P. - Published on
Victor Cheng provides great insight and practical advice for everyone aiming at getting into management consulting.
He takes a simple approach to solving the complexity of case interviews, I'm sure that there is no better source on case interview preparation than this book.

When I felt I had enough theoretical knowledge though, I could improve a lot my performance by practicing live on I really recommend it if you want to experience the real case interview situation.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best case prep book available (& I've read them all and got a job at a McK!) Jan. 28 2013
By Joe Owens-Ream - Published on
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Victor does an excellent job in this book. His issue tree method is excellent for good thinkers that can solve cases using their own intuition and judgement. If you want a more cookie cutter approach (which by the way will get you bounced from MBB) go with Consentino's frameworks. They are a solid foundation but must be absorbed and then integrated into your thinking process. Never regurgitate a framework if you actually want the job. Victor does an excellent job in walking you through the logic of the hiring process as well as the job. This leads the reader to the necessary mindset that allows them to succeed.

If you are just getting going, please start live practice ASAP. Read this as you practice. This is no substitute for practice.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars case interview secrets May 17 2012
By carl - Published on
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this is a wonderful book. i am just getting back to the workplace after a couple years and it really provides a fundamental stepping stone for those of us who have lost touch with whats happening out there.thank you victor cheng, for this and the website.
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