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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

About the Author

As a former McKinsey consultant, résumé screener, and case interviewer, Victor Cheng mentors thousands of aspiring consultants via his articles and videos at As a candidate, he passed 60 cases and received job offers from McKinsey, Bain, Monitor, LEK, AT Kearney, and Oliver Wyman. At McKinsey, he was rated in the top 10 percent of consultants worldwide in his cohort. Today he advises Inc. 500 CEOs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Innovation Press; 1 edition (April 20 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Please do yourself a favor and invest in this book! Sept. 19 2014
By ritika - Published on
I have read this book at least 3 times and every time I read this book, I learn something new. The second and the third time are faster reads but amazing for brushing up your "core case interviewing skills" and keeping the big picture in mind (its extremely easy to get lost into details while preparing for cases and even lose track of basics as some people tend to master "bad habits" by practicing too much of the "bad case solving skills").
I recently got an offer in consulting and I would give bulk of my credit to Victor Cheng ! Though I utilized various other resources such as preplounge but that was AFTER i exhausted his materials and I was fairly confident that I was practicing "good case solving skills". This book is a MUST read for anyone thinking about consulting because (1) Its fairly easy to understand, (2) It talks about big picture keeping both the interviewers' and the interviewees' perspective in mind and (3) If you are serious about getting into consulting, this would book will provide fair amount of motivation to prepare "HARD" and "TAKE IT SERIOUSLY" because Victor talks about why and how these interviews are tough.
If you are serious, please do yourself a favor and invest in this book!
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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.
20 of 25 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.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent instructive guide Aug. 25 2013
By Bert Gold - Published on
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It's not my first encounter with Victor Cheng - the strategic planning consultant. There are two things I like about this guy:
- He has an 'un-puffy' attitude - he speaks (and writes) in a very down to earth-friendly way, as if he only reminds you of something you've known long ago.
- His knowledge is supported with hands on experience (as apposed to be an academic scholar) so you feel you are being though by a field expert.

Both of these qualities can be found in this book.
I've finished working at Deloitte & Touch over a decade ago but I still remember my interview... I wasn't familiar with Cheng's work then and, although I eventually got the job, I think reading this book would have helped me a lot, at least by lowering my anxiety level.

This book offers a structured analysis of a case interview - from different assessments tools through variety of interview contexts to the different kinds of interviews.
All subjects are dotted with examples which both clarify the ideas and supply the reader with 'mass' that enables field implantation.

The only drawback I've found in this book is that it's a little bit too technical in the sense that it speaks about what one should 'do' and not enough about what should one 'be'. Winning a job is not just about how you act during the interview, it's also about what qualities you bring with you. One of these qualities is 'confrontational ability' - the ability to confront and contain a difficult situation - in the context of Cheng's book the interview - in order to deliver oneself better.
A good discussion on confrontational ability I've found in the book
Leadership & Management series: The Matrix Of Conflict - Understanding why we get trapped in confrontational situations and adopting a unique & new approach to winning

As my title says, Cheng offers an instructive guide that will surly help you better prepare and increase your chances to win the job you're interviewing for.
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