Two years ago, I was invited to my first ever case interview. While I was very excited and happy about the invitation, I was terrified about the format of the interview. The truth was, I knew nothing about how to prepare for this very important experience. So I asked Google and, not surprising, thousands of links with tips and resources popped up in my search. After going through a dozen of them, I realized that all of them mention the same book – “Case in Point” by Marc P. Cosentino. To be honest, I was a little skeptical in the beginning, but after I found out that the book is available in PDF format for free, I decided to give it a go.
I have not only read it and made plenty of notes, but also printed almost half of it. Apart from explaining what the case interview is and the purpose behind it, the author gives a lot of relevant tips on what you should or shouldn’t do during your case interview. Most importantly, he categorizes all cases into 12 distinctive groups and go through each of them into depth outlining how you should structure your answer, what type of follow up questions you should ask and what frameworks can be applied. Trust me, this is more than you can ask for when you are preparing for your first case interview and while my first experience was not perfect, I was I glad I invested time in reading this book. It helped me to choose the right direction and structure my thoughts when answering interviewer’s questions. Also, I didn’t have any surprises in terms of interviewing process as it was exactly like described in the book.
So, if you’re preparing for the case interview, Marc Cosentino’s “Case in Point” is an excellent resource. I highly recommend reading it from cover to cover and I am sure you will find it invaluable.
“The mind is wondrous. It starts working from the second you’re born and doesn’t stop until you get a case question.”