Business School Case Books

Consulting Case Book PDF's

I went through the consulting interview process a few months ago and found these case books really useful for practicing, both with people in mock interviews and for solo issue tree practice. I have also really benefited time and time again from WSO so thought I might give something back by leaving all this here. It includes older Harvard consulting case books and Wharton Consulting casebooks.

these books are all readily "findable" on the internet if you look hard enough but can be a little time consuming.

Hope they help someone out!


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Comments (74)

Apr 3, 2017

Thank you @DropBear

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Apr 3, 2017

Thank you for uploading all these resources. Was curious how many times did you go over these cases in order to feel pretty confident in the interview? I've seen some on this forum gone through 25-50+ cases to be prepared for case interviews.

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Apr 3, 2017

I went through consulting recruiting last year, and from what I've seen, 25-50 is not at all uncommon for successful candidates. That said, the ideal number varies from person to person.

Personally, I hit diminishing returns around my 20th case, although I still did about 30 by the end. Looking back, I think I plateaued earlier than most people, since I had pretty good business intuition to start with (probably thanks to my multiple internships in finance beforehand). Recruiting went quite well for me, as I reached the final round at 3/4ths of the places I interviewed before I took an equity research offer instead.

However, if you have no business experience/intuition whatsoever, you'll probably need to do 50 at minimum -- I had a pre-med friend who still needed a lot of improvement at his 30th case, and I doubt 40 would've been enough for him either. And there are also some people out there who virtually never hit diminishing returns with practice. The more they practice, the better they get.

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Apr 4, 2017

I think @Fantastic is spot on with regards to the amount of case interviews. I do not come from a business background at all, so probably did around 50 actual, sit down in front of someone for 30-40 minute style interviews.

But some of the older more simple case books were easy to just go through to practice you initial structure and math. In these ones I would just read the initial prompt and go from there and just give myself a few minutes to make an issue tree, then if there was any math further down I would do that too. Obviously this method won't do anything for you communication skills but is a great way to practice lots of case's quickly (about 10 minutes per case) and doesn't require a partner.

You will also find that you start turning every little thing you hear in the news into an issue tree... Or at least I did.

Apr 5, 2017

YOU ARE THE MAN!!!
Can't thank you enough for this, SB'ed!

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Apr 5, 2017
DropBear:

Hi Everyone,I went through the consulting interview process a few months ago

Oh and did you secure an offer if you don't mind me asking?

Apr 4, 2017

Unfortunately I didn't get the role I was after, but I did get to the final interview and was given some great feedback. I have a pretty strange background which made me a bit of a wildcard at best.

Apr 5, 2017

Sorry to hear, hope you are keeping at it!

I am from a non-business background trying to break in too, I would love to hear more background of your story

Apr 5, 2017

Much obliged to you for transferring every one of these assets. Was interested how often did you go over these cases keeping in mind the end goal to feel really certain about this.

Apr 4, 2017

Because I don't have a business background, I spent a lot of time going over cases. I did a lot of practice interviews, and also spent a lot of time just practicing issue trees and mental math. I found though that once you start doing a lot of that even listening to the news is case practice because you constantly run through issue trees in your head for EVERYTHING.... Even what to have for dinner!

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Mar 15, 2018

I am preparing for my case interview in July. You can add me to your skype or email me. My skype ID is arun.bhota

Mar 15, 2018

I'm also preparing for case interviews (not yet scheduled though)....my skype name is albert-choi

"We are lawyers! We sue people! Occasionally, we get aggressive and garnish wages, but WE DO NOT ABDUCT!" -Boston Legal-

Mar 15, 2018

Another one here. I also have a decent collection of casebooks I can share. Skype name: neelguru , and I'm in the LA area if anyone here would like to meet up and do face to face cases.

Apr 5, 2017

Side note to keep in mind for those using case books for preparation: the actual cases that companies give in interviews evolve over time. For that reason, be careful not to get too accustomed to a case "style" that you find in an earlier (>3 years old) casebook.

This is a minor consideration, mostly for those in business school that have a solid fundamental base for casing and are refining their approach (probably after the ~20 case mark for most people). Early on, a case is a case and every new situation is a way to stretch your mind, but later on some of the finer details start to matter.

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Apr 4, 2017

good advice @dmw86" whether practicing by myself of or in interviews these were mostly just a guide and were a good source of business questions when I and my friends were feeling too lazy to think of something original. You can find excellent sources for case interviews by watching the news.

Mar 15, 2018

wharton 1962 what's your mailing address

Mar 15, 2018

OMG 16 is too much! I got 4 and I think that's enough :-s

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Mar 15, 2018

i pm'd you

Apr 19, 2017

Thanks

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Mar 15, 2018

thx

Mar 15, 2018

good find.

Mar 15, 2018

thanks

Mar 15, 2018

Thank you.

Mar 15, 2018

Great material, thanks.

ak

Mar 15, 2018

Interesting stuff

Mar 15, 2018

I haven't read it, but I'm sure it would help me a lot. thanks.

"We are lawyers! We sue people! Occasionally, we get aggressive and garnish wages, but WE DO NOT ABDUCT!" -Boston Legal-

"We are lawyers! We sue people! Occasionally, we get aggressive and garnish wages, but WE DO NOT ABDUCT!" -Boston Legal-

Mar 15, 2018

anyone have it for HBS?

Mar 15, 2018

http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/student/club/c...
Some are behind a login but others like the HBS cases and the Duke cases can be freely accessed.

Apr 23, 2017

Excellent material, Cheers!!

Apr 24, 2017

Thanks for the materials. Is there any way to get access to recent casebooks (do they even exist)? I've been hard pressed to find anything after 13' from major business schools. Is it that many M7 schools have just done such a good job of hiding their casebooks from the public for 5+ years or there just hasn't been a new one released for a while?

Apr 25, 2017

The newest book my school has is 2012 (M7 school). We are working on developing a new one but may not be until next year.

Apr 4, 2017

Care to forward it when it's released?

Apr 4, 2017

I would say it's a little from column (a) and a little from column (b).

I wouldn't think there is a great deal that needs to be changed in them though from year to year. Some time ago McKinsey moved to a more interviewer lead format so business schools spent a lot of time revising their case books. I'm not sure there has been anything particularly significant like that over the last few years to justify re-writing new books other than to just refresh the cases from time to time.

Just my thoughts though...

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Apr 29, 2017

Thanks for this @DropBear, you're owed a beer or two from everyone here!

Apr 4, 2017

You are very welcome - hope it helps!

May 1, 2017

Thank you so much @DropBear
You're very kind and I, and I'm sure everyone here, send you lots of positive energy!

Apr 4, 2017

You're welcome @Monkey44 - I hope it's useful

May 22, 2017

Thank you so much @DropBear .

Apr 4, 2017

You're very welcome @chocopudding - Tell your friends to drop by and grab it too!

Jun 1, 2017

@DropBear Just to let you know..This is really appreciated.. Thank you. I am a fresh graduate and I have my interviews in 2 weeks without any prior knowledge about case interviews due to my engineering background and i feel this would be very helpful. Thanks!

Jun 1, 2017

Yes, great resources!! Btw, let me know if you would like to do some case practice online in the coming days.

Jun 1, 2017

Yh, I would love to!! I've sent you a PM.

Apr 4, 2017

Hi @moseswso - Be sure to drop by and let us know how you go!

Jun 1, 2017

@DropBear @DCM17 Yeah I would. I recently passed the McKinsey PST a week ago and would be having 1st round Interviews upper Friday. I'm really nervous cos it all seems new to me. I'm trying my best in preparing though. I have read the theoretical aspects of the HBS and Wharton Case books and also Victor Cheng's book. I just need to start practicing cases now. I have few partners to practice with so i'm gonna do the bulk of my case practice alone

Apr 4, 2017

Thank you all for the Bananas! if you like any of my posts throughout this page and want to give me a Banana (or throw some monkey shit at me) could you please do it to the top post in the thread, it will ensure that this post stays fresh for others to use. Cheers!

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Jun 4, 2017

Thank you so much!

Jun 6, 2017

I Would like to say thanks for this knowledgeable resource it really helpful for who want to gain tips about interviews

Jul 3, 2017

Much obliged to you for transferring every one of these assets. Was interested how often did you go over these cases keeping in mind the end goal to feel really certain about this.

Apr 4, 2017

I was probably doing these at least a few times a week. Whenever I had a spare 20-30 minutes I would open a new one, read the prompt and practice making an issue tree. I personally didn't find the communication style too difficult to learn, but was not familiar with MECE issue trees so in my case it was fine to practice by myself. However don't neglect the communication aspect of this so practice with friends/colleagues as much as possible. You need to be able to solve the case and actually communicate it while you do it.

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Jul 3, 2017

Excellent! Thank you so much!

Apr 4, 2017

Glad I could help...

Dec 31, 2017

Thanks for sharing your materials and your insight - so useful. SB'd.

Jan 18, 2018

As someone who recently went through the whole application process (and got multiple offers) I can also recommend the Yale casebook and the casebook from Esade. I can upload them if someone is interested.

Also, the Wharton casebooks are pretty mathematical (at least the ones I got; 2005 & 2010). Practice some of this cases with people you are not that familiar with and see how well you do to the math when you are a bit under stress because you do not want to fail.

Another tip: Most casebooks start with different frameworks, different ways to open a case. Do not learn every method from every casebook, you'll get confused in the end. Choose a couple frameworks you feel comfortable with and that can cover most of the different case types and tweak every framework to make it work for a specific case.

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Jan 18, 2018

that would be most appreciated! which year are they published? I am on the lookout for more recent case books as the ones here are quite dated.

Jan 18, 2018

Pm me your email and I send it. It does not seem possible to attach files in a comment or thread. At least I do not know how.

Jan 18, 2018

Agreed! Please post the Yale & Esade casebooks!

TYIA

Jun 30, 2018

Does anyone have information of the copyrights of those cases ? Is it legal to use them (and publish online) during university's case sessions ?

Thanks in advance:)

Jul 5, 2018

Most casebooks begin with various structures, distinctive approaches to open a case. Try not to take in each technique from each casebook, you'll get confounded at last. Pick a few structures you feel good with and that can cover a large portion of the distinctive case composes and change each system to influence it to work for a particular case.

Oct 15, 2018

Much obliged to you for transferring each this type of belongings. Was interested how regularly did you cross over those cases maintaining in thoughts the give up aim to feel actually positive approximately this.

Jan 5, 2019

Wharton casebooks are quite numerical (in any event the ones I got; 2005 and 2010). Practice a portion of these cases with individuals you are not unreasonably comfortable with and perceive how well you do to the math when you are somewhat under pressure since you would prefer not to come up short.

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