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 (78)

Apr 3, 2017 - 8:03pm

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.

Apr 4, 2017 - 1:34am

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.

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Mar 15, 2018 - 5:03pm

Looking for case partner and case books (Originally Posted: 03/29/2011)

Hi everyone,

I plan to apply for associate position (McKinsey) in the fall recruiting cycle and I'm looking for a case partner to do some practice over the next few months, please shoot me an email if you are interested. I consider myself an intermediate to advanced level candidate.

Also, I am looking for some recent Kellogg or Booth casebooks, I wonder if anyone is willing to share?

Thanks! Enjoy your Spring!

-KL

Apr 5, 2017 - 6:18am

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!

Mar 15, 2018 - 5:05pm

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

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Apr 5, 2017 - 10:20am

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.

"Son, life is hard. But it's harder if you're stupid." - my dad
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Mar 15, 2018 - 5:07pm

got casebooks? let's swap (Originally Posted: 09/22/2011)

i have 16 casebooks.
but i'm burning through these like crazy.
(and throwing out a lot of cases with incomplete info)

if you have one i don't have, send it to me.
i'll send you the zip file with everything i have.

columbia 2006
haas 2006
hbs 2004
kellogg 2004
sloan 2001
stern 2008
tuck 2000
tuck 2006
tuck 2008
umich 2001
umich 2006
wharton 2005
wharton 2006
wharton 2007
wharton 2008
wharton 2009

deal?

Mar 15, 2018 - 5:09pm

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

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Mar 15, 2018 - 5:18pm

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

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Apr 24, 2017 - 10:44pm

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 26, 2017 - 2:16am

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...

Jun 2, 2017 - 7:05am

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

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Jun 3, 2017 - 11:44am

That's the critical ingredient - "practice".

Although it's certainly ideal to practice in person with someone so you can practice your communication and adaptability when you are challenged on your logic, you can still get a lot out of practicing yourself. Just read the case opening and practice making your issue trees, take your time and do it very thoroughly, speed can come later.

One thing that surprised me when I did my interviews, was how much time you actually have to do things like your issue trees and lay out your structure. In many cases I would take a minute or two to do my introductory issue tree and I would go to start talking and they would remind me not to rush and take all the time I need. So don't ever feel like you are in a rush... You probably won't be remembered if you take 1 minute longer than usual, but you will if you rush it and perform poorly.

Another key piece of advice which worked for me was taking time to think about how to segment each piece of analysis and to keep it as un-technical (or fancy) as possible for as many layers as necessary. As an example, I come from an oil and gas drilling background, and when the question was, words to the effect of "how our client, big oil, increase their production across the reservoir portfolio" my mind starts thinking of all sorts of technical things like seawater steam injection, advanced perforation stimulation etc. But the correct answer in this case would probably be something like:

how our client, big oil, increase their production across the reservoir portfolio?
There are two options (one or both of the following):
1) increase recovery per reservoir
2) increase number of reservoirs

This is a completely non technical answer, and anyone who did grade 5 math can probably follow the logic, but this is what you should be aiming for. If you then wanted to look at 1. above, you would do something like:

Increase recovery per reservoir (one or both of the following):
a) increase number of wells
b) increase flow rate per well

*potentially at this point you might have to start looking at something a little more technical, but this would almost certainly be out of scope for a strategy case interview.

On the other side "2) increase number of reservoirs" you would do something like the following:

a) Find new reservoirs (Notice how plain and simple the language is. don't try and sound sophisticated)
b) Buy reservoirs

Under "a) Find new reservoirs", you could look at something like:

i) further explore current fields
ii) explore new fields

The next question could be something like how would you select which field to explore from the following list (or something like that)

This is all fictitious and likely more simple then the interviews you might see at MBB, but it's an illustration as to the sort of simplicity you need to be thinking with.

I have attached an example of how you could do this in an interview, and how simple it would look. I would have another sheet where I have scribbled down the actual question and as a bit of a scratch pad, but the actual issue tree should be as clean as possible. You can then talk through your logic while pointing to each section of your tree.

They will almost certainly have a specific area they want you to look at anyway, so this is all just to see how your logic works. They could have a sheet of paper with some semi technical information about where they could explore next, some different reservoirs they might be able to purchase, a few options for increasing flow etc etc. Your job would then be to show some sort of logical and structured approach to choosing a specific recommendation and why, that part will almost certainly have some math involved.

If anyone has any more questions I am more than happy to help. I am certainly no expert, but have spent so much time on this over the last year, it would be a shame not to pass it on to at least one person.

Good luck!!!

Jul 3, 2017 - 8:45am

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.

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:18pm

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.

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:55am

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.

Jul 5, 2018 - 3:51am

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 - 1:34pm

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 - 12:22am

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.

Feb 6, 2019 - 8:15pm

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May 13, 2019 - 3:50am

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