MBB Interview - Case In Point VS Case Interview

Hey guys,

So I have an MBB first round interview coming up in the next two weeks. I scoured the forums and came to find that the two most often cited resources to use were Case In Point and caseinterview.com

I personally started with the latter and found it quite useful. I know that many people have sworn by Case In Point and would say it may be the only material you need but while working through both I was stuck in what approach to take to cracking the cases. Specifically CIP has some 12 suggested frameworks while Victor Cheung only has 4, and in fact uses mainly 2 80% of the time.

Since I had started with caseinterview.com before I started reading CIP I have VC's thinking engrained in my methodology but I was wondering if this is really enough. Has anyone studied almost exclusively from his material and aced the case? I will still refer to the market sizing chapter in CIP as it is very good and in fact recommended by VC but I feel if I try to combine their approaches to the case I will end up worse off.

Interview is in 10 days. Any tips would be greatly recommended. Further, if anyone is willing to skype for mock interviews I will be willing to pay them a reasonable amount of cash. Case Interview charges $225 for a 1 hour session which is too steep for me so please make a reasonable suggestion.

Thanks for the input

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Comments (10)

Apr 30, 2012 - 8:24pm

Thanks so much for the input guys.

@OhYeah: I did read that post but I figured I would ask around here since it would be less biased.

@Pissingintowind: Thanks so much dude! Will PM you right now and hopefully we can set something up for later this week or early next week.

@MECEmoron: Thanks for the insight. I am planning on adopting a similar strategy or basing my methodology around VC's approach but also wanted to use CIP. Are there any specific parts of the book you would particularly recommend or just a general read through?

Thanks a bunch again guys!

May 10, 2012 - 1:21am
run4run:
Caseinterview.com was all I used. I read a few chapters of CIP, its really good, but better for the market sizing stuff, which you will get a question on if you are an undergrad. You should be fine. Good luck

How did you prepare and what did you find most useful from CIP?

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May 10, 2012 - 10:39am
MaxLeverage:
run4run:
Caseinterview.com was all I used. I read a few chapters of CIP, its really good, but better for the market sizing stuff, which you will get a question on if you are an undergrad. You should be fine. Good luck

How did you prepare and what did you find most useful from CIP?

I just listened to all the caseinterview.com stuff ran through a few cases out loud by myself

May 10, 2012 - 1:46am

I thought the Wharton casebook was very helpful ---> https://community.bus.emory.edu/club/GCA/Shared%20Documents/Wharton%20C… .

It has a basic framework that just lists a bunch of categories to have in mind. Highlight the categories that are relevant to your case in buckets and brainstorm 1-3 details in each bucket. Systematically explore these details drawing conclusions as you work through the case. So if you find that xyz has been losing marketshare in a particular segment in a quant question be sure to state that AND the impact of that finding.

Finally at the end of the case be sure to give a recommendation (pick a side, no this or that type of answers here) and then to back it up with 2-3 reasons from the information learned during the case. Wrap it all together with a nice closing statement and congratulations, you aced the case. Now just do it 5-8 more times and you'll have an offer.

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