If you’re enrolled in an executive education or MBA program, you’ve probably encountered a powerful learning tool: the business case. But if you’re like many people, you may find analyzing cases and writing about them challenging or frustrating. That’s not surprising—cases are not simple narratives, and good ones are typically nonlinear and can even be purposefully misleading. Apply the conventional approach to understanding business cases, and you may waste time (at best) and arrive at weak or meager conclusions (at worst).
The Case Study Handbookpresents a powerful new approach for analyzing, discussing, and writing about cases. By using sample Harvard Business School cases, you’ll master a number of useful topics, including:
This book also includes strategies and templates to help apply this new framework. Extensive examples of effective writing further reinforce your learning.
A vital resources,The Case Study Handbookis a must read for anyone about to tackle the business case.
TIPS FOR INTERVIEW PREP
Consulting interview prep can be difficult - unlike some other kinds of job interviews, consulting interviews require interviewees to be quick on their feet. Consulting interviewers almost always initiate a case interview. Case interviews involve a business problem that candidates are prompted to solve. Success with consulting interviews comes with effective and efficient practice. Find case partners to practice with!
Listed below are great resources to begin your prep journey. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the case interview process before anything else. This can be done through the introductory videos in the Case Videos section on our website.
USEFUL PREP WEBSITES
CONSULTING FIRM PRACTICE CASES
CORNELL CONSULTING EXAMPLE INTERVIEW CASES
CORNELL CONSULTING ARCHIVED/PUBLIC FINAL ROUND INTERVIEW CASES
Spring 2017 Final Round Case
MCKINSEY & COMPANY PRACTICE CASES
BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP PRACTICE CASES
Main Case Page
BAIN & COMPANY PRACTICE CASES
OLIVER WYMAN PRACTICE CASES
DELOITTE CONSULTING PRACTICE CASES
Tech Consulting Cases
Strategy & Operations Cases
Human Capital Cases
MBA CASEBOOKS (SAMPLES)
University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA Casebook (2012)
University of Michigan Ross School of Business MBA Casebook (2010)
Harvard Business School MBA Casebook (2012)
Duke University Fuqua School of Business MBA Casebook (2014)
Case Interview Secrets by Victor Cheng
Case and Point by Marc P. Cosentino
The McKinsey Edge by Shu Hattori
Consulting Demons by Lewis Pinault
House of Lies by Martin Kihn