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Case Book Columbia 2002

Case Book Columbia 2002

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A great case prep guide for anyone looking to join a consulting firm.

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A great case prep guide for anyone looking to join a consulting firm.

consulting, consulting club, mba, internship, case, case interview, case interviews, mckinsey, bain, bcg, boston consulting group, harvard, hbs, mit, sloan, guide, vault, wetfeet, howto, business school, bschool, columbia, wharton, stanford

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ManagementConsultingAssociation
Guidebook2002
Columbia Business School
How many rollerblades in New York City? How much does theEmpire State Buildingweigh?
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CasesIndustry OverviewFrameworksInterview GuideClasswork
 
 Columbia Business SchoolManagement Consulting AssociationGuidebook 2002Please do not duplicate, copy, print or photocopy
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION.........................................................................................................................3THE MANAGEMENT CONSULTING ASSOCIATION.........................................................4INDUSTRY SNAPSHOT...........................................................................................................5-81ST YEAR CORE CLASS CONSULTING INFORMATION............................................9-12THE INTERVIEW GUIDE...................................................................................................13-27
The basics of consulting interviews.....................................................................................13-14Methods for dealing with interview questions.....................................................................15-18The audience who you are talking to................................................................................19-21Consulting questions – what you may hear or say...............................................................22-25What consultants are looking for – how they mark your performance.....................................26Conclusions...............................................................................................................................27
FRAMEWORKS....................................................................................................................28-32COMMON CASE TYPES.....................................................................................................33-34THE CASES..........................................................................................................................35-117
Business type cases (full answers).......................................................................................36-88Business type cases (abbreviated answers)........................................................................89-104Estimation cases...............................................................................................................105-111Game show cases..............................................................................................................112-117
USEFUL FACTS & CONVERSIONS..............................................................................118-119
 
 Columbia Business SchoolManagement Consulting AssociationGuidebook 2002Please do not duplicate, copy, print or photocopy 3
Introduction
The Management Consulting Association of Columbia Business School is pleased to present theGuidebook 2002 to assist CBS students in preparing for consulting job interviews.A collection of methods and sample cases has been compiled from consulting firms, students andother sources. Case interviews are used primarily to assess two qualities important in consulting:logical reasoning and business acumen. In addition, consulting firms monitor communicationskills and try to gain insight into your personality (are you enjoying yourself? Are you easilyfrustrated?). They are also looking for you to demonstrate creativity by taking advantage of opportunities to – yes, that dreadfully overused phrase – think out of the box.This Guidebook begins with a snapshot overview of the management consulting industry. Nextis a compilation of the most important consulting-related concepts and information taught in thefirst semester core classes at Columbia. Third, our interview guide section, which discusses indepth the dos and don’ts of consulting interviewing and preparation.The Guidebook finishes with a discussion of the different case types and kinds of frameworksused to answer them. The frameworks and solutions to sample cases used in this book are by nomeans definitive. Time and again recruiters will emphasize that
there is no single correct answer to cases
. That said, the solutions provided in the sample cases are just one recommended option.For the first time ever, we have decided to provide a soft copy of the casebook. Through this, wenot only hope that the cost of the book is reduced, but also that it is easily available on yourcomputers. We would therefore request you to respect the efforts of the many people whovolunteered their time to put this book together (including our esteemed VPs of Publications) bynot copying, duplicating or photocopying it. The price of the book will now go towardsattracting the best cases for inclusion in the casebook.A former consulting interviewer, Nicolas Reuttner, contributed the interview guide and wefurther note that the copyright on this section is his own. The book is not to be reproducedwithout the written consent of the Management Consulting Association of Columbia BusinessSchool.Our sincere thanks go to the MCA members who have contributed the new cases for this edition:Dieter Fenkart-FroeschlRajiv C Lochan
 
Prithvi Prabhu
 Joshua Hubbert
 

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