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Consulting Interview Books Bread & Butter

Preparing for your next consulting interview? Here's what I, an ex-tech consultant (successfully promoted from analyst to consultant) recommend. I was also a top top performer at the top consultantcy

Case in Point: Complete Case Interview Preparation newest edition

Often hailed as the bible of consulting interview prep is a dense book of hardcore frameworks written by ex Harvard interview counselor / career adviser. Hardcore management consultancies expect you to memorize and be able to use this book fast.

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How to Get Into the Top Consulting Firms: A Surefire Case Interview Method - 2nd Edition

A book that no one has heard of yet it is the book that changed my life. Unlike case in point that meticulously go through tons of frameworks each with a million points, this book assume that you are cramming your interview and you only have enough patience and brain power to learn and only one framework.

That framework needs to be simple, powerful, almost super duper useful and forever possible.

Thin (may seem expensive), light, yet crisp to the point. Use this if you are running out of time.

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The McKinsey Way: Ethan Rasiel

So you decided that you only want the most glamorous of all consulting and you want the No.1 McKinsey, then you'd better know how is it different from Bain, and then different from Boston Consulting Group.

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The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World's ...

So you decided that you only want the most glamorous of all consulting and you want the No.1 McKinsey, then you'd better know how is it different from Bain, and then different from Boston Consulting Group.

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Teach Yourself Consulting (Teach Yourself: Business): Anna Hipkiss

Congratulations you got in! Don't unpack yet, you will likely drop out soon? Why? Nothing personal, statistics show that consulting attrition rate is 30-40%, and every year your coworkers will leave in flux.

Why? It is tough, stressful, and long hours, not that easy to earn close to 6 figures!

Once my client told me gosh you consultants drop like flies!

Read this awesome book and make yourself last.
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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: Carol Dweck

Consultants love good business school style books. They need advice, tricks, and mastery to get through tough long hours and picky clients. Besides Teach Yourself Consulting, you may also need the quentasential psychology book called Mindset. Stanford professor teaching you to be a winner.

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