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Because interviews are not testing your knowledge, but rather your ability to successfully prepare for and execute a set of tasks within a broadly defined scope of requirements. And all else being equal, a candidate who reads CtcI before an interview will be better prepared for success than one who does not.

It’s the same thing with consulting/banking interviews, standardized testing, and generally many gatekeeping mechanisms. It’s a test of preparation and the ability to set yourself up for successful execution.

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