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GMAT score post MBA

 
#1 GMAT score post MBA
06/08/2006 18:15

Matt to deleted (#0)

Hi everyone

I'm about to start an MBA at Cranfield and would like to get into consulting afterwards. I didn't do the GMAT, as Cranfield have their own test which you can take instead if necessary. Now I've been told that some recruiters look at your GMAT score...so I'm wondering whether it's worth the expense of taking it even though I don't need it to get in to a business school.

What do you think?

Many thanks

Matt

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#2 RE: GMAT score post MBA
07/08/2006 01:09

RG to Matt (#1)

Don't really know about that (sounds a but OTT) but I do know having sat in on experienced hire interviews recently that in a certain large firm they may well ask what your score was, and seem to turn their nose up if they think it is a bit low.

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#3 RE: GMAT score post MBA
07/08/2006 21:23

Chogey to Matt (#1)

Matt,

As an ex Cranfield MBA now working in consultancy I would be very surprised if a recruiter made an initial CV sift decision looking at your (lack of) a GMAT score. Firms doing the consultancy milkround are aware that Cranfield does their own tests on potential MBAs who haven't got a GMAT score.

Certainly what they will look for is your ability to work as part of a team of equals, what you did before the MBA and what you wanted to get out of the MBA.

Given the fact that you will be working hard for 48 weeks of the next year (you will need your Xmas and Easter breaks to unwind!) I would say don't worry about GMAT scores - there are better things to do with your time.

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#4 RE: GMAT score post MBA
08/08/2006 00:31

Matthew to Matt (#1)

The only company whose recruiters have ever asked me for GMAT scores is ZS Associates. Unless you want to go into pharma market analysis & sales consulting, I wouldn't worry about it. As RG suggests, it is over the top.

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#5 RE: GMAT score post MBA
09/08/2006 00:04

RG to Matthew (#4)

Just to go back to my last, I don't think not having a GMAT score would be a problem, but a low one or worse still claiming to have "forgotten" (as have recently seen!) might be.

Only thing is for a lot of other schools (except Cranfield + MBS + ...?) you do need a GMAT - so did you not / not want to / not feel it would have been a good idea to apply anywhere else? Guess as long as you have a rationale for that just in case it ever did come up then it is hard to imagine you would have a problem.

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