GMAT — Exposed! (m@’s Op-Ed)

Gltn sure made some waves with yesterday’s post — and I can certainly say that he speaks el truth-o.

However, before anyone gets all huffy puffy and freaks, let me be candid here: a sub-700 GMAT will not blacklist you. Nosiree. I’m living proof.

Yes, having a strong score will afford you the opportunity of moving up a few notches on Consulting Firm x’s closed list, maybe a couple of extra dinners, and a corporate-branded keyfob. (Segue: I love the word “fob”.) But — and we’ll get to this topic a little later in the recruiting cycle — comparisons on the GMAT end there. From then on, it’s all about experience, experience, weird things about you, and experience.

[‘Wait, m@, “weird things about you”? That’s left field.’ Sure is. But one of my classmates swears by the fact that his full-time final round interview with one prominent centered around his Wine Club membership. Don’t doubt externalities, kids.]

Consulting firms, as well as any other rational human being, know that the GMAT is a singular aptitude test that can be cracked with the right amount of skill (and luck). But you can’t fake a spazzing session when going through a case interview — so if your sweet, precious time is devoted to retaking the GMAT because you got a 690…dude, go start a charity.

My two cents. 🙂


6 Responses to GMAT — Exposed! (m@’s Op-Ed)

  1. mandy says:

    word. no 700plus here, either. the resume does the talking, and the crazy stuff is pretty important. just make it genuine.
    which brings me to this revelation: if you aren’t 700+ and are trying like mad to be a consultant and have to change and polish yourself ad nauseum until everyone around you hates you and wishes you’d get a job already; then maybe you’re pursuing the wrong line of work? just a thought. i love me some consultants, but had to be totally honest with myself about if i was a fit. all the prep in the world won’t help you when they ask you a question that derails you and perhaps reveals that you were just after the clout anyway. they don’t always love that. it’s like marrying some girl for her money. daddy no like.
    don’t overscript it. figure out what you really want. sometimes it’s at the intersection of 1) what you love and 2) challenges in the world that are here to stay.
    just a thought.
    thanks, m@, for letting me hijack your blog.
    my original intent was to say a simple “amen!” and leave it at that. but then again i wouldn’t be a know-it-all mba if i didn’t leave behind a little “knowlege”.

  2. Jon says:

    Again, lots of good points. I disagree in one regard though : If you have a wide range between your verbal and quant scores. If they are an even split, don’t waste time repeating them. On the other hand, if you have one really high score, and one really low–and are confident you can bring it up–you may reassure any concerns the adcom may have in a low quant or verbal score.


  3. m@ says:


    You bring up a good point, and I guess it depends on your background and situation. I, for one, had a low quant score/high verbal score, but with an engineering and math background I assume adcom saw that as an anomaly more than anything else. However, if you’re scoring off the charts in quant as an international student with a marginal TOEFL…then, yeah, it’s maybe not a bad idea.

    Again, we’re discussing this in the context of recruiting for jobs, so the split is a bit of a side discussion. thanks for the comment though. 🙂

  4. JulyDream says:

    Love the DUDE, GO START A CHARITY comment. 🙂 Made me laugh.

  5. gltn says:

    Agreed. I think we’re both right. sub-700 won’t get you blacklisted, 700+ won’t get you hired.

    but it’s a fallacy to think that the gmat is behind you once you’re admitted to school. and my intent was to make people aware of that fact earlier on in the process than I was made aware.

    although, dude, go start a charity is RIGHT. consulting work has a good chance at making you miserable enough as it is, right? why would you want to make yourself miserable in the last year or two of your life leading up to that consulting job? going looney over the GMAT will surely make you just that…looney.

    THANKS to everyone for all the input!

  6. […] 1: A Silly Step, but Done So back in October 2008, I typed up this post regarding the silliness of attempting to pursue a 700+ GMAT score for the sole purpose of appeasing […]

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