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. 🙂