I took my GMAT a few weeks ago and scored a 700 (V-34, M-50). My essay scores are yet to arrive. It was rather disappointing because, through my prep, I always scored between 720 (it was my diagnostic score) and 780.
I have an eight-month work experience and right now taking a break. I plan to apply for a course starting in Fall 2005 and hope to goto an Ivy League institution. So, what should I be doing? Taking the test again or trying to make a great application? Some suggest that the score is high enough (and might be I score lesser in a re-try, what would schools think of me) and I should be finding my next job. However, equally compelling are some others who suggest that I should take the test again in full vigor (because this surely wasn't my best attempt at the test).
I have experience in both marketing and research setups. First, in the research setup, I was responsible for the vertical development of a common car jack for the company's product range, and pre-lim test vehicle layout design in an auto major. I was part of a two-man team to market research, design and first-step validate the projects. Second, in the marketing setup, I was a dealer account manager for an another auto-major and my work involved managing complete marketing and sales activities for a certain product-line in rural and suburban areas. I had 12 sales executives and a dealer manager under me. I initiated a CRM drive in the dealership, provided engineering inputs to the sales team, explored new segments and executed a new sales strategy for the dealer. In addition, market researched key account customers for developing products more in line with their needs. At school, I was a team leader for a university project and did a few research projects.
The situation has gotten me in a spot. A day before the test, a friend asked me, "What score would you loathe?" and I had replied, "700! Because I wouldn't know what to do next." And that's what has come true!
Hope to get the forum's perspective.