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Hiring Companies and GMAT Score [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 11:42
Is it commonplace for companies recruiting MBA students to ask for the GMAT score and/or place much importance on it? Is this more common at schools with non-disclosure policies?

Would it be worth it to retake the GMAT and bump it up 20-30 points if I can?

I was surprised when someone first mentioned this, but I've seen it pop up every so often. It seems akin to employers recruiting UG students asking for their ACT score, which I've never heard of happening.
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Re: Hiring Companies and GMAT Score [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 12:56
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I have only seen banks and consulting companies ask for GMAT or put importance on it.
For example, one time I attended Barclay's session and they said if your GMAT Score is below 700, don't even apply for job/internship. I thought it was silly but that's what the VP for Asia Pacific said.

However, I don't think you need to spend another $250 with 750.
If you ever wanted to teach GMAT, then you need 99th percentile. If you are highly competitive, then maybe too but I don't know if it matters for schools/companies whether you have 750 or 770. But then maybe I am just saying that because I have a 750 and I am very sensitive about my score :lol:
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Re: Hiring Companies and GMAT Score [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2010, 15:03
Hi PBateman,

This phenomenon is becoming more commonplace as a result of lingering economic doldrums. Fewer spots with higher competition. Any prior stellar academic record is another evidence of your intellect.

Our founder Dr. Joern Meissner recently had an interview with QS World MBA Tour on the importance of GMAT score.

http://www.topmba.com/articles/case-stu ... ess-school
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Re: Hiring Companies and GMAT Score [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2010, 09:21
I've also only heard of it coming up from banks and consulting firms. I'm applying for pharma/biotech jobs and most companies didn't even ask for my MBA GPA. I've also heard about some banks asking for SAT scores as well, which seems a little silly, but to each their own I guess.

I'd agree that it's not worth the time or effort to go from 750 to 770. A 750 puts you well above average even at top MBA programs, so it shouldn't be an obstacle to a job at a company that asks for GMATs.
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Re: Hiring Companies and GMAT Score [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2010, 22:41
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Jerz wrote:
I'd agree that it's not worth the time or effort to go from 750 to 770.


Note, however, that Jerz has 770 :lol:
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Re: Hiring Companies and GMAT Score   [#permalink] 24 Jan 2010, 22:41
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