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Should experienced professional, post-MBA, redo GMAT for MC? [#permalink]
29 Jan 2014, 17:24
I'm in a somewhat uncommon situation and thought I would reach out to the helpful people of this forum for some advice.
I've had over a decade of great professional experience with a couple large companies and growing a small company substantially and managing 5+ person teams at that company and doing a fair amount of analytical work in that time. I completed my MBA part-time at one of the top universities in my country while growing that small company. I didn't think much of the GMAT at the time other than do well enough to get into the MBA program. I think I scored in the high-500s which is a shame as I've been excellent academically throughout my life, but didn't put much study time at all into the GMAT.
It occurred to me about two years ago through some work and school exposure that I wanted to get into management consulting because of a love for complicated problems and helping firms improve their performance, so I joined a small consulting firm (12 people) through the partner knowing of my work and liking me and what I could do. GMAT wasn't brought up at all during the joining of that firm. I have been there almost a year.
Now the crux of the problem. I want to move to a larger brand name consulting firm for making a bigger difference and ideally greater pay and long-term prospects. Prior posts on this forum have stated that >700 is virtually a need to make MBB and certainly not a hindrance. I'm assuming LEK, OW, Booz, Deloitte, PwC and Accenture also look at it although weight it at a lesser extent than MBB.
Should I retake the GMAT? I know it must be rare for someone post-MBA and experienced to do this, but it seems to be the best call unless I'm likely to get into Deloitte, PwC, and Accentures of this world without retaking. Then again, maybe a higher GMAT will make those firms easier as well.
I very much appreciate your constructive advice in advance.