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Advice (GMAT/IR)

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I took my GMAT today and received a 630 (Quant 46, Verbal 31, but IR of 7). This score seems competitive for the programs I intend to apply to but not enough for their scholarships (start at 650). Do I have a strong case by leveraging my high IR score despite my overall score being 20 points shy of target?

In addition, I'm seeking a career in healthcare management (I'm a pharmacist) and had my eye on healthcare management consulting. Is the dream of consulting just that (armed with a 630) or will my IR (I've read that top consulting firms are now placing heavier emphasis on IR scores for recruitment) and a potentially stellar GPA in business school compensate and give me a chance? If so, I'll readily take a position in health strategy (hospital, LHINs, etc.) if consulting is automatically out due to the scores. Otherwise, are boutique consulting firms options for me? I've also read that consulting recruitment is very formulaic, so your advice will help clear a lot for me.

I'd love your expert opinion on this matter.

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New post 06 Sep 2017, 19:17
The school most likely won't care much about the IR score, it is not something that is generally reported by schools so not really much of leverage point for you. Boutique consulting gigs are probably more likely for you than the big boys, they also will not care about your IR score. The most important thing with consulting interviews is to get the interview once you are in the room it is largely up to you whether you get the job or not
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