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How important a factor is GMAT score when applying to work at MBB?

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A1: Learning, remembering, and just generally knowing things constitute a huge part of the job

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@A1- lotta reasons, with more nuance than I can easily cover here...felt better about BCG's global capabilities and growth trajectory, BCG does more of the work I'm passionate about in the city I live in, etc. But the main thing was the standard cliche, the people. I felt I fit better and would learn better with the people I met at BCG, and I made sure to meet a ton at both firms during the process. Nothing against Bain, just how I felt about my fit.

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I used a combo of Kaplan and GMAC. Studied every day for like 2 months. Hit 80ish hours of study time then took the exam

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BCG2, that's any job.

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Don't wanna say anything for sure, but I heard that unless you have a referral, they only look at apps with 710+

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If applying during bschool? It's one of the main stats we look at (since it's the only way to compare across all candidates) so a strong GMAT definitely can help you stand out. That said, an average GMAT definitely isn't a dealbreaker. But I think it'd be tough to get an offer sub 700 and average BCG GMAT is probably around 750.

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What did you use to study to get such a great score?

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Nah I don't think quant and qual scores matter. I had a recruiting role this year for MBAs and didn't look at sub scores, just the total.

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Haha MBB looks at GMAT scores too?! Geez man

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I had a sub-700 GMAT and got offers from Bain and BCG out of b-school. As others have said, you don't want to be relying on your resume standing out from a pile to get an interview. In MBA recruiting, you'll always have a chance to network well before resume submissions (which is the first time your GMAT score will come up, if ever)

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To piggy back how important is it for scholarships

This would be pre bschool, switching from Deloitte Technology. I have a 760. I also understand referrals are very helpful.

If you have a referral and a 760 and we're hiring, I'd certainly expect you'd get an interview. But do try to get the referral rather than drop a resume cold, even with a great GMAT.

BCG1, how about a 730? That good enough to get an interview?

Also do the quant and qual scores matter?

Yes 730 is good, I referred a friend with that who got to final rounds. I also referred 2 friends with unlisted GMATs who also got interviews. (But not offers ultimately. Probably not GMAT related specifically.) Takeaway here should be REFERRAL. But in bschool it's different.

All that being said, strong GMAT definitely isn't enough if you have other flaws during the bschool recruiting process. Even if you have the analytical chops, if you can't pass the airport test and aren't client ready, you're not going to get through.

Curious. How is an applicant's client readiness determined?

When I meet someone on campus for a "coffee chat", I will notice if the person seems poised and confident, communicates clearly, etc. If you're a nervous wreck stammering through a casual conversation, I wouldn't feel comfortable having you lead a client call. So that's an example.

I had sub 700 and got to final round Bain from Kellogg. Imagine that didn't play a factor (would have been more of a first round factor)

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