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Does taking GMAT help with undergraduate hiring?

Serdar

Hello,

I am an undergraduate from a target school in Eastern Europe. I am majoring in Computer Science and have a decent but by no means an excellent GPA (3.6/4). Would taking GMAT help me offset my less-than-perfect GPA for initial CV screening?

Thanks

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Vlad replied on 06/26/2018
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Alessandro
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replied on 06/26/2018
Bain & Company London | University of Cambridge | CV/Resume writing | 770 GMAT

Hi Serdar,

The short answer is no, GMAT won't act as a substitute for University grades.

A Good GMAT score could be helpful though in some cases, for example:

1) If you are doing a non-quantitative degree, a good GMAT quant score can demonstrate your quantiative ability

2) If you are studying at a University where the scoring system is not easily understood by the office you are applying to, then GMAT could serve as a decent benchmark.

A 3.6 GPA by no means would be an application killer, so I wouldn't worry too much at this point, and work on the other parts of your CV (e.g. extra curriculars, getting more work experience) and on pushing up your GPA with the courses you have left.

Hope that helps!

Alessandro

Dorothea
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replied on 06/26/2018
Ex-Oliver Wyman with 100% interview success rate - specialized in female career coaching

Hi Serdar,
unfortunately, an excellent GMAT will generally be seen as a bonus point, but not as something to offset weak grades. Most consultancies have very strict limits when it comes to grades (incl. Master, Bachelor and A-levels) where you may not pass the threshold.

However, these thresholds vary across consultancies and not all consultancies require "excellent" grades (as they claim), but rather consistently "good" grades, then taking into account the overall picture of grades, working experience and bonus points. It may also depend on your type of studies and your university, where precisely that threshold is going to be applied (for computer science very likely lower than e.g. for business).

In my opinion, taking the GMAT can only increase your chances, but it may make sense to test upfront with a few consultancies whether you would be invited before you start with preparations.

Hope this helps!
Dorothea

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