Impact Of GMAT In Getting A Job Interview

Impact Of GMAT In Getting A Job Interview
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GMAT is a life changing crossroad for most business professionals as it is a major defining moment in a person’s career. Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT assesses analytical, quantitative, reasoning, writing, verbal, and reading skills in order to offer admission into a suitable management school graduate program. This can be a major turning point in one’s career as well because although GMAT scores are not everything, but these scores not only determine which B school program you get into, but also have a role in your placement. As you sit down for your GMAT prep online, it is a good idea to understand how it can affect your job prospects.

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Better chance at good exposure

A higher GMAT ranking will offer you the opportunity of getting into a coveted management grad program. This offers you an opportunity to learn with sharper minds, challenging yourself more and making the best out of your curriculum. You also get to be a part of several important activities which might not be a direct part of the syllabus, but will give you that edge when it comes to sprucing up your CV. The exposure to brilliant classmates and professors will go a long way in molding your career, outlook and personality.

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Opens doors to lucrative internships

With better GMAT scores as you get into a more coveted management program, you are more likely to bag better internships. A higher-level management job is demanding where mistakes, errors and not learning fast enough can cost you quite a bit in this demanding field. Internships are your stepping stone to careers they offer you excellent learning opportunities as well as a firsthand job experience, so that you are trained and prepared to deal with various scenarios you might encounter once you are working. Since the stakes are lower the chances of learning are high.

Better campus recruitment opportunities

When it comes to on campus recruitment, the top companies go for the top tier B schools and thus, offer higher chances of getting a job with a good pay package right out of school which offers you a somewhat more secure future once you are out there. Getting into a top tier business school requires an excellent GMAT score, which in turn, gives you a little head start into your career. While it is definitely not impossible to work your way to the top, it might be just a little harder.

Recruiters do look into GMAT scores

Believe it or not, a number of companies will take your GMAT scores into consideration while recruiting their employees. It is true that not all companies do, but several companies definitely look into it. Along with your overall performance, your GMAT score definitely does have a weightage in their decision to hire you as it says a lot about your reasoning, analytical and verbal skills and thus, a filter to look out for.

All it takes is a little hard work, planning and preparation to crack a good GMAT score which will definitely offer an edge in your career.

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Ankur Shah is the founder of the Value Investing India Report, a leading independent, value oriented journal of the Indian financial markets. Ankur has more than eight years of equity research experience covering emerging markets, with a focus on India and South East Asia. He has worked as both a buy-side investment analyst for a global long/short equity hedge fund and a sell-side analyst for an emerging markets investment bank. Ankur is a graduate of Harvard Business School. You can learn more about his latest views on global markets at the Value Investing India Report. -- He can be emailed at
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  1. I loved this article. But I have one little problem. My GMAT test results never gave me any advantage. When I was looking for my first job right after I had received my MBA, I had to run from employer to employer without a job and loosing my enthusiasm.

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