Can I get an MBB interview with a 3.5 gpa?

I go to a top target school, have a higher departmental, strong extracurriculars (varsity athlete and other), and good work experience (nothing too flashy but one good name brand). My freshman year gpa is also what's bringing me down. How likely is it that I will be able to get an interview offer? In addition, what can I do at this point which will help my chances?

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Jun 4, 2021 - 8:49pm

Yes you can, I was in the same position as you (minus the athlete part) with a 3.4 GPA and got interviews at 2/3 of the MBB firms. At this point you should try reaching out to any alumni from your extracurriculars or school in general and do some networking. If you can form a solid relationship with 2-3 people at each firm who would vouch for you then you should be in a pretty good spot to get an interview. 

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Jun 4, 2021 - 10:04pm

Do you think having interned with McK in another country would be helpful in getting an offer in the US (if I am studying in the US)? Already have offer in IB and know that I can do business analyst role in my country if I want to, so only want to put in the effort if there's a high probability of getting in. Any advice would be helpful.


Jun 6, 2021 - 4:17pm

I'm sure having McKinsey on your resume would help regardless of which country you interned in. However, keep in mind this is only relevant for getting you the interview at these firms. After that, casing skills are what matter the most, so the probability of you getting the offer (after getting an interview) is based on how well you do in the interviews.

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