Does getting into consulting after MBA require solid pre-MBA work experience?

Hi everyone,

Thinking about consulting after MBA.

Does getting into consulting after MBA require solid pre-MBA work experience?
I don't have much pre-MBA work experience.

Thank you all so much!

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May 31,2017

No requirement. Just need a top MBA, 700+ GMAT, and good networking.

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May 31,2017

They could generally care less about your background. Just be ready to talk about it whatever it is. Of course you generally need some kind of decent pre-MBA work experience to get into a program where MBB recruit, but that's another story.

 
May 31,2017

Ok thanks a lot for that info. Will write my MBA story saying that I want to go into colsulting. will sound realistic b/c I have no good experience, thanks alot.

 
May 31,2017
 
May 31,2017

No, its very hard to get into MBB from a shit school.

 
May 31,2017

Agree. Oh well so much for my 750 GMAT.

 
May 31,2017

u coulden't get into a top 16 school w/ a 750? What u did wrong?

 
May 31,2017
TheLaughingLiberal:

u coulden't get into a top 16 school w/ a 750? What u did wrong?

A lot of people don't get into top schools with 750+ GMATs. Look at Poets & Quants. Stanford's said in the past that they could populate the whole school with 800 GMAT scorers if they want. It's just one data point among several that they evaluate.

 
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Aug 31,2017

McKinsey is, I believe, the only MBB to explicitly list their MBA targets. It's generally the top 15 schools plus UNC. I don't believe UNC is a target for Bain and BCG but could be wrong.

In the 20-25 range MBB will probably be 'around' but opportunities are going to be rare and probably regional when they do happen. Salary reports might indicate that the school places there but I bet they don't publish numbers like the top schools do. You definitely want to target higher if you have MBB aspirations.

From my research, schools in the top 15 that are not M7 place about half as many of their consulting hires in MBB as the M7 do. Outside of that it's only a handful to MBB.

That being said, the advice here about experience isn't entirely accurate. At top schools, it might look like experience doesn't matter because so many people get interviews. The firms definitely read your resumes though to look for desired qualities. I had a few of my interviews come from the strength of my resume (I know this because I didn't network with some of these firms). It's just that there's a correlation - at top programs, everyones resumes are pretty good, so almost everyone is already checking the box at that front. If you're recruiting from a 20-25, you'd better believe that they filter a bunch of people out that don't have the resume profile they're looking for.

 
May 31,2017

why? You got a 750 and could not get into a top 20?

 
May 31,2017

Sbd. Thanks for the concerns.

Excuse me as I seriously throw up due to thinking about my future career prospects.

Hmm paying 200k for an MBA and 2 years of opportunity cost to end up working in a similar job to what I'm doing now, seems like the intelligent thing to do.

Something feels wrong about this.

My input on this thread has come to an end.

 
May 31,2017

Hey man don't give up! You can always apply next cycle, not a big deal. I'm sure it has something to do with your essays. Next cycle I'm sure you can improve. Don't settle for less

 
May 31,2017