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Eligible grades - McK

 
#1 Eligible grades - McK
18/11/2004 15:52

Bruna

I intend to apply for a position as Business Analyst at McK UK, but have a problem concerning my grades. The university where I obtained my Bachelor's degree grades are on a 0-10 scale, and my year's highest average (200 students total) was a 8,1. I got a 7,1, which is also a pretty good grade in this system, but would be similar to a B- in other grade systems. My Master's degree was obtained in France, and who studied there knows how difficult it is to get a grade above 70% (teachers will NEVER give a 100% there). In France I got a 63% (mainly because I spoke very poor French when I got there). None of the Universities where I studied provides students' ranks.

Is there any way to overcome this and still be eligible to apply for McKinsey?

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#2 Re: Eligible grades - McK
18/11/2004 20:43

jeff

have you found that grades are that important? my grades in college sucked, about a C average(USA scale) and i received an offer from two of the top consulting companies world wide. now i just have to decide which one to take.

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#3 Re: Eligible grades - McK
19/11/2004 09:36

Andreas

Jeff - good for you, I assume you are very well connected, because in Europe there are people with degrees from top schools and MBAs who are not given interviews just because they dropped a grade in some useless subject like Art or Humanities when they were 16.... :-(

(unless its for some other obvious bias...)

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#4 Re: Eligible grades - McK
19/11/2004 20:26

jeff

Accually, i just applied on the website, no connections. I guess that's just what makes america great(obviously, it wasn't our choice for president) :P

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#5 Re: Eligible grades - McK
20/11/2004 10:20

Bruna

Hi Jeff! Thanks for your answer... I don't know if it is true in my case, but it surely made me feel more confident. I have an excellent CV, and am only afraid this will ruin my chances before I even get to an interview.

One more question only: why do they ask this? I think better grades do not mean you are more intelligent than others; they are a matter how much time you spend in the library and in front of your computer. How can one develop interpersonal skills if their best freinds are their books? My course's best students had no social life whatsoever... Does that make them better than I am? I guess not!

Wish you all the best in whatever choice you make!

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