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by aspiringmba1987 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:42 pm
Hello - I was hoping an admission consultant could help me out with a question. I was recently admitted into three top 15 MBA programs. In the applications, I disclosed that I was charged with a DUI 6 years ago and didn't have any issues in the admissions process. Now I am concerned with being able to get a job post MBA. I've read that most employers will conduct a background check that includes credit check. Due to the costs associated with a DUI, I ruined my credit - defaulted on a loan and a few accounts go into collections. Also had a public record that I settled in full. Question is will these kill my chances at a job? I am going to pursue an investment banking position for my internship and post MBA career.

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by PrepMBA.AlexLeventhal » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:41 pm
I can understand why this would make you anxious, but I do believe that you will be fine. There is no "right" answer to your query as different hiring managers out there will have different tolerances, but I feel from my experience that this is an issue that folks get passed. DUIs are not uncommon, and though not ideal, there are certainly worse scenarios out there. I have had clients working at banks and PE firms who got DUIs on the job--they did not lose their jobs and they got into top 5 MBA programs. And when I worked in industry, I hired folks with DUIs.

My only advice is to be honest about what happened and how you have matured since.

Good Luck!

Alex Leventhal
Harvard MBA, 1998
Prep MBA Admissions Consulting
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