1/30/08

Hey everyone,

Had something on my mind that has been bothering me for a while so wanted to get all of your thoughts on it.

I'm currently at a target school, but transferred here from community college. I have been going through the interview process and have some pretty good propects.

My GPA at the community college was not very good, <3.5. My GPA at the target is close to a 4.0. After consulting with the career services office, I only put my current school and institution gpa on my resume. My school includes all information from my previous schools on my transcript.

My question is, would I have a problem with this during background checks? I do not feel that I am doing anything wrong as I double checked with the career services office, but can see how it could be viewed as misleading. I want to chose the route that will maximize my chances of getting an offer, and not have any problems down the road.

I see my options as -
1) Bring it up during my final round interviews, and bust out a good story of how I transferred into a target and did my best. This way my ass would be covered, but I think it could adversely affect the decision process. I know that the competition is extremely stiff this year. However, even if I would lose that offer then I'd still have the chance to fight for other ones.

2) Bring it up after I get an offer, tell them that I was worried about it and make sure that it is okay.

3) Say nothing, and hope for the best - I would have the best chance of getting an offer, but could get completely screwed later on.

What would be the best decision? Bankers - how would you feel about a candidate that applied to your firm in this situation?

Serious advice only please. Thank you, it is much appreciated.

-John

Comments (6)

1/30/08

dude. you're cool. i wouldnt worry b/c obviously if you could transfer from a community college to a target school and get some really awesome grades you have ambition and drive. Say nothing and hope for the best. I don't think it's a big deal at all.

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1/30/08

Don't worry about it.

1/30/08

Thanks for your responses.

Ok one more thing, my GPA did go down a bit (about .05) this past semester.

However the GPA on the resume that I submitted to the banks has my GPA from before the semester ended (when it was the highest), as I submitted through contacts early. Would that make a difference?

So now there would be a small difference between the GPA on my resume and my institution GPA, and a large one between the GPA on my resume with my overall GPA.

I would definitely be worried less if this was not the case, but I think that this may cause HR to scrutinize everything a little more.

Let me know, thanks!

1/30/08

Seriously, think of the big picture. None of this matters if you don't get the offer. Spend your time focusing on your interviews and everything else will fall into place.

1/30/08

If they ask you what's one of the challenging thing you faced or something you were afraid of.. tell them the story.. and stuff..

They will understanding...

Ling~

Ling~

1/30/08
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