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I just read in an i-banking/consulting interview book that you are NOT supposed to round your GPA. Just FYI all, another reason why you should never take the answers on a forum seriously.

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  • Jimbo's picture

    Everyone rounds to 1 decimal place.

  • vandeja1's picture

    I don't claim to know all in the matter, but I've never seen it matter. I mean actual rounding (ie 3.56 to 3.6), not fluffing.

    Maybe you shouldn't take everything you read seriously.

  • Disjoint's picture

    "Most important, make sure the GPA you list on your resume is fully accurate. Don't round to the nearest tenth." (Naficy, 156)

    This comes from "The Fast Track" a book that has proven itself over the years. Now it is your judgment call if you want to round your GPA or not.

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  • In reply to Disjoint
    Jimbo's picture

    Disjoint wrote:
    "Most important, make sure the GPA you list on your resume is fully accurate. Don't round to the nearest tenth." (Naficy, 156)

    This comes from "The Fast Track" a book that has proven itself over the years. Now it is your judgment call if you want to round your GPA or not.

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    Well do what you like. I've been in this biz longer than naficy was when she wrote that book. I'm pretty sure I rounded mine to one decimal place when I interviewed. I don't need to see a 3.68....make it a 3.7

  • ToBankOrNotToBank's picture

    I'm all for rounding GPAs to one decimal place...but let's say you have a 3.647...I'm guessing it's shady to call that a 3.7 but I've heard it's acceptable (on the sort of sketchy logic that a 3.647 rounds to 3.65 to a 3.7... )

  • gomes3pc's picture

    That's not how you round. If you are rounding to the tenths you don't round the hundreths and then round the tenths. You take the hundreths value and if it is 5 you round up.

    You are a fool if you don't round up a 3.77 to a 3.8. Nobody is going to give a crap about .03 GPA; in fact plenty of companies don't even ask for your transcript.

  • In reply to gomes3pc
    zk1085's picture

    gomes3pc wrote:
    That's not how you round. If you are rounding to the tenths you don't round the hundreths and then round the tenths. You take the hundreths value and if it is 5 you round up.

    You are a fool if you don't round up a 3.77 to a 3.8. Nobody is going to give a crap about .03 GPA; in fact plenty of companies don't even ask for your transcript.


    I'm pretty sure every BB does.

  • L's picture

    my major GPA is 3.935, is it ok to round to 3.94 on my resume

  • UES802's picture

    Is it ever ok to round to a 4.0 (say you have a 3.96). I'd say this is the only instance where rounding is not the proper method.

  • beaker's picture

    One wonders how you could achieve a GPA so close to 4, yet not have the wits to work out how to, or if you should, round it.

    I guess you just can't teach common sense or perspective.

  • In reply to zk1085
    gomes3pc's picture

    Ask for a transcript? I'm not so sure about that, especially for summer analysts. They certainly don't at the start; perhaps only when you get to final interviews, as that was only when Lehman asked me for them.

  • In reply to ToBankOrNotToBank
    phillysouthpaw's picture

    You should try and show it at least to two decimal places. I mean if you had a 3.44, would you really round to 3.4? Chances are you wouldn't. There is no hard rule. But you should try and avoid fudging your resume too much because I know of people getting fired for minor exaggerations. It's not really worth it.

  • Banking on Investments's picture

    Everyone I've spoken to says that you always round a decimal point so you never have a 3.87 or some crap like that, but once you reach 3.91 or higher you keep it that way, since you don't want to round down and you can't round up to a 4.0

  • Dang's picture

    No one is going to fire you for rounding your GPA

    *rolls eyes*

  • In reply to phillysouthpaw
    sdonowski's picture

    "I know of people getting fired for minor exaggerations"

    How is rounding an exaggeration? Most people are familiar with it by the third grade. Then in middle school we learn about significant digits. So we should all know that a listed "3.5" could be any gpa from 3.451-3.549.

    An example of a minor exaggeration is listing an employment start date as "June 2005" when it really was July 15, 2005. Rounding is listing "July 2005" when it was July 15, 2005.

    I enjoyed reading Naficy's book years ago but don't agree with her gpa advice. Why are kids coming out of school so insecure about this stuff anyway?

  • Disjoint's picture

    The way I thought about it is: why round at all? There is no difference between a 3.56 and a 3.6.
    By putting your exact GPA people can see that you are very meticulous about details.

    Even though it might be ridiculous, I feel like it is almost unethical to smudge your GPA. Some of you can give me the BS about how you are supposed to smudge your way through everything, especially through banking. My brother is in M&A and he doesn't need to smudge anything to be succesful.

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  • CompBanker's picture

    Quote:
    How is rounding an exaggeration? Most people are familiar with it by the third grade. Then in middle school we learn about significant digits. So we should all know that a listed "3.5" could be any gpa from 3.451-3.549.

    Actually, it is anything from 3.450 - 3.549. Soooooooooomebody must have struggled with the third grade!

    Just kidding sdonowski =)

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  • jojobananas's picture

    is rounding a 3.26 to a 3.3 acceptable, especially in cases where jobs look for candidates with 3.3 and above?

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