I have a solid GPA but I have some even stronger grades in a couple classes considered especially difficult. So, should I put something like:

"Coursework: X, Y, Z (A+), etc." for the class I got the great grade in (Z)

or should i just list the classes without any particular grades and rely just on my cumulative GPA?

I could see that the first way might make me look like a tool, but i'd look like a tool if I mentioned the grade in an interview anyway. So the alternative seems to be hoping the interviewer looks at my transcript for him/herself.

Thanks for input.

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Comments (8)


And you should not mention grades for specific classes either, that will definitely make you seem like a tool.

Your GPA is what it is. Banks use it as a method of screening resumes, but once they've selected people to interview it's close to irrelevant.

If your GPA is already "solid" there's really no point in listing anything more specific than your cumulative GPA.


Ive only seen it once out of all the resumes I have gone over, and I definitely do not suggest it.


From this forum and people I've talked to, if you have above a 3.7 you should be OK in a difficult major. Some firms ask for an unofficial copy of your transcript anyways and have access to it.


first, what if the people interviewing you do not know how hard course xyz is? then putting down your grade for that course makes you seem like a tool. you have to remember that those screening your resume dont know everything about your school.

second, they will eventually ask for transcripts (most will anyways) and if you have a solid gpa, theres no need to list individual grades. you can, however, list relevant coursework like financial accounting.


I'm a humanities major and the grade is in a math course. Does this change anything?


Please don't list your specific grades for your classes on your resume. A transcript exists for a reason.

There are better things (I hope) that you can fill up your resume with.


I don't mind seeing some grades on your resume, especially with respect to particularly relevant or difficult classes. Everyone is different in this respect.

Remember that I'm an M&A guy. If it's not on your resume, I'm going to ask what your GPA is, what your SAT was, and what your math sub-score on the SAT was. I will also ask you your grade in any and all accounting, finance, stats, and econ classes. I will take particular note if you didn't do well in accounting, or if you happened to do really well in something like econometrics. Having the info on paper just saves me a bit of time.

One piece of advice when it comes to these things. Don't be evasive. I'm asking you because I want an answer. It's one of those things that makes banking interviews different than consulting ones. In consulting we might have asked you a question about your grades or class rank to see if you'd stand by the school's grade non-disclosure policy or not. In banking, if I ask the question I'm not testing your ethics: I don't care what your school says - I'm asking you a question and I'm expecting you to tell me what I want to know.


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