So I was interviewing for a FT position in Europe at alast week (think , , ) in the investment banking division. I knew that interviews in Europe could be different from the US, but I never would have expected what happened... In the middle of the interview, the guy (an associate) started asking me about :
Him: "So Glabibou, I don't see your GPA anywhere on your resume, why is that?"
Me (knowing my GPA sucks, that's why I didn't put it): "Well, I'm from a university in X [a different country in Europe], so we don't really have a GPA here, that's why I did not put it."
Him: "This is the first time I've heard something like that. Don't you have grades?"
Me: "Yes, we have grades, but there is simply no overall GPA computed from this grades"
Him: "This is unbelievable."
Me: "Well, I guess technically I do have a GPA, but it's simply not calculated by my university"
Him: "Then let's do it now"
Me: "You mean compute my GPA?"
Him: "Yes, unless you have something to hide?"
Me: "Well, you would need all my grades to do this..."
Him: "Exactly, take this paper, write them all with the corresponding subject, and compute your GPA"
[At this point, I try to remember EVERY grade I've had for the past 3 years and it's obviously taking a long time]
Him: "Please do not forget anything, as GPA is very important to us, here at X [name of bank]"
Him: "Actually, it is strange already that you could go through the screening without providing a GPA"
Me: "I just put n.a. in my online application"
Him: "Obviously there was a glitch in the system"
[I don't answer]
Him: "Normally, only candidates with a GPA above the threshold make it to the interviews"
Me: "What is the threshold?"
Him: "It was changed this year when the new head of division arrived, but each interviewer has the right to refuse candidate by setting his own GPA threshold"
Me: "So what is yours?"
Him: "You mean what GPA do I need to accept candidates?"
Him: "I need..." [long pause, he looks me dead in the eyes]
Him: "I need about tree fiddy"
> Well it was about that time that I noticed this "associate" was actually 8 stories tall and a crustacean from the Paleozoic era.
> mfw I was interviewed by the Loch Ness monster