close look @ transcript?

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I had a question about firms seeing transcripts after you've been given an interview but before you've reached the offer stage.

How closely do firms look at your transcript? I am an engineering major, and I'm purposely saving a lot of the hardest classes for senior year when my GPA doesn't matter as much. Will consulting firms examine my transcript closely enough to realize this?

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Nov 18, 2007

Hell no.

Dec 5, 2007

I'd agree with mark klein. If something on your transcript caught the eye of the company, they'd either not pick you for an interview in the first place or have brought it up in a screening round.

edit: blah, didn't mean to dig up a month old post.

Dec 5, 2007

Depends on whether the recruiters ask for your transcript before interviews start.

During my interview season, they did not ask for a transcript until offers were handed out in order to confirm that you did not lie about your GPA.

Some do ask for it beforehand however.

Dec 5, 2007

I don't think it's going to get you dinged but from experience people at least ask about the class if it's an obvious D on your transcript even if it's retaken, if you toss them a copy of your transcript during a conversation that is.

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Dec 5, 2007

Most can't be bothered to look at the transcript except for verification purposes.

Dec 5, 2007

Thanks, Sav. When you say "most", which banks does that include?

Dec 5, 2007

is this serious?

Dec 5, 2007

Yes, I'm not very familiar of what goes on "behind the scenes", if you will.

Dec 5, 2007

Goldman Sachs called my 2nd grade teacher to ask if I liked the jungle gym or the big slide better. They later cross examine you during the 3rd round interview to make sure the stories match up.

Dec 5, 2007
BTbanker:

Goldman Sachs called my 2nd grade teacher to ask if I liked the jungle gym or the big slide better. They later cross examine you during the 3rd round interview to make sure the stories match up.

It's actually the 3rd grade teacher, 2nd round interview - stop lying to the kid .

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Dec 5, 2007

That's pretty funny, BTbanker.

Can I please get some serious input? Thanks in advance.

Dec 5, 2007

Do you have empirical evidence that the average is indeed C-? if it's C or C+, then that's a completely different story. If you're only ball parking C-, you better explain that B in your cover letter and in your 'Tell me about yourself'.

Dec 5, 2007
Discounted Cash Bro:

Do you have empirical evidence that the average is indeed C-? if it's C or C+, then that's a completely different story. If you're only ball parking C-, you better explain that B in your cover letter and in your 'Tell me about yourself'.

True story. BBs do their due diligence, so don't bullshit a bullshitter.

Dec 6, 2007

They most likely would not look at transcripts until after job is offered and accepted. Your one B in accounting with a 3.7 GPA (assuming that GPA is reflected on your transcript) will not make a difference.

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Dec 5, 2007

Thank you SATrading for your input. Yes, my GPA is reflected on my transcript.

Dec 6, 2007

The only time I showed my transcript was my first day of FT training and I had a strong GPA clocking in at .4 less than the firm minimum (I work at a BB). Luckily I never got asked my GPA during recruiting for the SA spot and I didn't have it on my resume so I guess I got lucky.

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

Dec 6, 2007

You honestly think they have the time or desire to check each individual class on your transcript?

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Dec 6, 2007

Apparently my interviewers from JPM didn't pay much attention to my transcript prior to OCR. Maybe HR screened it before forwarding my resume to bankers.

Dec 6, 2007

I've never looked at one of those even if our resume packs came with them

Dec 6, 2007

This is interesting to me. Why not look at it to determine if the applicant has a high GPA due to taking easy soan classes or whatever, instead of high level quant courses? Otherwise I might just need to take some more intro courses.

Dec 6, 2007

The 3.85 gpa will far outweigh the mess from freshman year. They'll look at your transcript primarily to see how you did in the classes that are most relevant (math, finance, econ). The W and D in particular will stand out, but if you've done well in the relevant classes, the freshman debacle shouldn't keep you from getting serious consideration for an interview.

You can include a note in your application explaining what happened freshman year, and you should expect to have to explain what happened in any interviews.

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Dec 6, 2007

So if the OP screwed up the finance and math classes, maybe the problems would be scrutinized more.

Dec 6, 2007

Only HR looks at your transcript. Just to verify that your GPA is what you said it was. Although I'm not in HR so someone verify

Dec 6, 2007

it really depends...had one internship ask for it (unofficial transcript) and another not even mention my grades throughout recruiting process

Dec 6, 2007

Agreed. Some ask for a unofficial transcript, others just take your GPA on your resume as the gospel truth. All of the companies I interned with never bothered to verify my GPA.

Dec 6, 2007

was only asked for it AFTER receiving my offer (whether for full-time/internship). More of a verification check for your GPA listed.

Dec 6, 2007

Did you get an A in sociology?

Dec 6, 2007

You're worrying about something you can't change.

Dec 6, 2007

GPA is what matters. You are going to have people with 4.0's in soft majors from top schools. Do you think their lack of econ or calc is going to hurt them?

Dec 6, 2007

they look but your fine

Dec 6, 2007
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