Do the HR of BB's check your college transcript to make sure you
aren't a liar?
Does anyone know of anyone who played this little game of gpa inflation
and actually got in the door, despite how its completely unethical and
a misrepresentation that may get found out?
Is It Okay to Lie About your GPA?
The answer to this question is no. You should never lie about your GPA as there is a significant chance that you will get caught and you will loose your opportunity to work on the Street - especially considering the fact that people at each bank have friends at all the others.
I'm sure they have their ways to find out if they want to (alums talk to deans). Your school might kick you out as well. Then the only financial advice you'll be providing is the synergies involved with super-sizing your happy meal.
User @gqbanker shared that you do need to provide your transcript:
I don't know if it's different for summer internships, but the full-time offer letter says "On or before your start date, please bring an official copy of your college transcript."
That being said - there are some ways that you can manipulate your GPA is you are desperate.
- If your major/concentration GPA is better, put it instead. The beauty is that no one really knows, aside from the school administration, what major GPA entails, which allows you to include/exclude grades from various classes. Obviously, you shouldn't go to far: as in, don't include History of Art in XIV century Japan into your Finance major GPA.
- Rounding off. 3.35001 is really 3.4, if you think about it.
- Including grades from summer classes/other colleges. Almost always justifiable.
- Other creative ideas. I had a crappy freshman year, so until my senior year I'd put something like "GPA after freshman year" on my resume. Obviously, I've got a question about it on every interview I had, but who cares, I got an internship.
But do know that if you put anything other than your actual cummulative GPA, they WILL ask you about it on an interview. Have a good excuse. Also, counterattack: if your grades have been going up, push that aggressively to demonstrate that you can learn from your mistakes.
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