Hey guys, I'm in a bit of a conundrum. About 3 months ago, I was networking with a senior banker (alum from my school) at one of the big 5 Canadian banks. I graduated back in 09 and working in the middle office at a large Asset Management firm. Anyway, I've been trying to break into banking for a while, and my marks aren't exactly stellar, however, when this banker asked for my grades, I succumbed to my nervousness and told him a cumulative average 5% higher than what it actually is (I don't know why I did that, and I really regret it).
At the end of our meeting he asked for me to send him a copy of my transcript and resume, and since I had already told him a cumulative average 5% higher (this roughly is roughly equivalent to 0.2-0.3 on the gpa system), I inflated a few of my course grades in my final two semesters to reflect that. I had absolutely no intention of keeping in touch with this banker because of my mistake and decided not to pursue him anymore, since I can't live with a lie.
Anyway, surprisingly, I get a voicemail from HR at his bank asking to schedule for an interview (3 months after this whole incident took place). This is where the real problem starts since I never intended to continue with this bank anymore for the risk of getting caught, but he apparently forwarded my name to them. I don't know how I should address this, if I should at all. Should I return the call and accept the interview, or just ignore it? Even if I do go for the interview, what do you guys know about background checks at these banks? Or should I just maintain contact with them and forgo this "fake" opportunity for possible future opportunities where they don't necessarily look at grades?
PM me if you want to know which bank it is; please only ask if you know inside details regarding such background procedures.
Thanks in advance.