Is GPA disclosure required for HHs?

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I have a somewhat subpar GPA  (3.0 < x < 3.5), albeit from a top target, and am a first-year planning on on-cycle PE recruiting. I'm wondering how to handle this with the HHs - I'm afraid that they'll automatically remove me from consideration if I have to disclose my GPA up front. Is it possible to get through the HH process without disclosing GPA at all? 

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  • Analyst 2 in CorpDev
Sep 29, 2020 - 11:21pm

If you don't have GPA listed at all with a headhunter it's right into the bin. If you're from a top target and coming from a solid group your work experience should speak louder than your GPA will so wouldn't worry too much, just have an explanation/story ready in case it comes up.

 
Oct 1, 2020 - 10:00pm

I'd suggest excluding your GPA from your resume, so that you're not "judged" immediately, but rather have a chance to make a strong first impression.  But, be prepared to discuss it during your HH interviews.  Be honest about your GPA, and be prepared to add some context.  Do you have a good reason for the lower GPA?  Also, you'll be asked for your test scores -- strong SAT, ACT, or GMAT scores can help counterbalance the weaker GPA.  Last but not least, eventually your work performance and reviews/rank will be more important that the GPA/test score stats....take these next months to ramp up as a strong Analyst so that your references and work experience are relevant and competitive.  A high GPA might open the door for an interview, but it definitely doesn't guarantee an offer -- strong work experience wins out.  

 

 

 
Oct 2, 2020 - 1:55am

Per the poster above, how're your test scores? When I review prospective associate resumes, I'm willing to look past a lower GPA for strong SAT/ACT (alternative measure of intellectual horsepower).

Either way, if you leave off, I personally assume the worst. I'd rather hear what it is and ideally relevant story around it (hard major, etc.).

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