PE GPA / Transcript Check

Can anybody confirm if PE or buyside firms in general will ask for your college transcripts or any other score reports (e.g. SAT, GMAT) to confirm what you have stated on your resume? Can employers get any of these from the university or institution without your permission?


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Comments (21)

May 6, 2021 - 11:24am

While I am not sure about the answer here, I would guess that most firms do not since they assume the associates they're hiring are honest. Aside from the fact that lying about that sort of stuff is unethical and kind of scummy, why risk lying about something that could get looked into? If you get exposed, you will get blacklisted from all firms from that headhunter (and potentially more, as they all talk to one another).


  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
May 6, 2021 - 1:55pm

My SAT was verified and transcripts from college were requested. 

  • Associate 1 in IB-M&A
May 6, 2021 - 2:40pm

Never heard of test scores being verified. Have seen cases where transcripts were verified, but I don't think it's the norm.

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  • Investment Manager in HF - Other
May 8, 2021 - 8:17pm

So you are concerned about whether or not the background checks will confirm grades, actual transcripts, and test scores BUT you are not thinking about (or have already) lying about these. 

Not sure what you are trying to accomplish by asking this question, much easier if you get to the punch line. If you are asking about whether or not you should be dishonest about any of this, I'll go with no, you shouldn't lie on your application. 

May 8, 2021 - 8:12pm

Can you confirm if the background check company receives the actual transcript (classes, gpa) or just the academic certification (dates enrolled, confirmation of degree conferral) from the university? 

May 9, 2021 - 1:39am

Did you really expect people to believe it's a "logistics issue" when you are clearing willing to doctor transcripts instead of just explaining the issue to the firm?

  • VP in IB - Gen
May 9, 2021 - 9:22am

Lol @ anyone believing this is a logistical issue you're trying to figure out.

Just so you know, your school typically sends a verified transcript directly so that people can't doctor one 

  • Intern in PE - Growth
May 9, 2021 - 1:49pm

An advisor at my school tries to scare students from rounding up their gpa on their resumes. Just to confirm: You won't get flagged if you have a 3.68/4.00 but list 3.7/4.0 on your resume if a company sees your transcript right?

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