Rejected based on GPA

Nov 8, 2019 30 Comments

I was recently rejected from a company after onsite round based on my GPA. I’m 1.5 years out of college.

The first four interviews were great. I blew through the technical portions, and the behavioral interviews with managers went really well. I felt I connected with everyone and they really liked me.

The last interview was with one of the cofounders of the company. He immediately sat down and asked my GPA, which was a 2.8. Then basically asked me to explain why I didn’t do better in college. The rest of the conversation didn’t seem
to matter much after that. The company has a 3.7 GPA requirement for new grads (which i think is crazy), but I never expected anyone to care for an industry hire.

I was rejected and after some talking with the recruiter I could basically tell from what they said that they picked someone with worse interview performance, but better GPA. That’s perfectly fine, but if you care that much about GPA, ask it in the application! Interviews are exhausting and time consuming and I felt my time was wasted.

So my question is basically, was this okay for them to do or are they the asshole?

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  • Oath OPnd70
    What company? Must have been finance, tech doesn’t care as a lot of folks are college dropouts.
    Nov 8, 2019 0
  • Infor THso28
    A degree's a degree. Find another company, this was a red flag and you dodged a bullet.
    Nov 8, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Eng RoLF71
    I mean, I don't tell them my real GPA I tell them the value I calculated one time I was drunk.

    I ain't lying, just purposefully ignorant.
    Nov 8, 2019 7
    • Microsoft hmrn
      For junior level, Google cares about GPA. They ask for transcripts (entry and intern level), and even rescinded intern offers before for GPA.
      Nov 8, 2019
    • Unfortunately at the intern level there is almost no other data points available to help filter the candidate pool.
      Nov 8, 2019
  • New
    Unless it's a big shop in finance/consulting, if a company doesn't accept you based on GPA, the company is not worth your time.

    They will most likely fail to grow long term with that mentality.
    Nov 8, 2019 0
  • Amazon bVGD46
    Sadly, your college performance is a better representative of your work results than your interview is. I am just shocked they didn't require you to disclose it before. Such a waste of $ for them!
    Nov 8, 2019 0
  • It is up to them, but it is stupid.
    There is no strong correlation between gpa and long term job performance.
    Nov 8, 2019 0
  • New scheme
    If they have a company policy then how did your application go through till the on-site? Either they are lying about the policy or the recruiter who screened you cannot read numbers.
    Nov 8, 2019 0
  • Is it fair - no
    Is it illegal - no
    Can you do anything about it - no

    Both your options you are correct. They did you dirty and they can do anything they want
    Nov 8, 2019 0
  • Intel IllI
    I have a <2.5 GPA with ~2yoe, latest @FAANG. Do I need to be worried about my GPA holding me back for my next job?? When does someone stop being a “new grad”?
    Nov 8, 2019 3
    • Intel IllI
      I know a lot of “old industries” - defense/auto/govt contractors - had GPA cutoffs back when I was interviewing during college, but didn’t see any guidelines outside of those. First time I’ve seen someone with 1.5 yoe still get rejected for GPA.
      Nov 8, 2019
    • Google Ben Dover.
      The FAANG name on your resume makes up for your GPA.
      Nov 8, 2019
  • This isn’t a new grad role. My vote is that the gpa didn’t fuck you over, your response to his question did. You should consider how your reason for being that low reflects your work ethic and people’s other perceptions of you.
    Nov 8, 2019 1
    • Fannie Mae HsaindTH
      OP
      I agree that a good response could have saved me, but I was not prepared for this question at all. I also have great work ethic at work, but didn’t feel motivated by school. I said something similar to this, but that I still feel I got a great CS education and have good fundamentals. However, this reason probably doesn’t sway someone much. I don’t have a good reason like I was working three jobs or
      something crazy.
      Nov 8, 2019

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