/ Asked by Anne
I am a sophomore looking for my first internship this summer. I am interested in an internship that caters towards my major and I know I would be a perfect candidate. For the particular internship that I am interested in, the internship description entails a minimum GPA requirement as to which I do not have. I am wondering that if I do not state my GPA on my resume, will they ask me to show documentation during an interview? I believe that my GPA does not show an accurate description of my overall work ethic and know that I would still be successful at the job. My overall question is how serious do companies take their GPA requirements?
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Friday, March 6, 2015
It is best to disclose this information for several reasons. First,  Companies will want a full picture of your background and experience. Hiding this information may automatically disqualify you if all other candidates provide theirs. Second,  while each company may weight the GPA's importance differently, you will likely have to input this into the application and not just your resume. Some large companies will require a minimum in order to narrow the pool of candidates, while others might see this as only one part of a matrix of considerations.
If you are concerned about being pulled from candidacy because of your GPA, reach out to the company of interest and speak with them about your eligibility. They may be able to tell you if this is a disqualifying factor, or if it is just a 'nice-to-have' attribute in candidates. 
In the meantime, focus on enhancing your GPA at school and building your network with the companies you are interested in working for down the road.  
 
  
    
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, March 9, 2015
Great question!!!!  I can tell you that at our company if you do not state your GPA on your resume we will 1) automatically assume that it is below the standard and 2) assume that this is why you left it off your resume.  At our company we take GPAs very seriously as part of the evaluation process our requirement is 3.0 company wide and a 3.0 shows how well you understand the materials that you are studying.

My advice to you would be to state your GPA upfront, often times depending on your major or the story behind your GPA we will consider all the factors.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
This is a great question that many students ask! I would highly recommend putting your GPA on your resume, even if it is lower than what the job description states is required. Most times companies will assume that if you don’t put your GPA on your resume then it is lower than what a company is looking for. Without a doubt in your first round interview, whether it is in person or over the phone, the interviewer will ask you for your GPA. Companies have different weights to a candidate’s GPA – for some it is part of the consideration process and others it is to narrow down the candidates for a specific job. Do not get discouraged because of your GPA. Be honest with companies when you are applying for positions and continue to work hard on your GPA at school!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Not all companies will require a minimum GPA for internships so I would recommend looking for those positions. In my experience, if a company requires a minimum GPA then it is a strict requirement. If you don’t list your GPA on your resume then most recruiters will assume it does not meet the requirement and will automatically disqualify you. Depending on your area of study, some fields are stricter with this than others. I would encourage you to work hard to raise your GPA and work with your career services office to see if they have recommendations on internships you could be considered for.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 13, 2015
It is true that not all companies have a minimum GPA for their internships, so it is perfectly OK to not list it on your resume.  If a company does have a minimum GPA though, they will ask you about it.  When this occurs, you should be 100% honest about it because in most cases they will request a copy of your transcripts from your school to verify it.  If you are not honest and they later find out your GPA was below what you stated, they could rescind their job offer.

In general, though, if you do not feel as if you have a good GPA, leave it off of your resume and instead emphaisize those activities that you feel speak more to your qualifications.  For example, if you are a full-time student, but are also working to help finance your education, clearly show that on your resume as this shows you have a strong work ethic and could explain a lower GPA.  The same would apply to other internships and jobs that you have had, as well as other leadership and community activities in which you participate. 
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