Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
We all face little hiccups in life and it sound like your freshman math class was one of those occasions.
Each job and every hiring manager has his/her own set of minimum requirements that must be met to be considered for a position, so if your failed math class causes you to not meet one of the minimum requirements (such as cumulative GPA that is too low), then you may be out of luck. However, most hiring managers are understanding of one or two poor grades, especially if those grades were earned during freshman year.
What managers typically care about more than if you earned a couple of low marks in college, is how you can show that you have overcome adversity. Getting high enough marks to make the Dean’s list seven times is precisely one of those success stories.
When interviewing, be prepared to talk about why you received a low mark, but spend the majority of your energy highlighting all of the good grades and focusing on the positive outcomes that you have accomplished since then.