/ Asked by Sarah
I did not have a very strong grades freshman year in college. I am now a senior and my grades have been solid, maybe even higher, each year since freshman year. Will employers look at my transcript and not give me an interview because of my poor performance freshman year?
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, December 2, 2013
It is not common for employers to pull an actual transcript. On occasion, an employer may ask for a GPA particularly when the educational degree is directly linked to the role. For example, actuarial science to actuarial careers. Also, don't feel obligated to put your GPA on your resume and don't submit a transcript unless asked. I often advise associates not to list their year of graduation as an employer may try to depict age - which can be discriminatory.
Answered by Jillian, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
As a college recruiter there are specific things I do look for when viewing a resume.  The first thing I want to see is your GPA.  Some of my positions will require a minimum GPA so I want to be sure that my candidates meet this minimum requirement.  Also, because I work with early career hires, I want to know when you are graduating or if you have already graduated, so to me, your graduation date is important.  I want to be sure that the position you are applying fits your experience levels (ranging from no experience to 3 years out of school) or if you are over qualified or if you do not meet minimum requirements. 

If you are still in school at the time you apply we will ask you to supply your proof of degree upon graduation as well as your transcripts.  We will not look at your GPA year by year as we will want to see what your final GPA looks like.  Your hard work will speak for itself when we see where you started and how much improvement you have made over the course of a few years.

Freshman year can be a hard transition for a lot of students so you should be very proud that you were able to turn things around.  Great job!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
It isn't unusual for some college students to struggle the first year and you should take pride in turning this around.  Most companies are going to look at your overall GPA and while they may ask for a transcript, they typically don't look year to year and shouldn't hold a poor first year performance against you when you show vast improvement throughout the remainder of your time in school. 

When you are interviewed, be honest if asked.  Showing improvement and learning how to course correct toward success is a story you should be proud to share.
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, December 20, 2013
Most companies and most positions will look at overall GPA versus individual transcripts. Some will also look at GPA in major since those will likely be the relevant coursework that you’ll use in your job. It’s common for the first year to be tough as you’re transitioning into college, but it’s great that you’ve improved over the years!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, December 20, 2013
Some employers do ask for transcripts, but the purpose is to verify overall GPA and major(s), not to make a judgement on how a candidate's grades progressed throughout their time in college.  Therefore, as long as your overall GPA is acceptable by the company to which you are applying, a mis-step in your freshman year should not negatively impact your employment chances.  In fact, this could be good experience to draw upon if you are ever asked an interview question about you dealt with adversity.  Most companies are more interested in what you did in your major classes, what type of projects you worked on, and what activities in which you were involved inside and outside of school, as these speak to the type of person you are.
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