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.