/ Asked by Jonathan
If i have a GPA slightly below the minimum required GPA for a specific position, does it hurt to apply?
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I don’t think it hurts to apply if this is a job of interest to you. Companies will set guidelines for positions, so it depends on how strict their cutoff is GPA-wise compared to other criteria that they are looking for in applicants. It also depends on if you are still in school and your GPA has time to increase. In addition, sometimes people go through different situations that might cause them to have a bad semester compared to others that would really affect their overall GPA, and if that is the case it is important to bring that up as well.
Answered by Rodd, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Thursday, January 23, 2014
Yes- think it is still fine to apply. And if questions arise regarding your GPA feel free to share how you are trying to prove and what challenge might have been present to not achieve requested GPA.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 24, 2014
Yes, I would encourage you to still apply, however, it is important to structure your resume such that the recruiter focuses on something other than your GPA.  If you have any applicable experience, either through internships on in school, emphasize this on your resume and on your cover letter.  Or if you have been extensively involved in community or similar activities, that should be emphasized.  You must show that recruiter that although your GPA is a little low, there is something else that you bring to the table that will off set that.
Answered by Maya, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, January 31, 2014
Great question. I would recommend that you still apply for the position. Sometimes an organization has a preference to a certain GPA, but will consider those with a lower GPA given the circumstances. If you are given the opportunity to interview, I would put the focus on your skill set and any positives aspects of your resume that would outshine your lower GPA.
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