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GPAs Don’t Matter if You Can Carry a Conversation

Posted on January 25, 2016 in Recruiting 101

Did you ever feel like you weren’t going to get a job because you didn’t have a 4.0 GPA? Reality check. GPAs don’t exactly matter in the real world…

In fact, hiring managers are more likely to hire the candidate with the lower GPA if that candidate can carry a conversation, and mingle with different personalities during the interview. Why? Because we all like talking to each other, and communication is key in any workplace!

No, this does not mean that you can slack on your classes. A good GPA (3.0-3.9) will look very, very good on your resume, but so does extracurriculars and leadership positions and internships. Hiring managers are looking for entry level candidates that are ready and willing to hit the ground sprinting, not running, sprinting.

What does this mean for our soon to be graduates? Get involved! Doesn’t matter if it’s a sorority, a religious organization or a professional networking group. The amount you do outside of school will not only give you an escape from academics, but it also teaches you to manage your time. Another great quality hiring managers look for!

The GPA won’t matter 5 years down the line, but your time management skills and your ability to work with different people will.