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Does GPA Count For Jobs?

Should Job Applicants Be Judged on Their GPA?

Should one judge a person's job performance on how well he did in college? And would grades matter even more if the job was to manage a country? Now that Barack Obama's proof of birthplace has been put to rest, Donald Trump is calling out for copies of the president's college transcripts to be released, because he "heard [Obama] was a terrible student."

Trump has begun questioning the president's academic abilities because he says Obama's college grades were not up to par. The Apprentice host tells the Associated Press, "How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records."

This brings up the interesting correlation between grades and how well they predict success. A lot of employers ask for transcripts and factor in a candidate's GPA because it makes the job selection process easier. One example of a company that does this is Google, which requires a 3.0 GPA minimum for job applicants. However, these companies might be missing out on talented individuals who slip through the GPA crack. After all, as Huffington Post writer Bernard Starr points out, history has plenty of notable exceptions to the grades and success correlation rule, such as Albert Einstein, whose abysmal grade school performance led one of his teachers to assume that Einstein was "mentally retarded."

What do you think — should companies judge job applicants by their GPA?

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Vampyre Vampyre 4 years
Trump needs to STFU already.
amber512 amber512 4 years
I think it shouldn't necessarily be the deciding factor. For certain jobs though, especially a surgeon, whose hands I'm placing my life in, I'd like to know if they coasted with C's or were at the top of their class. It always irked me that one of my classmates got a job before me who just barely squeaked by, when I got straight A's.
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