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Blacked out GPA?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:51 pm

I had a callback today at a competitive, large and well-ranked firm in a secondary market - my interviewers all had a copy of my resume that had my GPA blacked out, like redacted with a sharpie. FWIW, this firm's GPA statistics for my school were notably higher than my GPA (i.e. I'm a solid .15 below the median of people from my school who ended up working there...)

Is this a thing? Is the firm just making sure that interviewers (who likely don't have a great idea of what GPAs from different schools mean) aren't unfairly biased? Or what?

thanks.

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Re: Blacked out GPA?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I had a callback today at a competitive, large and well-ranked firm in a secondary market - my interviewers all had a copy of my resume that had my GPA blacked out, like redacted with a sharpie. FWIW, this firm's GPA statistics for my school were notably higher than my GPA (i.e. I'm a solid .15 below the median of people from my school who ended up working there...)

Is this a thing? Is the firm just making sure that interviewers (who likely don't have a great idea of what GPAs from different schools mean) aren't unfairly biased? Or what?

thanks.


Had this at a V30 firm in Boston too. I presumed it was to keep their interviewers unbiased as you mentioned.

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Re: Blacked out GPA?

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:38 am

Never seen it but it's a good idea. The hiring committee will take your grades into account but this would keep interviewers focused on the intangible factors you can only assess by meeting someone.

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Re: Blacked out GPA?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:28 am

I think the above posters have hit it - it's to prevent your interviewers' perceptions from being impacted by knowing your GPA. I've gone on a few CBs where interviewers were not given my transcript, presumably for the same reason. (My T14 officially bars students from putting GPA on the resume, so withholding transcript = blacking out GPA.) Of course, such tactics don't always work... I ran into a few interviewers who point blank asked what my GPA was (one even followed up by asking what my specific grades were in Contracts, Property and Torts - fortunately three of my best grades!).

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Re: Blacked out GPA?

Postby Johann » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:51 am

dixiecupdrinking wrote:Never seen it but it's a good idea. The hiring committee will take your grades into account but this would keep interviewers focused on the intangible factors you can only assess by meeting someone.

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Re: Blacked out GPA?

Postby cron1834 » Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:19 pm

Good for them.

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Re: Blacked out GPA?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:54 am

OP here... FWIW, /for posterity, I ended up getting an offer from this firm, much faster than I guess they generally get back to people, despite being way below their gpa stats from my school. :D :D :D



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