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Altering exam scores on the resume ?

David Payne
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My GPA falls short by 0.1 for some jobs, while its more than enough for the others. I am considering altering exam scores by a very small margin just to make the cut.
I know it looks wrong, but in the end, if i pass the interview and do a good job, then it will be forgotten. I heard about some guys who did this, so I thought i could take the risk.
What do you say ?
Jeanne Boyarsky
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When you say exam score, which exam do you mean? If we are talking about altering GPA, my answer is:

It's a risk. You described the best case scenario. Other scenarios involve them catching your alteration at the time of offer or when you are working there. At the time of offer, you've essentially blacklisted yourself from the company. Later on, it depends if they want to get rid of you.

Keep in mind that it is ok to get a "worse" initial job. After you have a year or two of experience, employers don't care about your GPA anymore.


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Campbell Ritchie
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Jeanne is right. You could be summarily dismissed if they find out, or accused of obtaining money (your salary) by deception. And you will get a bad reputation.
David Payne
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Jeanne is right. You could be summarily dismissed if they find out, or accused of obtaining money (your salary) by deception. And you will get a bad reputation.


Yes, I heard about those cases too which I guess, are rare. Anyway, how do companies verify grades and such ?
Luke Kolin
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David Payne wrote:Yes, I heard about those cases too which I guess, are rare. Anyway, how do companies verify grades and such ?


Asking for a certified transcript is one good way. Generally the more the company cares about the grades, the more thorough they will be in validating them.

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Anayonkar Shivalkar
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Hello David Payne,
I don't want to sound rude, and please do not take my comments personally.
David Payne wrote:I am considering altering exam scores by a very small margin just to make the cut.

Please don't do that. There are two types of people - the one who are honest on resumes and one who lies on resume. Whether you change your GPA by 0.1 or 1.0, you still will be in 'liar' category.
David Payne wrote:I know it looks wrong

Because it is wrong.
David Payne wrote:but in the end, if i pass the interview and do a good job, then it will be forgotten.

Well, then why even attend the university? Why not fake the entire degree - including perfect GPA (its 4.0 I guess). In the end, if you can clear the interview, right?
You would think that the company may confirm your records with university, well, then can't the same company confirm your GPA?
David Payne wrote:I heard about some guys who did this, so I thought i could take the risk.

Its upto you. You'll also hear about some guys who kill people, or do drug business for money, and who are not in jail yet. Don't you think you should take that risk as well?

I guess you haven't heard about somebody who faked GPA and got fired after a couple of years - and companies wrote this thing (that they fake their resumes) on their release letters. Imagine how would they face their further interviews.

Companies can check your records any time, after 2 years, 5 years - so, you'll never be relaxed in company, and this bug will bite you forever.

If you are honest on the interview, you will miss the best job in industry today, and you'll get second or third best job. But you don't have to worry about 'what will happen if someone cross-checks my records'. Eventually, after few years of experience, you'll land in the best job in industry. But if you fake the resume, well, companies check your records or not - you'll always feel the guilt.

And forget about companies checking your records and all - Do you want to start a new phase of your life (the professional career) with a lie?

The choice is yours.

Again, nothing personal, its just my opinion.


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Deepak Bala
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My GPA falls short by 0.1 for some jobs, while its more than enough for the others.


A better option would be to call them up and say 'Hey you know what your company requires a GPA of 9.0 and I have 8.9 so can you give me some wiggle room to squeeze in ?' I am sure some of them will allow this.

Losing your job over falsely provided data can be demoralizing. The false GPA data can get you through now but you will be watching your back all the time, scared that you will be called out. Its just not worth it.


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David Payne
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yeah..i guess 2nd/3rd best is right. I got tempted after hearing other people's "tales of braveness".
@Anayonkar Shivalkar - I am seriously considering making my own drug gang, run by IT of course - I am gonna be the e-bay and amazon of drugs.
JUST KIDDING !!! Thanks for the advice though. You and the other people's words make sense now. I will choose the hard way then.


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David Payne wrote:yeah..i guess 2nd/3rd best is right. I got tempted after hearing other people's "tales of braveness".
@Anayonkar Shivalkar - I am seriously considering making my own drug gang, run by IT of course - I am gonna be the e-bay and amazon of drugs.
JUST KIDDING !!! ...

File under "Things you might not want to leave on a public bulletin board"!

Good luck with the job-hunting!


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David Payne
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chris webster wrote:
David Payne wrote:yeah..i guess 2nd/3rd best is right. I got tempted after hearing other people's "tales of braveness".
@Anayonkar Shivalkar - I am seriously considering making my own drug gang, run by IT of course - I am gonna be the e-bay and amazon of drugs.
JUST KIDDING !!! ...

File under "Things you might not want to leave on a public bulletin board"!

Good luck with the job-hunting!


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