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GPA/Exam score - Why do some employers need a minimum GPA ?

Andy Jack
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Joined: Nov 22, 2012
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I don't think this is a job/career advice question, so i put it here. I really wonder why GPA is important to some employer. Hardly makes sense. How can GPA ensure that
you are getting the right kind of talent ? A guy/gal can get A+ in Algorithms course (which might be repetitive and may have some 'tricks' to scoring well). But, how does that
guarantee if he/she will be able to create good algorithms/good software on the job ? Thats why you allow people with lower GPA, but relevant experience or high intelligence and aptitude
to also apply.

Do you know of strong reasons for making a minimum GPA mandatory ?


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Matthew Brown
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Many jobs are oversubscribed. A perfect selection system would be too expensive, so it's often more cost effective to have a less-than-perfect, but good enough, process. Part of that can involve finding something to filter on.

And while GPA isn't a perfect predictor of ability, it probably correlates. So if you want something to filter on, it's probably not a bad choice.

To put it another way: having a high GPA doesn't mean you'll be a good developer. But it might mean you're more likely to be a good developer. And for many employers, that's a good starting point.
Pat Farrell
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If you are talking about entry level positions, and a university or full college GPA, the reason is simple: Most entry level folks don't have any experience, so the GPA is a simple, objective filter.

Its far more than your grade in Analysis of Algorithms. Typically a firm hiring rookies wants a specific GPA for all courses, plus a higher GPA for the major. Say "3.0 overall, and 3.5 in major"

To my eyes, the overall is more important. It tells how the student did in the courses she didn't like, the required slogs through History 101
or English Comp.

Having a job in IT is much broader than acing your Computer Science classes.

A candidate with a 4.0 in her Computer Science courses and a 2.1 in all the rest would not even make it through the first level screening.
Andy Jack
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Pat Farrell wrote:
A candidate with a 4.0 in her Computer Science courses and a 2.1 in all the rest would not even make it through the first level screening.


Ouch ! Why ? I understand all-round development is important. But, if a person loves CS and focuses mainly on it, then what is the harm ?
Martin Vajsar
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I'd say the answer is what Pat already said:
Pat Farrell wrote:It tells how the student did in the courses she didn't like

It is very probable absolutely certain you'll be assigned a work you won't like some day, even if you love CS in general.
Jayesh A Lalwani
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In some ways, You can say that the main job of a programmer understanding business requirements. Mainly what a programmer does is listen and understand whatever gobbledygook the business people are talking about day in and day out, and translate it into whatever gobbledygook the machine understands. This requires you to be able to dive into a field that you absolutely have no training on. This is one of the reasons why employers are looking for smart programmers. A high GPA, espescially if its on a diverse subjects, shows that you can learn new material fast.
 
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