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Every day, I read news articles that make me laugh, cry, and reach for the tequila bottle. Usually at the same time. Pretty much the same as dealing with my nephew.

Today’s story that had me shaking my head (and googling “fall out shelters” because I fear a coming apocalypse) comes courtesy of the United Kingdom.

Do companies that only interview and hire the best students discriminate against graduates with lower marks? “Yes, yes, yes,” my nephew is screaming. 

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Education in Action

On 12/22/2011, in Formal Education, by Jordan Wilson

Smart companies hire less on a candidate’s grade point average and more on what the applicant can actually do.

As I have written on more than one occasion, it is almost impossible to compare marks between applicants. The grading system fluctuates between institutions. And the quality of post-secondary graduates differs between education systems.

Today a brief example of how education systems hurt future employees. 

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Student Grades and Getting Hired

On 11/13/2011, in Career, Finding a Job, by Jordan Wilson

When hiring staff, I do not put much emphasis on student grades as a predictor of job success.

Sure I pay attention to the outliers. Those in the top and bottom 5%. But even then I do not make a large connection with their potential employment capabilities.

Having dealt with managers from around the globe, almost all my peers share this view when assessing job candidates.

But if we care little about grade point average, what is important? 

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(More) Grade Inflation

On 07/19/2011, in Formal Education, by Jordan Wilson

In Academics Versus Extracurricular Activities, I compared the relative importance of grades versus outside interests when companies assess job candidates.

In my opinion, while grades do play a role in attracting a job offer, other factors play a greater part in the equation. And over time, the importance of grades diminishes significantly.

A lot of this has to do with the difficulty in comparing grades between schools. 

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Want to Improve Your G.P.A. by 10%?

On 04/26/2010, in Formal Education, by Jordan Wilson

Many of you are currently writing finals or awaiting your course grades.

Wondering if you did enough studying to do well. Or if that extra scotch (or five) killed too many brain cells to allow you to even conditionally pass your courses.

Do not worry. Here is one quick way to improve your scholastic performance.

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