How to Answer Job Interview Questions About Your Grades

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When you are applying for an entry level position a typical job interview question is "Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?" 

This can either be tricky or easy to answer depending, of course, on your grades. If you're an A-student, your answer will be easy, but you should also express your skills and varied experience outside of the classroom. For example, you don't want your potential employer to think you're book-smart only, lacking social fluency or the ability to interact and communicate well with others.

Regardless of your grades, it's most important to frame your answer in a way that conveys that you are an intelligent, diligent and well-rounded worker who would add value to the company. 

Here are sample interview answers that you can edit to fit your personal experiences and background.

How to Answer a Job Interview Question About Your Grades

How to Answer If You Have Good Grades

  • "Yes, I feel my grades are a very accurate indication of my success in college and graduate school. I took my academics very seriously and worked very hard for the grades I received. I am proud of the achievements I have made. But, I'd also like to emphasize my extracurricular activities where I've demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills in addition to academic success."
  • "Yes, I am a hard worker who takes my grades very seriously. My success didn't necessarily come easy to me. I spent a lot of time studying, while also balancing an internship and extracurriculars where I obtained real-life work skills. It wasn't an easy feat but I managed to succeed in all three area, and I think this is a good indication of my diligence and dedication to my responsibilities."

    How to Answer If You Have Average, Inconsistent or Poor Grades Grades

    • "My grades are a good indication of my academic achievement, but in a way you may not expect. The improvement that you will see over four years of college does not show lack of achievement in those early semesters. Rather, it shows the effects of finding an area of study that I was passionate about and good at."
    • "As you can see, I've gotten average grades while in college, but I think my involvement with other aspects of my college life offer better evidence of my achievement. For example, I'm a Marketing and Events chair for my sorority, coordinating all of our social and fundraising events and marketing outreach. I also hold a marketing internship at a local agency and am Vice President of the Undergraduate Marketing Club. My efforts have been focused on developing real-world skills rather than scoring all A grades on my exams."
    • "My grades are not a good indication of what I achieved academically in college. Not because I got bad grades, but because the fieldwork and internships that I participated in are where I achieved the most academically. If you want to "see" my achievements, I will share my portfolio and tell you about my work experiences."

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