How To Explain Bad Grades During Job Interview

What To Say When You Have Bad Grades During A Job Interview

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Do you know what to say when you are asked about your bad grades during a job interview? This article mainly focuses on how to explain your bad grades in a job interview. Hope that the content will be useful for you.

Do you know what to say when you are asked about your bad grades during a job interview?

Well, the first rule is to be honest about why you have bad grades. I am very sure there are reasons why your grades are bad. So just feel free to say it but you have to redeem yourself by highlighting your work ethics and skills. Bear in mind that you are not making excuses here. You are just stating the facts.

Here are some reasons you can say why your grades are bad:

1. You can say that you did not really focus on your studies during the first few years in college and that it pulled your overall average even when you have performed better in the succeeding years in college.

Then tell them what you have learned from that situation and how it enabled you to be the perfect candidate for the job.

2. You can also say that your bad grades are not a reflection of your work ethics and skills. Let them know that as the years go by, you have already developed professionalism. After all, it outweighs bad grades and it is what matters at the end of the day.

3. You may also say that you have grown bored of just simply listening to your teachers during lectures that is why some of your grades have suffered. Tell the interviewer that you learn a lot during practical application of the lectures to real work situations. Simply listening to lessons is passive but taking action fires up your adrenaline.

4. You can say that your personal situation has caused some of your grades to be low. Example, you have more than 2 jobs to help both end meet and that you are having a hard time juggling your work and studies. This is very understandable and it will in fact tell the interviewer that you are a hardworking individual.

5. You can also say that you were pursuing a passion when you were in college. Sometimes our passion is different from what we are studying in school. You may want to pursue acting but becoming an engineer for instance is a more stable profession than being an actor. When you focus on what you really want in life, you tend to neglect your studies at some point in pursuit of your passion.

These are just some of the reasons why your grades might be low. Of course, like I said each one of us has a story why we have bad grades. Again, be honest. Never lie because honesty is still the best policy.

Don't worry too much though because companies are looking more into the kind of person that you are and the skills that you can bring on the table. Your grades are just numbers but I am not saying that grades are not important. They are. The ideal scenario is to strike a balance between your grades and your professional skills.


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  • destinykst  15-02-2017
    My friend was a topper but he couldn't crack the interview due to lack of communication and representation skills whereas others with low grades but good presentation skills got placed
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    • ldbf  16-02-2017
      I agree. I also have a friends who's a well performer in class but then when we graduated from college, she was one of those who did not find a job the soonest.
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  • nbillett  15-02-2017
    This is interesting. I have never heard about people being asked about theirs grades in an interview for a job. For a scholarship however, the grades are a major part of the determining factor.
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    • ldbf  16-02-2017
      I can remember that in one of my job interviews, I've been asked. You really just have to tell the truth and the most important thing is that you redeem yourself after.
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  • lucib29  14-02-2017
    Most people don’t talk openly about their failures. They’ll tell you about that great new contract they signed … not that deal they worked on for months, only to have it slip through their fingers. But failure is normal, and lots of people fail time and time again before meeting with success.
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    • ldbf  14-02-2017
      I agree to fail is normal. I think what matters is how you learn and get up after you fail on something. I am proud of my failures because they are the reason for the person that I am today.
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  • lucib29  14-02-2017
    Another problem with a heavy reliance on grading is the underlying assumption that grades are a necessary motivator for students. There are several problems with this contention. Psychological research has shown that students, and people in general, are more likely to lose interest in what they’re doing if they are promised carrots or threatened with sticks. Using grades as a threat or reward for completing or not completing schoolwork is extrinsic, or external, motivation. This type of motivation often results in a decreased focus on the learning objective.
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    • ldbf  14-02-2017
      I am amazed of how clever you people are. You indeed exercise critical thinking. I couldn't say more.
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  • ldbf  14-02-2017
    Good point! For someone who is experienced, I think grades do not really matter. They just actually matter for those who have just graduated but that can be dealt with properly. Just a matter of how you're gonna say it.
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  • angelite9  14-02-2017
    Nice article. It is no shame to have bad grades as long as you live righteously. It really does not matter how you fared in the subjects that hardly matter in your life. What is important is how good you are in the things you are qualified for. After all Einstein also had bad grades in school but he grew up to be a genius and a well-know personality all over the world.
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