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Is your college GPA reflective of your potential?24 Answers
No, I had to adjust to the rigor of my colllege and started an upward trend.
Hardly. A GPA is based on what you have achieved rather than on what you could achieve. I'm not saying the two are unrelated, but a GPA could also reflect the ability to work hard or to be a smooth talker. Three people might get the same GPA, while one is working hard as hell, the other is average but compensated with good social skills and talks his way out of everything and the third one is plain lazy but smart by nature. The potential of the three would be different in real life than in college.
Not in the least. It reflects your ability at that time and place to attain scores in chosen subjects.
If you had a bad GPA, say no--find examples of where you excelled or how you adjusted. If you had a great GPA, say no--its just a silly number that is hugely inflated anyway. Point out things independent of your GPA that you're proud of and think better represent you potential .
Totally agree with GBAD. Good advice
Also agree with GBAD and John. While I think this is a better question than "What was your GPA" (which interviewers shouldn't be asking for anything beyond pure entry-level jobs anyway), the fact is that your GPA depends as much on where you went and what you majored in as on how much work you did. Even then, it's not necessarily a good indicator of future professional performance, since soft skills that have nothing to do with studiousness are at least as important to your success. Definitely answer in the negative and respond by drawing attention to more relevant characteristics.
If you had a great GPA, play it up. Say it is a very common, but not always perfect, way of gauging yourself against your peers. It shows success as judged by a usually impartial instructor/professor. Then show how well balanced you are with extra-curricular activities, including successes that were not graded. Finally, you might give an example of something learned from a class, despite a subpar grade.
What do you mean GPA? In Canada we dont have that kind of score.
GPA is reflective of your desire to excel. Does not matter what the situation is, a person with a high GPA should correlate with the higher motivation and/or resourcefulness. It may not, however, reflect on your ability to succeed in a professional setting. Because the desired skillset may be different. But it clearly reflects on a person.
Me: Unfortunately no, it does not take into account my failures outside of school, you may want to look at my financial statement for that information.
Logically, no, since history indicates that some of the world's greatest achievements have been accomplished by those having flunked out or dropped out of colleges and universities.
Truly not. My GPA's is a grade point average of my teacher's understanding of my potential. My current/past earnings is the true understanding of my potential.
Orijit is very correct! GPA does correlate to the person's desire to excel. Look at Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger--they certainly have no desire to not excel!
No...my GPA was greater than zero which is more than I can say for my potential.
What does GPA stand for????
GPA stands for Grade Point Average. US high school and college courses are typically associated with a max of 4. That is, top grade is 4.0 (A+), while 1.0 is a very poor grade (D/F probably). Usually there are 2 decimal places. typical gpas - 3.85, 3.29, 2.94, 3.98 and so on. If your GPA is below 2.5 or sometimes 3.0 folks usually don't want to talk about it.
Kind of irrelevant to the initial conversation, however I can certainly remember the most from the classes I did poorly in.
Absolutely! You have no idea how much tenacity it required to maintain a 2.3 average while getting drunk and stoned on a regular basis. Just think of what I can do while sober.
Depends on the job I guess. GPA is important in some ways, or it wouldn't exist. If it said high school, I would almost definitely say no, but since it says college I think it matters a little. Most people are taking classes they want to take in college, not classes forced on them. If you can't even do well at something you like to do, how will you deal with a job that probably deals with a ton of things you don't want to do such as getting up at 6 AM? However, when you're 40 and applying for a job, your ability to take in facts and put them back out on a piece of paper when you were young probably won't be what can make or break your chance of getting the job.
I would say not exactly b'coz a GPA is a not only a refection of your potential but it comes due to a combination of luck, professors mood while checking the paper, personal situations in your life while your exam time,your team or group in your project and much more. Soo things can be both bad or good at different times leading to a good or a bad GPA. Soo i feel it is only a number making you qualify to apply for a position today but what can u make yourself tomorrow totally depends upon your determination and hard work...
No. The people with the highest GPAs in my classes were the least social. They did nothing but study. I believe more rounded or social individuals are better for any job. An elderly Biochemistry professor said, "The best pharmacists are the C students."
definitly yes...i never went to college, so my gpa is zero....i'm better than that.
School teaches you how to learn. If you know how to learn then you don't have to be confined by one profession. Also, I know of no college that teaches you how to collaborate, schmoosh with people, time manage, show initiative, get along with diverse personalities. All these things are either in your makeup or learned over time by experience in the workplace..
(If GPA is good) Yes it is. In given amount of time with available resources I made a best product and as you know the environment is challenging and one's potential in college is judged by the strong scores so I followed the parameter. (If GPA is bad) Not really. There's a huge different between actual and classroom setting. It's not necessary that the person weak in Mathematics would be weak in decision making. Natural phenomena of opportunity exploitation works in mysterious ways.
If you were hired, where would you want your office to be?18 Answers
next door to the boss
next to you.
Next to the boss - want the boss to see me and hear me. Want the boss to relie on me and see me as a great team player and someone that can be relied upon.
I get an office? Sweet! Seriously, though, I'd want it to be near others who work on the same type of projects I do, so I can help and be helped accordingly.
Next to the boss, but near enough to the team I work with to be well-integrated with them.
Anywhere. It does not matter.
It doesn't matter to me.
Doesn't matter. My cubicle has always been Seat 10A on United Airlines...
In a open cubicle, close to the team !
With a morale boosting view.
Anywhere and everywhere...
my own view is not mostly what you working but the impact you added to what you are doing
I'd eventually like yours when I help you get promoted. Until then, I don't care where I sit as long as it puts me where I can make the most impact.
I was not aware that Electronics Technicians had their own offices. I was under the impression that technicians were field employees, and thus, their office was their laptop in a van or at McDonalds. :-)
In a large crowd of people so I could continue to receive feedback on behalf of work. Thus allowing me to better myself and the company.
What is your biggest weakness.6 Answers
I work too hard
An answer here that lands up kind of bragging about oneself is generally considered a no-no by most HR managers. An appropriate answer should be more on the lines of some trivial matter which would not impede on the performance of the job being interviewed for. Further, the stress should be on how after identifying the issue the candidate has taken measureable steps to resolve it. For eg., instead of "I work too hard" one way to tackle it might be "New in to the work force, I was straining myself too hard and found myself lacking the time to engage in social activities. This was alienating me from my friends and social network. Realizing this, I talked about the situation with some veterans of the workforce, over a cup of coffee, and now I manage my time better by working smarter. This has elevated my esteem in my manager's view while I get to enjoy social activities as well, which in turn rejuvenates me to be a more productive worker." This is not the only right answer, but just a suggestion as to how this type of question should be tackled.
I voice my opinions when I should keep them contained. On that note, I do not like this question. All it does is prompt the individual to give a marginalized negative that can be spun into a positive. Like, "I work to hard." They had an episode of "the office" that mocked this question. With good cause, very little can be learned from this question.
This is a classic. The only answer that works is telling them a weakness that is a strong point at the same time. Working hard is NOT a weakness! Some examples - I'm a problem solver and some time this may irritate some people in the team who like the things to be done the old fashion way. Or - I like perfection and cannot stand sloppiness.. Or When I'm focus I don't drink or eat until I've solved the problem. I end up oftenly dehydrated. Or
You could say that delegation is a weakness, for example, I normally say... I believe my biggest weakness is delegation, I am a very creative and dedicated person and like to see a project through from start to finish. One way I've been working on this though is delegating small amounts to my associates at a time and have had great responses, I really have the ability to watch them grow and succeed. As they do well on the little parts that I delegate to them, I am more enthusiastic about the whole process of delegation.
I would say my weakness is wanting to taking on risky challenges; While the potential for failure is increased, the reward of success will out weigh the potential failure.
very straight forward questions already present on glassdoor6 Answers
Can you tell me when did you have your final interview (Experience Cerner Day)? Its been more than a week and I have not heard from them. Thanks
Hey can you tell me how was you interview experience and what king of questions where you asked..??
I had it on feb 15. You will hear from them shortly All the best.
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Thanks for the info. And can you tell me when did you get the call for the offer? Thanks I appreciate your help.
i got it last wednesday
How do you feel about PMI-MN?4 Answers
This questions was far too open ended and non-specific.
By PMI-MN, I take it you are referring to the Project Management Institute of Minnesota - I whole heartedly support the organization and the ability to assimilate new methods and knowledge networking through this and similar bodies.
PMI as an organization is useful and membership demonstrates a commitment to staying up with industry best practice; however, I will openly state that the PMP itself has become an irritant and created a false hiring environment. Most contractors seem to feel every project must have a PM assigned who has a PMP. Most employers seem to feel that this is a necessary requirement. Between this and the availability of PMP training at most community colleges, we are now faced with a burgeoning population of largely unskilled "Project Managers" who are not worth their weight in weekly reports. They generally fail to understand true project ownership, are perfectly willing to allow projects to fail so long as they can point the finger, and add little more than an over-inflated rate to my billings. Companies need to find more rigorous qualifications and interview techniques and stop relying on the PMP as a qualifer. By relying primarilly on the PMP as a qualifier, as employers, we are participating in cost inflation that does not bring value to our objectives.
I've the same exp in UHG
Are you a big-picture person or a detail person?5 Answers
Not clear what they were looking for in this instance.
Primarily detailed but developing the habit/skills to see the big picture. It took me some time to make a habit of seeing big picture. However later I realized that I even need the skills to see the big picture. For that I have been studying other projects and situations and learning from them.
This is an important question. A big-picture person usually adopts a top down approach considering relatively high level aspects e.g., business viability and the extent, where else the technology would impact, mid term and long term potential future of the technology etc. However a detail person would rather adopt a bottom up approach by identifying the well defined technical challenges and their potential solutions, other similar problems and their strengths and limitations...
A trap. This question seems to ask you make a choice between two solution when in reality the answer is that you must be both of them. There is a million way to conciliate the 2 but you need to find a way to explain that in some circumstance you have to be a detail person, and some other you see the big picture. Show them that you are flexible.
I agree with Nikko. It does depend on whether you are applying for a management position or a support position. Either way both the support and managemnet type should be able to comprehend the problems of the detail and be able to do the detail to achieve the big picture. It has been my experience that the big picture person is the idealist with little comprehension of what it will take to achieve the goal. The little picture (or pixel) person is is the true thinker and problem solver. It is a lot easier if both are thinking up-down and down-up. That is a good relationship.
What is your main weakness?4 Answers
Answer however you like, just be prepared.
I wouldn't say I have a weakness but If make a mistake it's my job to learn from it and get better at it.
first of all we discover our weakness,when we fail to do/achieve something perfectly.but once we discover it,and we learn to overcome it,it becomes one of our power/ability,so you would better ask what are you'r powers?and they will be achieved during our life course througjh experience
The point about this question is to test self-awareness. The answer is not to say "I work too hard" or "too detail oriented" or some other non-weakness answer. The correct answer is to ask yourself what skill does this job not require, and then you pick a weakness from that set of skills for which you give something constructive. Eg. An engineer position does not need public speaking skills. Say you get nervous when speaking to large audiences and you mitigate that by preparing well..
Say you are dead- what do you think your eulogy would say about you.5 Answers
While this might throw you as it did me at first, just take time to break it into personal attrubutes and professional attributes
Take your time to breath. This question is a trap in order to see how you react emotionally and personally. There are 2 possibilities, all other possibilities are wrong. - answer something vague and smart for example : "Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion" or "It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.". This will impress them and demonstrate your superior intelligence. - bring the conversation back in the reality : "It does not matter what will happen when I will die, but what matters to me is what is happening in this room right now" will show that you are pragmatic and focused. Any other answer will put you down. - talking about your family or your kids, or how great you are, will give the impression that you are self centered. - being emotional will show you as a weak person... etc...
If you are dead, you cannot think about your eulogy. The first part of the question has established you are dead. Anything after that is irrelevant.
maybe the recruiter is just thinking about this book. your eulogy will tell them if you prefer work to private life or the other way around. If your friends will tell "he was a great friend and parent" or if your boss will say "he worked his ass off". You can't possibly win with either answers unless you explain the difference between higher and human goal to the ungodly I live for my work ;).
, was a loving and a hardworking Product Manager at Nationwide.
Given a plot of land and $250,000, what can you do to maximize your revenue and what kinds of data would you look at to do so?4 Answers
Everything was done professionally and very well. The onsite interview with the Head of Analytics was shocking. He was very unprofessional. Right when he entered he threw his business card haphazardly for me to catch and seemed to be in a irritable mood. He also seemed disinterested and unprepared for the interview. Needless to say he wasn't happy with anything that came out of my mouth and I didn't get the position despite everything else going well.
Should have thrown back his business card at him.
Too funny! Good to know.
I guess one possible answer would be to review what kind of land it is, and check out real estate data of the place on order to see if it's suitable for a residential area. Or check out the community data and see how many families are present and accordingly decide whether to invest in hospitals or schools or malls etc.
Describe a time when you used common sense.4 Answers
Just hated that question because my first thought like everyone else would be, "everyday..." I ended up using an example that showed how I reached a problem and took a step back and just applied common sense.
What is Common Sense? Something the US Congress doesn't have.
Was the drug test a hair or urine test? Thanks
I got here 15 minutes before the interview-Common sense-Don't be late for an interview.