What role do grades play in hiring?

Over the years, a number of business schools have adopted grade non-disclosure (GND), a policy that prevents students from revealing their grades or GPAs to potential employers. Some studies have shown that GND policies actually encourage students to put in less academic effort. But what do the ratings really show, and are they a good predictor of future success and impact?

These are questions Joe Patti, executive director of the Grand Opera House and writer of Butts In The Seats, recently pondered.


Although students are less likely to make an effort if their grades are not revealed to employers, the study also found that these same students were more likely to participate in extracurricular activities and enroll in more challenging courses. .

This raises two questions: what are the ratings for and what do they tell employers about a potential hire?

“I recently published an article about how classroom grades don’t accurately reflect future performance or ability, extrapolating that to say that not all metrics are meaningful for decision-making,” says Patti. “It’s a similar situation. While they may prefer the GPA to be disclosed, employers will hire MBA graduates from top programs because of their reputation, networking, and admission in school, which says something about their economic, social and educational background.


When it comes to making a decision, like hiring, data can be helpful. But what role does GPA play in decision-making? And is the information we use to make big decisions really useful?

Patti gives her two cents but leaves the answer up to the reader’s interpretation.

“To a large extent, we make conscious decisions about what’s most important when choosing where to live, work and play based on a myriad of personal and social criteria,” says Patti. “But we like to eliminate nebulous factors and settle for lists created from arbitrary criteria. That’s why you can see five Best Places To Live articles per week where only a few places overlap. It’s fun to see your favorite places on the list, but is this information useful for decision making? »

Sources: cigarette butts in seats, cigarette butts in seats

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