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>GPA is another excellent predictor. It predicts that the applicant will find
>out what's required and strive to supply it.
Of course, none of the research on highly successful people bears this out
(in fact, most research on very high performers--as measured by awards,
sales, elections, promotions etc.--finds them to be above average on most
tests ... but few score at the extremes). But then, it helps justify a
pre-existing bias so I suppose it's useful to whoever falls for it.
We haven't had the employment testing war lately--but I know I'd *much*
rather deal with a company that attempted to find out something about how I
actually approached problems *today* than one who gave a rip about what I
did at age 17.
(I was initially rejected at my University because of my high school GPA. I
had to go to the campus and convince the admissions people that I was older
and more mature than I was at 16 (I had intervening military service). When
I graduated with honors in a Distinguished Scholars Program in Engineering I
didn't have time to look up the person who initially rejected my application
and ask about the predictive value of GPA.)
John Gear (catalyst -at- pacifier -dot- com)
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