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Asked by John on August 17, 2013

I failed a college course my first semester at school, but I retook the class the next semester and passed with an (B). After this I was on the deans list seven times at my school. Would a hiring manager look negatively at my failed class course? Course failed: math

Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on October 23, 2013

We all face little hiccups in life and it sound like your freshman math class was one of those occasions.
Each job and every hiring manager has his/her own set of minimum requirements that must be met to be considered for a position, so if your failed math class causes you to not meet one of the minimum requirements (such as cumulative GPA that is too low), then you may be out of luck. However, most hiring managers are understanding of one or two poor grades, especially if those grades were earned during freshman year.
What managers typically care about more than if you earned a couple of low marks in college, is how you can show that you have overcome adversity. Getting high enough marks to make the Dean’s list seven times is precisely one of those success stories.
When interviewing, be prepared to talk about why you received a low mark, but spend the majority of your energy highlighting all of the good grades and focusing on the positive outcomes that you have accomplished since then.

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Answered by Paula, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on October 24, 2013

In my opinion, a hiring manager should not look negatively at your failed class course. If the topic surfaces in a coversation or interview, it is a great opportunity to demonstrate your perseverance and dedication to not only passing the class, but with a high grade. Share with the hiring manager the steps you took to overcome the failed course, and how those skills have helped you make dean's list.

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Answered by Todd, Hiring Expert at MetLife, on October 25, 2013

I would have to say no and the hiring manager may actually give you credit for taking the class again and getting a B. Considering it was also a math class which can be very difficult and your track record afterwards I would not be too concerned. 

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on October 29, 2013

Don't concern yourself too much over this as I don't see it as more than an hiccup in what appears to be an otherwise commendable scholastic record.  You demonstrated true commitment by retaking the course and working to achieve greater than just a passing grade.  If the question arises, speak to your commitment and your overall record.  Good luck!

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