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Why do employers put so much value on extra curricular activities and involvement in sports?

I understand the need to be well rounded but I am going into finance and job hunting season is under way. The job market is tight with all the events on wall street I cant seem to get an interview. I will be graduating with a masters degree and hold a 3.8 GPA. I have had internships and an extra curricular activity here and there but not much. I always wanted to be an investment banker and when BMO capital came on campus to interview I was excited. To my dismay I didn't get selected for a first round interview. My friend did...my friend has a lower gpa, never had a job or internship in his life and quite frankly is not qualified for such a prestigious position. The only thing he does have is that he is a great athelete in track and field. So he doesn't know much about banking or finance but can run a 4 minute mile...why do employers value such things so highly in comparison to grades? If you were an employer would you rather have someone who knows what they are doing or someone who was an athelete? I have since joined two clubs and an intramural soccer team so I hope that will help me get an interview. Don't know why it would since all these clubs mean I have less time to put into studying but employers seem to like it.

Asked By: Vote Barr! - 9/27/2008
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I majored in accounting and when it was time for the recruiters to come from the accounting firms, they talked a lot about what to put in your resume, what they want to see, etc. They, of course, are looking for good grades and they want to make sure that you know what you're doing, but they also really emphasized... More
Answered By: Sara V - 9/27/2008
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