I have recently applied to an audit graduate scheme for one of the big 4 companies but just received an email from HR saying that before they review my application they request mitigating circumstances on why I have achieved a grade C in English (instead of A or B) and that was completed in 1999 and not in 1998 like my other GCSE's.
> excellent GSCE results in my other subjects
> excellent A’Level results (24 ucas points) in biology, chemistry, and maths.
> 68% (2.1 Class) BSc Hons Computer Science degree from Nottingham Uni
> completed an internship programme with 3Com
With all my achievements to date, I don’t see why something I earned nearly 7 years ago should be a major factor in the success of my application. I do have mitigating circumstances on why I did achieve a C in English, however I don’t believe that HR will consider.
Could anybody advice me on how should I respond? Should I reflect my other achievements but this would mean I will be reiterating what iv stated on my application form, or should I concentrate on the mitigating circumstances?
Has anybody else been in this situation?
Any help would be much appreciated.