MBA & other graduate programs recommendation advice
Aug, 29, 2011
I wanted to provide a brief guide to my primary posts on recommendations.
For overall advice, I would suggest beginning with 10 KEY POINTS FOR WRITING AN EFFECTIVE RECOMMENDATION: WHAT EVERY RECOMMENDER SHOULD KNOW, which provides core advice for what recommenders need to know. Applicants can use this post to help educate recommenders. While it is primarily focused on MBA recommendations, the overall advice provided is applicable to all sorts of graduate school recommendations.
In Further Comments on Selecting the Right Recommenders, I provide applicants with some very detailed advice on how to select the right recommenders. This post addresses the most common kinds of questions that my clients and blog readers have asked me about selecting recommenders.
In HBS MBA Program Class of 2015 MBA Essays and Recommendations, I provide my analysis of the four questions that HBS requires recommenders to answer. I do intend, at some point, to analyze other schools’ recommendation questions.
My guest blogger, Steve Green, prepared a post specifically focused non-MBA graduate school school recommendations, Letters of Recommendation for Academic Graduate Degree Applicants. He also did a post on recommendations letters for MPA and MPP programs, Letters of Recommendation for Public Policy Programs.
Recommendations can be a particularly difficult part of the application process for many candidates, so I hope the above posts are helpful.
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