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A good recommendation letter is a key part of an effective business school application package. Unfortunately, far too many applicants focus on entirely the wrong things. They don’t know who to ask to write them a recommendation letter, they don’t know when to ask, and they don’t know how to follow up.

The reality is, recommendation letters are extremely important. They give adcoms an outside perspective on your candidacy. Done well, they can reinforce your strengths and shore up your weaknesses.

So if you want a truly stellar MBA recommendation letter, you need to understand what the…

MBA recommendation letterSo who’s writing your MBA recommendation letters?

Are they so busy that they’ve asked you to write the letter yourself?

Do your recommenders like you and support your reasons for going to b-school?

MBA recommendations  are important in the application evaluation process.

So I’ve put together a video that’ill help you get the best MBA recommendation letter.

But before we get to the video….

Why Are MBA Recommendation Letters So Important?

MBA recommendation letters  allow the MBA admissions board to get a first hand…

Three Mistakes that Can Derail Your MBA Application

Mistake Three: Under-Valuing Your Recommendation Letter

The entire MBA application process was designed so that admissions boards can come to know the candidates who are
applying, so that they can understand what drives the candidate and what the candidate values.

For many, this is a straight-forward enough concept when it comes to writing about oneself in essays or submitting resume-type information.

Yet I often see clients struggle with this idea when it comes to requesting and obtaining quality recommendations.

Too often, I observe candidates who look upon the recommendation letter as simply a double-check that what they…

Many applicants underestimate how influential the MBA recommendation letters are during the admissions process.

Know that an admission board views a poor recommendation letter as indication that you have bad judgment.

Beyond that, they may also infer that your performance and impact are likely worse than the recommender implies, because the expectation is that a recommender will be polite at a minimum.  My advice . . . choose wisely!

Find out if your recommender is a true brand champion and an avid fan of yours.

If he/she is not, look to your other acceptable options, such as former supervisors, clients, or other employees…

With July 4th behind us, many applicants are now getting ready to approach their recommenders for reference letters.

This simple step can be a deal breaker for applicants if not handled correctly as seen by the following statement from Stanford GSB:

“It is a violation of the spirit of the Fundamental Standard and Honor Code to draft or write your own Letter of Reference, even if asked to do so by your recommender.

Such an action can result in denial of your application or withdrawal of your offer of admission. If the individual insists on this approach, you should find another recommender.”