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Hi all,

What are the most important qualities that MBA schools look for in a reference letter? I'd appreciate any help.
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20 Oct 2010, 16:35
bra cup size, 40yd dash time, and mad lute playing skillz.

no seriously, it's pretty much the following (in no particular order):

1. broad confirmation of applicant's own words, skills, qualities and character (if the applicant says he/she has a strength in A and a weakness in B, reference letter should echo this, though not in a contrived fashion)
3. ability to cope with rigors of MBA program (e.g. quant skills, ability to produce under pressure, teamwork skills, etc)
4. potential as a future leader
5. bra cup size

anyone else please chime in if i'm missing anything.
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24 Oct 2010, 07:44
thanks! does anyone else have any input?
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24 Oct 2010, 08:42
For b-school, unlike most academic letters os reference, the focus should me more professional. Many schools ask that you use a current/former supervisor or even a client.

One look at the questions asked of the recs and its clear this is much more about how you act/work and make impact.

If a school ask for 3 strengths, they want to see things like leadership potential, people skills, ability to handle pressure and time constraints etc etc.

To sum it up I feel a b school wants to see that you have the potential for success through demonstrated accomplishments as well as certain traits.
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24 Oct 2010, 11:19
Make sure you have specific examples for each quality. So if you want your recommender to highlight your analytical skills, then you need an example where you demonstrated this quality. Without specific examples, just mentioning how great you are won't help.
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25 Oct 2010, 08:58
PKV wrote:
bra cup size, 40yd dash time, and mad lute playing skillz.

no seriously, it's pretty much the following (in no particular order):

1. broad confirmation of applicant's own words, skills, qualities and character (if the applicant says he/she has a strength in A and a weakness in B, reference letter should echo this, though not in a contrived fashion)
3. ability to cope with rigors of MBA program (e.g. quant skills, ability to produce under pressure, teamwork skills, etc)
4. potential as a future leader
5. bra cup size

anyone else please chime in if i'm missing anything.

For men, is it "what bra cup size we are usually interested in"?
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30 Oct 2010, 16:09
PKV wrote:
3. ability to cope with rigors of MBA program (e.g. quant skills, ability to produce under pressure, teamwork skills, etc)

Note that some schools ask "different" questions - like the wharton letter of rec in 2007 asked "How would you describe the applicant’s sense of humor?" - you don't want to be stuck with a referrer that thinks you're a wet blanket and can't take a joke, no matter how much she thinks you deliver like nobody's business.
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