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Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2008, 07:02
I am curious to know what experiences people have had with this. I have read from several people on this site and others that schools have called / will call recommenders for candidates they would like to admit. Is this a hard and fast rule? Do schools always call to confirm the statements made in the letters or is it on a case by case basis? Neither of my recommenders have received calls from any of the schools I interviewed with, and with just over a week to go prior to final decisions, I am trying to avoid getting paranoid. :shock:

edit: I am specifically referring to Chicago and Wharton here, but would be interested in info. about any school.
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Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2008, 07:07
sudden wrote:
I am curious to know what experiences people have had with this. I have read from several people on this site and others that schools have called / will call recommenders for candidates they would like to admit. Is this a hard and fast rule? Do schools always call to confirm the statements made in the letters or is it on a case by case basis? Neither of my recommenders have received calls from any of the schools I interviewed with, and with just over a week to go prior to final decisions, I am trying to avoid getting paranoid. :shock:



I think if at all recommenders are contacted for verification, it happens as part of background check post - admission. So i think you should not worry about your recommenders not being called.
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Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2008, 07:08
Your recommenders will not be contacted until after you are accepted and pay your deposit (if at all).
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Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2008, 07:25
Thanks guys. That creates a follow up question:

It sounds like, if admitted, one still need to "pass" the background check before matriculating. In other words, is an admission a "soft" admission instead of a firm commitment by the school? I was honest in my applications, but if admitted, I plan to give notice at work, and I want to absolutely know that I will be attending school in the fall should I quit my job. The hiring picture in finance right now is pretty nasty and it would be quite difficult to regain employment should some problem with the school arise. I am sure that I am just being overly paranoid (never mind the fact that I have not even been admitted yet), but better safe than sorry I suppose.
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Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2008, 07:31
sudden wrote:
Thanks guys. That creates a follow up question:

It sounds like, if admitted, one still need to "pass" the background check before matriculating. In other words, is an admission a "soft" admission instead of a firm commitment by the school? I was honest in my applications, but if admitted, I plan to give notice at work, and I want to absolutely know that I will be attending school in the fall should I quit my job. The hiring picture in finance right now is pretty nasty and it would be quite difficult to regain employment should some problem with the school arise. I am sure that I am just being overly paranoid (never mind the fact that I have not even been admitted yet), but better safe than sorry I suppose.


Yes, they reserve the right to pull your admittance if discrepancies are found in your application (and at the very least they will check your employment dates, titles, salaries and academic records). I'm not sure I'd call this a "soft" admit though.
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Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2008, 06:26
Unless you

1) Lied about your GMAT / GPA / Undergrad / Employment History
2) Have a conviction for a violent crime you did not disclose
3) Have a conviction for fraud or racketeering or other ethically questionable things

you are fine
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Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2008, 07:33
awesome, i am good to go then. thanks for the feedback.

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Unless you

1) Lied about your GMAT / GPA / Undergrad / Employment History
2) Have a conviction for a violent crime you did not disclose
3) Have a conviction for fraud or racketeering or other ethically questionable things

you are fine
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Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2008, 07:59
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So listing "President of the United States 1994-1998" on my resume was a bad idea?
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Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders? [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2008, 14:33
ROFL !!!! (kudos)
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So listing "President of the United States 1994-1998" on my resume was a bad idea?
Re: Do Schools Call Your Recommenders?   [#permalink] 19 Mar 2008, 14:33
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