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how long for the reco? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 07:40
How much time did your recommenders generally take for submitting a MBA reco letter?

Is asking them to submit them in about a week 'short notice'? What is the max amount of time they have taken?

Your replies can't change what my recommender does (he has been at it about a week now) but it would still be good to know. Thanks.
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Re: how long for the reco? [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2011, 01:45
I think giving them a week is really short notice. I spoke to my recommendation providers in April for the deadline in June. That way, when I started my application and sent them the link, I had both recommendations in within one or two weeks of me sending them the link, but only because they had already prepared the recommendation. If you want the best recommendation I suggest giving them at least two to three weeks time.
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Re: how long for the reco? [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2011, 21:41
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I don't think that a week is enough time for them. And even if it is, they might be a little annoyed and not prepare the best possible letter for you.

One of my recommenders was quick, efficient, and organized. She asked about my academic history, my future academic and professional aspirations, and other topics in order to write a good letter. The other recommender wrote a "he's the best" letter and it was somewhat vague. While I appreciate his efforts, some admissions officers probably found it insincere and ultimately unconvincing. It also took me months to get that letter.

My advice to you is find someone who knows you well enough to write a reliable recommendation. And most importantly, be structured and actively pursue this. Don't be passive and say, "oh, just hand it in when you're ready." Give them a clearly defined timetable and occasionaly check on their progress (without being too stuffy). You can't write the letter for them, but you can give them ideas. Tell them what the letter could include and organize what you have to say at this time. And make sure they don't write a "he's perfect" letter.
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Re: how long for the reco? [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2011, 05:24
Thank you both. Really appreciate it.
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