Just wanted to check in with you on my mba application. For INSEAD the school asks for two letters of recco from me. Now i have asked my immediate superiors to submit a recommendation. Now for the other recommendation i am a bit confused on whom to select. Here are the two options for individuals who can write a recommendation i have and a pros and cons analysis as per me:
a) I can select a colleague who has worked with me for the past five years in the current organisation
Pros: Worked with me for five years
Cons: Not sure how the school will consider the colleague recommendation as against partners.
b) I can select one my Partners at KPMG. Who is also my mentor.
Pros: The person whom i worked with is a partner
Cons: I have not worked with him for the last so many years. So his reccomendation might not hold the same weight as opposed to a person who is working with me now.
Go for one of your partners from KPMG. Colleague recommendation will hold less value as adcoms are aware that an applicant in most cases can get anything written from a colleague. Also, a colleague at the same level in the organization might not be capable of commenting on applicants leadership abilities, business acumen etc.
Unless the interaction with the partner has been really limited e.g. 1-2 months, we would recommend going with the partner reco.
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