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provide all the application details to the referee [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2007, 18:11
Hi,

Do you send a copy of your application details, i.e. the complete application details u send to school, to each one of your referee as well?
:) I'd like to hear your views.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2007, 18:20
yeah... just the essays
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2007, 18:29
I just had a talk with them on how the process works (I'm the first person they are recommending) and gave them some pointers on how to address the questions (eg: to use examples vs. just writing he's great, etc.). They both know my career quite well so no need for essay sharing but I would not say it's a bad idea.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2007, 19:26
I told them what I said my goals were but I didnt share my essays.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2007, 20:18
No sharing here.

Had long conversations on why I wanted an MBA. Also they were kind enough to let me peek a look into their drafts.That allowed me to point out some minor errors.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2007, 05:21
No sharing, and I didn't ask to have the review when they submitted them.

I kind of regret the last bit a little, but I think it is fair to them - I expect I will be told how kind they were to me when we meet up after all the applications.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2007, 18:47
Here's a list of what you can give them. I did some of this, but not all:

• Deadlines
• Copies of forms and addresses if doing it by paper
• Copies of essays
• Description of positioning strategy
• Main points for each school
• Samples of work
• Copies of evals
• Resume and how activities relate to b-school
• Canned descriptions of stories
• General instructions

The stuff in bold is what I handed over. I didn't give them all the essays for each school, just a couple that i felt were particularly insightful.

I think it's key that you explain how b-school recommendations are different from regular job references. If they aren't used to this, they might be surprised to learn the actual depth.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2007, 18:52
And last but not least: make sure their definition of leadership isn't: "he whips employees efficiently and does not hesitate to make them cry to show his superiority". :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2007, 20:22
lepium wrote:
And last but not least: make sure their definition of leadership isn't: "he whips employees efficiently and does not hesitate to make them cry to show his superiority". :lol:


Lepium -

Some readers might particularly like such a description. Just sayin'.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2007, 20:38
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lepium wrote:
And last but not least: make sure their definition of leadership isn't: "he whips employees efficiently and does not hesitate to make them cry to show his superiority". :lol:


Lepium -

Some readers might particularly like such a description. Just sayin'.


:yikes

So hawt!!
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2007, 21:10
aaudetat wrote:
lepium wrote:
And last but not least: make sure their definition of leadership isn't: "he whips employees efficiently and does not hesitate to make them cry to show his superiority". :lol:


Lepium -

Some readers might particularly like such a description. Just sayin'.


I see your point. But what are the odds of getting an S&M inclined adcom to read your essays? :lol:
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