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Reapply - use the same recommender or not? [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 20:34
Hi guys,

I was dinged by HBS and plan to reapply this year. While I got very solid recommendations from three previous managers, should I have them again while reapplying, or should I find new recommenders to recommend me from different perspectives?

If I do choose the same recommenders as last year, should I ask them to write the rec letter differently? I wonder whether the adcom will pull out the old application or not.

Thanks for the advice!
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Re: Reapply - use the same recommender or not? [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 08:28
Check the application requirements. Some schools require you to get 1 or more different recommenders. For others you can use the same.
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Re: Reapply - use the same recommender or not? [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 08:45
I'm sure this differs from school to school, but I would assume they have all of your information still on file and will most likely use last year's letters in addition to whatever you submit this year unless they state otherwise.

It definitely wouldn't hurt to get another recommendation, perhaps that was one of the items that wasn't strong in your past application. Another letter would certainly help.

Along with that - you don't really know what your recommender said unless they provided you with the letter. Perhaps it was generic, or what they had to say about you wasn't exactly what HBS was looking for. It might be better to receive a recommendation from a new source. As you said - different perspectives. I think that this would be the way I would go.
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Re: Reapply - use the same recommender or not? [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 08:53
Yeah, as others have mentioned, they will have your old application on file. Many schools require only 1 recommendation for reapplicants, since they can refer to your prior recommendations - given that, I would plan to ask someone new this year.
Re: Reapply - use the same recommender or not?   [#permalink] 10 May 2013, 08:53
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