I am planning to apply to B schools this fall, and I already see a technical problem that might be a bit difficult to tackle.
I have been living and working in Russia and China for the past ten years and most of the people I would like to ask to provide references do not speak/use English well enough to write up a decent letter. What should I do?
You should ask them to write a letter in their native language and then find a competent translator (other than yourself) to translate it for them. The schools should be informed that they are reading a translation and they should be told who that translator is. Since that process won't be cheap probably, I recommend that before your recommenders write their letters you thoroughly coach them as to what constitutes a strong letter. Hint: *examples.* I discuss in great detail the components of a strong reco letter in my book, Great Application Essays for Business School
. But also see Accepted.com's free resources on reco letters
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