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What's worse? [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 06:46
these are probably equally bad but what do you consider a more dire situation, a submitted recommendation thats less than stellar (no personal or professional indictments, just not enough examples) or adcom perception that the applicant wrote the letter him/herself?
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 08:57
Probably equally detrimental. That's why you should always give your recommenders a template or general layout before they start writing.

If you are applying to HSW, word is that stellar LORs are the norm, and anything less can be fatal.

If you are shooting for a lower ranked school, then don't let it get to you. Just add more "beef" to your essays.
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Re: What's worse? [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 10:50
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these are probably equally bad but what do you consider a more dire situation, a submitted recommendation thats less than stellar (no personal or professional indictments, just not enough examples) or adcom perception that the applicant wrote the letter him/herself?


I would say that Adcoms understand that various recommendation writers have differing levels of competency, and also different levels of familiarity with the MBA application process. I think that if a recommendation is positive, but doesn't give examples or something, it can be forgiven. If a recommendation is lukewarm, then you are in trouble.

I think that situation 2 is a killer though. If they think you wrote it yourself, that's really bad.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 11:28
I concur with Pelihu.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2006, 16:39
The latter is more troubling. The first situation could be little more than the product of a recommender who is not a very strong writer. The second situation calls into question the student's character.
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