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Which schools have similar recommendation processes?

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Which schools have similar recommendation processes? [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2010, 14:42
I work for a management consultancy, which means I have a lot of people who can write recs for me... but it also means the writers are really busy. A lot of my potential recommenders say they'll only write recs for 2 schools per applicant, "or 3-4 if the rec letters are similar".

Which of the top ~15 schools have similar rec questions, in your experience? How did you group schools together if you ran into this issue?

Obviously I'm looking at the letters on my own and am incorporating other factors into who writes which recs -- but I'm curious how other people have grouped schools together when choosing recommenders.
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Re: Which schools have similar recommendation processes? [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2010, 17:32
Most schools do ask similar questions. Here are just two examples from NYU and LBS. Your best bet is to look at the questions from each school and group schools based on that. Also given that you are in consulting, you should have received written feedback on various engagements. You could synthesize the feedback from different projects and provide it to your recommenders as material they can use in the recommendation. This should make it easy for them to provide examples.


NYU -
1. How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
2. What do you consider the applicant’s strengths?
3. In which areas could the applicant exhibit growth or improvement?
4. How would you describe the applicant’s interpersonal skills?



LBS -
• How long have you known the applicant and in what connection?
• What do you consider to be the applicant’s major talents and strengths?
• What do you consider to be the applicant’s major weaknesses or areas for improvement?
• In what developmental areas has the applicant changed most over time?
• What will this individual be doing in 10 years? Why?

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Re: Which schools have similar recommendation processes?   [#permalink] 21 Oct 2010, 17:32
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