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INSEAD-specific recommendation questions

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Comment on the candidate’s career progress to date and his/her career focus. [text box – unlimited]

This question is often creatively interpreted so here it is - focus on past accomplishments and future goals.
Have your recommender provide the depth and human side to your accomplishments, in a way your resume can't convey.
If this person has seen you grow or transform in any way, put the focus there.

Comment on the candidate’s potential for senior management. Do you see him/her as a future leader? [text box – unlimited]
Here, what I like to do is 1) have the recommender comment on their career ambitions, and 2) then use eye-witness, substantiated examples cited in other parts of the letter to build a case that applicant has what it takes to reach their goal.


For a client with entrepreneurship goal:

When applicant instituted changes within the board, he first got buy-in from key stakeholders. This shows me that applicant has a customer-centered approach. This quality will help applicant gather feedback from local farmers, government agencies, partners and NGOs and that feedback will help him develop a solid, in-demand product offering.
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Hi,

For this question 'Comment on the candidate’s career progress to date and his/her career focus.'. Should this focus on your career progress after you met the recommender, or can it include achievements pre meeting your recommender.

For example, if your recommender is your current manager, can it include your achievements in your previous job?
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Bjr chimere99 I like your screenname.

It's OK and somewhat expected for your recommender to stick to what they have learned first-hand, however it's a bit of a value-add for them to provide the adcom with commentary on your overall career arc, as we say.

Make sure it is *targeted* NOT comprehesive. It's not realistic for someone to have total recall of your whole career.

It should be highlights they have pulled from your interactions/conversations that help the reader piece things together on your trajectory; join the dots and make inferences about you that they present to adcom. I like to say: provide the level of detail to be expected from a mentor, not a lover.

chimere99 wrote:
Hi,

For this question 'Comment on the candidate’s career progress to date and his/her career focus.'. Should this focus on your career progress after you met the recommender, or can it include achievements pre meeting your recommender.

For example, if your recommender is your current manager, can it include your achievements in your previous job?

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