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09 Jan 2007, 19:11
Hi,

Do you send a copy of your application details, i.e. the complete application details u send to school, to each one of your referee as well?
I'd like to hear your views.
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09 Jan 2007, 19:20
yeah... just the essays
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09 Jan 2007, 19:29
I just had a talk with them on how the process works (I'm the first person they are recommending) and gave them some pointers on how to address the questions (eg: to use examples vs. just writing he's great, etc.). They both know my career quite well so no need for essay sharing but I would not say it's a bad idea.

Cheers. L.
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09 Jan 2007, 20:26
I told them what I said my goals were but I didnt share my essays.
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09 Jan 2007, 21:18
No sharing here.

Had long conversations on why I wanted an MBA. Also they were kind enough to let me peek a look into their drafts.That allowed me to point out some minor errors.
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10 Jan 2007, 06:21
No sharing, and I didn't ask to have the review when they submitted them.

I kind of regret the last bit a little, but I think it is fair to them - I expect I will be told how kind they were to me when we meet up after all the applications.
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10 Jan 2007, 19:47
Here's a list of what you can give them. I did some of this, but not all:

â€¢ Copies of forms and addresses if doing it by paper
â€¢ Copies of essays
â€¢ Description of positioning strategy
â€¢ Main points for each school
â€¢ Samples of work
â€¢ Copies of evals
â€¢ Resume and how activities relate to b-school
â€¢ Canned descriptions of stories
â€¢ General instructions

The stuff in bold is what I handed over. I didn't give them all the essays for each school, just a couple that i felt were particularly insightful.

I think it's key that you explain how b-school recommendations are different from regular job references. If they aren't used to this, they might be surprised to learn the actual depth.
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10 Jan 2007, 19:52
And last but not least: make sure their definition of leadership isn't: "he whips employees efficiently and does not hesitate to make them cry to show his superiority".
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11 Jan 2007, 21:22
lepium wrote:
And last but not least: make sure their definition of leadership isn't: "he whips employees efficiently and does not hesitate to make them cry to show his superiority".

Lepium -

Some readers might particularly like such a description. Just sayin'.
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11 Jan 2007, 21:38
aaudetat wrote:
lepium wrote:
And last but not least: make sure their definition of leadership isn't: "he whips employees efficiently and does not hesitate to make them cry to show his superiority".

Lepium -

Some readers might particularly like such a description. Just sayin'.

So hawt!!
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13 Jan 2007, 22:10
aaudetat wrote:
lepium wrote:
And last but not least: make sure their definition of leadership isn't: "he whips employees efficiently and does not hesitate to make them cry to show his superiority".

Lepium -

Some readers might particularly like such a description. Just sayin'.

13 Jan 2007, 22:10
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