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New post 03 Nov 2008, 06:41
Every recommendation requires ratings. And they ask the recommender to rank the applicant against those who they also work with.

Now, I tread this topic lightly. But do schools acknowledge the rankings versus the company/employee? Some companies may simply have a higher quality worker than others. So someone might get a top 10 percent there, but would a top 2 percent ranking somewhere else.

So do schools take that into consideration?

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New post 03 Nov 2008, 07:09
I think they must do it subconsciously. A top 2% candidate at McKinsey is definitely different from a top 2% candidate at podunk inc., at least in the minds of the adcom.

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New post 03 Nov 2008, 10:58
absolutely, if you work for a fortune10 and are in the top2% ..comeon its obvious that you are good..

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New post 03 Nov 2008, 11:13
I think rankings are important and they do matter in terms of what company you come from. But I think those are the most highly subjective...you can have a very conscientious manager who is ranking you in terms of every analyst they have ever known and being extremely truthful and direct, and a very optimistic manager who will just check off the top box....could swing either way for two similar candidates.

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New post 03 Nov 2008, 14:26
Meowzilla wrote:
I think rankings are important and they do matter in terms of what company you come from. But I think those are the most highly subjective...you can have a very conscientious manager who is ranking you in terms of every analyst they have ever known and being extremely truthful and direct, and a very optimistic manager who will just check off the top box....could swing either way for two similar candidates.


That a big problem with the rankings. I think the adcoms are looking for particularly high or low ratings. Of course, the rankings themselves mean little if the recommender can't back them up with examples.

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