Stacy Blackman has been consulting on the MBA application process since 2001. She earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Blackman has assisted the admissions committees at both schools, conducting alumni interviews and evaluating applicants. Here are her three tips on letters of recommendation for MBA applications.
- Choose a recommender for the MBA applications who knows you well and is supportive of your application, as opposed to a prestigious “name” who has little insight into your personality and skills.
- Make your current supervisor at work your first choice recommender. This is the person that business schools most want to weigh in on your candidacy
- Take time to prepare your recommender by reminding him or her of your accomplishments and explaining your business school plans. Manage your recommendations carefully from beginning to end.
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–Alanna Stage, @AlannaTweets