Thursday, 3 October 2013

Why Recommendations are important
Recommendations Letters (Recos) are extremely important part of B School Applications.

Recos can be effectively used to highlight an applicant's abilities. Further, as these recommendations are given by a third party (supervisors, clients, vendors), the associated credibility is much higher.

One of the aims of a B school application is to showcase why a certain candidate is exceptional. Recos help in this regard. A recommender can always showcase the outstanding attributes of a candidate.

It is important that recommendations are backed up with examples. Specific instances and events lend credibility to the entire write-up.In this regard, it would not be a bad idea to refresh the memory of your recommenders by submitting a list of your accomplishment.

It is also critically important to select recommenders carefully. A recommender should be, above all things, a well-wisher. He/she should be aware of the consequences of a recommendation letter and should take interest in improving the application. A recommender should be a person who is prepared to devote quality time on applications and is ready to submit recommendations to multiple schools.  

Prior to the application process, one should contact the recommenders and have a frank discussion with them. An applicant should share his/her aspirations with the recommenders and discuss the issues to timely submission to them.

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