How do I Choose My Recommender?


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selecting recommender for MBA admission

There are certain parameters as discussed below.

  • Have they written letters for anyone else?

    You need to know about their experience in writing a letter of recommendation, because an experienced recommender, will understand the importance of the letter, and will be efficient in meeting deadlines.

  • Are they generous with their time?

    Writing a recommendation letter, will take time.  It cannot be written in a day or so.

    Therefore, you need to choose a recommender, who will have time for your letter of recommendation, that might require 1 to 2 weeks to complete.

  • Do you believe that, they will devote the effort, and time necessary to write a letter?

    The recommenders, might agree to devote their time, but again, you have to check, whether they are casual about it, or they will truly devote their time.

    You have to choose a recommender, who has the capability to write a letter, that will stand out and make the difference.

  • Are they typically good at meeting deadlines?  

    One of the most important things to consider, is the ability of a recommender to meet deadlines.

    The schools have a fixed deadline; after which they will not consider your letter of recommendation. So, you should ensure, your recommender delivers the letter in the appropriate time.

    Writing a recommendation letter needs a lot of time and expertise. It should be written by the person, who knows you the best. However, there are certain things one should take care, while writing a letter of recommendation.

Let us look into the Do’s and the Don’ts for the recommender-

Strict Do's


You should not hesitate to give critical feedback, because giving critical feedback, will show that you have an honest approach. A recommendation letter, which is filled with positivity and lacks critical feedback, is often perceived as biased by the admission officers.

Strict Don’ts

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You should never make substantive, or over the top claims.

Like,Andrew is number one, or he will be the next CEO of a multinational company.

Similarly, in order to incorporate criticism, don’t try to project one’s strength as a weakness.

Statements like, Andrew often works too hard. So, I pushed him to take more breaks and vacations, but he is just too dedicated.

The previous statement is not advisable, as it clearly shows that Andrew is a hard working employee and there is no point in manipulating his positive qualities, in order to force criticism.

If, you are trying to incorporate criticism, then be straightforward and highlight the true facts, on which the candidate needs to improve.

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