Applying to business school requires a lot of time and commitment. Hours spent studying for (and taking) the GMAT, researching and visiting schools, thousands of words written in essays. One of the aspects of the process that many applicants find challenging is selecting the best recommenders and managing the expectations, process and relationship around that recommendation. It may be surprising to many of you that there are times when a recommender will ask the applicant to write their own recommendation, which the recommender will present as their own feedback about the applicant. While it goes without saying that, if you find yourself in this situation you should decline and find a new recommender, the ensuing result can create unnecessary stress and anxiety at a time you are already under a lot of pressure. When selecting your recommenders, always get started as early as possible and be sure the set the proper expectation for them. Remind them that their commitment will require time and thoughtful consideration--and they will be working under a strict deadline.
As you line up your recommenders, consider sharing my "Tips for Recommenders" video with them. It's very important that applicant's recommenders understand the importance of their role in the process. I hope you and your recommenders find it helpful as you navigate the admissions process. As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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