Wharton MBA Application: How to Select Recommendation Writers

Wharton MBA Application: How to Select Recommendation Writers



hi everyone my name is Blair Mannix director of MBA admissions at the Wharton School thank you so much for logging on to our MBA admissions application tips webinar I want to talk a little bit about letters of recommendation this is probably one of the bigger black boxes for candidates simply because you don't write them and so I wanted to kind of unveil a little bit about the letter of recommendation process that your recommenders will go through and give you some tips about how to coach them to write those letters of recommendation first off this is the screen that you will see when asking your letters of recommendation writer to submit letters and so I want you to just quickly notice you'll see an email field and do we have permission to to not read the letter of recommendation it's very standard once you complete this section an email is sent to your letter of recommendation writer to write that letter of recommendation you can finish your application press submit and feel confident that your entire portion of your application to Wharton is completed at that time you can submit it before your letter of recommendation writers submit their letters of recommendation so I just wanted to put that out there you do not have to wait for them okay so when you fill out this component of the application they will be sent directly an email asking them to answer these two questions these two questions are very very deliberate if the admissions committee is entire goal is to figure out who you are this is a huge component that helps us letters of recommendation are exceedingly important to us people are always surprised by how how fine and to the letter we comb these letters of recommendation to really figure out who you are within your organization and who you are to your colleague you can say many things about yourself but the word someone says on your behalf are really really powerful to us so specifically we asked your letters of recommendation writers to answer these two questions they can do it freeform they can copy paste text from a word document or if they're like that a PDF all of it is is really tried to be made streamlined so their time is not taken up completely by writing long beautiful prose but we do want them to answer these questions because at its core at the Wharton MBA admissions office we're trying to predict and forecast how you'll do here we want to know how you'll do in the classroom we want to try to figure out how you'll do within your career post Wharton and we really want some color from people that know you the best arguably people that know you a lot better than we do about how they think you would do in a context of an MBA environment and how you do in the context of a post NBA career search and post MBA career so those are the questions they're asked to answer this is the mechanism on which you ask them to answer it and hope that's helpful

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