Application #6: Recommendations

Recommendations are the only element of the application on which no applicant has direct control. This sounded somewhat stressful to me at first, but I realized that I could at least influence the outcome by selecting the most appropriate recommenders, and briefing/inspiring them on what they should convey with their words. This is what I reckon business schools mostly value: persuading your manager to spend some of his/her precious time writing an essay about you, not only compelling but also coherent with the rest of the application, is a great demonstration of leadership.  [Side note: how you should interpret this series of posts on the application process.]

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Application #0: Introduction

This is the first of a series of posts which aim to share my approach to the MBA application process. Please note this is not admission advice, but simply a summary of the approach I have taken. (Full explanation in this post). If you are not planning to apply to an MBA program, or are not curious about the long-winded road that led me to Stanford, you can stop reading here! Continue reading