1: Who should write my recommendation letter?
“Typically business schools will ask that you get a letter of recommendation from an employer, whether that be a current or a previous supervisor, and the reason for that is because employers can give us more information on your fit and readiness for an MBA program.”
Jessica Chung, Associate Director of MBA Admissions, UCLA Anderson School of Management
2: How should I ask for a recommendation letter?
“How to ask is also significant in this process. You want to be considerate of your recommender’s busy work-life balance. Ask in advance and allow at least 4 weeks for your recommender to write and submit your letter of recommendation.”
Amanda Barth, Director of Admissions, The College of William & Mary, Mason School of Business
3: Specific Examples are Important
“The first thing to do is to actually take a look at the questions that are on the form and then based on the questions decide who would be the best person to respond to those questions with specific examples.”
Vickie Euyoque, Associate Director of MBA Admissions, UCLA Anderson School of Management
4: How can I get a great recommendation?
“Sit down with your references. Talk to them. Take them out for coffee. Take them out for lunch. Remind them of specific projects you’ve worked on so that those specific examples can make it into your letters.”
Arthur Redillas, Former Director of Admissions and Recruitment, University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business
5: Dos and Don'ts
“Do ask each school what they prefer. Do they only want professional references? Or are they okay with accepting academic references as well... Last but not least, don’t choose someone who is a poor writer.”
Jennifer Chen, Former Associate Director, Admissions and Recruitment, University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business