2015-2016 MIT Sloan MBA Recommendation Questions

The online MBA application for the MIT Sloan School of Management is live for the 2015-2016 admissions season, which means that the Sloan MBA recommendation questions are available to applicants and their recommenders.

2015-2016 MIT Sloan MBA Recommendation Questions

The recommendation form begins with basic contact information and a few inquiries about the recommender’s relationship with MIT.

If you are a member of the MIT/MIT Sloan community, please indicate your MIT/MIT Sloan affiliation below. (drop down menu)

The MIT Sloan School occasionally contacts recommenders for clarification and verification purposes. Please indicate your preferred method of contact. (drop down menu)

mit sloan mba recommendationRecommenders are then asked to rate the applicant on a series of qualities related to interpersonal and communication skills, as well as creativity and initiative. The adcom specifies a comparison group of “other high potential people” with whom the recommender is acquainted. Click on the image to the right to see an image of the ranking section of the recommendation.

Finally, recommenders are asked to provide a letter of recommendation that addresses six questions. These inquiries, as well as the instructions, are as follows:

We are interested in specific examples of intellectual and professional achievement and how they might relate to graduate study in management and in a career as a manager or business leader. In addition, we are very interested in the character of the applicant and will be helped by any information in that regard.

We have posted a series of questions and scenarios for you to answer. The letters that are most helpful to the applicant are those that utilize the template below and point to actual observations of the candidate’s actions. If you do not feel sufficiently informed to answer a particular question, please indicate ‘not observed’ or ‘not applicable’.

Please compose your answers to the following questions in one document and then upload below.

Recommendations should be no longer than two pages.

MBA Recommendation Questions:

How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant?
How does the applicant stand out from others in a similar capacity?
Please give an example of the applicant’s impact on a person, group, or organization.
Please give a representative example of how the applicant interacts with other people.
Which of the applicant’s personal or professional characteristics would you change?
Please tell us anything else you think we should know about this applicant.


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