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HBS MBA Recommendation Questions 2016-2017

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The 2016-2017 HBS MBA recommendation questions are up on the Harvard Business School admissions website. The HBS recommendation questions comprise of identifying information about the recommender, a brief explanation of the recommender’s relationship with the applicant, and a question about how many HBS MBA applicants the recommender is supporting this year, followed by a grid on which the recommender is asked to rate the applicant on a series of skills and qualities.

The program then poses two questions about the candidate’s potential and response to a past piece of feedback.


2016-2017 HBS MBA Recommendation Questions

Context of Relationship (drop-down menu)

Are you an HBS graduate? (drop-down menu)

If yes, please list year of graduation (drop-down menu)

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, their role in your organization. (250 characters)

Number of applicants you are recommending to the HBS MBA Program this year.

See the grid on which HBS asks recommenders toHBS MBA Recommendation Questions Grid rate the applicant’s interpersonal, communication, leadership, and academic skills.


Recommenders are invited to explain or elaborate at the bottom this grid:

Please feel free to comment on the ratings you have assigned. (500 characters)

Finally, HBS poses two questions to be answered in a separate document and uploaded to the online recommendation:

How do the applicant’s performance, potential, background, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (Recommended: 300 words)

Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Recommended: 250 words)

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Posted in: Recommendation Questions, Recommendations

Schools: Harvard Business School

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