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INSEAD Recommendation Questions 2017-2018

INSEAD Recommendation Questions

Since INSEAD’s MBA application for their January 2018 intake went live, the questions for recommenders have been made available. INSEAD asks recommenders to provide their responses via an online portal.


2017-2018 INSEAD Recommendation Questions

Relationship to Candidate

After some personal identifying information, the form proceeds to inquire about the recommender’s relationship to the applicant.

Please, specify your relationship to candidate:

  • Professional
  • Educational
  • Personal

How long have you known the candidate? Define your relationship with the candidate and the circumstances whereby you met.

Candidate Rating

How do you rate the candidate on the following criteria? (Using the following scale: Outstanding (top 2%), Very Good (top 10%), Above Average (top 25%), Average (top 50%), Below Average (bottom 50%), Unobserved)

  • Competence in his/her fieldINSEAD Recommendation Questions
  • Professionalism
  • Focus on the task at hand
  • Readiness to use opportunities for achievement
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Energy and drive
  • Personal integrity
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Organizational ability
  • Oral communication skills
  • Written communication skills


Recommender Questions

Please give your answers to each of the following questions.

1. Comment on the candidate’s career progress to date and his/her career focus.

2. What do you consider to be the candidate’s major strengths? Comment on the factors that distinguish the candidate from other individuals at his/her level.

3. What do you consider to be the candidate’s major weaknesses?

4. Comment on the candidate’s potential for senior management. Do you see him/her as a future leader?

5. Describe the candidate as a person. Comment on his/her ability to establish and maintain relationships, sensitivity to others, self-confidence, attitude, etc. Specifically comment on the candidate’s behaviour or skills in a group setting/team environment.

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Posted in: Recommendation Questions, Recommendations

Schools: INSEAD

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