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Berkeley / Haas MBA Recommendation Questions

Berkeley MBA Deadlines

The UC Berkeley Haas School of Business recommendation questions are now available for Class of 2022 applicants and their recommenders.

The Berkeley Haas MBA program uses the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC with some additional content.

2019-2020 Berkeley Haas Recommendation Questions

Recommender Information

If you are a Berkeley-Haas alum, please let us know from which program and year you graduated.

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization.

Applicant Recommendation

How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?

Please provide specific examples. (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?)

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.

In the Berkeley MBA program, we develop leaders who embody our distinctive culture’s four key principles one of which is “confidence without attitude” or “confidence with humility”. Please comment on how the applicant reflects this Berkeley-Haas value.

(Optional) Is there anything else we should know?

haas mba recommendation questions

Leadership Assessment Grid

In this section, you will find 16 competencies and character traits that contribute to successful leadership. The competencies and character traits are grouped into five categories:

  • Achievement
  • Influence
  • People
  • Personal Qualities
  • Cognitive Abilities

For each competency, please select the one button that corresponds to the behavior that you have seen the applicant most consistently exhibit. We acknowledge that all applicants have both areas of strength and areas of development. Your candid and honest appraisal will assist in evaluation of the applicant.  Please assume that each level builds upon behaviors of the previous level.

Achievement

1. Initiative: Acts ahead of need/anticipates problems

2. Results Orientation: Focuses on and drives toward delivering on goals, objectives, and performance improvement

Influence

3. Communication, Professional Impression & Poise: Delivers messages and ideas in a way that engages an audience and achieves buy-in; uses listening and other attending behaviors to reach shared understanding; remains calm and measured even in time of crisis or conflict

4. Influence and Collaboration: Engages and works with people over whom one has no direct control

People

5. Respect for Others: Acknowledges the value of others’ views and actions

6. Team Leadership: Manages and empowers a team of formal or informal direct reports, including virtual teams

7. Developing Others: Helps people develop their performance and ability over time

Personal Qualities
8. Trustworthiness/ Integrity: Acts consistently in line with or follows explicit values, beliefs, or intentions

9. Adaptability/ Resilience: Adapts to changing demands and circumstances without difficulty. Maintains calm optimism in the face of challenge, problems, or apparent failure

10. Self Awareness: Aware of and seeks out additional input on own strengths and weaknesses

Cognitive

11. Problem Solving: Frames problems, analyzes situations, identifies key issues, conducts analysis on the issues, and produces acceptable solution

12. Strategic Orientation: Thinks beyond one’s span of control and into the future to reshape the approach or scope of work

(Optional) Is there anything about your competency ratings on which you’d like to comment?

Based on your professional experience, how do you rate this candidate compared to her/his peer group?

  • Below Average
  • Average
  • Very Good (well above average)
  • Excellent (top 20%)
  • Outstanding (top 10%)
  • One of the best encountered in my career

Overall, I…

  • Do Not Recommend
  • Recommend with Reservations
  • Recommend

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