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Duke / Fuqua MBA Recommendation Questions

The recommendation questions for the Duke University Fuqua School of Business are now available.  Fuqua uses an adapted version of the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC.

2019-2020 Duke / Fuqua MBA Recommendation Questions

Section 1: Recommender Information

Context of Relationship:

  • Current employer
  • Previous employer
  • University / Academic
  • Extracurricular / community
  • Other

Nature of relationship

  • Direct Supervisor
  • Other Supervisor
  • Advisor / mentor
  • Colleague / Peer
  • Direct Report
  • Indirect report
  • Client / Customer
  • Business Partner / Investor
  • Vendor
  • Professor Instructor
  • Other

During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant?
If you are affiliated with The Fuqua School of Business or Duke University, please select the option that most closely matches.
  • Faculty
  • Fuqua School of Business Graduate
  • Staff
  • Not affiliated
  • Other

duke mba recommendation questions

Section 2

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…this candidate to The Fuqua School of Business.

  • Do Not Recommend
  • Recommend with Reservations
  • Recommend

Section 3

Please answer the following questions and provide specific examples where possible.
Comment briefly on the context of your interaction with the applicant.

How do the applicant’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles?

What do you perceive as the applicant’s areas for growth?

Describe the applicant’s awareness of these areas and his/her response to constructive feedback.

Please include additional comments you feel will be helpful to the admissions committee.

In addition to the two required recommendations, you may provide additional recommendations from our alumni or current students.

Endorsement Form

If a recommendation is sent on your behalf at least three business days before you submit your online application, you will be eligible for an application fee waiver.

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