IE Business School MBA Recommendation Questions
The IE Business School recommendation is a short online questionnaire sent to the recommender. Two recommendations are required and cannot be friends or family. If the applicant already has a letter of recommendation, it may be uploaded with the application as a Word or PDF document. The IE Business School recommendation questions are below.
2023-2024 IE Business School MBA Recommendation Questions
Are you an IE alum?
Are you an employee or self-employed worker?
Company and industry?
How long have you known the applicant?
What was your relationship with the applicant?
In three words how would you describe the candidate?
From a professional perspective, what stands out about the candidate? (Max 500 characters)
Applying to the 1 year MSx program
1. Undergraduate qualifying law program (LL.B) at a top 5 National Law University in India
2. Co-founder, India's first legal aid citizenship cell (We have advised and helped 500+ migrants in India with their citizenship and residence applications, including representing them at the Foreigners Legal Tribunal in India)
3. Heading to a big law firm's Insolvency & restructuring team in Mumbai (India does not allow foreign law firms to operate in India, therefore, we have large local law firms)
4. Admitted to the Bar in India
5. Started a virtual arbitration platform for Insolvency matters that decreased the average time for disposal of a case by 10 times (Had to be shut down because regulatory changes made it illegal to offer private dispute resolution service in India)
6. Represented India at the United Nations in a cross border insolvency conference
7. Multiple Research paper publications in reputed journals (one of my papers that was published in a Yale Law journal has been cited 50+ times)
8. Co-authored a textbook on Insolvency and bankruptcy law that is now prescribed as a textbook in at least 2 universities in India.
9. Internship experience in India, the USA, UK, and Italy (all law-related internships, including one at the United Nations)
Short-term Goals- Use my Insolvency and restructuring law experience to pivot to restructuring investment banking.
Long-term Goal: Start my own distressed asset investment firm in India.
- Goal for the MBA would be to pivot to a more strategic role that allows for growth making forward looking decisions.
- I want to avoid taking the GMAT if possible and wanted to see if my stats make me competitive for a top 25 program with an exam waiver.
- US citizen and Southeast Asian ethnically
- CPA by time of application
- I was class rank #1 for my department for my undergraduate (top 100 state school) with a perfect GPA (4.0/4.0 GPA)
- Had a full ride scholarship to a Master of Accounting program with emphasis in Data & Analytics. The program was at a top 5 accounting institution. Obtained a 3.79/4.0 GPA. The cohort was only 25 students and only admitted those with a sponsorship with corporate sponsorship.
- Foster a volunteering relationship between my firm and a nonprofit.
- Host local office trainings for new interns and associates.
I feel I'm in a sticky situation. I applied this season to the Georgetown online program, have interviewed, am likely to get in there. My research and self-reflection have convinced me that a full-time program is probably the best for my career goals. My main concern is whether I'll be too old to start in the fall of '25. I'll turn 29 in October which would make me 30 at time of matriculation, 32 when I graduate.
That is one reason why I'm interested in the one-year program at IMD. The other is I just love the program's focus on self-reflection and think it would be super fun and challenging to live abroad for a year.
The problem is my GRE...I've taken it twice and got the same score both times. Q = 155, V = 164. I feel it's too low to apply to IMD now and get in for their January '24 class. I have another re-take scheduled in March but will have to make a decision on Georgetown before I hear back from IMD.
Trying my best but I'm not sure I can get the score up, so what should do? Should I put in an application to IMD with the low score, should I wait until next season, or should I accept the offer to Georgetown online (has the full-time MBA window closed for me)?
Some additional info:
-Major in college: Neuroscience and history
-College extracurriculars: Swim team, journalism club
-Work experience: HealthTech with a focus on surgical robotics. Project managed a team of contractors for 2 years. Now I am an Engineer working on software development teams (note: my title is engineer but I do not have an engineering degree, ergo the bad quant score).
-Extracurriculars: significant volunteering with LGBTQ+ organizations at work, board member for a well known heart disease non-profit (4+ hrs/month).
Received email to check portal. Applied 01/30/2023 in R2