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Indian School of Business (ISB) MBA Recommendation Questions

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The Indian School of Business (ISB) uses the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC. The application accepts one evaluation which must be a professional contact.

2023-2024 Indian School of Business (ISB) Recommendation Questions

Recommender Information

How long have you known the applicant?

During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant?
May we contact you regarding this applicant?

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Competency Evaluation

In this section, you will find 12 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.


1. Initiative

2. Results Orientation


3. Communication, Professional Impression & Poise

4. Influence and Collaboration


5. Respect for Others

6. Team Leadership

7. Developing Others

Personal Qualities
8. Trustworthiness/ Integrity

9. Adaptability/ Resilience

10. Self Awareness


11. Problem Solving

12. Strategic Orientation

(Optional) Is there anything about your competency ratings on which you’d like to comment? (Word limit 500)

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

Overall, I…

Recommendation Questions

Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant. (Word limit 500)
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?) (Word limit 500)
Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Word limit 500)
Is there anything else we should know? (Word limit 500)