The application for the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA program requires one professional recommendation from someone who can speak to the applicant’s strengths, accomplishments and leadership potential, preferably a past or present supervisor. In the absence of professional full-time post-graduate work experience, an academic recommendation or a recommendation from a part-time job or summer internship is accepted. Applicants have the option to submit one additional endorsement from a colleague, faculty member, UNC alumni, or current MBA student. UNC Kenan-Flagler uses the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC.
During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant?
Section 2: Leadership Assessment Grid
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:
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: Acts ahead of need/anticipates problems
2. Results Orientation: Focuses on and drives toward delivering on goals, objectives, and performance improvement
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
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
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
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?
Unable to assess
Very Good (well above average)
Excellent (top 10%)
Outstanding (top 5%)
The best encountered in my career
Do not recommend this applicant
Recommend this applicant, with reservations
Recommend this applicant
Enthusiastically recommend this applicant
Section 3: Short Answers
Please answer the following questions and provide specific examples where possible.
Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Recommended word count: 50 words)
How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (Recommended word count: 500 words)
Is there anything else we should know? (Optional, upload document or copy and paste)
Post-MBA Target Industry:
, Ernst & Young
Years of Work Experience: 2
Looking to Pivot into consulting, undergrad was in healthcare management, worked in compliance at a top investment bank, and tech startup in strategic sales ops function. How possible is it to recruit for top MBB firm. Also, managerial experience running a family business for 4 years.
Harvard Business School,
Northwestern / Kellogg,
U. Chicago Booth,
UPenn / Wharton,
UVA / Darden,
Intake Year: 2024
Pre-MBA Career: Restructuring and Insolvency lawyer
Post-MBA Target Industry:
Investment Banking Companies:
Bank of America
, Credit Suisse
, Deutsche Bank
, Goldman Sachs
, JP Morgan
, Merrill Lynch
, Morgan Stanley
, JP Morgan Chase
Post MBA Location: USA
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.