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Vanderbilt / Owen MBA Recommendation Questions

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The Vanderbilt / Owen MBA application requires one professional recommendation, preferably from a current or former supervisor. The Vanderbilt recommendation questions follow the Common Letter of Recommendation from GMAC. There is an option for the recommender to forgo the CLoR and submit a letter instead.

2022-2023 Vanderbilt Owen MBA Recommendation Questions

Section 1: Recommender Information

Highest degree earned

Institution name:

Type of recommendation letter:

  • Academic
  • Professional
  • Personal
  • Research Advisor

Relationship to applicant:

  • Colleague
  • Professor
  • Research Advisor
  • Spiritual Leader
  • Mentor
  • Past Supervisor
  • Current Supervisor
  • Other

Other than the request for this recommendation, when was the last time you interacted with this applicant?

vanderbilt mba recommendation questions

Section 2: Assessment
In this section, you will rate the applicant based on their success in each category. The rating options are: Truly Exceptional (Top 1-2%), Excellent (Top 5%), Very Good (Top 10%), Good (Top 25%), Average (Top 50%), Below Average (Bottom 50%), and Inadequate Opportunity to Judge.
Categories include:
  • Intellectual ability
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Integrity
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Task management
  • Working with others
  • Leadership potential
  • Overall potential compared to peers

If you marked Truly Exceptional or Excellent (Top 1-5%) or Below Average (Bottom 50%) in any category, please explain your rating(s) in 500 characters or less.


Section 3

Please answer the following questions and provide specific examples where possible.
What characteristics do you consider to be talents and strengths of the applicant? (Maximum: 1200 words)

What areas do you consider to be deficiencies or weaknesses of the applicant? (Maximum: 1200 words)

Give an example of a time when the individual exceeded expectations or showed initiative. (Maximum: 1200 words)

Describe the individual’s ability to relate to others including speaking/writing skills, presentation skills, nonverbal signals, and social awareness. (Maximum: 1200 words)

Give an example of a time when the individual used critical thinking skills to solve a problem. (Maximum: 1200 words)

If you have knowledge of the individual’s quantitative abilities in the workplace, please describe how the individual uses quantitative and/or analytical skills and include examples. (Maximum: 1200 words)

Please provide an example of when the individual has provided leadership on a project as part of a team. (Maximum: 1200 words)

Please provide any additional comments that might be helpful in assessing the applicant’s potential for academic and/or professional success. (Maximum: 1200 words)

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