Applying to business school is a commitment. You will devote hours to test prep, drafting and redrafting essays, practicing for interviews, perusing websites and visiting campuses.
We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week, we are sharing suggestions on how you can help distinguish yourself and express why Kellogg is the right school for you.
TODAY’S TOPIC: LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
When it comes to letters of recommendation, many applicants wonder about who they should ask. The admissions committee is most interested in someone who knows you and your work experience, regardless of title or prior connection to Kellogg. A supervisor who understands your daily contributions could have more valuable insight for us than a Kellogg alum who is less familiar with your work.
It’s a good idea to talk to your recommender about why you’re interested in Kellogg and how you want your Kellogg MBA to further your career goals, but it’s even more important to allow them to provide their own opinions and write the recommendation themselves.
We know some applicants aren’t able to approach a current supervisor for a recommendation. Previous supervisors, clients or project managers may be good alternatives. If you don’t choose a current supervisor, just let us know why. (It would affect my bonus, I would be asked to leave, etc.) We understand that indicating you’re planning to leave the work force can have consequences in different industries.
If you don’t have a current supervisor write your recommendation, provide an explanation in the “Additional Information” (Essays) section of the application.
For more information about Kellogg’s applications components, visit our website.
Melissa Rapp is the Director of Admissions for the Full-Time MBA and MS in Management Studies Programs. Melissa joined the Evanston Admissions team in January 2016 and was previously the Director of Admissions for the Evening & Weekend MBA Program located on Kellogg’s Chicago campus. She has over 15 years of higher education and admissions experience.