Tuck MBA Recommendation

I Letter of Recommendation
II Notable Recommendation Questions
III Assessment Grid

You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.

Download Dartmouth Tuck MBA Recommendation Questions 2016-17

This recommendation form is for the Dartmouth Tuck MBA 2016-17 application season. Generally speaking, recommendation forms do not change from year to year so it’s a safe bet to assume that the same recommendation form will be used during the 2017-18 application season. When the 2017-18 application goes live (summer 2017) the download file and this page will be updated.

Tuck requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations.

To Candidates: The LORs are meant to provide us with additional insight into your talents, strengths (and weaknesses), and potential. We typically like to see recommendations from an immediate supervisor – someone who has worked with you closely and can really speak to your work experience, leadership, maturity, team orientation, communication skills, intellectual ability and interpersonal skills in detail and with supporting anecdotes. Note that it is more important to choose someone who has worked with you directly than someone with an impressive title who has had little direct contact or interaction with you. Additionally, be sure to choose individuals who will not only write a positive and detailed recommendation for you, but who have also indicated that they have the time to do so.

To Recommenders: Your response will be a significant part of the overall evaluation process for admission to Tuck. The admissions committee is specifically looking for your candid insight into the applicant’s leadership, teamwork, communication skills, intellectual abilities, interpersonal skills, maturity, strengths, and weaknesses. We have found that the most helpful recommendations provide specific examples or anecdotes to highlight the qualities described. Please be as detailed in your evaluations as possible. If after reviewing the form you feel that you do not know the candidate well enough to adequately comment on these parameters, please discuss your concerns with the applicant.
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Before you ask someone for a recommendation it’s best to understand what types of questions the school will put to them. Asking the CEO of your company for a recommendation may be tempting, but will he/she be able to convincingly convey your strengths and weaknesses to the Dartmouth Tuck Admissions Committee? The best recommenders are those that have observed you interacting with others on a regular basis.

After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Dartmouth Tuck application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Tuck’s online recommendation form.

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I Dartmouth Tuck MBA Letter of Recommendation

In one document, please answer the following questions. To be sure to address all of the questions, you may wish to number your responses (i.e. 1,2,3, and so on). Upload a Word or PDF document. There is no word limit.

  1. How long have you known the applicant and in what context? Have you served as the applicant’s supervisor? If so, please provide approximate dates. Please comment upon the frequency and nature of your interactions with the applicant. (no word limit)

  2. What are the applicant’s three principal strengths? Please provide an example of each. (no word limit)

  3. In which three areas can the applicant improve? Please provide an example of each. How has the applicant worked to address these areas? (no word limit)

  4. How does the applicant respond to constructive criticism? (no word limit)

  5. Describe the impressions this candidate makes in meetings, presentations, interviews or other important interactions. (no word limit)

  6. If you would like to provide any additional insights into this individual’s candidacy, please free too to do so. (no word limit)


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II Notable Dartmouth Tuck MBA Recommendation Questions

Aside from the typical questions Tuck asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.

  • Evaluator’s highest degree earned (text field)
  • Granting Institution (text field)
  • How would you categorize your support for this candidate?
    • Champion
    • Strongly support
    • Support
    • Moderately support
    • Oppose


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III Dartmouth Tuck MBA Recommendation Assessment Grid

Please compare the applicant on the scale below with others in his/her peer group whom you have known during your professional career

The Tuck assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following five responses:

  • Top 5%
  • Top 10%
  • Toop 20%
  • Top 50%
  • Bottom 50%
  • Bottom 20%
  • N/A Rating

The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:

  • Effectiveness of leadership
  • Effectiveness of teamwork
  • Effectiveness of communication skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Ethics and integrity
  • Ability to handle conflict
  • Ability to cope with pressure
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Ability to see opportunity and take initiative
  • Organization and time-management skills
  • Quantitative ability
  • Analytical ability
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Self-confidence
  • Resilience and ability to cope with setbacks
  • Overall drive, motivation and energy level
  • Professional impression, poise, and presence
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Comfort with risk-taking
  • Maturity/self-awareness
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