You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.
This recommendation form is for the London Business School 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.
LBS requires that MBA applicants submit two recommendations.
Two references are required. One should be from your current employer, or a colleague if you do not want to use your line manager at this time. The other referee could be a former employer, a long-standing client, or someone else who knows you well in a work context. You should only select someone who taught you at university if you have remained in close contact. Whoever you choose should know you in a professional capacity.
– LBS Adcom
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 London Business School 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 London Business School application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to LBS’s online recommendation form.
I LBS MBA Letter of Recommendation
Please answer the following questions regarding the applicant. As a guideline for completing the reference form you should aim to write no more than 500 words per question. Please note that 500 words is the maximum amount and not a requirement.
London Business School asks recommenders to respond to the following questions directly in the online form. There is a 500 word limit per question. The online form will not truncate answers above 500 words but in my experience most recommenders do not write 500 word answers to each of these questions (that would add up to A LOT of text if they did).
How do you know the applicant? How long have you known them for? (500 word limit)
What would you say are the applicant’s key strengths and talents? (500 word limit)
What would you say are the applicant’s key weaknesses or areas for improvement? (500 word limit)
How do the applicant’s performance, potential and personal qualities compare to those of other individuals in similar roles? I (500 word limit)
What do you think this person might be doing in ten years’ time? Why? (500 word limit)
II Notable LBS MBA Recommendation Questions
Aside from the typical questions London Business School asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) we did not identify any notable short answer questions you should be aware of.
- Are you an alumna/alumnus of London Business School or connected with the institiution in any way? If so please tell us which class or who you are connected with.
III LBS MBA Recommendation Assessment Grid
Please rate the applicant, comparing them with other members of his or her peer group, on the qualities listed below using the following scoring system: 1=high, 3=average, 5=low
The London Business School assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following six responses:
- 1 (high)
- 5 (low)
- Not observed
The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:
- Intellectual or academic ability
- Quantitative skills
- Initiative / Ability to take decisions
- Problem-solving skills
- Organisational skills
- Leadership skills
- Team skills
- Impact / Charisma
- Self confidence
- Self motivation
- Spoken English communication skills
- Written English communication skills
Please indicate your overall recommendation on a five point score from (1) Highly Recommended to (5) Not Recommended
The following prompt appears at the end of the rating section. A field is provided for recommenders to copy and paste additional comments in the online form.
Please feel free to elaborate on your recommendation. (Note: if you prefer to submit additional comments in a seperate letter, please email this to firstname.lastname@example.org) (No word limit)