You can download a PDF of the exact form your recommender will see below.
These recommendation forms are for the MIT Sloan Fellows 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 (late-summer 2017) the download file and this page will be updated.
MIT Sloan Fellows requires that applicants submit two recommendations.
Your recommenders should have an in-depth understanding of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program and speak to how the experience will benefit your professional and leadership development. The recommender should be in a position to provide firsthand observations about your performance and professional experience.
If you are a company-sponsored applicant, a recommendation letter must come from your direct supervisor or superior. The letter should describe how you were nominated for the MIT Sloan Fellows Program and what plan exists for increased or new responsibilities after your return to the organization.
– MIT Sloan Fellows Adcom
A common myth is to have the most senior individual at an organization complete the recommendation. In reality, obtaining a recommendation from someone who can share broad themes coupled with specific work examples is most advantageous.
After you input your recommender’s name and email inside the Sloan application, he/she will receive an email directing him/her to Sloan’s online recommendation form.
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I MIT Sloan Fellows Letter of Recommendation
Recommenders can either cut and paste their answers directly into the online form (500 word limit per question), or, they can answer the questions in a Word or PDF document and upload it to the online form.
Please write a detailed response for each of the following categories – you may write your responses in the boxes below or upload them in a separate document.
Leadership: Consider how well the applicant demonstrates ethical and innovative leadership. Please describe the applicant’s progression as a leader and provide an example of how the applicant has had an impact on a person, group or organization. (500 word limit)
Teamwork: We are interested in knowing how well the applicant works collaboratively with others. Please give an example of the applicant’s ability to adapt to diversity and different perspectives, and defend his/her own ideas/position. (500 word limit)
Personal Development: Consider the applicant’s past and future career trajectory. What areas for development would you recommend the applicant focus on to maximize the benefit of our program and achieve both personal professional success? (500 word limit)
II Notable MIT Sloan Fellows Recommendation Questions
Aside from the typical questions Booth asks recommenders (Name, Address, Phone etc.) here are some notable short answer questions you should be aware of.
- If you are a member of the MIT/MIT Sloan community, please indicate your MIT/MIT Sloan affiliation below.
- The MIT Sloan School occasionally contacts recommenders for clarification and verification purposes. Please indicate your preferred method of contact.
III MIT Sloan Fellows Recommendation Assessment Grid
Please rate the applicant on the following criteria, in relation to other high potential people you know.
The MIT Sloan assessment grid includes a number of qualities. Recommenders are asked to rate the applicant using one of the following five responses:
- 1 = Outstanding (top 2%)
- 2 = Very Good (top 10%)
- 3 = Above Average (top 25%)
- 4 = Average (top 50%)
- 5 = Below Average (bottom 50%)
- 6 = Unobserved
The Qualities in the assessment grid are as follows:
- Leadership Potential
- Global Perspective
- Competence in His/Her Field
- Creativity and Resourcefulness
- Intellectual Curiosity
- Energy and Initiative
- Personal Integrity
- Ability to Work in a Team
- Organizational Ability
- Oral and Written Communication Skills
- Independence of Thought