Here are the questions asked in the recommendation letter section of the INSEAD MBA Application. 

Last updated June 29, 2015

INSEAD Recommendation Letters Part 1

How long have you known the candidate? Describe your relationship with the candidate and the circumstances whereby you met.

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How do you rate the candidate on the following criteria?

  • Organisational skills
  • Inquisitiveness/intellectual curiosity
  • Problem solving skills
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • Initiative
  • Motivation and enthusiasm
  • Achievement drive and results orientation
  • Teamwork
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Maturity
  • Personal integrity
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Charisma
  • Leadership

How do you rate the candidate’s potential for becoming a responsible and successful manager in international business compared with other students or employees whom you have known in a similar capacity?

INSEAD MBA Recommendation Questions Part 2

Please give your answers to each of the following questions. Please provide examples where possible:

  •  Comment on the candidate’s career progress to date and his/her career orientation.
  • What do you consider to be the candidate’s major strengths? Comment on the factors that distinguish the candidate from other individuals at his/her level.
  • What do you consider to be the candidate’s major weaknesses?
  • Comment on the candidate’s potential for senior management. Do you see him/her as a future leader?
  • Describe the personality of the candidate, including reference to the characteristics listed in the table above.


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