Wharton Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

by on August 15th, 2015

The Wharton School‘s online MBA application for the 2015-2016 admissions season is now live, meaning that the Wharton MBA recommendation questions are available for review by recommenders and b-school hopefuls.

The recommendation begins with the recommender’s contact information, followed by a handful of background questions:

Relationship With Applicant(e.g. Direct Supervisor, Advisor, Indirect Report/Subordinate)

During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant? From/(mm/yyyy)

Are you a graduate of Wharton or any other University of Pennsylvania school? (yes or no)

Are you a faculty member of Wharton or any other University of Pennsylvania School? (yes or no)


The form then asks recommenders to provide a Summary Appraisal of the candidate on three qualities related to self-awareness, communication, and tolerance for ambiguity on a five point scale. Recommenders are asked to compare the applicant to other high-potential individuals (those who have attended graduate school or are being groomed for senior roles in their organizations).

Recommenders are also given the opportunity to brieftly explain or support their ratings. Click on the image to the right to see an image of the instruction and appraisal grid.

Finally, Wharton asks recommenders to respond to three questions in an uploaded document:

How does the candidate’s performance compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)

Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)

(Optional) Is there anything else we should know?

Recommenders are asked to answer these questions in a one single-spaced document, with the question at the top of each of their responses.

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