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SDA Bocconi Letter of Recommendation Questions

  1. How long have you known the candidate? In what connection?
  2. In your mind, what are the candidate’s most revealing qualities?
  3. What are the candidate’s most significant weaknesses?
  4. Please comment further on your judgement and add other information you think may be useful:
  5. Do you know of any purely emotional factors to be kept in mind regarding the candidate’s effective participation to the master of Business Administration – MBA? If so could you give some instances:

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SDA Bocconi Letter of Recommendation Example – 1

1. How long have you known the candidate? In what connection?

I was an Application development lead in Accenture Solutions Private Limited and was Swarna’s supervisor for 1.5 years. I have seen her professional development from a fresh graduate to a team leader for major releases in production. She was a key member of our project optimization processes which resulted in a 40% reduction in the cost of the project and was highly appreciated by senior management.

2. In your mind, what are the candidate’s most revealing qualities?

Swarna is an ambitious and hardworking person. She sets high standards for herself and always stepped up to take added responsibilities. I remember one major production release, because of a team member’s mistake we had to redeploy and repeat the whole process of 20 hours. She took the initiative to lead the team and worked consistently for 18 hours at office to complete the process. For her commitment and delivery on crucial projects like these, she got appreciated by clients and got promoted with the highest rating because of her hard work and dedication.

3. What are the candidate’s most significant weaknesses?

One area I believe, Swarna could develop further is people management and dealing with high-pressure situations. She has done a good job of dealing with small teams and interacting across cross-functional teams. I believe she can take bigger responsibilities and she is still in the learning phase when it comes to people management. I believe a reputed MBA program like SDA Bocconi’s would give her enough out of class opportunities to develop her leadership skills even further.

4. Please comment further on your judgement and add other information you think may be useful:

Swarna has a great rapport with everyone in the team and other functional teams. She has successfully organized and anchored many events, e.g. during the IPL cricket tournament, she organized a fantasy league within the project and brought innovative ideas to keep the entire team engaged. These activities have given her good exposure and I have always heard positive feedback about her contributions and spirit in organizing such activities.

She has led multiple teams in the past but I believe a formal business education would help her shape those skills and be at her best while leading a large team or high pressure situations.

5. Do you know of any purely emotional factors to be kept in mind regarding the candidate’s effective participation to the master of Business Administration – MBA? If so could you give some instances:

I strongly believe, that a Graduate business education would help her develop excellent leadership skills required to lead large cross, functional teams. Further, she would acquire great immersive experience working in diverse teams, experience required to be a successful business manager in any large or small organization.

Apart from experiential skills, she would gain important functional knowledge in marketing, strategy and finance which is very important for her career aspirations.

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SDA Boconni Letter of Recommendation Example – 2

1. How long have you known the candidate? In what connection?

I am an Application development lead in Accenture Solutions Private Limited and was Swarna’s supervisor for 2 years. She joined our project when we were in a critical phase and making a transition to move the entire process from Russia to India. She has worked dedicatedly throughout the transition and made sure the team is aware of the work processes during the whole transition.

2. In your mind, what are the candidate’s most revealing qualities?

Swarna is a sincere and reliable team member. Her ability to take complete ownership and deliver results on time are the key strengths that I admire. One time, clients were facing huge losses because of unknown system error. She stood up and led a team of 6 members for 10 days and delivered successfully without any escalations. The client and senior leadership appreciated her efforts and awarded her “star of the month” for two months consecutively.

3. What are the candidate’s most significant weaknesses?

While Swarna is a great asset to the team, sometimes she tends to stretch her limits and take a lot more responsibilities than her capacity. Once, she asked me to delegate the responsibility of handling one major release to her which I advised would be too difficult for her to handle. Enthusiastically, she persuaded me but it proved to be a tough task for her. Although it was a challenging experience, I believe Swarna learned from her mistakes and learned how to manage expectations.

4. Please comment further on your judgement and add other information you think may be useful:

Swarna was recognised as the head member of a weekly newsletter where she communicated with more than 70 members onshore and offshore. Through the newsletter, she made sure that team members know each other well, and everyone’s work is recognized and appreciated on a timely manner. This helped Swarna earn recognition across multiple teams and helped improve her communication skills on a company-wide platform.

5. Do you know of any purely emotional factors to be kept in mind regarding the candidate’s effective participation to the Master of Business Administration – MBA? If so could you give some instances:

Swarna is an excellent engineer with good technical knowledge. She has shown great interest in learning more about team leader roles and seeking additional responsibilities to personally groom herself for a manager role. I think a formal business education can help her fulfill knowledge gaps and lead to a more holistic personality development, which would guide her to be a successful business woman.

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