F2. How closely did you work with your recommenders on the content of the letter?
Most MBAs believe that you should not write your own letter of recommendation. Many believe that's it is really obvious to the admissions committee if you wrote it, and definitely hurts your application. A minority of MBAs believe it's fine to write it yourself.
The degree to which an MBA interacted with the recommender varied. Multiple strategies were employed, and often an MBA picked a strategy specific to each recommender. Some recommenders needed more hand-holding than others.
It's OK to write/edit the letter yourself
I worked with people who didn't know the MBA process; so I drafted versions, then had them edit
I write recommendations for MBA candidates, and I work closely with them on the content
It's not OK to write/edit the letter yourself
90% of letters are not written by the recommender; but it's very obvious to the admissions staff
Ethically and stylistically, don't write your own letter; wrote a personal statement
If you write your own letters of recommendation, people will be able to tell; admissions officers can smell it from a mile away
Used a mixed strategy, depending on the recommender
It varies by recommender; gave a list of the most important messages; brainstormed stories with one
Give recommenders a guide: achievements, essays, themes, resume
Gave recommenders a list of things they could highlight; a one page overview of my themes
Not that closely; gave them a list of messages I was trying to get across in my application