Do you think letters of recommendation inflate the positives and hide the negatives?
I read something that made me go back and think about the letters of recommendation I have received from my professors and those I have written for others. How much of what is in a letter of recommendation is true? Are we afraid of being responsible for negative outcomes for the people we recommend - and does this make us write only good things? Or, do we not know how to be constructive?
A research team at Cornell University and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory analyzed letters of recommendation for academic purposes and shared some fascinating insights. They suggest that the positives are often inflated in academic letters of recommendation and one way of sifting through the regular adjectives used is to look for superlatives that are used to describe candidates.
I find this very interesting and would like to hear your views on this post as well as about academic letters of recommendation in general. - @chris leonard @Asli Telli @Raj sundaram @Mohamed Samunn @Isurika Sevwandi @Parul Nigam @Karen A. Thomas @Lidia Lins @Erin Owens @Sarah V. White @Lisa Jansen @Hollie McDonnell @Neha Lasure