The common "feedback you've given" question
Great question from last night's webinar that we thought all could benefit from the answer!
How would you address the common "feedback you've given" question for recommenders for someone who's more lateral and may not have given me substantial feedback? She has given me advice but I'm not sure how that would reflect on me and my application.
- Kofi Kankam expert It seems there is an assumption that the recommender feels the same way and doesn't believe they have given feedback to the applicant. That may not be true. What the candidate believes is good advice may have been feedback couched in a more gentle manner. If that is true, the recommender may feel that the applicant didn't take the feedback seriously enough. This is a common problem. If you are using someone who is "more lateral" which I think you mean as 'more of a peer' and they truly haven't given you feedback, then you may need to consider finding a new recommender. Or, potentially, have them reach out to your direct boss/someone who has given more feedback, and write about the interaction and your response in the space provided. This is a suboptimal solution, but one you may have to use if you are hamstrung in terms of getting a recommender you can use.