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Possible Characteristics to be Described in Letters of Recommendation

  • Quantitative abilities
  • Potential as a teacher
  • Knowledge of the field
  • Professionalim, maturity
  • Academic Achievement
  • Flexibility, adaptiveness
  • Potential as a practioner
  • General knowledge base
  • Ability to work independently
  • Teaching potential or experience
  • Creativity, originality, imagination
  • Verbal skills, public speaking ability
  • Dependability, level of responsibility
  • Writing skills, level of writing proficiency
  • Research ability, experience, or potential
  • Physical grooming, level of concern for others
  • Emotional stability, level of emotional adjustment
  • Desire to achieve, seriousness of purpose, initiative
  • Leadership skills, level of respect accorded by others
  • Sociability, social skills, ability to get along with peers
  • Character, honesty, integrity, ethical and moral standards
  • Judgment, ability to make sound decisions, ability to reason
  • Industriousness, motivation, perseverance, energy level, drive
  • Ability to work with others, teamwork potential, cooperativeness

SourceThe Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission: Psychology, Counseling, and Related Fields (2nd ed.) by Keith-Spiegel & Wiederman (2000). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum