Here's What to Look for in an Inflated Letter of Recommendation
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Stephen J Ceci


An expert identifies standout terms to look for. 

Over the decades that I’ve worked in universities, I’ve watched academic letters of reference become increasingly inflated. And letter inflation goes beyond the academy; friends who hire in business say they, too, have witnessed reference letter inflation.

Online commentators have noted that writers frequently inflate the positives and don’t divulge the negatives – what they know about a candidate “deep down.” As Joe...

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