Congrats to all invited to the interview. I have only one piece of advice (and although I've been admitted I have only my experience to speak from): sure, you should prepare but don't overengineer it! Just be yourselves, that's what will really count.
Guys, all the best for all the applicants going for the interview.
I had mine yesterday. I must say it was a very interesting experience at IMD.
I had 7 other applicants with me and it was lot of fun meeting them. The whole day was concentrated on how best we all could work as a team.
First, we were met by the admissions staff, and she gave us an outline of the day.
and also took us around the campus. Its a beautiful campus, right in front of the mountains and lake.
Next, we were given the topic for the impromtu presentation and transperencies to prepare for the 5 min presentation. time given was 30 mins.
after this I had my one on one interview, it went on for 1 hour.
My interviewer was interested to know me more as a person, my accomplishments, my strengths weaknesses, about my work etc. It was not stressful but a nice chat.
after this, we had to present our impromtu presentation. This was done in front of other applicants. so one by one we took our turn and presented what we had prepared earlier that morning. it was strictly for 5 mins, after which we had to stop.
after this was the best part of the day - lunch. each one us had a host student having lunch with us. IMD really took efforts that each one of us had a host from our nation. All the hype about the IMD lunch is not a hoax. You really have to eat there to believe it. There was an amazing variety of food, and the dessert buffet was again amazing. there is an ice cream stall too in summer. I was really impressed by this lunch concept at IMD. There are fresh fruits always available in the class rooms.
post lunch we discussed the case study that was sent to all of us 2 weeks before the interview day. Again, it was a nice discussion, a chance for them to see how well we can work in groups.
at the end of the day, we were shown some videos of a professors class. it was very interesting.
I have attended a special lecture at INSEAD and now saw these recorded videos at IMD. My opinion is that IMD's quality was way higher than INSEAD. its a smaller class, and profs give more attention to you. he knows everyone by name and background, unlike in INSEAD where there were more than 250 students in the auditorium , and i was sitting in the last rows and could hardly see the prof, or would find it difficult to ask a question in front of such a huge group.
So guys, now I am keeping my fingers crossed.
If anyone needs any more info, please do pm me. Ill be more than happy to help you!