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Applying to INSEAD Fall 2007 - Paul, please advise

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Applying to INSEAD Fall 2007 - Paul, please advise [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2006, 02:15
Hello Paul,
I have recently joind the GMAT club and I would like to know your opinion on my profile and on the chances I have of being accepted at INSEAD.

I'm Italian, 26 (will be 27.5 by the beginning of the MBA). GMAT 690, TOEFL 115/120.

Education

- I have studied business (top mark, 1.1 with honors) for two years in Genoa (Italy), 1 year in Dublin (Ireland) and 6 months in Madrid (Spain)
- I have passed level 1 and 2 of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) both at the first attempt and am enrolled for the June 2007 level 3 exam

Professional Experience

By the beginning of the program I will have 4.5 years of work experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a strategy consultant (2.5 years in London and 2 years in Madrid). Started as a Junior Consultant, I will be promoted to Manager (project leader) in June 2007, but am already managing projects (i.e. I am the responsible for the whole project, directly reporting to the Partner in charge of the assignment and to the client top management)

International Exposure

- 1 year studying in Dublin
- 6 months studying in Madrid
- 2.5 years working in London
- 2 years working in Madrid

Extra curricular activities

- Charity events organizator for the Red Cross in Italy (2 years)
- Currently spending some weekends as a volunteer for Special Olympics (Sport competitions for disabled people)
- Waterpolo player in the Spanish National League (Second Division)

I have submitted my application three days ago and I am waiting for them to tell me if they want to interview me or not. Apart from the chance that you think I have of getting in, what are the aspects of my profile that - in your opinion - I should highlight should I be called for an interview?

Thanks a lot Paul, your help is much appreciated.

Ciao

Tim
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Re: Applying to INSEAD Fall 2007 - Paul, please advise [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2006, 19:08
timothycosulich wrote:
Hello Paul,
I have recently joind the GMAT club and I would like to know your opinion on my profile and on the chances I have of being accepted at INSEAD.

I'm Italian, 26 (will be 27.5 by the beginning of the MBA). GMAT 690, TOEFL 115/120.

Education

- I have studied business (top mark, 1.1 with honors) for two years in Genoa (Italy), 1 year in Dublin (Ireland) and 6 months in Madrid (Spain)
- I have passed level 1 and 2 of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) both at the first attempt and am enrolled for the June 2007 level 3 exam

Professional Experience

By the beginning of the program I will have 4.5 years of work experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a strategy consultant (2.5 years in London and 2 years in Madrid). Started as a Junior Consultant, I will be promoted to Manager (project leader) in June 2007, but am already managing projects (i.e. I am the responsible for the whole project, directly reporting to the Partner in charge of the assignment and to the client top management)

International Exposure

- 1 year studying in Dublin
- 6 months studying in Madrid
- 2.5 years working in London
- 2 years working in Madrid

Extra curricular activities

- Charity events organizator for the Red Cross in Italy (2 years)
- Currently spending some weekends as a volunteer for Special Olympics (Sport competitions for disabled people)
- Waterpolo player in the Spanish National League (Second Division)

I have submitted my application three days ago and I am waiting for them to tell me if they want to interview me or not. Apart from the chance that you think I have of getting in, what are the aspects of my profile that - in your opinion - I should highlight should I be called for an interview?

Thanks a lot Paul, your help is much appreciated.

Ciao

Tim


Tim,

Your profile looks good: strong career progress and nice blend of international experiences and community leadership. I think you can be guardedly optimistic about INSEAD. I would emphasize (a) biggest leadership roles at work, (b) what international experiences have taught you, (c) Red Cross work (shows leadership, not only community spirit), and (d) water polo (unusual plus shows competitive nature).

Good luck!
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Thanks Paul! [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2006, 23:18
Thank you very much Paul, I will let you know how it goes!
Fingers crossed!
Ciao
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Re: Thanks Paul! [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2006, 11:39
timothycosulich wrote:
Thank you very much Paul, I will let you know how it goes!
Fingers crossed!
Ciao
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2006, 01:03
Hello Paul,
I'd like to ask you one more thing: in my essays I have exceeded the word limits by approx 40% (~100 words) in 5 out of 8 essays. In two of them I managed to stay within the word limits but in the last essay (is there anything else that you would like the admissions comittee to know?) I wrote about 500 words whereas the limit was 200! The problem I had is that I had an important story to tell and I wasn't able to tell it with less words.
I know that it's not ideal to exceed the word limits but on the other hand I think they are very good essays. Do you htink this can negatively affect my application?
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Re: Applying to INSEAD Fall 2007 - Paul, please advise [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2006, 10:23
timothycosulich wrote:
Hello Paul,
I have recently joind the GMAT club and I would like to know your opinion on my profile and on the chances I have of being accepted at INSEAD.

I'm Italian, 26 (will be 27.5 by the beginning of the MBA). GMAT 690, TOEFL 115/120.

Education

- I have studied business (top mark, 1.1 with honors) for two years in Genoa (Italy), 1 year in Dublin (Ireland) and 6 months in Madrid (Spain)
- I have passed level 1 and 2 of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) both at the first attempt and am enrolled for the June 2007 level 3 exam

Professional Experience

By the beginning of the program I will have 4.5 years of work experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a strategy consultant (2.5 years in London and 2 years in Madrid). Started as a Junior Consultant, I will be promoted to Manager (project leader) in June 2007, but am already managing projects (i.e. I am the responsible for the whole project, directly reporting to the Partner in charge of the assignment and to the client top management)

International Exposure

- 1 year studying in Dublin
- 6 months studying in Madrid
- 2.5 years working in London
- 2 years working in Madrid

Extra curricular activities

- Charity events organizator for the Red Cross in Italy (2 years)
- Currently spending some weekends as a volunteer for Special Olympics (Sport competitions for disabled people)
- Waterpolo player in the Spanish National League (Second Division)

I have submitted my application three days ago and I am waiting for them to tell me if they want to interview me or not. Apart from the chance that you think I have of getting in, what are the aspects of my profile that - in your opinion - I should highlight should I be called for an interview?

Thanks a lot Paul, your help is much appreciated.

Ciao

Tim


timothycosulich,

It's OK to exceed the stated length limit by about 10% or so or to exceed the stated length limit by more than that for one essay, but to exceed the limit by more than 10% in several essays will create a negative impression that may hurt your chances.

Good luck,
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