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Getting off waitlist - INSEAD September 2012

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Getting off waitlist - INSEAD September 2012 [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2012, 04:03
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Hi Stacy,

My profile:
- 27 years, male, Norwegian
- 5 years work experience (at matriculation in September), 3 years in tech consulting and 2 years in management consulting at one of the "Big 4" Consulting Forms
- 680 GMAT (Q44, V38- My quants score is in the 66th percentile, below INSEAD's recommended 70-75th percentile score)
- 7 years of international experience while studying
- Post-MBA aspirations: Business Management/development in the technology/telco sector

So I've applied for the INSEAD's September intake and was waitlisted, I have thought of the following follow-ups:
- Visit INSEAD in Fontainebleau on 27th Jan, and hopefully also meet with admissions staff while Im there
- Since applying my company has said themselves willing to sponsor my MBA, is this worthwhile information to share with INSEAD? (will it boost my chances in anyway - more likely to actually be able to attend and finance)
- Re-take the GMAT

Do you have any tips or recommendations on what I have planned to do and/or any other tips for boosting my chances while on waitlist at the school?

Many thanks.
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Re: Getting off waitlist - INSEAD September 2012 [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2012, 09:41
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Hi inseadspirant2012,

Thanks for posting. We had written an article with waitlist tips earlier, and I have copied it below. Best of luck with INSEAD and please let me know if I can answer any other questions.


Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team

While the waitlist is definitely not what you were hoping for, don't give up hope. In fact, there may be steps you can take to increase your chances of admission.

First, take note of each school's waitlist policy. In past years some schools, such as Wharton, only wanted to hear whether or not you want to remain on the waitlist. This means you don't have to do any more work, but it can be frustrating to have no control over your situation.

However, other schools in previous years, such as Stanford, Columbia, and Kellogg, have been open to hearing more from waitlisted candidates. While this allows you to take some action, it also means quite a bit of work. Here are some concrete steps you can take:

Feedback: You can contact the admissions committee to get feedback on your application. What they say should inform your efforts moving forward - Do you need to increase your responsibilities at work? Or take on more volunteer work? Or improve your GMAT score?

Update Letter: Begin with a letter that reiterates your interest and provides an update of activities since you submitted your application - promotions/changes in scope of work/additional responsibility, travel plans, classes taken, new GMAT score, changes in volunteer activities, and personal activities such as learning a language, completing a triatholon or taking on a new hobby. Be sure to include why these updates make you a better candidate than before. How will your activities make you a student who will further enrich their program?

Reference: You can also submit an extra letter of recommendation. However, please be sure it adds new information and a different perspective from your professional recommendations. For example, it could be a letter from someone you volunteer with.

GMAT: Sometimes an improved GMAT score can tip the scales in your favor. However, before you get to work on improving your score, ask the school directly if this would help.

Keep in touch with the Admissions Committee: Check in with them regularly (email is a great method) to demonstrate interest and keep them updated on your situation. Be sure to keep the updates meaningful and do not pester them by asking constant questions.

Before you contact a school with any information, check with their specific policies on how much they want to hear from you - Are they open to receiving just an update letter? Are they willing to read an additional recommendation? Do they want regular updates? You want to do as much as you can without disregarding their requests or overloading their staff. Above all remember that you are still in the game!

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Re: Getting off waitlist - INSEAD September 2012 [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2012, 12:31
Hi Conrad,

Thanks, very useful insights. I will definitely follow up on the advice from your article (keeping in contact with the admissions comittee amd asking for application feedback, re-iterate interest and updates of my profile, and asking whether an improved GMAT will help).

One additional question I have however is regarding company sponshorship (i.e. my company is now willing to sponsor significant parts of my MBA - based on previous performance, leadership support, and future potential, and will craft a letter confirming this). Should I inform INSEAD of this update, is it relevant enough in your opinion? On one hand it asserts I have done great work at my consulting firm and asserts my ability to attend INSEAD (pure financially) - on the other hand it indirectly commits me to me current firm....
Re: Getting off waitlist - INSEAD September 2012   [#permalink] 12 Jan 2012, 12:31
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