I just got my letter of acceptance (yay!!). I'm not your average applicant but I wanted to give you some info, since there's not too much on here.
34 years old
13 years of experience in Marketing and Product Management in both B2B and B2C markets
Bachelor in Business from the University of Buenos Aires (finished in 2005 - GPA 3.0)
GMAT: 560 (36Q/61V/6AWA/5IR)
Languages: Spanish, English, French and Portuguese
Not much volunteering work since I have 2 young children (2 and 5) and I moved to Canada only 6 years ago - I focused on my family and career mostly.
I took the GMAT (not the greatest score but I only prepared it for a month) the last week of August but presented my application on October 13th (3rd round of admissions).
Got the interview last Wednesday (Nov 19th) and received the offer yesterday (Nov 20th).
The interview was at a café in Montreal with an ex alumni. He graduated from the MBA in 1990 and holds the highest position for one of the biggest hospitals in Montreal.
We talked about my cv, my career path, why I wanted to do the MBA and he asked me a couple of "what would you do" questions:
1) if you are working on a case and one of your team members is not carrying his load, what do you do?
2) tell him about a leader I admire and why (didn't have to be anyone famous, just a leader, no name)
3) where do I see the economy going in the next couple of years
While preparing my essays, I saw there is a lot of consulting companies and lots and lots of information on the website about how to write the essays. I was very honest in my essays. There is an article where Dr Wybo comments on what's really valuable to the admissions team and I think would be very useful for anyone to read it : http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-o ... cle533476/
That pretty much sums it up.
Just be very clear on the reasons why you want to do an MBA and why HEC. Also, show what you can contribute to your classmates and the program itself.
And remember the true notion of teamwork. The person I met mentioned that he had met with other candidates who had no idea how to really work as a team. Keep that in mind