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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2010, 11:28
Send my application yesterday (sure, three hours before deadline ;) )
Waiting now.
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2010, 05:58
I was interviewed on 26th Nov by two alumni. I was caught unaware by 'Discounted Cash Flow'- I have absolutely no business background. But the interviewers seemed interested in helping me explore beyond the post MBA career written in my essays and stressed that I look 'Banking' as a suitable option post HEC as the school is strong in that area with good ties with financial institutions.
Keeping fingers crossed..
Also, since HEC follows a rolling admission process, it is always better to submit early as you get more time to prepare for presentation and interview. Hitting 'submit' button on deadline might possibly give a week or so to know your status and do your 2 interviews. I was stressed both before and after the interview invite. :|

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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 12:56
I was offered a place in Oct for the Jan intake but deferred to Sept. The interviews were fine - ran through the presentation slides informally - then really it was about letting me ask questions about the course. I actually ended up going to the pub with the first interviewer - not what I expected!

I have around 7 years work experience in FMCG & scored 690 GMAT

My concern is that I've heard one or 2 negative things about the course - the guy who showed me round said that some of the lecturers were not very good. The course is expensive - I'd be very interested to hear anyone who knows people who have had very positive experiences completing an MBA at HEC?
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 14:27
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I was offered a place in Oct for the Jan intake but deferred to Sept. The interviews were fine - ran through the presentation slides informally - then really it was about letting me ask questions about the course. I actually ended up going to the pub with the first interviewer - not what I expected!

I have around 7 years work experience in FMCG & scored 690 GMAT

My concern is that I've heard one or 2 negative things about the course - the guy who showed me round said that some of the lecturers were not very good. The course is expensive - I'd be very interested to hear anyone who knows people who have had very positive experiences completing an MBA at HEC?


I met someone who was very positive about it.
It seems that HEC MBA is quite a good choice (probably the best one) if you want to work in France. It was confirmed by several alumnies that I talked to.
It is not so valued internationally (as Insead, for example) even if it has a very strong alumni network.

And what about your interviewers - weren't they positive (even if some of the lecturers were not very good)?
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 15:20
The interviewers said positive things and so did the people who showed me round to be honest. The alumni connections was a big one (leveraging the undergrad network) and also the international links (if you can get on to one of the placements). I think you certainly can learn a lot there - the guy showing me round apparently knew a lot of the content already due to his investment banking career so was maybe less valuable for him than some others.

The overall impression I got from the interviewers and the people who showed me round was that INSEAD is the better school. Whilst people were saying positive things about HEC, they weren't brimming with energy about it. I have also heard stories of 2 people (1 MBA and 1 on a Masters) not finishing their courses

I think it should have the potential to be one of Europe's best but I get the feeling that for whatever reason it's not at the level, and the people studying there don't feel that it's on a level, with LBS, INSEAD, IMD and even the Spanish ones

I've no doubt it's a good school, but it seems to be outside the top tier in Europe - £50k is a lot of money so I expect a lot for that and at the very least would expect the people who I'd met who'd been there to be talking enthusiastically about it. The jury is still out for me & I need would need re-assurance as to the quality if I were to go there
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2010, 16:50
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As a current HEC Paris MBA student, I feel like I should respond. :D

First, HEC is not just for french speakers wanting to work in France. True, the HEC name, especially for the grande ecole does carry a lot of weight here. When I told my neighbors that I go to HEC, they were all like, wow! O_O But most of the graduates do not end up working in France. Many of my fellow classmates, who are interviewing for internships now (at Booz, Goldman Sachs, etc), are interviewing for spots in Singapore or UK. Many are also looking towards Hong Kong for future opportunities. In my opinion, HEC is good choice if you want to work in Asia, and especially if you want to work in Europe (just about any part).

Second, I did business for undergrad as well, in a fairly well known American school, and I have to say there is a marked difference in the quality of teaching. I have been so impressed with the professors here at HEC, and there are many concepts that I had learned before that I feel that I finally fully understand (arbitrage and futures options). True, once in a while, you will get a professor that you feel is completely inadequate, but doesn't that happen at every school? I know my friends in American schools complain about this too. And this is outweighed by the "star professors" that we have here. One is Kapferer, who is very well known in the Marketing field. I'm pursuing Marketing, but I've heard there are many very top quality professors in Finance and Strategy as well. Also, for our intake, some students had complaints about 2 professors in particular, and not even halfway through the term, the professors had taken the comments to heart and improved their teaching style. So, as far as the teaching goes, the professors are usually very responsive.

Third, many of my fellow classmates and I feel that we are having the time of our lives. I know that many other schools emphasize a collaborative environment, but I feel that this is really true at HEC. Yes, of course there is competition, but in general, most of us are helping and learning from our new friends. I have received many many insights into the job market in China, as well as in different industries. In return, I'm using my previous work experiences and skills to help my classmates with grasping realistic expectations of the Marketing field, and helping non-native English speakers with their CVs. We've also conducted informal tutoring sessions for each other in different classes. I feel that here, we want everybody to succeed because we know that in the long run, this will benefit our school and all of us.

So, enough gushing about my school. Yes, we have problems. Many of us Americans in particular are having a hard time coming to terms with this slow, relaxed French way of doing things, and there are many administrative problems, but in general, I can really see why HEC is ranked as a top school.


pemberly,

Great to hear that you have found a school that you find a great fit.

I was merely pointing out the obvious that the reputation of HEC - or any school for that matter - experiences a wave effect, and is the strongest in the country where it exists. This is true for almost any school in the U.S. as well (possibly, the only exception is the HBS). Since I was not sure about my stay in France after MBA, I decided to opt for a school in the States.

I chipped in to clarify about the confusion between HEC MBA vs. HEC mother school, as the separation of the two was not immediately obvious to me. It took me a while to figure out the subtle but important differences between the two.

As said, HEC is a great school for the right people. I'm glad to hear that you feel happy about your choice. Please keep up updated, as your study year progresses.
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 09:51
Received an email a few days after submitting for Nov deadline that they would contact me regarding interviews in a few days, yet to hear though
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2010, 22:45
Hi,

I have just been admitted to the HEC Paris,Sept 2011 intake.Can anyone throw some light on the bank loan options available from French banks ?

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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2010, 06:34
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I have just been admitted to the HEC Paris,Sept 2011 intake.Can anyone throw some light on the bank loan options available from French banks ?

TIA



awesome, congratulations!! when did you submit your application?
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2010, 08:00
Thnx...applied in time for the Oct 28th deadline.
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2010, 21:44
has anyone heard back on an interview decision or ding for the nov submission deadline?
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2010, 06:41
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traveler wrote:
has anyone heard back on an interview decision or ding for the nov submission deadline?


About ten days after Nov. submission deadline I received an email stating that my application was approved for the interviews. One week later I received the contacts of the first interviewer and I'm having my first interview tomorrow.

No contacts for the second interviewer though, and at the same time the email stated that all the interviews must be finished before Dec. 30.


Thank you. I should be hearing back even if they choose not to interview me, right? Do you think it may take longer because I am international? (US)
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 10 Dec 2010, 15:17
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Thank you. I should be hearing back even if they choose not to interview me, right? Do you think it may take longer because I am international? (US)


Well, probably for me it was rather fast because I am based in Paris (even though I am also international ;) ).
Anyway, I think you should call them or at least write an email - they are not like the admissions in, for example, INSEAD, where you can't get any info by phone. I called two or three times HEC admissions for different questions and they were always friendly.

And you should also be prepared that you will probably have an interview by phone, since you are in USA. For example, in this topic (Sep. 2010 intake): http://gmatclub.com/forum/hec-paris-sep-2010-intake-75910.html a girl from USA had one of her interviews by phone.
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2010, 05:58
Thank you. I did finally get my interview invite. Is there any information regarding conversion rate (% of interviewed that get accepted?). Any thoughts on the presentation - can it really be about any topic?
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2010, 05:33
Jim31 wrote:
I was offered a place in Oct for the Jan intake but deferred to Sept. The interviews were fine - ran through the presentation slides informally - then really it was about letting me ask questions about the course. I actually ended up going to the pub with the first interviewer - not what I expected!

I have around 7 years work experience in FMCG & scored 690 GMAT

My concern is that I've heard one or 2 negative things about the course - the guy who showed me round said that some of the lecturers were not very good. The course is expensive - I'd be very interested to hear anyone who knows people who have had very positive experiences completing an MBA at HEC?


I spent a semester at HEC as an exchange student in another Master's program. The undergraduate program is well received, but the MBA program (at least the electives) were really disappointing. The professors are practitioners rather than academicians, which I thought would provide tremedous insight into a given subject matter, but in actuality was frustrating, because they lacked the ability to commuicate what they knew to students.--Again, I say this about the electives only. I'm told that the core was very strong.

With that said, all of my HEC friends are employed in their fields of choice.
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2010, 00:13
Is HEC seeing a reduced level of interest this year? seems like this thread is pretty dead, if anything i'm still seeing more action on LAST year's thread haha
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2010, 00:22
if accepted, how long do you have to make a decision / pay your deposit?
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2010, 06:56
wow, thank you. amazing, how'd you find all that info? i couldn't on either of their websites...
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2010, 12:34
hi folks
i am plannning to apply for 2011 Sept intake...
can some one throw some light on the difference between spring and fall intakes.
in terms of number of intake etc..
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Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2010, 09:05
Folks

i am applying for 4jan round of intake for Sept 2011.....
forgive my ignorance but can some one brief what is the presentation thing......after interview
Re: HEC Paris Sept 2011 - Intake   [#permalink] 26 Dec 2010, 09:05
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