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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2012, 22:04
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Congrats to all the R2 who have been invited to interview. I also pored over the Clear Admit guide (and bought it, which was stupid as it's just a copy & paste of what's on the free wiki). My advice: don't overprepare. Focus on the 4 main questions:

1. Why MBA?
2. Why INSEAD?
3. Why now?
4. Be able to defend your long term goal.

Also good to be able to mention what you'd like to do outside of class at INSEAD and how you plan to leverage the network (not good enough just to say you want the network - what are you going to do with it?). I mentioned specifics (e.g. The Dash).

I think it's also very important to find common ground with the interviewers. In my case both of them were expats in their mid-30s living in Singapore for many years, so I used this to find some common themes outside the typical interview questions.

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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 15:13
Hi,

I got done with my both the interviews today (R2 applicant) and I also agree with rest of the people that it is a good cop, bad cop structure. Also, all that matters is your story and Why INSEAD. If there are any questions I can answer, please feel free to ask me. I will be more than happy to answer.

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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 15:51
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I got done with my both the interviews today (R2 applicant) and I also agree with rest of the people that it is a good cop, bad cop structure. Also, all that matters is your story and Why INSEAD. If there are any questions I can answer, please feel free to ask me. I will be more than happy to answer.

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I just finished both of my interviews today as well. However, I didnt experience the "good cop/bad cop" experience. For me, the important limiting factors were 1. the personality of the interviewer and 2. if they had read my essays (which I provided as a reference in addition to the interview form provided on my initial introductory email). If the interviewer took the time to read the essay, then he was a "tougher" interviewer whereas if he did not, more time was spent on my background and my reasoning. Similarly, the interviewer's personality determined if he gave tougher questions or not.

I agree with the previous posters that the main things to prepare for are 1.why mba/insead? 2. defend your long term goals and vision (from a variety of angles). It's definitely true that you should not over prepare. Also prepare an answer for "if you dont get into business school/insead, then whats the plan?"

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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 16:39
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Hi,

I got done with my both the interviews today (R2 applicant) and I also agree with rest of the people that it is a good cop, bad cop structure. Also, all that matters is your story and Why INSEAD. If there are any questions I can answer, please feel free to ask me. I will be more than happy to answer.

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I just finished both of my interviews today as well. However, I didnt experience the "good cop/bad cop" experience. For me, the important limiting factors were 1. the personality of the interviewer and 2. if they had read my essays (which I provided as a reference in addition to the interview form provided on my initial introductory email). If the interviewer took the time to read the essay, then he was a "tougher" interviewer whereas if he did not, more time was spent on my background and my reasoning. Similarly, the interviewer's personality determined if he gave tougher questions or not.

I agree with the previous posters that the main things to prepare for are 1.why mba/insead? 2. defend your long term goals and vision (from a variety of angles). It's definitely true that you should not over prepare. Also prepare an answer for "if you dont get into business school/insead, then whats the plan?"

gl everyone!




Hello Everyone,

Had my first interview last Friday. First comment from the interviewer was "This is not an interview but just a conversation", very informal. He took time to read profile before hand and started with a simple question "Why are you seated in front of me today" and wanted to know what I wanted to get from INSEAD.
The interview lasted 25 minutes and he took 5 minutes at the end to give me some advice for my next interview. His point was that I did not sell my profile strong enough to him. He also mentioned that my goals were not ambitious enough for a school such as INSEAD. At that point I felt embarrassed but he closed the interview on a positive note regarding my fit with the school. I would advice people not to be shy with your long term goals. good luck to everyone.
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 17:43
can you please explain the good cop / bad cop observation?
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 18:18
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can you please explain the good cop / bad cop observation?

It seems that the majority of people who go through the interviews will have one younger interviewer from a different industry who plays good cop, e.g. is very easy going, doesn't make the interview stressful, while the other interviewer is older/more experienced, from the same industry, and grills you on every answer.

I believe the above is true of consultants and people in finance. In my case, I think INSEAD found it very hard to find an interviewer with a similar profile to mine (marketing & business development for a major mining company). Both my interviewers were in their mid-30s, both caucasian males who had been living in Singapore as expats for about 8-10 years. One of them was in tech and the other one was in marketing for consumer goods. Both of them were very chilled, very relaxed, and really made it like a conversation. They both shared a lot about their experiences at INSEAD and made the goal of attending seem attainable, e.g. at no point did they make me feel like I would struggle to get in. The only two occasions in which I felt a bit grilled were when Interviewer #1 asked me about my long-term goal and the shortcomings of how I would achieve it and when Interviewer #2 asked me to go beyond what was on paper on my CV and tell him more abt what I do day-to-day ("you didn't add $100M to the business' NPV every day, did you?").

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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 18:33
can someone post the most recent MBAConnect numbers for 13D?
how about a count on Americans and Japanese?
thanks
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 19:33
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can someone post the most recent MBAConnect numbers for 13D?
how about a count on Americans and Japanese?
thanks


Hi guys,
Just found this site! Am a waitlister from Round 1...
Can someone post also the count on Southeast Asians ie. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam?

Heard the R1 payment deadline was over last week, so things should start moving pretty soon...
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 19:56
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can someone post the most recent MBAConnect numbers for 13D?
how about a count on Americans and Japanese?
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Japanese: 3

American (myself included): 28. Keep in mind a lot of the Americans are dual-citizens or from diverse backgrounds (e.g. Indian, Chinese, LatAm, etc).
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 20:03
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kiiroitori wrote:
can someone post the most recent MBAConnect numbers for 13D?
how about a count on Americans and Japanese?
thanks


Hi guys,
Just found this site! Am a waitlister from Round 1...
Can someone post also the count on Southeast Asians ie. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam?

Heard the R1 payment deadline was over last week, so things should start moving pretty soon...


Burma: 0
Brunei: 0
Cambodia: 0
Indonesia: 1
Laos: 0
Malaysia: 1
Philippines: 2
Singapore: 3
Thailand: 1
Vietnam: 0
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 20:04
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can someone post the most recent MBAConnect numbers for 13D?
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Total 13Ds on MBA Connect: 243
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 23:21
If i remember correctly just above 250 were accepted in the 1st round . So only ~10 admits declined the offer.. This is very little.
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2012, 00:42
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can someone post the most recent MBAConnect numbers for 13D?
how about a count on Americans and Japanese?
thanks

Total 13Ds on MBA Connect: 243



Thanks Snbury

Would you mind looking at the number of Algerians, Moroccan and tunisians?

I appreciate this

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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2012, 01:04
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kiiroitori wrote:
can someone post the most recent MBAConnect numbers for 13D?
how about a count on Americans and Japanese?
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Total 13Ds on MBA Connect: 243



Thanks Snbury

Would you mind looking at the number of Algerians, Moroccan and tunisians?

I appreciate this

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Algerians: 0
Moroccans: 2
Tunisians: 0
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2012, 01:49
Thanks Snbury

Would you mind looking at the number of Algerians, Moroccan and tunisians?

I appreciate this

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Moroccans: 2
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2012, 17:36
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Chem21 wrote:
kiiroitori wrote:
can someone post the most recent MBAConnect numbers for 13D?
how about a count on Americans and Japanese?
thanks


Hi guys,
Just found this site! Am a waitlister from Round 1...
Can someone post also the count on Southeast Asians ie. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam?

Heard the R1 payment deadline was over last week, so things should start moving pretty soon...


Burma: 0
Brunei: 0
Cambodia: 0
Indonesia: 1
Laos: 0
Malaysia: 1
Philippines: 2
Singapore: 3
Thailand: 1
Vietnam: 0


Thanks a lot, snbury!
That's quite a low number for South-East Asians... perhaps still some hope there... =)
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2012, 23:20
Chem21 wrote:
Thanks a lot, snbury!
That's quite a low number for South-East Asians... perhaps still some hope there... =)


Don't lose hope! Good luck!
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2012, 03:05
Did any other R2 applicant get an email about applying for scholarships?
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2012, 03:26
jay4den wrote:
Did any other R2 applicant get an email about applying for scholarships?



Yep I got it this morning.
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Re: INSEAD 2013 JAN - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2012, 03:31
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jay4den wrote:
Did any other R2 applicant get an email about applying for scholarships?



Yep I got it this morning.


I think the deadline is quite close. I was expecting that email sometime in September after admission decisions go out.
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