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23 Nov 2009, 05:07
Hello!
There was a question about the language in which the INSEAD interview is conducted, but it was not answered.
If I am in Russia, what will be the language of interview be?

Another questions about the number of words in INSEAD app essay. How do you count your words!!! What is the goal?
If they say 250 words, what does it really mean... Do I need to write 250 exactly, or 260 or 270 is fine, or 240. What is considered a good tone?

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23 Nov 2009, 06:20
Hello!
There was a question about the language in which the INSEAD interview is conducted, but it was not answered.
If I am in Russia, what will be the language of interview be?

Another questions about the number of words in INSEAD app essay. How do you count your words!!! What is the goal?
If they say 250 words, what does it really mean... Do I need to write 250 exactly, or 260 or 270 is fine, or 240. What is considered a good tone?

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Interviews are supposed to be in English - although I have heard at times that local alums conduct part's in the local tongue. But I wouldnt count on it.

Counting words is pretty simple - word has a word count feature. I suggest you use it.
250 words means not to exceed 250 words. Pretty simple really.

I dont know what you mean by good tone. Care to elaborate?
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06 May 2010, 21:06
Hello!
There was a question about the language in which the INSEAD interview is conducted, but it was not answered.
If I am in Russia, what will be the language of interview be?

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i checked this when I visited their campus. All interviews are supposed to be run in English. I am based in Japan but Japanese is not my native language. I do speak Japanese but I really prefer interviewing in English so I double-checked on this. However, I would not be surprised if the interviewer would check my Japanese too during the interview.
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20 May 2010, 04:45
Well there is always a differenece between 'supposed to be' and 'the reality'. I was also expecting to have the interviews in english but my first interview partner started with German (my mother tongue) for about 1 hour and then half an hour in english. My 2nd interview partner did the whole interview in German. So expect the unexpected...
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07 Jul 2010, 08:54
Several applicants have extremely interesting stories to tell about their cultural experiences. In most cases, 250 words is just not enough. So, I suggest them to keep rest of the essays within limit and go upto 350 words or even more in culture shock essay.

Frankly, acceptance rate of these candidates is higher than the other candidates.
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12 Jul 2010, 22:49
MBAEssay wrote:
Several applicants have extremely interesting stories to tell about their cultural experiences. In most cases, 250 words is just not enough. So, I suggest them to keep rest of the essays within limit and go upto 350 words or even more in culture shock essay.

Frankly, acceptance rate of these candidates is higher than the other candidates.

I would so not do that. There's a word limit for a reason. The adcom clearly ruled you should be able to make your point in 250 words. I seriously doubt your chances of admission will go up if you decide to ignore/disrespect the rules they made. Quite on the contrary I'd say.

I work for a firm where everyone gets into a top 15 MBA programme, so I've seen quite a few applications and talked to many current/former MBA students. I've never seen or heard about anyone doing that in their application.
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