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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 19:54
Thought I'd chip in with my 2c. Yesterday was a full day of INSEAD for me. I had both my interviews, one lunch interview and one evening interview, as well as attended an INSEAD presentation/networking session.

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With regards to some of the theories being floated here. I've read other peoples' experiences and I think there are some theories I don't believe to be true. Firstly, the 'good cop, bad cop' thing probably isn't true, it could just be coincidence. Both my interviewers were pretty nice and I cannot say at anytime that I felt there was a bad cop. Another person posted about seniority of interviewers, both my interviewers were very senior, probably of similar rank in their respective industries.

As for the interview formats both were highly conversational. The first one, with a partner at a leading global consulting firm was casual, and over lunch at a local cafe. We had a lot of casual conversation about France, Singapore, travel in general, sports and general interests and what to expect of the INSEAD experience. The interviewer did at one point say he had a few questions that he 'had to ask' me but we kept digressing to general topics of interest. There were a few questions on my work, the industry I work in, my company's strategy etc but before I knew it he said he doesnt have anything else he wanted to ask. I was not formally asked 'why insead', 'why now' etc. But I did state my reasons as part of general conversation and my intentions were clear anyway. The entire interview lasted 1:45 and I actaully thought it as a great experience. The guy was great, and someone I would really be able to learn off as a classmate and someone I'd appreciate having as a fellow alum. As it was over lunch, I pushed to pay the bill (afterall, alumni aren't getting paid for this and you should at least offer, or at least I believe). No feedback was given but I felt it went well.

Coming into the 2nd interview I expected (from what people said on this forum) to come across a 'bad cop' however this guy was pleasant and again the interview was relatively conversational. My interviewer actually had a print out of the form they need to complete for the school and while I didn't see the questions I could see it was broken into sections and multiple (5+) pages long. I was directly asked 'why INSEAD' straight off but everything else was just casual conversation. My interviewer gave me tips for Fonty, accomodation etc etc and said I'd fit right in. I took this as a positive sign.

All in all I was very impressed with the calibre of both interviewers. They portrayed the school positively, although realistically, and they both had solid career progression as a result from the school (they both talked to me about their reasons, their pre and post MBA careers as well). Another thing to note is I sent both interviewers my full app form including essays. As I presented myself fully in my essays I had nothing to lose/hide from doing this and both my interviewers read my essays in full and picked up little things in it as points of discussion which was great. So I actually suggest for people to do this although you don't technically have to.

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I've attended the online event one month ago (not the second life one but the other software they use) and last night I attended a presentation in my home city. The 'official' part of the presentation is pretty much identical in both cases and are pretty much pitched towards people who are going to apply. If you have already made the decision to apply one would hope you already know that diversity is one of the key differentiators and that they have two campuses. Following the presentation there is an informal Q&A with INSEAD marketing reps. There are few bits of info that aren't published anywhere, such as that only 35 students can go to Wharton in per group each year (meaning 70 across both intakes in a year) but otherwise anything they don't normally divulge they won't answer... ie. admission rates, yields, etc.

For people that have already applied/in the process of applying the best part is after this around 10 or so alumni turn up, give a short intro of their pre/post careers and their backgrounds. We had people originally from the US, Europe,South America, Asia Pacific all represented so the diversity aspect was truly on show. Q&A was then directed to them and then there was some mingling and networking. If you get an opportunity you should attend this.

Okay that was a bit more than 2c but hope this helps someone :)
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 20:01
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I'm from Singapore and have only one invite.. it looks like they have sent only one invite to folks here. Even I would've thought that there would be a large alum base here..


Anyone in Singapore heard any further information on second interviewer?


nada for me.
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 20:07
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Okay that was a bit more than 2c but hope this helps someone :)

The more the better... thanks for the input.
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 23:20
tryinghard wrote:
Yang,

Thanks for the information. You mentioned that you have been to the MBA fair, well I am planning to attend an MBA fair of INSEAD next month and would like to know the best way to capitalize the experience in Essays. I am planning to file me app in R2 Jan 2011 Intake.

I have not been on a campus visit. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Also, would like to know the experience of other candiates about visiting cards.

Cheers...



I mentioned how I liked the campus during my campus visit in one of the essays. As for the cards, I had them with me both times. Since my interviewers offers theirs to me, I also gave mine to them. That's normal business practice. In case they don't need it, they'll just through them away, IMHO
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 07 May 2010, 05:00
I finished my second interview today guys! 8-)
It was far from an interview. It was a very casual chat, and my interviewer made me feel very comfortable.
He is a SVP of a very famous IT firm, but was very down to earth, friendly. He gave me advices on how to choose my career path and about life at INSEAD in general. We spoke more about my industry and what I would want to do 5 years after INSEAD.
Other questions he asked - Why MBA; Why INSEAD. At the end, he also said that I was successful in this interview and can look forward to go to INSEAD :o :wink: :) :-D :) :-D :) :-D
Has anyone else typically received feedback from their interviewers?
I had a great time talking to both my interviewers, both are very successful and accomplished in their respective career paths.
They were very proud of INSEAD and loved the one year they spent there.
Now the wait begins until INSEAD comes back with their final verdict! :!: :roll: :roll:
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 07 May 2010, 09:20
I am still waiting for my coordinator to set up an alternate. Is everyone done with interviews? When is the latest that I can interview for Rd 1 Jan 11 intake? Decisions are out on the 28th, so I am thinking mid May maybe. I just have bad luck i think.
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 07 May 2010, 10:07
Hi Dainya,

My coordinator informed me of my second interviewer's coordinates this morning... ive scheduled my second interview on the 16th of may and my coord has said that she would follow up with my interviewer to get his interview report at the earliest.

So i guess theres still time.. dont worry... all the best!
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 07 May 2010, 10:10
Whew! Finally done! I'll write more on my experiences (interviews 1 and 2, my prep with an insead interviewer, my campus visit and the local visit) when I get some time to sit and think.

Have a good weekend everyone! For those of you with interviews left, good luck!
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 07 May 2010, 19:14
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Hi Dainya,

My coordinator informed me of my second interviewer's coordinates this morning... ive scheduled my second interview on the 16th of may and my coord has said that she would follow up with my interviewer to get his interview report at the earliest.

So i guess theres still time.. dont worry... all the best!


hi satyr2k - where are you based? am still waiting to hear on my second interview(er) :(
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 09 May 2010, 19:40
Hi all, how early are the final decisions sent out? Does anyone have an idea from last year? another 18 days seems a long wait! :x also, I am a reapplicant and have finished my interview...any reapplicants with admits here? was wondering what's the reapplicant success rate? (I was on the waitlist till the last moment for the 10D batch)
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 08:11
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Hi all, how early are the final decisions sent out? Does anyone have an idea from last year? another 18 days seems a long wait! :x also, I am a reapplicant and have finished my interview...any reapplicants with admits here? was wondering what's the reapplicant success rate? (I was on the waitlist till the last moment for the 10D batch)


Yes very long wait ahead..
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 10:22
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Hi all, how early are the final decisions sent out? Does anyone have an idea from last year? another 18 days seems a long wait! :x also, I am a reapplicant and have finished my interview...any reapplicants with admits here? was wondering what's the reapplicant success rate? (I was on the waitlist till the last moment for the 10D batch)


Yes very long wait ahead..



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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 19:24
hmmm... do you think the wait gets more excruciating the closer we get to the 28th?
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 19:49
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hmmm... do you think the wait gets more excruciating the closer we get to the 28th?


Yes :)

speaking from experience from waiting for another school....
In the days/minutes you will find yourself doing irrational things like clicking refresh on email every 5 seconds, waking up to check your email, checking your spam folders like crazy!
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 20:09
Glad to know that there are other people out there who get as irrational as I do... haha

I can look forward to losing loads of sleep over the next 2.5 weeks

All the best handling the wait everyone :D
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 22:40
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Glad to know that there are other people out there who get as irrational as I do... haha

I can look forward to losing loads of sleep over the next 2.5 weeks

All the best handling the wait everyone :D


haha i have started my nonsense shopping spree as a start of this irrationality.
it started with groceries. lol
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 07:45
Yeah, it will be the most restless weeks till May 28...
Let's wish we all be future classmates! :wink:
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 07:46
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Glad to know that there are other people out there who get as irrational as I do... haha

I can look forward to losing loads of sleep over the next 2.5 weeks

All the best handling the wait everyone :D


haha i have started my nonsense shopping spree as a start of this irrationality.
it started with groceries. lol


Believe it or not, this is the calm period where you know there is no possibility of getting a call. It's also where there really isn't news expect for people who are doing late interviews and such.

It rams up once the first person announces "I just got the call, I'm so excited"



Vodkacran, I know how you feel, I've bought 2 laptops, cancelled 1 laptop, returned 1 laptop and got a new replacement all in the last 7 days..
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 18:56
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Glad to know that there are other people out there who get as irrational as I do... haha

I can look forward to losing loads of sleep over the next 2.5 weeks

All the best handling the wait everyone :D


haha i have started my nonsense shopping spree as a start of this irrationality.
it started with groceries. lol


Believe it or not, this is the calm period where you know there is no possibility of getting a call. It's also where there really isn't news expect for people who are doing late interviews and such.

It rams up once the first person announces "I just got the call, I'm so excited"



Vodkacran, I know how you feel, I've bought 2 laptops, cancelled 1 laptop, returned 1 laptop and got a new replacement all in the last 7 days..



i think i should stop actually. i bought a new laptop as well. now i have 3 at home, plus 1 office. i have 4! it's crazy. this has to stop. lol

the reasoning for buying 1 is i need a new laptop for business school. haha
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 11 May 2010, 19:18
Hahaha I'm holding off the laptops until i actually get accepted... what makes it even more difficult is that the office is next to an apple store...

curse that sleek droolworthy aluminium body :lol:
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