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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 19:01
Hey all,

My second interviewer just got changed twice - first alum happens to be out of the country and the second alum, who was "found" yesterday, is free to meet in a different city, only tomorrow and day after. Ive informed my coord that at such short notice, its quite impossible to defer prior work commitments and i understand telephonic interviews are not encouraged.

Looks like ill have to wait for interview no.2.

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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 20:22
I feel INSEAD has given a standard list of questions to all interviewers, and perhaps they are more or less sticking to the same..

Both my interviewers had almost similiar questions and in the same order.

So Hankscorpio and the others who have their interviews pending : you guys are lucky , you just need to relax, and take it easy you know whats coming up.. I was a little nervous for my first interview, but the interview was more like a casual conversation so it went off well.

I think thats the real merit, I see in INSEAD alumni their grounded and not overbearing, despite their achievments.
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 20:30
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hello everyone...I am working on a R2 application...
has everyone on here obtained a recommendation from their direct manager? I want to not do so, and am wondering how much it will negatively impact my application.

thoughts please?


I chose not to get a recommendation from my direct manager, but I had a prior direct manager within the same company do the recommendation. From my understanding, adcoms are understanding of circumstances when direct manager recommendations are not possible.
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 04 May 2010, 21:38
I didn't receive a reco from a direct manager since I've worked in the new company for about 3 months only.

As for the interviews, had both last week. The first was with a really "bad cop" from PE. The conversation was very formal though sometimes he showed his good sence of humor. The worst began when it came to my questions. I asked about his experience of living there with his family, about his clubs and so on. And the answer was always: "it was ok" or something like this, not giving me any useful information or any hints for next questions. Lasted for 40 minutes. The other interview was much more relaxed and lasted for 2 hours. Both interviews were a good experience for me, however I'm afraid I didn't perform my best. Good luck to everyone!

ps - does anybody know whether INSEAD releases all decisions close to the deadline or it may happen sooner?
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 06:43
Guys…what will happen if I am unable to coordinate my 2nd interview by May 10 (this is the target date per my coordinator)? This second interviewer seems to be very busy, doesn’t respond to my emails and when I called him he remarked that I am calling him at home (this is the number provided by INSEAD so I have no idea that I was calling him at home) and that we should coordinate by email. And when I email him, I don’t get a response. It seems like he is too busy or is not interested in interviewing me. This has been going on for 1.5 weeks and I had wanted to give my best in coordinating the interview before I bring this up to INSEAD.

I just emailed my coordinator about the above….what will happen? I asked if she could find another alumni for me. And what will happen if I go past May 10th? And what will happen if I end up with just one interview? I am worried.

The other interviewer was very prompt – we have arranged for an interview on May 8th and this was done 2 weeks back! :-) .

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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 06:50
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Guys…what will happen if I am unable to coordinate my 2nd interview by May 10 (this is the target date per my coordinator)? This second interviewer seems to be very busy, doesn’t respond to my emails and when I called him he remarked that I am calling him at home (this is the number provided by INSEAD so I have no idea that I was calling him at home) and that we should coordinate by email. And when I email him, I don’t get a response. It seems like he is too busy or is not interested in interviewing me. This has been going on for 1.5 weeks and I had wanted to give my best in coordinating the interview before I bring this up to INSEAD.

I just emailed my coordinator about the above….what will happen? I asked if she could find another alumni for me. And what will happen if I go past May 10th? And what will happen if I end up with just one interview? I am worried.

The other interviewer was very prompt – we have arranged for an interview on May 8th and this was done 2 weeks back! :-) .

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As far as I am aware INSEAD first checks with the interviewer of his availability and willingness to interview and then only shares the details with us applicants... so am very surprised reading ur experience.

Am sure your coordinator will find an alternative for you and as far as the interview dates go am sure knowing of ur predicament they will give u the benefit of a few extra days.

wish u luck!!
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 19:38
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I feel INSEAD has given a standard list of questions to all interviewers, and perhaps they are more or less sticking to the same..

Both my interviewers had almost similiar questions and in the same order.

So Hankscorpio and the others who have their interviews pending : you guys are lucky , you just need to relax, and take it easy you know whats coming up.. I was a little nervous for my first interview, but the interview was more like a casual conversation so it went off well.

I think thats the real merit, I see in INSEAD alumni their grounded and not overbearing, despite their achievments.


It's more like they all have the same evaluation form to fill out, which is why they have similar questions. If they've done enough of these interviews, they stick to their general script/flow to keep things simple for themselves. My interviewer told me tonight that it takes at least an hour to fill out the evaluation form, so if you think about it, it's quite an investment of time per interviewee. Grounded is right - if an investment banking director or industry VP is willing to spend 2 hours per interviewee with no renumeration, they genuinely care about giving something back.
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 19:52
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I didn't receive a reco from a direct manager since I've worked in the new company for about 3 months only.

As for the interviews, had both last week. The first was with a really "bad cop" from PE. The conversation was very formal though sometimes he showed his good sence of humor. The worst began when it came to my questions. I asked about his experience of living there with his family, about his clubs and so on. And the answer was always: "it was ok" or something like this, not giving me any useful information or any hints for next questions. Lasted for 40 minutes. The other interview was much more relaxed and lasted for 2 hours. Both interviews were a good experience for me, however I'm afraid I didn't perform my best. Good luck to everyone!

ps - does anybody know whether INSEAD releases all decisions close to the deadline or it may happen sooner?


Most are close to the deadline - like within 2 days of the final notification date. If you're successful, you should get a phone call in that timeframe. The wait will suck, but we're all in the same boat. Good luck yanka!
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 20:06
tihor wrote:
hello everyone...I am working on a R2 application...
has everyone on here obtained a recommendation from their direct manager? I want to not do so, and am wondering how much it will negatively impact my application.

thoughts please?


My interviewer today asked me if my company knew about my intent to apply for an MBA, and I told them yes, in fact one of my reco's was my direct manager and I did seek the advice of an INSEAD alum who was a past direct manager. Not sure if this will matter to the adcom, but I think it probably played a part in showing my conviction towards an MBA.

In choosing your reco writers, it is less about whether they are your direct manager now and more about what they can write about you with respect to the questions. Go ahead and take a look at the questions and ask yourself if who you are asking to write the recos can represent you well. Do they know your real weaknesses? Do they know your leadership potential? Can they give you concrete examples or speak only in generalities? Is it second or third hand information they would be writing? Can they write about your leadership potential in a work context or is it only a volunteer context?

In the end, after you choose your reco letter writers, you just need good reasons in case someone asks. If you didn't choose a direct manager, explain why. If your only answer is "I didn't want to lose my bonus", then might make the interviewer think twice...
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 20:14
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Really don't worry too much about the interviews. Obviously it depends a bit on your interviewers, but mine and those of most other applicants I know were very relaxed. Felt more like a chat than a real interview and no strange questions. It felt like they just wanted to confirm that: (1) you are the one who wrote the application, (2) you're not a total prick, (3) you still kind of make sense in a normal conversation and more or less know what you're talking about, (4) you've got a good image of INSEAD, know a bit about the school and will fit in.

Harvard interview was definitely a lot more painful. Adcom questions were much harder and more focused (1 interview - 30 min), and it kind of felt like I had to really prove myself. INSEAD was a fun chat with 2 nice guys.


Thanks Suker... one more thing to add... you don't freeze up when you are in an interview with someone really senior. This was told to me by my "insider" interviewer who helped me prep.

So, that brings me to theory time:

Everyone, of your two interviewers, was one more senior than the other, or were both very senior? as in VP or higher? I'm assuming that for most ppl applying to INSEAD, a director is probably one rung up from your current position (ie you're probably already a manager, or work with directors regularly)
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 15:31
Guys,

Quick Q, when you giys go for an interview, do you offer your business cards to the Alumni, or does he or she offer the business card, if yes, then when, start of the interview or at the end of the interview. I am just trying to figure out the protocol.

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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 15:52
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Quick Q, when you giys go for an interview, do you offer your business cards to the Alumni, or does he or she offer the business card, if yes, then when, start of the interview or at the end of the interview. I am just trying to figure out the protocol.

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In all 3 interviews (one for another school and 2 for INSEAD) I didn't offer/wasn't offered a business card. However, at the information sessions/networking events organised by the schools everyone I built rapport with offered their business card. Hope that helps...

That said, no harm having some just in case
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Re: INSEAD JANUARY 2011 INTAKE [#permalink] New post 06 May 2010, 18:02
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...
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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.

Interviews
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
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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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