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17 May 2010, 04:42
artgirl wrote:
How would an Alum come to know about it? Alums are not involved in the final decision making process right? Also, if they are they would be tied to ethical obligations.

Actually alumni are a part of the final admissions committee; the committee, comprised of faculty, alumni and admissions staff, decides whether to accept or reject each candidate..

...so the rumor just might be correct this time

dont know about others but this wait is getting quite hard for me!!

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17 May 2010, 05:52
Interesting! Thanks for letting me know. Yeah, I agree. This wait is painful.
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17 May 2010, 05:58
artgirl wrote:
Interesting! Thanks for letting me know. Yeah, I agree. This wait is painful.

well problem for me, i just got my second interviewer late last week, and doing my interview this week for the 21st deadline...

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17 May 2010, 06:37
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artgirl wrote:
Interesting! Thanks for letting me know. Yeah, I agree. This wait is painful.

well problem for me, i just got my second interviewer late last week, and doing my interview this week for the 21st deadline...

Don't worry about it. The list if probably 95% complete, with the few people that still need to do their interview as a 'question mark' ... unless of course it's a clear cut case, either positive or negative. You'll have an equal chance, no worries.

By the way, great post Hankscorpio. +1 Kudos.
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17 May 2010, 06:43
All----for the "can we contact your current employer" question, do most end up saying yes? I can not have them contact my current employer. Thanks for the input...
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17 May 2010, 06:44
tihor wrote:
All----for the "can we contact your current employer" question, do most end up saying yes? I can not have them contact my current employer. Thanks for the input...

Well I said No
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17 May 2010, 06:53
tihor wrote:
All----for the "can we contact your current employer" question, do most end up saying yes? I can not have them contact my current employer. Thanks for the input...

They ask the question for a reason. There are situations where it can harm your personal situation if INSEAD contacts your current employer. INSEAD is aware of that, and I'm convinced they won't hold it against you.

What could happen is that one of your interviewers asks 'Why shouldn't we contact your current employer?'. (Not sure the question is in the part you have to send to your interviewers, but I sent my full application anyway) Just have a good explanation ready (other than, ''my current employer thinks I'm crap and is about to fire me'' ), and I wouldn't worry too much about it then.
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17 May 2010, 06:53
vodkacran wrote:
tihor wrote:
All----for the "can we contact your current employer" question, do most end up saying yes? I can not have them contact my current employer. Thanks for the input...

Well I said No

Same here, I said "no" even if one of my recommendations came from my boss... I wonder if that changes anything.
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17 May 2010, 06:56
Rakham wrote:
vodkacran wrote:
tihor wrote:
All----for the "can we contact your current employer" question, do most end up saying yes? I can not have them contact my current employer. Thanks for the input...

Well I said No

Same here, I said "no" even if one of my recommendations came from my boss... I wonder if that changes anything.

You made me curious now - Why did you say no then?
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17 May 2010, 07:06
indranilroyc wrote:
Hankscorpio, Fantastic post.. All the best!

Suker wrote:
By the way, great post Hankscorpio. +1 Kudos.

Thanks! Trying to do my part to give back since this forum helps me keep my sanity... or it might actually feed my insanity in terms of the wait for 2 more weeks.

@monkeypunch - I have been thinking about finances, and I have a plan other than just "go into debt and hope for the best" or "shoot for scholarships and pray". But I don't want to talk about it in the open until I get the final answer from the adcom, and take some steps towards putting it into action. And no, for those of you with stereotypes about Canada, I am not going into the business of selling marijuana.
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17 May 2010, 07:29
tihor wrote:
All----for the "can we contact your current employer" question, do most end up saying yes? I can not have them contact my current employer. Thanks for the input...

Thanks for the responses everyone. I can not tell my manager because January would be a bad time for me to leave work, if something good happened telling them now would mess with what work I can potentially do for them.

Another matter, I am going to get my first recommendation from an ex-marketing manager from my current office. She was laid off late last year. And the second rec from an ex indirect manager/ direct supervisor on projects from my last job. Does this sound reasonable? Or does it raise flags? I will be asking my current direct manager for recs for my fall applications...
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17 May 2010, 09:10
Hey guys and girls. The wait is also killing me! What is everyone doing to make the wait easier?

Also, for those who want to start in Fonty - have you started thinking about housing options? This might be too early to start thinking about the logistical issues but I'm debating whether to try to live in a chateau or in an apartment near campus.. Anyone has any insight? I don't plan on shipping my car to Fonty so I will have to find a way to transport myself to and from campus. Maybe I will get a bike but I can't imagine the trip pleasant in winter...
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17 May 2010, 09:21
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You made me curious now - Why did you say no then?

Aha! I work for a "small" company and I have 2 bosses: one direct and one for projects... I wasn't sure who they would call, so I just checked the "no" box. Better safe than sorry.
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17 May 2010, 12:36
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Hey guys and girls. The wait is also killing me! What is everyone doing to make the wait easier?

Also, for those who want to start in Fonty - have you started thinking about housing options? This might be too early to start thinking about the logistical issues but I'm debating whether to try to live in a chateau or in an apartment near campus.. Anyone has any insight? I don't plan on shipping my car to Fonty so I will have to find a way to transport myself to and from campus. Maybe I will get a bike but I can't imagine the trip pleasant in winter...

Working as much as I can... staying focused on my work makes the day pass incredibly fast.
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17 May 2010, 14:52
Hi, Rakham. Good for you for being able to focus at work. I find it super hard to concentrate on my work at this moment. I just found out that my boss has been demoted and replaced with an outside hire. This change has been really discouraging to my entire team.

I like HankScorpio's approach too. It's probably best to not get my hopes up. I've been contemplating about my backup plans. But I really hope that they wouldn't be necessary.

Anyhow, another 10 business days to go.
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17 May 2010, 20:49
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I don't plan on shipping my car to Fonty so I will have to find a way to transport myself to and from campus. Maybe I will get a bike but I can't imagine the trip pleasant in winter...

I'm planning on biking, but I have a wife and two kids who will need something more!

My interviewer told me that Renault has a super easy lease program that he and several students used to get cars for the time in Fonty.
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17 May 2010, 20:58
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JZHANG2008 wrote:
I don't plan on shipping my car to Fonty so I will have to find a way to transport myself to and from campus. Maybe I will get a bike but I can't imagine the trip pleasant in winter...

I'm planning on biking, but I have a wife and two kids who will need something more!

My interviewer told me that Renault has a super easy lease program that he and several students used to get cars for the time in Fonty.

The self-confidence/optimism seems to be at it's peak on this group! I hope this entire group is able to make it.....

I also understand that there are accommodation options quite close to campus (i.e. non-chateau) which are a walking distance. So one can save on the car expenses. My interviewer did the same and did not have to buy/rent a car for the 2 periods he stayed in Fonty.
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18 May 2010, 00:58
Feels good to see the level of optimism in this group. I feel really distracted at work, it's gonna be a tough wait these next few days!

Talking about hiring a car, does anyone know if it's possible to convert an Indian Driving License to French without much hassles?
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18 May 2010, 02:15
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Feels good to see the level of optimism in this group. I feel really distracted at work, it's gonna be a tough wait these next few days!

Talking about hiring a car, does anyone know if it's possible to convert an Indian Driving License to French without much hassles?

Based on a 5 minute google search, I actually don't think it is possible to convert an Indian Driving License to a French Driving license. If I'm not mistaking, most European countries don't recognize Indian Driving Licenses. (I have a few Indian friends who actually bought their driving license in India without taking much of a test, so I can see why )

Not sure whether they have a page in English though.
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18 May 2010, 02:22
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tihor wrote:
All----for the "can we contact your current employer" question, do most end up saying yes? I can not have them contact my current employer. Thanks for the input...

Thanks for the responses everyone. I can not tell my manager because January would be a bad time for me to leave work, if something good happened telling them now would mess with what work I can potentially do for them.

Another matter, I am going to get my first recommendation from an ex-marketing manager from my current office. She was laid off late last year. And the second rec from an ex indirect manager/ direct supervisor on projects from my last job. Does this sound reasonable? Or does it raise flags? I will be asking my current direct manager for recs for my fall applications...

As long as both managers worked with you intensively and can write you a solid recom letter, I don't see why they shouldn't be fine. If your second recommender was both your indirect manager and direct supervisor on certain projects, it's probably best to position him as direct supervisor. I wouldn't file two recommendation letters from indirect managers. Not sure what's INSEAD's position on that though, it's more a 'personal' comment from my side.

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