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just wanted to post and encourage those applicants Round 3, who interview with INSEAD. I interviewed in Round 2 and got a ding.
I made it to Ross and ISB after interviews. will probably be taking up Michigan Ross.
I think it is very important for you to be balanced while applying to INSEAD.
INSEAD compares itself with top 15 US schools (I would not compare it with a top 10 US School in any way). Also it is the only school in the world that publishes videos of comparisons with Harvard. Other schools dont distinguish or need to prove anything.
Also I wasted a lot of money flying down to another city for interviews......please dont be overenthusiastic.....INSEAD has many alumnis in India (unlike other business schools), as most of their alumni return back to their home country!..........so ask for an interview in your home location to minimize other expenses.
That said, for those indians who want to return to India, just try ISB...its probably going to be better rated than INSEAD very soon.
Also INSEADs application fee is a lot and the least they can do is organize interview locations in the place of your residence.
Good luck, but after my interviews......I ask everyone to keep many options open....and whatever will happen will happen for the best..............INSEAD or no Insead ( and im glad I didnt make it now!)...no loans (a few scholarships) make INSEAD prohibitly expensive and a very bad European job make the ROI doubtful.
Also for all its stress on international experienc...this is nonsense.....many applicants have simply worked in another country for a while (read US or the west), this does not make you any more international i think......also they make you waste your time filling out a scholarship form (round 2) before the result....absolute waste of time......you could spend that time applying to YALE which is a better college.
Hi SMH, while I can understand your frustration (because I didn't get into INSEAD after an interview in R2), I don't agree with your post-application analysis. INSEAD is a great school and definitely one of the top schools outside the US. The stuff you mention - fewer scholarships than US schools, a bad European job market, etc - should be taken into account when deciding upon schools, not after the application is sent in. So by all means, someone considering INSEAD should think about their fit to the school. Do you want to complete your MBA in 10 months or do you think you would benefit from a longer program? Do you want to be part of a 500-person intake or would you like a more personalized experience? Do you wish to work exclusively in the US post-MBA (in which case, you should probably opt for a US school)? How important is an internship to your post-MBA career plans? These are questions to ask yourself BEFORE you sit down and start writing the essays and filling out applications. Most importantly, ask yourself "If this was the only school I got accepted to, would I happily attend?" Don't waste time on schools you'd never attend anyway.
Sure, INSEAD doesn't fit everyone's goals. But shouldn't the question of fit be answered before you spend weeks on essays, recommendations, procuring old transcripts, spending 200 Euros on an application, spending days preparing for interviews and flying all over the place.
Once you get an interview at INSEAD, I believe they're very serious about your application. You should take the interview seriously and don't try to second-guess the school. They're also investing time and resources into you by interviewing you and they're only doing that because they really like you and want to get to know you better. The alumni interview format which INSEAD follows is always going to be a bit of a hit-and-miss. You might get someone who's just had a bad day. This is why I believe INSEAD tries to balance out the process by two separate interviews. Prepare well, know your application, your industry, be clear about your goals and know the school. If you made it this far, you're almost there! Don't get discouraged by people's bad interview experiences - if you prepare well, you're in with a fighting chance.
I didn't make it to INSEAD but I put a lot of effort in my application. I still have huge respect for the school and I envy (in a good way) all the lucky people who made it. Fortunately, I made it to Cambridge and HEC. So I have a bit of choice but INSEAD is a league above and a great choice, and good luck to all those applying! If I had to do it all over again, I'd still go for it.
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Of the 33% (=14) interviewed but not Directly Admitted: Waitlist: 11 Assume "no admit" (search user post history, etc): 3
Of the 11 on the Waitlist: Admitted: 6 Assume "no admit": 5
= 81% Total Interviewed-to-Admit Conversion, though the waitlist is underrepresented (also in real life most likely, such that it is too unreliable)
Now, there was a large group of posters who chimed in for the first time to report positive news, and there was understandably not an opposite group of posters reporting dings out of the blue for the first time, so this may have swayed the numbers. My "confidence" in percentage terms is between 50-67% (direct admit only) and 70-80% including waitlist. INSEAD has been known to mention "above 50%" as their own interview-to-admit conversion rate.
I'm sure INSEAD's own, closely guarded figures will show something slightly different (what happens when you have 500 people reporting back, not just 42), but I'm also sure that they are not too far off given the school's reluctance to publish figures at all (IMO b/c they would not indicate the kind of exclusivity shown by e.g. HBS).
Take the numbers for what they're worth and with a very large grain of salt. Obviously don't go in to your interviews thinking you have it made...but know that you have made it past the big cull.
Just had both of my interviews today. First was with a PE director with 10 yrs MC experience with Bain (class of ~'02) in his office, second was with a Principal in MC specializing in the airline industry (class of ~'97) in a coffee shop.
First one was bizarre. Only way to describe it. He wasn't very enthusiastic about the program as I had expected an interviewer to be. I presume since he was sponsored by his company that he didn't have a whole lot of incentive to get every last drop out of the 10 months, but for someone not to absolutely gush about INSEAD is a first in my experience. Very cut and dry interview as opposed to a free-flowing discussion about CV and INSEAD. He had another engagement after 1 hour so cut the time short and kept looking at his watch at the end -- very off-putting. He hadn't really prepared, though had some basic questions written down...presumably the ones he was required to report back to the adcom on. He wasn't the "bad-cop" per se, but not a good cop either. By the same token, I didn't bomb the interview, but we certainly didn't click. He was kind enough to walk me out the door and crack a few jokes along the way, but it was really an odd interview.
However....the second interview was magic. Instead of straight-up asking the "why MBA / why INSEAD / why now?" questions, it was a very engaged discussion about the airline industry, leadership, and what INSEAD meant to him. The beginning of the "interview" was very much a case-study type question about a very relevant topic for my company and the airline industry in general. The interview also lasted ~1 hr, but it could have easily gone on for another two hours without break. The interviewer was exceptionally enthusiastic about INSEAD and said he would do it all over again at the drop of a hat if he had the chance. That really gave me a good feeling about the program and reinforced my decision to apply. Can't say the same about the first one.
I neither asked for feedback, nor was any proffered -- though I'm pretty sure I know where I stood where both interviewers. Time will tell how things work out, but I have my fingers firmly crossed!
These numbers represent the # of people who have been extended an offer by INSEAD and have registered on their MBA network, not people who have necessarily accepted the offer and paid the deposit. Hence, this number could/will keep changing.
Hi everyone, I thought of sharing this before I leave the forum. I sampled 20 old interviews (http://www.clearadmit.com/wiki/index.ph ... dInterview - posts 14 to 27) and made a list with questions and their frequency. I present them here in an order that made sense to me!
1. Walk me through your resume. Describe major events. - 70% 2. Describe your company and/or position. - 15% 3. Why do you want to have an MBA? - 70% 4. Why did you choose INSEAD? - 75% 5. Why have an MBA now? - 45% 6. What other schools have you applied for and why not going there instead? - 30% 7. Describe your short and/or long term career objectives. - 60% 8. Can you not achieve your objectives without an MBA? - 15% 9. Discuss two projects/achievements/challenges at work. - 15% 10. What are your major extra-curricular activities?- 15% 11. State your strengths and/or weaknesses. - 15% 12. What other languages do you speak and what is your level of proficiency? - 15% 13. What is your capacity as a leader/manager? - 15% 14. Discuss your teamwork experience and/or multicultural teamwork experience. - 10% 15. Describe a time you failed. - 10% 16. Which campus do you want to study at? - 10% 17. What can you offer INSEAD? - 5% 18. How would your colleagues describe you? - 5% 19. What are the cultural differences between Europe and China? - 5% 20. When you’re in a gathering, what attracts your attention first? - 5% 21. What makes you extremely angry/ passionate? - 5% 22. What is your style of negotiation? - 5% 23. How do you deal with a person who’s determined not to listen to you even though he/she knows you are right? - 5% 24. How do you deal with a boss who is not as smart as you? - 5%
Moreover, the interview style is typically conversational and its purpose is primarily to assess cultural fit.
I dashed off the two recommendation links to my recommenders. Will I get an email message when they complete ? or do I have to check with them regularly ? Does anybody have information on this ?
Nope, you don't get any info from INSEAD. you will have to keep following up on your recommenders. However, your recommenders will get a 'recommendation complete and submitted' confirmation email. Might be a good idea to ask them to fwd the mail to you to keep in your records. Just in case...
The other thing I noticed was that I couldn't actually check the status of my recommenders until I submitted the application. Then checking is easy.
You can check the status of your recommenders by clicking on the link you generated to them, before you even submitted your app.
I am thinking of applying in R3, mainly because I am yet to take the GMAT. How are the chances of admission in R3? Is it limited due to limited number of places or the weightage is the same in every round? Ideally I would have liked to apply in R1 but my GMAT is scheduled in December. I am just comtemplating if it is worthwhile applying in R3.
INSEAD is the one school who does not say on their website that you are at a disadvantage in R3. I'm not sure if that is true, but most other schools specifically say you hurt your chances by waiting for round 3....could still be a good option if you can't get it done in time for R2. The other thing is that if you turn in all the other pieces of your application and get the GMAT in as soon as possible, you could still be evaluated in R2 if you're lucky...which some people are.
I just received an email that I was pre-selected for an interview. I'm guessing the "pre" part means that they haven't made all the decisions yet. No date yet, they have to select which local alumni will be interviewing me first.
I'm planning to go to the open house on the October 29th. Is anyone else from this forum going?
profile: 31/f/Canadian/B.Admn/CA/8 years WE, 4 in Switzerland/Gmat 680 - selected Font as start location
Hi, mab4me2010. I am an admit to the Dec 11 class and I saw your message and wanted to respond to it. Being "pre-selected" for interview simply means you are invited to interview. There is really nothing fancy or special about it. Anyone invited for interview will see "pre-selected" in their interview invite e-mail. It means that you've made the first cut.