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# INSEAD September 2011 intake waitlist

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Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: Russian Federation
Concentration: Technology, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V0
GMAT 2: 700 Q V
GMAT 3: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 4: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 5: 710 Q45 V41
GMAT 6: 680 Q47 V36
GMAT 7: Q42 V44
GMAT 8: Q42 V44
GMAT 9: 740 Q49 V42
GMAT 10: 740 Q V
GMAT 11: 500 Q47 V33
GMAT 12: 670 Q V
WE: Engineering (Manufacturing)
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18 Feb 2011, 04:25
Congratulations Jumanji. Very good story.
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19 Feb 2011, 21:07
Jumanji wrote:
Hello everyone,

Well..I have been planning to share my story for sometime now and ive been a very good procrastinator, so here goes...

I finished my GMAT on Sept 29 2010 after having planned and studied on / off since July. I scored a lousy 640 (46 Q 33 V) for no apparent reason (was getting 720 - 50 on prep tests. Can’t really blame it on fatigue or lack of concentration and the drudgery of study after work .. everyone here passed through that so lets just say I don’t like exams. Nevertheless I decided to go forth with R1 for the Sept 2011 intake bcs I though I would have a better chance than waiting till R2 or 3.

Between then and the R1 deadline I overnighted more than I did during all of my undergraduate years while working on the applications. I told my stories nothing more nothing less. I tried to be as logical and organized in the essays flow and structure.

I had problems submitting the online app form 30 minutes before midnight on the day of the deadline, which if I remember correctly was around mid October.

I got the sweet interview mail on Nov 8.

I did the first interview on Nov 16 and the second on Nov 23. First one was with a cute Madame who is an HR manager and the second with President of the biggest sports center in Paris who has worked in logistics and a management consultancy before. I think the interviews where by far the most fun part of the whole process. One word of advise (which I also got from a alumni friend who is also a volunteer interviewer): BE YOURSELF, simple as. You can’t prepare for interviews, no matter how many questions you practice answering. Don’t get me wrong, I went over a ton of practice questions but at the end of the day, you have to know yourself really well. Be honest, don’t make up stories, show the interviewer you have confidence in your potential and strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses.

Then I found 5 dollars…

No, seriously, the bummer was Dec 16, which is when I got waitlisted. You’re probably saying surprise surprise buddy you got 640 on the GMATs! Well that’s true but I was still satisfied I did give the whole thing my best shot. Essays couldn’t have been done better during that short period of time between my GMAT and R1 deadline. The interviews went smoothly and we actually had quite some laughs. As far as the recommendations, I asked the manager of my old workplace for one and another senior colleague for the second.

I was accepted on 28 Jan 2011. Its probably the first moment when you discover you don’t have a victory scream so you start making weird sounds in the elevator when your bouncing outside the open workplace to call family and friends. You could not be more relieved than when you get that email.

I’m a bit zonked but I hope, with the above, I made a small contribution with the stats on this thread. I owe a lot to gmat club members for their stories, experiences and advice. This is the only website I followed closely.

Looking forward to help out and answer any questions that you might have.

Peace and thank you

28/Male/Lebanese Bulgarian (living in Paris)/640/4.5 years in logistics and operations management/ 4 languages.

nice story... and good to know why i'm still waitlisted;)
we somehow share a similar profile dude: 28/Male/Lebanese (living in UAE)/660/4.5 years experience (1 year in logistics and 3.5 yrs in Consulting... strategy and operations management as well / 4 languages
...should i hate you?? hahaha
Good luck man.. i'm still waiting, but i got another option!
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22 Feb 2011, 06:37
R2 decision deadline in couple of days.. lets hope they will notify waitlisted candidates too... keeping my fingers crossed.. good luck everybody else..
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22 Feb 2011, 06:44
plzplzplz wrote:
R2 decision deadline in couple of days.. lets hope they will notify waitlisted candidates too... keeping my fingers crossed.. good luck everybody else..

Without being too pessimistic, don't forget that it also means that new R2 candidates would join us here at the waiting list.

In any case, i'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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WE: Project Management (Other)
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23 Feb 2011, 08:07
And I am probably the first waitlisted from R2 showing on this topic!

Do you have any news from the adcom?

I am curious to whether you receive notification that your application is no longer being considered or if they just let it run until it is forgotten...
In addition does anyone know if the R1 waitlisted are combined with the R2 waitlisted?
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23 Feb 2011, 08:18
waitlisted candidates are combined from all rounds. Having been a round 1 waitlister myself, I can say it is not the worst news. INSEAD wait list is pretty short and the in take rate is pretty high. Keeping your finger crossed and hope that someone with a similar profile to you does not accept the offer.

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23 Feb 2011, 08:28
It is surely better than a no and I have my fingers crossed

m/26/Portuguese/700/project management
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23 Feb 2011, 11:09
lots of action on the R2 front - anyone have updates on the MBA Connect figures?
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23 Feb 2011, 11:23
MBA connect had 190 people till yesterday and 189 today. I don't think R2 admits will get access to MBA connect till a few more days yet.
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23 Feb 2011, 11:35
ah thank you
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Affiliations: CPA, CFA
Joined: 18 Apr 2010
Posts: 76
WE 1: credit analyst 4yrs
WE 2: equity analyst 1yr
WE 3: tax associate 7months
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23 Feb 2011, 11:54
Hi Dessa, count me in (M/28/Indian/CPA+CFA/5yrs Fin Research/750).

I have been very non-reactive since the W/L news, dont really know what it means, but it really leaked out all the enthusiasm i had for Insead/MBA

this is what i got from this thread on R1 W/Ls. Seems like the coversion ratio was 1:3.

# Forum ID Accepted?
1 noamk
2 grossesc
3 jwangyue
4 mysamgmatclub
5 BoB2010 Yes
7 cpandya14 Yes
8 Minoti
9 myrat
10 MBAyer
11 PKV
12 June
13 rkn
15 ulysis
16 psj319
18 rahuldilipshah Yes
19 crispy
20 LILILILI Yes
21 artificialimpatience
22 jwangyue Yes
23 plzplzplz
24 cornerstone Yes
25 cheekyzia Yes
27 Jumanji Yes

Disclaimer: concluded from data available through posts and i cannot be held responsible for any emotional reaction (positive or negative).

I'm personally losing hope (33% success rate), more so as I already sopt 4 more Indians on the waitlist, so extremely competetive.
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23 Feb 2011, 13:29
so i think the next two 'waves' of waitlist entries will be feb 25th (all R2 notified), and mar 25th (R2 payments) ?
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23 Feb 2011, 14:46
Count me in.
got waitlisted yesterday.
Good luck, everyone.
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23 Feb 2011, 15:22
Indian/M/29/5year WE as Trader and Quant in Hong Kong /GMAT 750

R2 Waitlisted
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23 Feb 2011, 17:10
count me in, too.

Korean/F/28/4-year HR in hospitality industry/GMAT 720
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WE 1: credit analyst 4yrs
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23 Feb 2011, 20:33
artificialimpatience wrote:
so i think the next two 'waves' of waitlist entries will be feb 25th (all R2 notified), and mar 25th (R2 payments) ?

i believe those from R1 have chances here at those two dates, and people from R2 waitlist will mostly move after R3 calls are given (15th April) ....... there is, however, a flaw in my thought process as Insead says they do not list people in any order, thus R2 waitlist also have chances on the next 2 dates, at least after Mar 25 definitely ........ let's see, didnt sleep well last night at all (stared at the ceiling till 3am), i'd probably been too optimistic and went in a state of shock
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23 Feb 2011, 22:58
Hi All,

Count me in in wait list as well

Indian/F/720/Engineer/5 years WE, based in Paris
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24 Feb 2011, 01:02
Guys please include in W/L got the news yesteday -

Indian/male/700/6-years/ strategy consulting
Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: Russian Federation
Concentration: Technology, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V0
GMAT 2: 700 Q V
GMAT 3: 740 Q40 V50
GMAT 4: 700 Q48 V38
GMAT 5: 710 Q45 V41
GMAT 6: 680 Q47 V36
GMAT 7: Q42 V44
GMAT 8: Q42 V44
GMAT 9: 740 Q49 V42
GMAT 10: 740 Q V
GMAT 11: 500 Q47 V33
GMAT 12: 670 Q V
WE: Engineering (Manufacturing)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 102232

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24 Feb 2011, 02:01
artificialimpatience wrote:
so i think the next two 'waves' of waitlist entries will be feb 25th (all R2 notified), and mar 25th (R2 payments) ?

i believe those from R1 have chances here at those two dates, and people from R2 waitlist will mostly move after R3 calls are given (15th April) ....... there is, however, a flaw in my thought process as Insead says they do not list people in any order, thus R2 waitlist also have chances on the next 2 dates, at least after Mar 25 definitely ........ let's see, didnt sleep well last night at all (stared at the ceiling till 3am), i'd probably been too optimistic and went in a state of shock

You seem to have a solid background and I'm surprised that you were waitlisted.
I know GMAT is not everything, but I was quite happy with my score (770) when I applied. And I was waitlisted. Well, I realize, I had to admit that there are a lot of areas that I can improve on, and accept the fact that there are people with similar background better than me.
Keep improving, with a MBA or not, and never lose hope.
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WE 3: tax associate 7months
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24 Feb 2011, 03:52
myrat wrote:
artificialimpatience wrote:
so i think the next two 'waves' of waitlist entries will be feb 25th (all R2 notified), and mar 25th (R2 payments) ?

i believe those from R1 have chances here at those two dates, and people from R2 waitlist will mostly move after R3 calls are given (15th April) ....... there is, however, a flaw in my thought process as Insead says they do not list people in any order, thus R2 waitlist also have chances on the next 2 dates, at least after Mar 25 definitely ........ let's see, didnt sleep well last night at all (stared at the ceiling till 3am), i'd probably been too optimistic and went in a state of shock

You seem to have a solid background and I'm surprised that you were waitlisted.
I know GMAT is not everything, but I was quite happy with my score (770) when I applied. And I was waitlisted. Well, I realize, I had to admit that there are a lot of areas that I can improve on, and accept the fact that there are people with similar background better than me.
Keep improving, with a MBA or not, and never lose hope.

Hi myrat,

even I believed that I'd be different from what a usual Indian applicant is like and would get in to add to diversity ....... i still do not know what was the hole in my app ....... may be they found me a boring and ONLY career oriented fellow (my acads and professional growth is good, but i've weak ECs)

good luck to all on W/L

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