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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2013, 11:55
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I just got my email! Coordinator is Stefanie Hanny. There are no alumni in my region so I have to travel. :D

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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2013, 06:05
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Phew..Just got interview invitation from VM! This proves that coordinators are not sending out invitation together. Guys, be patient, maybe yours are on the way.
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 05:53
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Just woke up and found my Pre-selection letter waiting for me, so today's not all dings..

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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2013, 09:02
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Received my "pre-selection" e-mail from AN this morning :)
Good luck to all!
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 00:22
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Also done with the first interview. The interviewer tried challenging my view during the interview, but later he told me it was the interview method. Finally, he said he enjoyed the talk and told me all his former interviewee got admitted. Not sure whether it's a good sign..My next interview will be on Feb 18 due to the other interviewer's vacation. Will this late date bring me any disadvantage?


Admission Committee has a very professional attitude and I doubt they will allow any discrimation caused from administrative tasks and procedures.
My guess is that they don't start reviewing the candidate profiles before everyone is finished with their interviews. Plus, they have already completed the shortlisting for Round 2, which must be more time consuming. So at this stage, it will be deciding on who gets and "admit", who gets a "waitlist" and if any negative feedback exists, who gets a "reject".

Keep your focus for the next interview and continue to impress. That is all that you can do for now.

Best of luck.
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 08:51
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Happy to open today's reports !

Got the call! I have tears of joy in my eyes...
The waiting is not over though, I've applied with my partner, we are still waiting for her call.

30 / male / Israel

Good luck everyone !


This sucks, my girlfriend got waitlisted, that means that the application season hasn't ended for us yet....2nd round schools here we come !


The two-body problem!



It is my pleasure to continue the above post : The two-body problem, solved 8-) ! See my post on the INSEAD waitlist forum.
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 08:57
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I see there are now 214 admits! :)
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2013, 10:17
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I had my second interview today in a restaurant. It was a bit noisy and not so easy to talk while eating at the same time!

My interviewer asked me basic "why" questions, but also a couple of more challenging ones.

After 1h30, the interview was over and even if I don't really know his opinion, I am relieved that I'm done with my application.

Good luck to those who are still looking forward their interviews!
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 15:54
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Had my 1st interview today. Went well. Not my best performance but not my worst either.
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 12:23
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@cahillr2: The 3 Whys are always there, so good to be prepared for. Also, other questions that I was asked by both interviewers were: culture shock related (though these come up more in a conversational way), what other school you applied to (this is to see your research process and to double check your "why INSEAD" answer), and also questions and discussions about the workload. The latter came up for me in both interviews, again in a conversational way, more in terms of them sharing their experience, I'm not even sure if it's an actual question or a coincidence.
Overall, my INSEAD interviewing experiences have been amazing. Because the interviewers don't have our essays, it's basically been just relaying to them the same thing I wrote in my essays (especially essay 1 and 4).
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 20:59
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I have scheduled both of my interviews for this Friday. For all those that have already interviewed, can you please post some of the more challenging questions you were asked or at least those questions beyond the normal ones that we see posted time and time again, aka Why INSEAD, Why Now? etc.... Thanks!!!


The interviews I had steered away from the 3 "why's" fairly quickly and just became more of a general conversation. The second interviewer did show me the last question on the form INSEAD provided him, he found it particularly amusing. It stated "If you were stuck at an airport with the candidate for 3 hours, would you be happy to have a conversation with him/her?" (or something like that). I know its pretty obvious but you need to come across as a likable and interesting person. The feeling I got is that this is less of a job interview and more of an assessment to see if you will fit into the culture at INSEAD. Both my interviewers were absolutely amazing, really came out feeling that it would be a privilege to go there. *holding thumbs*
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 03:37
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I have scheduled both of my interviews for this Friday. For all those that have already interviewed, can you please post some of the more challenging questions you were asked or at least those questions beyond the normal ones that we see posted time and time again, aka Why INSEAD, Why Now? etc.... Thanks!!!


On my side, I had questions such as:
What do you bring to the table that other students don’t?
What is your type of leadership?
How is going your company? What is its strategy? How do you see this company in 5 years?
Some one famous (don't remember exactly his name) said that entrepreneurs don't need university or business school education. What do you have to say about that?
What make you find people interesting? how do you detect talent in someone?

Good luck dude :-D
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Done both interview rounds for September 2013 intake, R2 applicant. Now a 1 month wait. Fingers crossed.
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2013, 17:30
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Done 2nd interview!! Went very very well even though it was much more difficult than my 1st. He put me through a lot of situational questions regarding being in a diverse team. Actually one of the more interesting interviews I have ever had. After those initial questions and a few "Whys", the interview became a conversation.

The wait begins.


Interesting, I felt the same about my 2nd interview. I got two CEO's here in Costa Rica (I'm from India though), one Costa Rican and one British interviewer, both in their late 40's. 2nd guy really quizzed me and tried to corner me with a few questions (I mentioned an alternative career option post-MBA I had given some thought to, which I did not mention on my essays, and he went into the nitty-gritties to ascertain whether I had really thought it out or whether I just threw out the option last minute to sound cool). Very interesting interview though, he also told me that irrespective of what college I chose (told him I'd applied to LBS as well), if I decided to return to Costa Rica, I should give him a call. Vague, but good sign I think. But yes he created at least 1 or 2 uncomfortable moments by catching me off guard with unexpected questions (like he kept grilling me when I told him I liked Costa RIcan culture and had adapted, he found it difficult to believe and really pressed me to admit that I had indeed struggled in the beginning, which was the truth).

Any how, won't ramble, but if any body wants me to elaborate on my interview experience please either message me or I can post some of the questions here.
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Aximili85 - I see that you've taken the GMAT 4 times (with great success in the end!). Does anyone know INSEAD's perception of someone taking the GMAT for the 4th or even 5th time? Do they frown upon that many retakes (if the person wasn't able to achieve 700+ or the 70% v/q hurdle)?

Hey, I have taken it 3 times. Source of embarrassment for me to be frank. My experience so far, US schools will have a much bigger issue with it. As per an INSEAD alumnus and McKinsey & Co. Associate, he responded to my question whether INSEAD would consider this a weakness, and I quote after digging up his email: "Not at all".

However, this is said keeping in mind that I raised my score by 100 points, which I mentioned in my optional essay as a struggle and something I had to really work at (particularly quant). Also, from INSEAD's perspective getting an Indian applicant with a 99% in the verbal would have been rare, or so I would like to flatter myself into believing :o How many times have you written and what's your score progression?
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Re: INSEAD September 2013 - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2013, 09:21
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Done with both interviews.

1st one: lots of questions beyond the usual ones (CV walk, why mba, why insead), stock prices/market caps of apple/facebook/google. I felt a bit stressed out as I could not answer all of the questions right away. overall a positive feeling though and he gave me lots of tips.

2nd one: very relaxed and conversational, gave me lots of tips. said he will recommend me.

*** fingers crossed ***

Good luck to you all! Hopefully we'll see each other in Fonty/Singy :) :)
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Done with both interviews.

1st one: lots of questions beyond the usual ones (CV walk, why mba, why insead), stock prices/market caps of apple/facebook/google. I felt a bit stressed out as I could not answer all of the questions right away. overall a positive feeling though and he give me lots of tips.

2nd one: very relaxed and conversational, gave me lots of tips. said he will recommend me.

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Good luck to you all! Hopefully we'll see each other in Fonty/Singy :) :)


Stock prices/market caps? Seriously? Jeez, so glad I didn't get hit with that. I faced a different kind of grilling to ascertain whether I had thought out everything in depth. Which campus are you applying to?
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This forum has gone a bit quiet. I think we can assume then that the dread of next week is starting to sink in. :shock:


Knowing that the final decision deadline is March 1st, I am grateful that this February has not 29 days... waiting an extra day would just be unbearable...
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Dear R2 fellows, fasten your seatbelt it's going to be an emotionally bumpy week!

Definitely!! Can't wait to see the first invites go out tomorrow. Good luck everyone!!
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Getting dinged or waitlisted is nevear pleasing. However, I think the application process works both ways. A school also makes sure that a candidate will be able to get the most out of a programme and that he/she will make a perfect fit. So, if good news don't come your way today, don't worry about it! Focus on the schools that accepted you, and enjoy the ride. The vast majority of people are extremely happy whichever school they go to.
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