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3 Tips for stand out INSEAD application

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Hello INSEAD MBA applicants:

I was in your shoes just three years ago. So I deeply resonate with the challenge you are trying to conquer and how important it is to make this dream of getting into an elite business school a reality. I want to share 3 tips to help you get your INSEAD application to the NEXT level:

1) International experience is a MUST. You must demonstrate in your essays that you have international experience. This can be collaborating with teams in other countries, serving international clients, working or volunteering in another country, education exchange, etc. International experience doesn't necessarily mean 'living' in another country. You can still demonstrate that by being exposed to various international projects or working with a global team. Try to have 2-3 different international stories and bring them out in different essay questions. If you have more than 6months till you apply, consider gaining more international experience to boost your competitive edge, whether be volunteering-vacation abroad for a short period with a non-profit / a cause, asking your manager to put you on an international project, doing a short-language program in a foreign country as a vacation...the options are plenty!

2) INSEAD does really care about the GMAT score. You may see in the class profile that some elite business schools do admit stellar individuals even though their GMAT score was way below the average. However, this is NOT the case for INSEAD. Do your best to have a GMAT higher than 650. If your score is not above 650, do consider re-taking the GMAT to increase your score. There are plenty of courses for GMAT, feel free to take one to learn the techniques to do well. You CAN master the GMAT by learning the techniques.

3) Spend A LOT of time writing and re-writing your INSEAD MBA essays until it is from the heart. I applied to A LOT of elite MBA programs and INSEAD is by far THE most comprehensive and time-consuming application. INSEAD wants to know you inside-out. So it's really important that you speak from a very authentic place. I talked about the GMAT score in point 2. I want to make it clear that the rest of your application, especially the essays, speaks MUCH louder than your GMAT score.

okay a bonus tip, cause I really want you guys to succeed...

4)Don't underestimate the time that it will take your referees to write recommendation letters for INSEAD. Although I didn't see it (as it's confidential), my referee informed me that it was a very long one, and longer than any other schools he has ever done. Make sure you give them a few weeks to write an awesome recommendation letter.

Originally posted by GotInMBA on 07 Dec 2017, 19:33.
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Hello INSEAD MBA applicants:

I was in your shoes just three years ago. So I deeply resonate with the challenge you are trying to conquer and how important it is to make this dream of getting into an elite business school a reality. I want to share 3 tips to help you get your INSEAD application to the NEXT level:

1) International experience is a MUST. You must demonstrate in your essays that you have international experience. This can be collaborating with teams in other countries, serving international clients, working or volunteering in another country, education exchange, etc. International experience doesn't necessarily mean 'living' in another country. You can still demonstrate that by being exposed to various international projects or working with a global team. Try to have 2-3 different international stories and bring them out in different essay questions. If you have more than 6months till you apply, consider gaining more international experience to boost your competitive edge, whether be volunteering-vacation abroad for a short period with a non-profit / a cause, asking your manager to put you on an international project, doing a short-language program in a foreign country as a vacation...the options are plenty!

2) INSEAD does really care about the GMAT score. You may see in the class profile that some elite business schools do admit stellar individuals even though their GMAT score was way below the average. However, this is NOT the case for INSEAD. Do your best to have a GMAT higher than 650. If your score is not above 650, do consider re-taking the GMAT to increase your score. There are plenty of courses for GMAT, feel free to take one to learn the techniques to do well. You CAN master the GMAT by learning the techniques.

3) Spend A LOT of time writing and re-writing your INSEAD MBA essays until it is from the heart. I applied to A LOT of elite MBA programs and INSEAD is by far THE most comprehensive and time-consuming application. INSEAD wants to know you inside-out. So it's really important that you speak from a very authentic place. I talked about the GMAT score in point 2. I want to make it clear that the rest of your application, especially the essays, speaks MUCH louder than your GMAT score.

okay a bonus tip, cause I really want you guys to succeed...

4)Don't underestimate the time that it will take your referees to write recommendation letters for INSEAD. Although I didn't see it (as it's confidential), my referee informed me that it was a very long one, and longer than any other schools he has ever done. Make sure you give them a few weeks to write an awesome recommendation letter.

I can provide a ton of tips, but I want to be available to help YOU succeed. You probably have a ton of questions like
--how do I stand out from this competitive pool of applicants?
--what to share in my essays that will make me look unique?
--how to build a great resume that within a few seconds of glance I demonstrate my credibility, value, and fit to the business school?

I have created a free facebook community where you can receive personalized support from me during your business school application.
:thumbup: You can join the new facebook community I have created here: http://bit.ly/MBAPrep-Community

:thumbup: This is a highly value-driven community. All new members will have the opportunity to jump on a 1 hour 1-on-1 MBA application strategy call with me, packed with value to help you get in.

:thumbup: If you are loving the tips above, I have written a free 5-page MBA application guide "7 Steps to Create a Stand Out MBA Application for Top Business Schools". You can download it here: https://gotinmba.lpages.co/freembaguide/

I had my own set of struggles during these business school applications (where I openly and honestly shared in one of the Facebook community videos).
I'm here to give you HOPE and be proof that you can make your dream a reality with the right techniques and strategy.

Here to support you on this life-changing journey,
Portia
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Thanks for this message Portia, I am posting this on the most active INSEAD thread.
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New post 07 Dec 2017, 19:43
Abhishank thank you so much for reposting it there. Feel free to reach out :)
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@gotinmba Thank you so much for this valuable insight. INSEAD is definitely my first choice. I was wondering if you could help me understand whether applying in the 3rd round (deadline 24 Jan) makes sense for an international candidate for September intake. Also how good are the chances when a candidate applies in the 3rd round.


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So, Round 3 is ok for an international candidate from admissions perspective, but it's not advised from scholarship perspective. Most of the scholarship is awarded in R1 and R2

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Abhishank wrote:
So, Round 3 is ok for an international candidate from admissions perspective, but it's not advised from scholarship perspective. Most of the scholarship is awarded in R1 and R2

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