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FROM HEC Paris Admissions Blog1: Entering the Mindset of a Professional Management Consultant
Reading 150-page documents, designing PowerPoint presentations and interviewing with coaches prepares students for consulting season

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Fernando Martinelli, CEO of Prep Lounge

Forty-five MBA students ended their summer vacations early this year to attend Peak Week, a six-day event jointly organized by the Career Center and the Consulting Club. An intensive preparation for the upcoming consulting-recruitment season, the week featured case-cracking sessions and workshops designed to hone students’ interview skills.

Events kicked off with Fernando Martinelli, CEO of Prep Lounge. As someone who has interviewed more than 500 consulting-management candidates, Martinelli emphasized that “it’s not about knowing the solution, it’s showing how you can break down the question into logical steps.” He illustrated the different types of business cases and how to best structure them.

The next workshop featured Sébastien Ritter, a career coach and HEC Paris alumni with more than 4 years of experience in strategy consulting. He presented the 8 key competencies management-consulting firms look for during a fit interview.

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Sébastien Ritter has been a career coach since 2012.

On September 2, AlixPartners, a global business advisory firm, came to campus with one of their clients, Albéa. Participants were divided into groups to solve a real-life business case. After 2 hours of flipping through 150-pages worth of data, crunching numbers, group discussions, and PowerPoint design, students presented their findings and recommendations to Albéa.

Peak Week, held this year from August 29 to September 2, 2016, also involved cracking businesses cases, mock case and fit interviews, and networking with HEC alumni.

 

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Still smiling on the first day of Consulting Peak Week

 

Participants said:

“Peak week is an intensive training session: for five days you do 3 case cracking and fit interview sessions in a row, each lasting two hours. This tests both your skills and stamina. It is exhaustive. But it’s like going to the gym; after you finish you feel lighter and the next exercise round becomes much easier. At the end, the improvement in my performance was clear.”

—Edmundo GARDOLINSKI, September ’15 intake

 

“The project with AlixPartners was beneficial in several ways. First, it allowed us to work with real data and lots of ithow I’d imagine a real case would be. During this ‘competition’ we weren’t guided as we are when we crack cases, so we had to really filter and focus in on certain data. Second, we received mentorship from real consultants, to understand how they think. Finally, having the actual clients there allowed us to see if our recommendations were practical and showed us that AlixPartners truly does work closely with their clients.”

—Dustin YEE, September ’15 intake



 

“I found the one-on-one session with Fernando to be very fruitful. He detailed my weaknesses and my strengths. I walked out with very clear idea of what I need to work on in the next few weeks.”                              
—John SHIJA, January ’16 intake

                                       

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Hi everyone.. what is the start date/orientation for the program? 2nd Jan?
when are we expected to arrive to Paris?

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FROM HEC Paris Admissions Blog1: Integration Weekend at Dune du Pilat
Two weeks after setting foot on HEC’s campus for the first time, the MBA September ’16 intake (Class of 2018) embarked on “Integration Weekend,” which consisted of a glamping trip to Dune du Pilat and Bordeaux.

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Starting from Montparnasse, spirits were high the entire train ride, with lots of food, drink, and an impromptu salsa party. After an additional hour by bus, we reached the camp site around midnight, and immediately got cosy in our cabins (another interesting French cultural experience – how many people are supposed to fit into a tiny cabin?!) – some in their beds, some on the porch to continue socializing.

The next day started with a brunch, followed by a game of Capture the Flag. As it turned out, playing CTF with a bunch of MBA students wasn’t an easy feat – strategy AND team-work strength meant that both sides successfully defended their flag for a very long time.

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The afternoon meant free time, so most of us decided to climb the dune to lie on the beach and go for a swim. Fortunately, the weather played along against all forecasts, so the sun was shining and the water wasn’t too cold. Others preferred the seaside bar with its selection of Bordeaux wines and splash-effects from actual ocean waves.

 

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Once the afternoon was over, and everyone had rid themselves of as much sand as possible (which was, by far, not enough – just how could there be so much sand?), we were off for dinner, followed by card games and – of course – a huge party, which featured, among other things, dancing in the pouring rain.

 

This of course made the next morning a less than pleasurable experience for most! Unfortunately, there was no time for lie-ins as we were off to the city of Bordeaux for some delicious food, canelés, sightseeing, and a multimedia scavenger hunt. As a result, the returning train ride was a far cry from the arriving one, with most of us sleeping soundly.

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Our integration weekend was a wonderful way to get to know the co-students of our intake, and it was a welcome break after two weeks of intense introduction to the program. While most of us certainly struggled to get up in time for lectures on Monday morning, the weekend was definitely an experience not to be missed!

Text by Christine Weitbrecht, photos by Baskara Aditama

 

 
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Hi guys- congrats on the acceptance.

First post on this forum.

I'm looking to apply to HEC's January intake, and was wondering if anyone knew what the questions were that HEC sends to your references as I'd like to prep them in advance?

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FROM HEC Paris Admissions Blog1: Romanian Cultural Day
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On September 22, the HEC Romanian community organized this year’s first networking event with all three MBA intakes. In partnership with the Romanian Embassy, the cultural evening was held in the Hôtel de Béhague, one of Paris’ finest hôtel particuliers, and a property owned by the embassy. Built in the second half of XIXth century, the hôtel particulier is a work by Gabriel Destailleur, the architect famous for his recuperation of sculpted wooden elements put on the market by Haussman’s important transformation of Paris.

 

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The night’s Romanian team included (from left to right):
Alina and Ioanid Rosu (professor of finance), professor Roxana Barbulescu and event organizers Amalia Bejinaru and Pierre Bortnowski

Combining the complex agendas of HEC Paris and the embassy meant that planning had to start four months in advance of the event! But the result was a success. Students tasted many Romanian culinary delights, watered with fine Feteasca cépage. The beautiful architecture of the building and Romania’s famous Tuica plum brandy were the final touch to this happy gathering.

 

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It is always a pleasure when you can share with your colleagues a little bit of what makes your country so special. We really hope to have inspired some of them to come and visit us back home and, who knows, we might have set a benchmark in cultural-day organization for the next batch!

Many thanks to the French Connection Club for their help during the event; it’s another example of the friendship that has existed for many centuries between the two countries.

Text by Pierre Bortnowski and Amalia Bejinaru

 

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FROM HEC Paris Admissions Blog1: “Act your Success” puts you in front of the class
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“Engineering” a roller coaster out of paper.

After a smooth check-in on campus, expect to deep-dive directly into the transformation you dreamed about while drafting your candidate profile for the MBA program. “Act your Success” is a three-day seminar where you interact for the first time with your fellow MBA students through a series of writing and improvisational workshops.

The end goal is to provide MBA students with the communication skills needed to succeed in the program and the professional world.

The seminar begins with the outstanding consultants guiding you (and sometimes pushing you!) in the basic elements of a business presentation. You have to introduce yourself to a group of 12-15 students without using a microphone.

The focus is on you:

  • -Being understood by people of diverse backgrounds
  • -Using the appropriate structure, attitude and content to make your presentation memorable
  • -Making eye contact
  • -Using simple and easy-to-understand gestures
  • -Speaking loud enough to be heard and using a slow rate of speech
Remember, only 10 percent of the message you’re conveying is in the content itself! The rest is in your body language and other non-verbal means of communication.

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Roller coaster success!

Next, jump into the first workshop and discover what it takes to work with a diverse group of people while following rigid guidelines. Choose your role: Are you going to be an engineer or a public relations specialist? You are in charge of a roller coaster, and it’s up to your team to build it, prepare the press release and market it at a new product launch. That’s pure team work, a lot of fun and the perfect occasion to become closer to your peers!

Eventually, you start intensive trainings in improvisation and acting. Forget about intellect for a while and observe other people’s emotions and reactions. When you first get on stage with your group to act out your story, you are acutely aware that there’s more than 100 people in the audience watching you. That feeling fades away once you start acting, and eventually you forget that they are even there.

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Quickly forget that everyone is watching your performance.

My advice to the next group of “Act Your Success” participants? Get connected, be creative, just let go. But be aware, because you could find yourself, like I did, playing the part of a desperate monkey in front of every member of your class!

Overall, “Act Your Success” was an outstanding experience.

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Hello Guys

I completed my application few days ago (R10).

I will be waiting for pre-selection Jury

I hope to be in Paris in January

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Hello Guys

this thread seems to be dead.

anyway I just got an e-mail stating that my applications has been pre-selected and I am invited for the interviews.

any suggestions?

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Tuesday, October 25: Combined Live Chat for INSEAD, LBS, and HEC Paris Applicants


Dear Applicants, we've scheduled a live chat with former adcoms and admission experts of INSEAD, LBS, and HEC Paris on coming Tuesday. We hope all of you will attend this chat. If anyone can't attend the session but has questions for adcom/students, you can PM your questions to me and I will try to get their answers from admission experts. Thank you! See y'all in the event.

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October 25, 2016 | Tuesday | 9:00 AM Pacific Time; 5:00 PM BST; 9:30 PM India Time. | Place: Chat Room
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Hello Everyone,

Applied in the 9th Rd of HEC Jan intake and got an admit yesterday.

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Hi, is there any whatsapp group for the accepted students for Jan 2017 group? If so can someone please add me? My number is +6593389704.
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Just Received a call from HEC Paris.

I AM IN

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Hi Guys! I've also got an acceptance!

Got an email on 17th evening! :)

Just a little brief about myself:

Indian citizen, brought up in Dubai and working in Singapore

Undergraduate university/degree: National University of Singapore/Engineering

Work Exp: 4.5 years in procurement/operations roles at HP & Apple
Latest position: Strategic Procurement Manager

I know I must be one of the last few to catch the bus! Hope I can catch up soon via Facebook/whatsapp!

Hope you guys can add me to the whatsapp group on this number: +65 9824 5765
OR Facebook: fb.com/izaan

I can't wait to get to know you all! :)

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FROM HEC Paris Admissions Blog1: Sailing through Italy
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Sailors can become MBA students or vice versa. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the largest MBA regatta held on the globe–the Rolex MBA Regatta and Conference–hosted in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, by the SDA Bocconi Sailing Club. From 29 September to 2 October, 23 HEC students and alumni competed in two divisions for the opportunity to represent their school on the podium.

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-time sailors alike from 18 global MBA programs competed, with HEC Paris coming in a best-ever 5th place overall. With a jam-packed schedule of sailing, networking cocktails, and a black-tie keynote conference and gala, the weekend was something to be remembered for all the participants. It is already eagerly anticipated for next September.

For more information about the HEC MBA Sailing club and the 2017 MBA regatta schedule, visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hecmbasailingclub/.

–Text by Ryan Bates

–Photos courtesy of Arturs Smilkstins, Carlos Sadovnik and the SDA Bocconi Sailing Club

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Sailors can become MBA students or vice versa. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the largest MBA regatta held on the globe–the Rolex MBA Regatta and Conference–hosted in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, by the SDA Bocconi Sailing Club. From 29 September to 2 October, 23 HEC students and alumni competed in two divisions for the opportunity to represent their school on the podium.

Salty dogs and firstImage
-time sailors alike from 18 global MBA programs competed, with HEC Paris coming in a best-ever 5th place overall. With a jam-packed schedule of sailing, networking cocktails, and a black-tie keynote conference and gala, the weekend was something to be remembered for all the participants. It is already eagerly anticipated for next September.

For more information about the HEC MBA Sailing club and the 2017 MBA regatta schedule, visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hecmbasailingclub/.

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hello guys, got acceptance for Jan 17 intake, does anyone can add me to the relevant WhatsApp group ? my number: +33 677 995 344

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FROM HEC Paris Admissions Blog1: The best of both worlds: studying at HEC and in the US
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Tahira Taylor (bottom, right) spent 3 months as an exchange student at HEC Paris

 

HEC Paris MBA participants in international exchanges with 40 business schools throughout the world. In Fall 2016, we welcomed Tahira Taylor, an exchange student from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. We asked Tahira to share an insider’s view of her three months on campus, and the differences she found between European and American programs.

 

Course load
My experience so far has only been with the core 1 and 2 that are taken during the first year at Georgetown, and with the specialization at HEC. It has been an intense year and a half. Neither school presented itself as “easy” during either of these stages, and on most days I found myself either working on a group project, studying for a quiz or exam, finishing a paper, reading a case, preparing a model or, in general, just trying to stay ahead of all the work. In some cases, I found myself doing several of those things at the same time!

 

The courses from the marketing specialization at HEC were very specific, which I appreciated because Georgetown doesn’t offer specializations. The core classes at Georgetown were extremely helpful during my internship at Delta Air Lines, and the things I’ve learned in the HEC specialization have definitely been helpful as far as recruiting. Now I am able to speak about marketing at a very in-depth level. The courses and the cases go into such detail, I have come away feeling like an expert.

 

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This fall’s marketing specialization during their last day of presentations.

Curriculum
I wanted a global curriculum. I have lived and worked in the US, Morocco and Lesotho, so I knew that wherever I did my MBA, I needed an international student body and a curriculum that understood how dynamic business in a global world can be. As far as the international student body, HEC wins hands down. In any one of my project-study groups, I worked with people from at least four countries (in groups of five people or less). The number of languages spoken among the student body and faculty is so impressive.

As for the curriculum, both schools do an excellent job of taking into account global affairs and business. I believe this is the direction that all business schools are going. Georgetown has the Global Business Experience, which is a semester-long consulting project that students must do for a company somewhere in the world. I will be consulting on a go-to-market strategy for a South African company. Both schools teach material that is relevant and timely to what is going on in the world. What is nice about HEC is that you learn about global cases and discuss them with people who can speak to the opinions of about 15 or so countries in one classroom.

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Recruiting
The main event of an MBA is how it shapes your career. The United States has a mature MBA market, and so the recruiting process is very well choreographed. In the first year, you recruit during the fall for your summer internship. 100% of the students at Georgetown do an internship (though it isn’t mandatory, schools in the US kind of imply that it is). The US also has giant career fairs in the fall that are specifically for MBA recruiting. I got several internship offers by attending one of the fairs, and many of my classmates did as well.

Europe appears to be different. The MBA market in Europe is not as choreographed, so you will need to be grittier. In general, the companies that recruit heavily in Europe are large American companies like Microsoft, Google and Amazon. That said, I received my job offer a few days ago from a company headquartered in Europe. I found the position though HEC’s Career Management Center. It’s my dream job and I’m going to love the work. It pays as much as an MBA job would in the States, and presents me with the opportunity to live in Europe! Keep in mind that for many MBA jobs in Europe, full language proficiency is mandatory, and the pay is sometimes lower than MBA jobs in the US.

 

Final word
Whether you chose to do your MBA in the United States or in Europe is a very personal decision. I chose to do the exchange in Europe because I wanted some exposure to the European MBA experience, and I wanted to do HEC’s specialization. One might choose to do exactly what I did, but the other way around. Exchanges are not so popular among schools in the US.

In any case, you will make amazing friends and gain a dynamic professional network. You will learn about key aspects of business and find out new things about yourself as well. I am so happy with my choices. Both schools can open doors for you that you never even knew were there. It is just a matter of taking the time to get to know your options and making a truly informed decision that works for your future.

 

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FROM HEC Paris Admissions Blog1: Meet the Newest Members of the Class of 2018 in this Student-Produced Video
Meet some of our new HEC Paris MBA students in this awesome, student-produced video. In a tradition that started in 2014, the MBA program’s incoming participants collaborate to create a video prior to their arrival on campus that introduces them to their classmates, showcasing their unique personalities and their home countries. “It really is a collective effort,” says Orlando Guerra, MBA ’18, who compiled the individual video clips for the HEC Paris MBA January 2017 Intake. “Forty people—or almost half of the incoming class—participated. We started with a WhatsApp group and we voted on a paper-plane theme.”



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