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Calling all Applicants: INSEAD Sept 2019 Intake !

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For those of you preparing to submit your video questions, I just wanted to make a formal post about the process I have found to be most successful in my practice.

    I recommend that you review the questions, and come up with an idea for each one.

    DON'T write out a detailed script that you have to memorize.

    However DO brainstorm content for each question, and sketch out the main points. For example, write out something like, "discuss Napal story and (fill in blank thing you did) to keep my travel group safe in a blizzard."

    Once you have brainstormed ideas for each question, put it to the test. Record yourself several times; iterate. One of the most difficult things is getting into a rhythm of the timing; what 60 seconds feels like. I have my candidates record themselves, upload to YouTube and send me the link so I can coach them around it.

NOTE: Some argue that you should "wing it" so you don't come off "rehearsed." As a professional interview coach, I caution against this. When you are struggling and straining to understand the question and search your mind for examples, the answer might not be great nor the presentation. You become flustered and and come across stressed to the viewer, making them stressed as well. The way to make eye contact, and have the confidence to be spontaneous, IS TO KNOW YOUR MATERIAL. Again - just broad talking points that will prompt you NOT a script.

Questions listed in chronological order; you may want to start from the bottom. It seems some questions have been rephrased; I’m including all of them just in case.

    Tell me about a time when you had to speak with someone that had an accent or couldn’t speak the same language as you. How did you adapt?
    What makes you a good candidate for INSEAD?
    Describe a time when you got a negative feedback from a supervisor/professor. How did it make you feel?
    What is a risk you have taken that backfired?
    What strategy do you use to deliver bad news at the workplace?
    What challenging goals have you set for yourself during your first year at INSEAD?
    How has your decision to work in corporate diversity positively or negatively impacted you?
    What does diversity mean to you?
    Describe a time when understanding someone’s perspective helped you to understand them better?
    How would INSEAD MBA help you in your career objectives?
    What are you expecting to learn during your INSEAD MBA?
    How would your colleagues describe your leadership style? Give an example
    How would you fight stereotypes in a work environment?
    You are starting a new project with team members coming from different cultures and educational background. How would you make them meet?
    What do you do when someone comes to you with a problem?
    What was the most interesting project you have worked on? Why was it interesting to you?
    How do you keep track of your vision? Or that of your company?
    Why INSEAD?
    How would you establish the foundations of your company?
    What is your management style?
    How did you build your international experience?
    What is diversity according to you?
    Describe one situation where you faced ethical dilemma? How did you resolve it? What factors did you consider while resolving it?
    What according to you is required to start and run a successful business?
    One project which interested you the most and why?
    If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be and why?
    Tell me what you like most about INSEAD.
    Give me an example of how you convinced your other team members.
    Give me an example of how you were attracted by culture from other countries.
    What are 3 key successful factors to be an entrepreneur.
    If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?
    What word describes you best and why?
    Tell us about the first job you ever had?
    What’s the best book you have ever read and why?
    When you have a problem, whom do you approach for advice and why?
    What accomplishment are you really proud of?
    What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
    If you could witness any event..past present or future-what would it be?
    Tell us about an organization or activity in which you have dedicated significant time. Why was it meaningful to you?
    What have anyone done good for you and how did you felt about it?
    Tell us about the most interesting place you’ve traveled to. What did you enjoy most about it.
    What invention during your lifetime has had the biggest impact on you and why?
    If money was not a concern, what would you do?
    What is the most meaningful thing anyone has done for you in your life?
    If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
    What food do you like? Will you be able to eat that food everyday?
    How have you changed in the last 5 years?
    Whom do you respect most, and why?
    What is your favorite motto or quote, and why
    What risk have you taken and what did you learn?
    What impact do you have on your co-workers?
    Describe someone you know who lives a meaningful life and why
    Have you ever faced discrimination? How did you react?
    How do you keep track of your vision and the vision of your company
    Name 3 key factors why you picked INSEAD
    How do you keep abreast on the latest about INSEAD?
    Describe a time you had a culture shock?
    You are leading a group project with a team who have never met each other and are from diverse cultural/professional/educational backgrounds. What is your strategy for how to foster a collaborative environment?
    How do you stay focused on your company’s vision?
    What skills do you think are necessary for an entrepreneur?
    What are some stereotypes about your culture and how do you feel about them?
    What will INSEAD give you that no other MBA program will?

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Best of luck to all the applicants that have already submitted their applications, video essays or are planning to submit them. Looking forward to the next stages!
We've compiled over 50 INSEAD interview questions asked in their final pre-selection interviews and categorized them across different types based on the objective behind asking such questions, what INSEAD is looking for, by asking that question and tips on answering each type of question.

Since everyone has a unique profile, we recommend using these questions as a base guideline to think about relevant questions for your final interview and preparing your answers and story accordingly.

You can access the spreadsheet here:
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Hi all,

I just finished my video essay, here are the questions that I got (non-verbatim):

1. How would you approach your classmate who is having a hard time adjusting to a new culture?
2. What are the challenging goals you have set for yourself during your year at INSEAD?
3. How is the diversity situation in your current company?
4. How meaningful should your career be to be considered successful?

I didn't do well on the last question, but let bygones be bygones :)
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Hi zee1222 this might help put your nerves to rest

Q: I botched my video interviews. Out of the four questions, I only nailed one of them. I really struggled in one of them and gave an incoherent, rambling response. And the other two, I wasn’t as fluent as I could have been and struggled to find the right words.

How true is it that they don’t disqualify people based on the video essays?

A: I listened to an interview last year between a key member of the Adcom and a large admissions consulting firm. Adcom person did indeed say that it was only a means of fishing out applicants who they might have otherwise turned down.

It was criteria that would give them a reason to say yes; not a reason to say no. This might be a lie, but that is their story on paper.

Rather than pacing and ringing your hands, channel that anxiety towards amping up your profile. This way, if you end up getting wait-listed you have a viable reason for submitting an update letter where I can help you make your case over again.

This means: amp up previous or current community service, retake the TOEFL, get a high-profile or international work project, get on the board of something, or if possible, get a promotion.

Getting a promotion at work is the best but the last person I helped get off the INSEAD waitlist…1 month before enrollment…only got promoted to Organizer for the local Soccer Club. So think broadly about leadership.

And of course if it doesn’t end up working out you have more juicy stuff to report for round one US/UK apps if you choose to do that.
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Hi all,

I just finished my video essay, here are the questions that I got (non-verbatim):

1. How would you approach your classmate who is having a hard time adjusting to a new culture?
2. What are the challenging goals you have set for yourself during your year at INSEAD?
3. How is the diversity situation in your current company?
4. How meaningful should your career be to be considered successful?

I didn't do well on the last question, but let bygones be bygones :)

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Thanks so much zee1222 ruchitayal85 and greenfield for sharing your video questions in the thread. I've updated them on my blog page https://mbaessaycoaching.com/2017/03/07 ... ions-tips/
Best Wishes to All R2 applicants!
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Best of luck to everyone who have submitted their R2 applications!
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Hello everyone. When can we expect R1 results to be out? 23rd November I feel should be the latest by which they should come. Any insights on it? Thanks
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Hello everyone. When can we expect R1 results to be out? 23rd November I feel should be the latest by which they should come. Any insights on it? Thanks


The calls usually start to roll out on Tuesday. So 20th November is the date.
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Hey Guys, has the INSEAD R3 MBA application for Sep 2019 session become active yet? I missed my deadline for R2. I need to complete the application for R3 but I can not see an option to apply.
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Hey Guys, has the INSEAD R3 MBA application for Sep 2019 session become active yet? I missed my deadline for R2. I need to complete the application for R3 but I can not see an option to apply.


Hi shivam,

From the website, it states “Note that access to your form will be temporarily disabled at 23:59pm (Central European Time) on the day of the deadline, as the system will shut down for about four days. Access to your form will resume once the temporary shut down period ends, so you can continue editing it.”

I believe it should be up again soon since it has been almost four days since 14th nov (14 hours more to be exact)... all the best to you for your r3 applications!

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So kind of you to offer help Hideto.
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Hey Guys, has the INSEAD R3 MBA application for Sep 2019 session become active yet? I missed my deadline for R2. I need to complete the application for R3 but I can not see an option to apply.


Hi shivam,

From the website, it states “Note that access to your form will be temporarily disabled at 23:59pm (Central European Time) on the day of the deadline, as the system will shut down for about four days. Access to your form will resume once the temporary shut down period ends, so you can continue editing it.”

I believe it should be up again soon since it has been almost four days since 14th nov (14 hours more to be exact)... all the best to you for your r3 applications!

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shivam9205 you should have access again on Monday, I believe. The essays and questions are the same (Googleable)
My question for you, however, is why not January batch? For someone overrepresented ie Indian, Chinese, or white male bankers, I strongly recommend you wait one more month and do R1 where there are 1000 open seats.

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Hey Guys, has the INSEAD R3 MBA application for Sep 2019 session become active yet? I missed my deadline for R2. I need to complete the application for R3 but I can not see an option to apply.

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Round 1 admits, as decisions come forth this week, please post your profile details. If possible, beyond bare stats - why were you picked, do you think?
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This is the week guys! Good luck to everyone who applied in Round 1.

I asked for an early decision as I already received an admit from Cambridge. The adcom said that they would try their best. Has anyone here heard of someone actually recieving an early decision? And if so, how early?

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Good luck to all R1 folks! Looking at the prior trends decisions are expected to start rolling out from Monday or Tuesday this week.

Join us in the INSEAD chat to calm your nerves and stay on top of latest updates about decisions...https://gmatclub.com/forum/mchat2.php?fl=menu

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Just got the +33 call ! Over the moon and trying not to smile like an idiot at work !
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Just got the +33 call ! Over the moon and trying not to smile like an idiot at work !


Congratulations!! Hope to hear from them soon too, fingers crossed!
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Just got the +33 call ! Over the moon and trying not to smile like an idiot at work !


Congrats subirroy! Now it would be meaningless to ask which one from INSEAD and Cambridge your are choosing.
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Hey subirroy. Congrats. Are you from India and is you admission officer JM?
I am also anxiously waiting for the results, so I am curious if we will also hear back by today or tomorrow.
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Hey subirroy. Congrats. Are you from India and is you admission officer JM?
I am also anxiously waiting for the results, so I am curious if we will also hear back by today or tomorrow.


Hey vsg, thanks ! and yes I'm Indian but I'm based in Singapore. My admissions officer is EM if that helps.
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