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Why INSEAD’s Time Has Finally Come

INSEAD’s number one spot in the Financial Times’ ranking has been a long time coming. In the 18 years that this ranking has been published, the top spot has been held only by Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and London Business School. As INSEAD’s Director of Admissions, Marketing and External Relations from 2005 to 2012, I remember long hours of laboring over data collection for MBA rankings submissions for publications such as the FT, and sweating it out as we waited for the results. I have to say that I leapt out of my chair in delight when I heard the result this year.

So what is INSEAD doing so well?

Academic excellence

INSEAD has succeeded in attracting many of the world’s best and brightest faculty and has ramped up investment in research. Faculty are drawn to the stimulating environment of such a diverse community. Professors also talk about the breadth of perspectives they encounter in the INSEAD classroom, which sparks a richer discussion than they have found elsewhere. Professor Randel Carlock says: “I enjoy teaching at INSEAD because it truly is a global experience. And I get to lead innovative classes with some of the brightest MBA students in the world.” His perspective is echoed by the school’s dean, Ilian Mihov, who comments that “the diversity in the INSEAD classroom is unparalleled and this fact alone creates a magical environment.” Assistant Dean Graham Hastie also notes “We are very proud of the fact that our faculty research is so highly ranked and that more of our PhD graduates find faculty positions at top schools than those of any other program.”

A truly international school

INSEAD clearly benefits from the emphasis on international dimensions in the FT ranking. INSEAD was in fact the first school to recognize the importance of a truly international perspective for business leaders, and this internationalism has been a fundamental part of the school’s DNA since its inception.

The school has constantly pushed the boundaries of what it means to be international, in its quest to train business leaders who excel at working across cultures. “The Business School for the World” has long boasted the most internationally diverse program, with students from over 80 countries, and no dominant nationality in the classroom. The geographic expansion of the school, with the Singapore campus (now in its 17th year) and the Abu Dhabi campus (now in its 7th year) has further reinforced the international visibility of the school and its ability to attract candidates and recruiters from all parts of the globe.

A springboard for an international career

The FT 2016 ranking shows that the 1-year MBA can deliver the sort of earnings power and salary increase to compete with the very best 2-year programs. The school has progressively increased investment in the past few years in the careers team (from 30 to 40 staff since 2014) and has attracted alumni donations for state-of-the-art video conferencing interview suites on the 3 campuses. The INSEAD careers team has a huge challenge, given the 1-year format, and the geographic diversity and sheer size of the 1020 strong student body. You might think it would be hard to achieve a dramatic career change during a 1-year program, however 84% of INSEAD students change sector, function or country, and an impressive 25% switch on all three dimensions. The school has built relationships with a huge roster of regular recruiters from across the globe, and last year graduates took positions with 440 different organizations in 64 countries. Recruiters are also increasingly seeking the international mindset and ability to work across cultures that is the very essence of an INSEAD MBA graduate. INSEAD now has the highest proportion of alumni at the top 20 most attractive employers (according to a Universum survey) of any school.

The global network effect

The school made a bold move in growing the student body to over 1000. The rationale behind the growth was that the school did not want to be a small, elite club for a few privileged westerners, but truly the “Business School for the World” – a transformative training ground for the next generation of business leaders from all continents. The size of the program is now paying dividends, as the school’s alumni network has grown to over 50,000 from 157 nationalities, living in 174 countries. In 2005, McKinsey noted that there were 23 countries in which more than 100 INSEAD MBA alumni lived and worked; its closest competitor at the time, HBS, had such alumni presence in just 12. Since then, the breadth and depth of INSEAD’s network has grown dramatically, and INSEAD today can point to 45 countries in which it has more than 100 alumni. This network is an immense asset in creating a positive cycle of attracting more great MBA applicants and recruiters, as well as being a tremendous resource for the alumni as they progress in their careers.

The killer ROI of the one-year program

INSEAD invented the one-year MBA format over 50 years ago, and this has proven to be a highly successful model. Students appreciate the opportunity to gain their MBA degree (in which they cover 80% of the material you would cover in a top two-year program) in half the time, meaning a much lower overall cost and less foregone salary. The Forbes MBA ranking shows the program has the highest five-year ROI of any school in the world. Recruiters also comment that the intensity of the INSEAD program more closely mirrors the reality of professional life in a post MBA career, and better prepares students to hit the ground running when they start their new job.

INSEAD’s winning formula has firmly cemented its position among the world’s leading business schools. In the last four years at Fortuna Admissions we have certainly seen increasing volumes of applicants from the US and around the globe targeting INSEAD as their first choice, and the number one spot in the FT will likely drive more applications to the school. In the volatile world of MBA rankings, the school should enjoy this moment in the sun. And regardless of rankings, under the strong leadership of the school’s dynamic young Dean, Ilian Mihov, INSEAD promises to continue to go from strength to strength.

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Is anyone applying to INSEAD with no international work-ex just a few abroad short trips?
But I have virtually assisted sales and marketing people of south Asia and Middle East and also when they come to INDIA. Does it count?

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Is anyone applying to INSEAD with no international work-ex just a few abroad short trips?
But I have virtually assisted sales and marketing people of south Asia and Middle East and also when they come to INDIA. Does it count?



Oh well, I think you still have chances but you need to work hard on your international interactions while at home.

In my case, I have not worked or studied abroad for a considerable time (Just few 1-month courses in America and 2 month volunteer in India). I have also travelled a lot and visited over 30 countries. That being said, I was R2 waitlisted and have just been accepted. I believe that this "international" aspect of my application was not strong enough. Also, during the interview one of my interviewers was very picky in this matter, trying to understand all these experiences I had abroad.

Again, I am pretty sure you can apply, just make sure to highlight how your interactions helped you to set the "international mind" INSEAD looks for.

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Hi All,

I am 36 yrs old Indian female, yet to take my GMAT and INSEAD is one of my topmost targeted B-Schools. But I have a software developer experience primarily and leadership experience while I was in India as a Module Lead, Team Lead, Project Lead.
But no International Leadership experience.
I am currently based in Melbourne, Australia and working in IT sector here as an Analyst programmer
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I have over 10+ years of experience in IT.

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Hello Everyone!! We are delighted to inform you that we are holding a chat session with Caroline Diarte Edwards, Director at Fortuna Admissions (former Director of Admissions at INSEAD) and Melissa Jones, Expert Admissions Coach at Fortuna Admissions (former Asst. Director at INSEAD).

Caroline and Melissa will dialogue with applicants in GMAT Club chat room on general admission questions and provide tips on getting into INSEAD. This is best opportunity for you to learn about what INSEAD from its former admission directors. So save this event to your Google Calendar and present in the chat room with your questions.

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Having benefited greatly from the collective knowledge here on GMATCLUB, I too would like to share some personal experience/advice on applying to INSEAD. I hope it helps and all the best!

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Background: I applied in R2 (Oct ‘15) for 17J to start in Singapore, got WL in Dec ‘15 and recently received news this month (Feb ‘15) that I have been accepted for a place in Fonty

Resume
-To spruce up my CV, I used an admissions consultant which had a strong record of helping applicants into INSEAD and prided itself in specialising in those with a GMAT score of below 720.

Key tip:
- Quantify successes and unique achievements. This was not just about spelling out how much $ you helped to make but things like “I was the youngest consultant to have handled such a project” or “I was the only female in a male-dominated team”. I also received information about the school and things they focused on in the application but weren’t very new things I didn’t already know. Do I think it was worth the US$600 I paid? Not really.

Essays
- Finding the steep prices for essay reviews by consultants very unreasonable, I was extremely happy to chance upon http://www.mbavolunteers.org/ which provides MBA application reviews (by an alumnus) in exchange for a donation to charity. I would totally recommend this to those who are already confident about their writing skills, have thought through their storylines etc and know the rough angle which they would like to portray themselves.
Most importantly, this service works best when you need a greater refinement of your essays and just would like someone who ‘has been there and done that’ to add in her insights and advice on how to ‘tie them all up’. DO NOT expect someone to hand-hold and provide advice from admission dates to how to interview. To me this was a $250 well-spent, plus for a charity that I like!

Key tips:
- Emphasise your international experience, also on why you like diversity and how it will value add to your experience and vice versa, show clarity of thought on pathway (eg. clubs/courses, how you will leverage geography) to reach your goals post-mba
- Use the personal experience essay to highlight something very unique to you and how it has shaped your thinking and outlook on life
- Remember, the admissions team will be asking these questions:
- Who is this applicant? What makes him tick? What are his passions and what how does that translate in this work and extra-professional activities?
- Why has she made these career choices?
- How has his international experiences (a given for any INSEADer) moulded his personal and professional outlook?
- How can he uniquely contribute to the community during and after his MBA?
- Does she really know what we stand for and how she will make use of our resources for her next career phase?
You don’t want to let them work too hard to get their answers from your essays.
- Finally, write and re-write those essays to make sure that you have a coherent storyline that flows and ensure that any gaps (eg. Months where you were not working/a significant industry change etc) are all accounted for.

Recommendation Letters

Key tips:
- Pick people who have seen you grown in your career and can testify to your strengths (preferably hitting some of the 5 key values which INSEAD expounds) and areas of growth (preferably where you think an MBA could help build on). I ensured this by providing a write up for my recommenders and briefing them about how what INSEAD looks out for.
- INFORM YOUR RECOMMENDERS WAY IN ADVANCE – they are probably very busy people and would be grateful if you inform them earlier and also helped in giving them as much information as possible. I certainly did not enjoy the last minute rush in getting my letters sorted out.

Interviews

Key tips:
- Highlight the same things in shared in essay
- Interviewers are typically a recent graduate (~5 yers) and a less recent graduate (~10 years), with at least one in either your current industry /the industry that you are interested in working in.
- Do a little bit of homework about your interviewers’ backgrounds so that you can ask relevant questions about their journeys post-MBA.
- Read through this for past interview experiences: http://blog.clearadmit.com/category/int ... ol/insead/

On being waitlisted
Devastated at first, I gathered good advice from GMATCLUB forums and talks such as these how-to-get-off-the-mba-waitlist-webinar-by-gmat-club-and-mbamission-212335.html#p1642135.

Key tips:
- Keep the communication lines warm as long as you have not heard from them through providing max 2 updates about progress in career etc. Personally, I sent a followup email in Jan reiterating my interest, sharing some highlights at work and finally enclosing another recommendation letter from former colleague who was an alumnus (knowing how much INSEAD values its alumni).
- Indicate willingness to be considered for either campus- I heard from various student sources that this helps. My original preference was Singapore, which has less than half of the places in Fonty and so I also indicated openness to start in either campus in my followup email.

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So this is it – my 6 months of application hard work distilled into advice that I would give to my pre-application self! The process itself though arduous, was great in helping me reflect on my career path thus far, even understand myself better and what motivates me, in order to visualise and solidify my goals better.

And now, as one chapter closes for me, another opens. Currently, I’m in the midst of prepping for what looks to be a crazy 10 months ahead - looking for other scholarship avenues for financing my MBA, working out plans with my partner, and would be happy to connect if you have more questions/comments. All the best and enjoy the process as much as you can – don’t forget to discover more about yourself along the way.

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I'm a recent INSEAD grad (2015 December) who found this forum extremely helpful when I was in your shoes! So I'd love to give back to this community by helping you folks with your essays whether you're just starting your first draft or need a set of fresh eyes to proofread the final version. Happy to answer any questions you might have about the application process or INSEAD in general as well. Please feel free to reach out at ashika.sim@gmail.com or by replying to this post.

ps. Not looking to make money off of this, but in exchange for essay help, would truly appreciate a donation to any charity of your choice!

Good luck!
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Guys, here is summary of transcript of recent live chat with former INSEAD adcoms and directors of Fortuna Admissions.

Difference between January and September intakes is surely about internship, but can you highlight the competitiveness of these intakes.. is there any advantage?

Fortuna_Caroline: there is no difference in the level of competition Jan v Sept. In fact the school gets slightly more apps for Sept start but slightly lower yield (percentage accepting the offer) so the offer rate is the same.



Acceptance rate and Interview rate of INSEAD are published nowhere. Can you throw some light on that?

Fortuna_Caroline: The school does not publish details of the admissions pool; most of the weeding out is done at the pre-selection for interview stage; at interview stage you can expect an approx 50% chance of admission.



How important is diversity in the class profile?

Fortuna_Melissa: diversity if very important for INSEAD as there isn't one nationality that takes up more than 10% of the class. That is if you are talking about nationality! Diversity also includes professional background etc as they want a mix of people from different work backgrounds.



In the job description essays we are told to provide a short answer. How short can this really be? The shortest I was able to make it was 800 characters.

Fortuna_Melissa: We suggest about 300 words for the job description + another 300 words for your career evolution essay. If you go over that it's totally fine but just try and keep it close to 300



Does INSEAD look favourably at over-aged candidates i.e. 10+yrs experience and age being 35 ? Is this an advantage or disadvantage.

Fortuna_Caroline: The age range on the programme is typically 23 to 35 with the average age in the upper 20s. Candidates in the mid 30s may be seen as a better fit for the Executive MBA and may be pointed in that direction instead.



What is the importance of the last optional essay question (anything you would like to tell us), what is the advised topic for that question, and how important is the optional recommendation letter?

Fortuna_Melissa: If you didn't get a chance to speak to something in your application, then the optional essay is a great place for this. For example you have a side project/side company that you are running or are starting up. Or if your gmat is low you could use this section to validate your quant/verbal skills through work, other courses you've taken etc. But don't use this optional essay unless you have something to add. No repetition. It's totally fine to not use this essay at all.



Could you please speak frankly about the chances of a non-US, non-EU citizen to find a job in the US post INSEAD?

Fortuna_Caroline: US visas can be a challenge; if you are purely focused on working in the US then you may be better off applying to a US MBA program which gives you the right to stay in the country for 12 months post MBA. It depends also on how attractive your profile is to potential recruiters.

Thank you! What about positions in Western Europe (UK in particular) for a non-UK non-EU citizen?

Fortuna_Caroline: Easier than the US. UK has a points based system and how easy or difficult it is to get a visa depends on your individual profile. But generally if you have a strong profile, a clear career goal and a profile that is attractive to your target recruiters, you should be fine.



I've noticed there's not a single question in the application asking "Why Insead"? I presume this is done on purpose? I couldn't find where to place the information that I had visited campuses, attended open days, talked with the alumni. So is it a test of an applicant's creativity of where to put it, or does Insead deliberately not ask it?

Fortuna_Melissa: Good question. There use to be a question about this but they took it out. So yes it was done on purpose. No need to include this in other parts of the essays. They were finding the essay wasn’t adding much as people said similar things. you can talk about why INSEAD if you get to the interview phase - the interviewers will no doubt ask you about that.



How are job prospects at France and Singapore campus? Especially for finance? And how much INSEAD is famous for finance roles post mba? Also do they care of 8 months spent outside home country for work as compared 3 years worked outside?

Fortuna_Caroline: Job prospects are the same across campuses. Recruiters cannot recruit at the school unless they recruit on both campuses; however, obviously your local networking opportunities are different, so you should think about where you want to be geographically. Finance recruitment is strong. 3 years is likely to carry more weight in terms of international.



Wait list candidates are usually recommended to inform Adcom about major updates such as promotions. However, the timing and occurrence of such things is not under direct control of an individual. What are some other things that applicants can do to show an enhanced profile to Adcom (besides GMAT)?

Fortuna_Melissa: For waitlisted candidates, you could mention any new responsibilities you have taken on at work if a promotion hasn't happened. Or a new project you asked to be put on? Also perhaps you have engaged in other extra curriculars if this was an area lacking in your app. Does that help?



How does Insead perceive applicants who are entrepreneurs? After all, they "ruin" stats for earnings etc sometimes

Fortuna_Melissa: INSEAD loves entrepreneurs - they honestly don't look at it will 'ruin' stats for earnings. They are just looking at who will make up the best class, regardless of salary. Just show your experience as an entrepreneur and passion for it post MBA + show your passion as to how INSEAD is such an entrepreneurial driven school (throughout your essays)



For the essay questions, how do recommend for the weight between professional and personal, I guess 100% professional is not a good idea

Fortuna_Caroline: It depends on the question. The "candid description" essay can be more personal (and sometimes candidates miss an opportunity in this essay to tell more of their personal story). Otherwise the essays should mainly be professionally focused except the extracurricular essay.



What is the appropriate level of communication for wait list students with INSEAD adcom?

Fortuna_Caroline: it is good to stay in touch with your Admissions Officer, to show that you are committed and ready to step in. I would suggest about once per month - send a friendly check in, or call; or get in touch of course when you have an important update about your profile to share.



How does INSEAD perceive people who come from a NON-entrepreneurial background but aim to start their own venture post MBA?

Fortuna_Melissa: As I said INSEAD is a very entrepreneurial school and they welcome people with different backgrounds - of course speak to your achievement within your ent endeavors and why exactly do you need an MBA to start your own venture. A lot of candidates post MBA plans are to start their own companies so they def view it favorably.



Does INSEAD entertain Re-Applicant? Some where I read they don’t encourage

Fortuna_Caroline: Indeed the communication from the school is not very encouraging (different to US schools) but in reality the school does get a fair number of reapplications and they can get admitted if there is a change in the profile (positive change). Otherwise if there is no change in the profile, almost certainly the decision will be the same.



Can you please also comment on the chances to enter top strategy consulting (MBB) with no previous experience in the private sector prior to INSEAD? For example, someone who was in the public/non-profit sector before

Fortuna_Caroline: it is certainly feasible. MBB is actually quite open to a range of backgrounds. I remember a student at INSEAD who was a professional pianist and joined McK post MBA. Funnily enough, we recently had a client who went to another school and made exactly the same switch from being pianist. They are looking for smarts and potential.



How long should a good interview last, what are the indicators that your interview is successful

Fortuna_Melissa: interviews can be from 30 minutes to 3 hours! I've heard it all. Generally they last an hour. I'm sure you'll have a good sense if it is going well - if you've answered the questions well and were well prepared. Just make sure you ask them lots of questions too as people like to talk about themselves! You can always ask at the end of the interview as to how they thought it went and if they see any weaknesses in your profile. Then if they mention something you can take a moment to speak to that point and get them to change their view!



Is the optional recommendation letter also important or only marginal?

Fortuna_Caroline: really not necessary to submit an optional reco letter and better not to do so unless it really adds something very important. The app is already long and you don't want to annoy the file reader with too much to wade through.



What can a candidate of age 33 at start of Program do to offset age related concerns?

Fortuna_Caroline: You need to show a strong fit with the program; that you have progressed well in your career (sometimes candidates in their 30s look like they have reached a plateau); also important to have a clear career plan.



How long does the officer take to go through an application, say on average?

Fortuna_Caroline: It depends but I would say that on average, about 30-45 mins is spent on reviewing and discussing a file at the interview selection stage, and then typically a bit more than that at the final admissions committee stage.



How the profile reviewer, interviewer and admission committee communicate? Do I assume they make dependent decision?

Fortuna_Caroline: File reader writes up a summary of the app with his/her comments. The ad com then reviews this summary, and has the full file to hand in case further info needed. Final decision taken by a large ad com.



Caroline how strict is INSEAD with the word limit for Motivation essays?

Fortuna_Caroline: if you are about 5% or a bit more over, that is OK. I would be careful about going 10% or more over esp if the content is not really essential.



I'm sure you must be happy with the new FT ranking for INSEAD. Do you think this could result in a spike in applications for the Jan intake?

Fortuna_Caroline: likely there will be some more apps triggered by the FT ranking indeed. It will probably take a couple months to start trickling through. Do see my article about INSEAD's ranking result: http://poetsandquants.com/2016/01/24/wh ... -has-come/



Talking about resume, I guess we should stick to 1 page? Do they favour INSEAD format? or the format really does not matter

Fortuna_Caroline: Better to stick to one page if you can, but not required/essential. The INSEAD format is purely optional so if you find it tricky at all I would suggest using a more standard format. No issue.



Does choice of location matter in admissions decision in any way?

Fortuna_Melissa: For INSEAD you choose if you want to go to Singapore or Fonty campus - admissions is completely blind of this so it has no relevance to if you are admitted or not.



Is the interview based on CV or on profile collated from entire application

Fortuna_Melissa: Your interviewers are only given your CV or the first 10 pages of your application. However don't assume they will read any of it. It's up to you to cover all aspects of your profile - so cover your prof experience, accomplishment, hobbies, etc plus mention in'tl experience/exposure. Cover it all!


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Anyone applying for Round 1?

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I have just started gauging as to what story will be applicable to each question. What about you !

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Hi all, I'm about to apply for R1 J'17

I have a nice polished CV ready to go, should I redo it to follow the INSEAD template instead? Does it make much difference? Thanks!

I feel like with the INSEAD format I won't be able to fit all I want on there, and my career wasn't in consulting so "achievement / skills" are a bit more difficult to present. If I were to get in I would gladly redo it to follow their resume book with the help from career services :)

Help me with this dilemma, thanks!

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Hey,

I have read all the past threads of Insead. In that it was written that it is not necessary to submit your CV according to the template. But it should be organised and clear with respect to you change of positions, roles n responsibilities etc.

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Does anyone know about the length of the "short answer"?
How many words are allowed in the each of the job description essays ?

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pria131 wrote:
Does anyone know about the length of the "short answer"?
How many words are allowed in the each of the job description essays ?


I have used:
    Job Essay #1: 250-300 words
    Job Essay #2: 250-300 words
    Job Essay #3: 400 words
    Job Essay #4: 300 words

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pria131 wrote:
Does anyone know about the length of the "short answer"?
How many words are allowed in the each of the job description essays ?


I have used:
    Job Essay #1: 250-300 words
    Job Essay #2: 250-300 words
    Job Essay #3: 400 words
    Job Essay #4: 300 words


I like the way INSEAD didn't limit the number of words on these questions. It did play a psychological warfare in my head: "what do you mean by short answer! Tell me how many words and then I'll abide by that :x ". But INSEAD is looking for leaders and it's on us to determine how many words we can allocate to these questions.

I believe Motivational essay# 2 is one of the hardest essays. It has us writing 400 words on two topics. The premise must be concise and straight forwards while keeping the reader entertained and information clear and understandable.

I started with the Motivational Essays and I'm done with number 2. I think this is very helpful as I will apply the same strategies to answer the job essays. So I'll limit my self to a max of 300 words.

Job essay #4 is a tricky one as we need to be assertive that an MBA is detrimental to accomplish our goals and that "no MBA" is not an option!

Here are some links that my be helpful:

http://gmatclub.com/blog/2015/10/insead ... deadlines/
http://blog.clearadmit.com/2015/06/inse ... -analysis/

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R1 applicants: are your recommendation letters already submitted?

any R2 applicants? How far are you in your application?

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farrous13 wrote:
rbatista19 wrote:
pria131 wrote:
Does anyone know about the length of the "short answer"?
How many words are allowed in the each of the job description essays ?


I have used:
    Job Essay #1: 250-300 words
    Job Essay #2: 250-300 words
    Job Essay #3: 400 words
    Job Essay #4: 300 words


I like the way INSEAD didn't limit the number of words on these questions. It did play a psychological warfare in my head: "what do you mean by short answer! Tell me how many words and then I'll abide by that :x ". But INSEAD is looking for leaders and it's on us to determine how many words we can allocate to these questions.

I believe Motivational essay# 2 is one of the hardest essays. It has us writing 400 words on two topics. The premise must be concise and straight forwards while keeping the reader entertained and information clear and understandable.



I started with the Motivational Essays and I'm done with number 2. I think this is very helpful as I will apply the same strategies to answer the job essays. So I'll limit my self to a max of 300 words.

Job essay #4 is a tricky one as we need to be assertive that an MBA is detrimental to accomplish our goals and that "no MBA" is not an option!

Here are some links that my be helpful:

http://gmatclub.com/blog/2015/10/insead ... deadlines/
http://blog.clearadmit.com/2015/06/inse ... -analysis/



Hey are you applying in R1? How much you are done with your essays ? :?

and I read the clearadmit essay analysis for job essay #4. It says -
"The “with or without an MBA from INSEAD” is an interesting twist, and seems to hint that the school is looking for candidates who are so determined to accomplish their professional objectives that they will work toward them whether or not they gain admission to their program."

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pria131 wrote:

Hey are you applying in R1? How much you are done with your essays ? :?

and I read the clearadmit essay analysis for job essay #4. It says -
"The “with or without an MBA from INSEAD” is an interesting twist, and seems to hint that the school is looking for candidates who are so determined to accomplish their professional objectives that they will work toward them whether or not they gain admission to their program."


Hi pria131. I am applying in R2. Target is to get the application ready by March 31st. I am done with 2 essays, both were reviewed by my wife. My friend and his gf will be reviewing these 2 essays this week. I've also drafted the remaining two essays. By the end of the week I am likely to have the final versions.

Then I'll start with the job description part which is likely be finalized around March 13.

I'll also most likely write the additional essay as I need to explain the reasons behind my low GPA.

How about yourself? Which campus did you select as the starting campus?

exciting times :)

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