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I have interview coming up next week. Some tips in this regard would be wonderful.

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From my personal experience, I'd say that you should prepare brief bullet-points for all the standard questions that your interviewers are likely to ask (why MBA, why INSEAD, tell me about your international experiences, walk me through your CV, etc) but definitely DO NOT script your responses. You'll sound unnatural and your answers will sound rehearsed, on the day, if you do this. Just know your story well and practice interviewing, with a friend. You don't need to tick every box and give every detail but you DO need to be natural.

My interviewer said that the best candidates are reasonably relaxed and the interview should play out like a conversation between friends. Keep it professional but friendly. Warm and not overly formal nor overly familiar. I think it's as though you're speaking with a recruitment company - you don't need to impress as much as you would in a direct interview with an employer, you're more relaxed and you're explaining your work experiences, history and objectives, to give the recruiter a better sense of who you are and where you're hoping to go.

Again, from my own experience, your interviewers aren't likely to ask questions in a typical, set order (ie. questions that address your history in chronological order - why this degree, why this first job, why move to the next job, etc). They may also ask probing questions that go all the way back to before university. So make sure that you know why you decided on this career, all those years ago and why you made all the choices that led you here today. Really think, in depth, about your feelings and rationale for each and every career/educational decision and make sure that they all make sense and paint a coherent picture of your career route. I didn't prepare for these probing questions but I knew exactly why I made the decisions that I made, because these were things that I thought about, before I decided to pursue an MBA. Luckily, this meant that when the interviewer asked me about these areas, it was very conversational and not at all stilted (unlike the "walk me through your CV" portion,where I simply rehashed stuff from memory - not a smart move!). It's OK to ask for a moment, to think about your answer, before responding. Better to give a considered response than to fill all silences hurriedly.

I hope that helps. Good luck!

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I have interview coming up next week. Some tips in this regard would be wonderful.

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From my personal experience, I'd say that you should prepare brief bullet-points for all the standard questions that your interviewers are likely to ask (why MBA, why INSEAD, tell me about your international experiences, walk me through your CV, etc) but definitely DO NOT script your responses. You'll sound unnatural and your answers will sound rehearsed, on the day, if you do this. Just know your story well and practice interviewing, with a friend. You don't need to tick every box and give every detail but you DO need to be natural.

My interviewer said that the best candidates are reasonably relaxed and the interview should play out like a conversation between friends. Keep it professional but friendly. Warm and not overly formal nor overly familiar. I think it's as though you're speaking with a recruitment company - you don't need to impress as much as you would in a direct interview with an employer, you're more relaxed and you're explaining your work experiences, history and objectives, to give the recruiter a better sense of who you are and where you're hoping to go.

Again, from my own experience, your interviewers aren't likely to ask questions in a typical, set order (ie. questions that address your history in chronological order - why this degree, why this first job, why move to the next job, etc). They may also ask probing questions that go all the way back to before university. So make sure that you know why you decided on this career, all those years ago and why you made all the choices that led you here today. Really think, in depth, about your feelings and rationale for each and every career/educational decision and make sure that they all make sense and paint a coherent picture of your career route. I didn't prepare for these probing questions but I knew exactly why I made the decisions that I made, because these were things that I thought about, before I decided to pursue an MBA. Luckily, this meant that when the interviewer asked me about these areas, it was very conversational and not at all stilted (unlike the "walk me through your CV" portion,where I simply rehashed stuff from memory - not a smart move!). It's OK to ask for a moment, to think about your answer, before responding. Better to give a considered response than to fill all silences hurriedly.

I hope that helps. Good luck!


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I have interview coming up next week. Some tips in this regard would be wonderful.

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Make sure you know your essays inside out and can explain gaps if any in your CV. The idea of the interview is to evaluate what you can bring to the class and how genuine your essays are.

Be yourself, show your strengths (not show off!).



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I have interview coming up next week. Some tips in this regard would be wonderful.

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From my personal experience, I'd say that you should prepare brief bullet-points for all the standard questions that your interviewers are likely to ask (why MBA, why INSEAD, tell me about your international experiences, walk me through your CV, etc) but definitely DO NOT script your responses. You'll sound unnatural and your answers will sound rehearsed, on the day, if you do this. Just know your story well and practice interviewing, with a friend. You don't need to tick every box and give every detail but you DO need to be natural.

My interviewer said that the best candidates are reasonably relaxed and the interview should play out like a conversation between friends. Keep it professional but friendly. Warm and not overly formal nor overly familiar. I think it's as though you're speaking with a recruitment company - you don't need to impress as much as you would in a direct interview with an employer, you're more relaxed and you're explaining your work experiences, history and objectives, to give the recruiter a better sense of who you are and where you're hoping to go.

Again, from my own experience, your interviewers aren't likely to ask questions in a typical, set order (ie. questions that address your history in chronological order - why this degree, why this first job, why move to the next job, etc). They may also ask probing questions that go all the way back to before university. So make sure that you know why you decided on this career, all those years ago and why you made all the choices that led you here today. Really think, in depth, about your feelings and rationale for each and every career/educational decision and make sure that they all make sense and paint a coherent picture of your career route. I didn't prepare for these probing questions but I knew exactly why I made the decisions that I made, because these were things that I thought about, before I decided to pursue an MBA. Luckily, this meant that when the interviewer asked me about these areas, it was very conversational and not at all stilted (unlike the "walk me through your CV" portion,where I simply rehashed stuff from memory - not a smart move!). It's OK to ask for a moment, to think about your answer, before responding. Better to give a considered response than to fill all silences hurriedly.

I hope that helps. Good luck!


Great Tips mate.
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You're most welcome. BTW, I'm sure you already know this but for the purposes of completeness, INSEAD places a lot of emphasis on its people and "fit". From my research, I gathered that the reason why you should try to be yourself as much as possible, is because the interviewers are trying to determine (aside from making sure you've got the international profile for which INSEAD is famous and that your story makes sense) if they'd like you as a potential fellow alumnus and if you'd be the kind of classmate they'd like to work with, in a hypothetical situation. All the best!

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It depends on your background. If you're coming from quant/finance backgrouns - sit back and relax until Jan. If you are more of a poet (like myself) - I d recommend some readings in advance.

Regarding recruitment: again, depending on your background and intended industry, you may want to do some research and networking in advance - you won't have much time once you start. And for 'D class - recruitment starts straight away, hence, being prepared for recruitment helps a lot!

Also, get your exit language out of the way before starting the program.

PM me if you have more questions, will try to answer them

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Just had my first interview. It was more like a conversational interview. And went on for about 70 minutes.

Discussion about the application, resume and essays.
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Had my first interview today at my interviewer's office. All discussions revolved around the evaluation form to be filled by the interviewer and the tone was as of a general conversation between colleagues. I didn't get a chance to highlight my extracurricular activities which I believe were a strong part of my application. My interview lasted only half an hour so don't know what to make out of it but keeping my hopes alive.

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Had my first interview today at my interviewer's office. All discussions revolved around the evaluation form to be filled by the interviewer and the tone was as of a general conversation between colleagues. I didn't get a chance to highlight my extracurricular activities which I believe were a strong part of my application. My interview lasted only half an hour so don't know what to make out of it but keeping my hopes alive.

Good luck to all for upcoming interviews.


All the best for the next one Nigushto,

Mine a twice as longer. So now I am also confused on what to make out of mine.

I hope it's just interviewer to interviewer variation.
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Had my first interview today at my interviewer's office. All discussions revolved around the evaluation form to be filled by the interviewer and the tone was as of a general conversation between colleagues. I didn't get a chance to highlight my extracurricular activities which I believe were a strong part of my application. My interview lasted only half an hour so don't know what to make out of it but keeping my hopes alive.

Good luck to all for upcoming interviews.


All the best for the next one Nigushto,

Mine a twice as longer. So now I am also confused on what to make out of mine.

I hope it's just interviewer to interviewer variation.


Thanks mate! 70 mins is good so I don't think you need to worry about it.

When is your next one? Mine was earlier scheduled for today and just when I was thinking I could finally have a free weekend, it got postponed to Monday.

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Tuesday. So we are basically on the same boat

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Good luck with your interviews, prabhakar09 and nigushto.

Don't worry too much about the duration of the interviews. My first one lasted 20 mins and the second one was a good 90 mins long. Also, honestly it is almost impossible to figure out what the interviewer is sometimes thinking. Some of them will tell you right away that they like you and would definitely recommend you, and then there will be the others with perfect poker faces. Just be yourself and show the passion you have for INSEAD, MBA and all the things that you plan to do post-MBA.

And one quick tip - prepare multiple examples for competency questions. My second interviewer (I am sure he was playing the bad cop) wanted 1 additional example (in addition to the 3 he originally had asked for) for almost every competency question he asked me.

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Good luck with your interviews, prabhakar09 and nigushto.

Don't worry too much about the duration of the interviews. My first one lasted 20 mins and the second one was a good 90 mins long. Also, honestly it is almost impossible to figure out what the interviewer is sometimes thinking. Some of them will tell you right away that they like you and would definitely recommend you, and then there will be the others with perfect poker faces. Just be yourself and show the passion you have for INSEAD, MBA and all the things that you plan to do post-MBA.

And one quick tip - prepare multiple examples for competency questions. My second interviewer (I am sure he was playing the bad cop) wanted 1 additional example (in addition to the 3 he originally had asked for) for almost every competency question he asked me.


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Just applied on the last day for round 4.

Only got 680 on GMAT 2 days prior the deadline (I changed my mind about the intake year 3 weeks ago due to various reasons), so I only spent 5 days working the GMAT.
But got some very strong Recommendation letters + good background. Finger crossed and I hope to meet some of you in 5 months !


Hello Hello_! (I have to admit that the main reason I am replying is to type this sentence LOL) 680 is an amazing score with only 5 days' preparation. Good luck with your application!

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nigushto wrote:
Had my first interview today at my interviewer's office. All discussions revolved around the evaluation form to be filled by the interviewer and the tone was as of a general conversation between colleagues. I didn't get a chance to highlight my extracurricular activities which I believe were a strong part of my application. My interview lasted only half an hour so don't know what to make out of it but keeping my hopes alive.

Good luck to all for upcoming interviews.


All the best for the next one Nigushto,

Mine a twice as longer. So now I am also confused on what to make out of mine.

I hope it's just interviewer to interviewer variation.


Thanks mate! 70 mins is good so I don't think you need to worry about it.

When is your next one? Mine was earlier scheduled for today and just when I was thinking I could finally have a free weekend, it got postponed to Monday.


All the best for the interview today. ... Good luck
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Hello_ wrote:
Just applied on the last day for round 4.

Only got 680 on GMAT 2 days prior the deadline (I changed my mind about the intake year 3 weeks ago due to various reasons), so I only spent 5 days working the GMAT.
But got some very strong Recommendation letters + good background. Finger crossed and I hope to meet some of you in 5 months !


680: it's 84-85 percentile. what was the breakup? normally they don't care much about the total score rather the quant and verbal percentile. if they are both 70+ shoot the application.

Recommendations: I doubt anyone goes it with a bad recommendation. but this is till good.

your main tool at this point of time would be your essays. Make them a super-strong one; a sparkling one. Highlight your background, unique experiences, extraordinary achievements. Some social activities.
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