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INSEAD: Discriminating interview & Waiting list Jan19

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Hello,

I got an email today saying that I’m on the waiting list and I have a few questions:

1. What are my chances (applied in round 2)?

2. In the first interview, me and the interviewer had opposite views about a certain semi political issue and I fill that the entire interview was around that and that I was being attacked. At the end of the interview, the interviewer also said that my English isn’t good enough (although I scored a high grade in both the Gmat & the Toefl) and some other comments. In addition, I was asked to send my full application prior to the interview yet the interviewer knew nothing about me and asked me basic and personal questions about myself such as if I am gay. My second interviewer was surprised to hear that I was not yet accepted and said that he/she will reach out to the school and keep me posted.

I really fill that I was discriminated by the first interviewer, do you think I should write an email to the school describing the above and asking for another chance to interview? (I also have a recording of the interview)

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Hi Dingo123,

thank you for sharing your story.

First of all, please do not lose hope. Being waitlisted means that INSEAD liked your profile, so you still have high chances of admission ;)

I'm really sorry you had such a negative experience in the first interview. What you went through is by no means a typical interview, and INSEAD specifically asks the interviewers to make interviewees feel comfortable during the entire interview, and of course, not "attack" them.

You could of course contact INSEAD describing your experience, but I don't think asking for another chance to interview would make a difference.

By the way, did you get your interviewer's consent to record the interview? If you didn't, I would be very careful about sharing the recording.

Again, I'm very sorry about your experience.

Feel free to connect with me (alex@arleeconsulting.com) if you need advice on a Waitlist Strategy, or if you want to discuss further how to approach INSEAD about your negative experience in the first interview.

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Dingo123 wrote:
Hello,

I got an email today saying that I’m on the waiting list and I have a few questions:

1. What are my chances (applied in round 2)? Honestly slim, however you could send an update letter to increase your chances, if you have something substantial to add in terms of the 4 criteria (Acads, Contribution, Intl, Leadership.) One of my clients send an update about becoming the captain of pickup soccer team (leadership) and was admitted the month before school started.

2. In the first interview, me and the interviewer had opposite views about a certain semi political issue and I fill that the entire interview was around that and that I was being attacked. At the end of the interview, the interviewer also said that my English isn’t good enough (although I scored a high grade in both the Gmat & the Toefl) and some other comments. In addition, I was asked to send my full application prior to the interview yet the interviewer knew nothing about me and asked me basic and personal questions about myself such as if I am gay. My second interviewer was surprised to hear that I was not yet accepted and said that he/she will reach out to the school and keep me posted.

One of the problems here is that they know the interviewer, but not you. So this could become a kind of he-said she-said. However it seems as though you felt bullied, which makes complete sense to me, and if rejected, you would probably be wondering "what if" if you hadn't contacted admissions to report this incident.

At the very least, NOT OK for this person to ask about your sexuality AT ALL. This is one specific that leaves zero doubt; I would ask for them to identify the best course of action when an interviewer bullies you and asks inappropriate personal questions. This seems like an intimidation tactic because the answer, your sexuality, SHOULD HAVE NO BEARING on your fitness as a candidate.

If you write your AO I recommend that you STICK WITH THE FACTS in recounting the interview. Please also have someone else read it (optimally a consultant) to make sure it is clear and unemotional. Provide context and specifics.

I really fill that I was discriminated by the first interviewer, do you think I should write an email to the school describing the above and asking for another chance to interview? (I also have a recording of the interview)

You should probably keep the recording to yourself for the time being. Hopefully it can be resolved through other means, because it might call your character into question had you not obtained his prior approval. I'm not sure of the rules surrounding this to be honest. Take a professional and business like tone as much as possible, even though you are justifiably angry.

Really sorry this happened to you - please keep us posted.
Farrell


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