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New post 03 Jan 2017, 14:43
Hello everyone,
A couple of months ago my application to INSEAD was rejected after being on waitlist. I am still considering if I should take another attempt and I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
A bit more details about me:

Demo: 34 y.o. (which puts me almost above threshold for full-time MBA)
Nationality: Russian
Occupation/Career: 12 years in Marketing. For most time I did not focus too much on my career, so did not achieve great results (just middle level management), though performed very well (cases of which I presented in essays). Worked only in multi-national companies and had quite diverse international experience (though did not work abroad).
GMAT: 720 (Q49, V40, IR7)

So about a year ago I decided to give a boost to my career and considered getting an MBA would be a good move. I focused only on INSEAD, given its 1 yer program, high ranking and flexibility about older applicants. Its internationality and quite easy-going atmosphere were other great advantages for me. I visited Singapore campus in-house event (and also a lecture) and was reassured that I wanted to go there.
I applied for January’17 intake, 3rd round. I passed to interview stage, then was put on waitlist and finally rejected.
My first reaction was to forget about MBA, given my age and the fact that I do not see other MBA programs fitting my criteria (and INSEAD does not encourage re-application).
However, the thoughts on MBA still chase me (opportunity to get very diverse international exposure, to get into circle of ambitious people and to get ideas and inspiration for my future self).

So do you think that it is still worth re-applying to INSEAD in this situation?

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Definitely reapply - there are people in their late 30s at INSEAD. People who didn't even make it to the interview stage reapply and get in so you should give it another shot. Rewrite all your essays so they know you're serious. Make sure your reapplication essay is stellar too.

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New post 09 Jan 2017, 12:35
oslikdau wrote:
Hello everyone,
A couple of months ago my application to INSEAD was rejected after being on waitlist. I am still considering if I should take another attempt and I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
A bit more details about me:

Demo: 34 y.o. (which puts me almost above threshold for full-time MBA)
Nationality: Russian
Occupation/Career: 12 years in Marketing. For most time I did not focus too much on my career, so did not achieve great results (just middle level management), though performed very well (cases of which I presented in essays). Worked only in multi-national companies and had quite diverse international experience (though did not work abroad).
GMAT: 720 (Q49, V40, IR7)

So about a year ago I decided to give a boost to my career and considered getting an MBA would be a good move. I focused only on INSEAD, given its 1 yer program, high ranking and flexibility about older applicants. Its internationality and quite easy-going atmosphere were other great advantages for me. I visited Singapore campus in-house event (and also a lecture) and was reassured that I wanted to go there.
I applied for January’17 intake, 3rd round. I passed to interview stage, then was put on waitlist and finally rejected.
My first reaction was to forget about MBA, given my age and the fact that I do not see other MBA programs fitting my criteria (and INSEAD does not encourage re-application).
However, the thoughts on MBA still chase me (opportunity to get very diverse international exposure, to get into circle of ambitious people and to get ideas and inspiration for my future self).

So do you think that it is still worth re-applying to INSEAD in this situation?


Well, given that you cannot find any other program that fit your criteria and given that you were after all waitlisted and not flat out rejected, you should. It would be very important to address the fact that you see them as the only school for you as well as how your profile has improved since the last time you applied, so spend the majority of you time working on those parts in the essays. I would also highly recommend working with a professional on your essays, and more specifically a professional with experience not only with re-applicants, but re-applicants at INSEAD as well.

Good luck!
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Hi all..
I am sandeep sharma from India GMAT : 750 (Q50, Verbal 40). I had applied to R2 of September 2017 intake and received a rejection without an interview. I have an undergraduate GPA of 4.0 and have a postgraduate degree too with 8 years of professional experience across Consulting and Corporate roles. Currently, working in human resources function at American Express in India in a project management role. Have worked on consulting assignments across Middle East (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) and Switzerland from an international exposure aspect and can speak English, Hindi (native) and French (basic proficiency). I am an avid marathon runner and am actively involved in community service teaching at a local NGO for last 2 years.

I wish to seek your guidance on what could have gone wrong in my application as I thought I tick marked all attributes Insead typically looks for in a candidate. Also, does re-applying make sense since I did not even get an interview invite.

Many thanks in anticipation!

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New post 16 Jan 2017, 03:22
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Hi all..
I am sandeep sharma from India GMAT : 750 (Q50, Verbal 40). I had applied to R2 of September 2017 intake and received a rejection without an interview. I have an undergraduate GPA of 4.0 and have a postgraduate degree too with 8 years of professional experience across Consulting and Corporate roles. Currently, working in human resources function at American Express in India in a project management role. Have worked on consulting assignments across Middle East (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) and Switzerland from an international exposure aspect and can speak English, Hindi (native) and French (basic proficiency). I am an avid marathon runner and am actively involved in community service teaching at a local NGO for last 2 years.

I wish to seek your guidance on what could have gone wrong in my application as I thought I tick marked all attributes Insead typically looks for in a candidate. Also, does re-applying make sense since I did not even get an interview invite.

Many thanks in anticipation!


Perhaps your essays were not strong enough. How about you get a ding analysis from a consultant. It might be helpful before reapplying. Goodluck!
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