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Debrief posted on  Dec 29 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, September Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Dec 29 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Both interviews were conversational, one more so than the other. First interviewer was currently working in a similar company, albeit in a very different role. It was a cafe conversation. She had read my application. She gave an introduction of her work and then proceeded to ask the questions: 1. Walk me through your resume 2. Questions about current role - Stakeholders, team size, work I do, KPIs I handle 3. Why switch from people manager to individual contributor 4. What would you do differently if you are now a people manager 5. What do you like about data (since I was a data scientist) - I think this could have led to MS vs MBA question had I not answered well 6. Why Product management and why an MBA 7. How was it working in a culturally diverse team. Any insights to share? 8. What would you do during your time at INSEAD? 9. How would you prioritize coping up with so many offerings at INSEAD? 10. Any other colleges you are applying to? For QnA, I asked her about her INSEAD experience and her motivation for joining INSEAD. Overall a conversational interview with couple of probing questions. Second interviewer works in a similar role I aspire to be post MBA, albeit in a very different industry. He was also slightly senior to me (about 17 years work ex). Again a cafe conversation. Even he had read my application. Questions as follows: 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. Why MBA and why INSEAD? 3. Which courses at INSEAD appeal to you? 4. What would you do if MBA does not work out (Natural career progression as well as what would you like to do)? 5. Why not directly venture into your long term goal of starting your own venture immediately post MBA. Why wait? 6.. 1 year vs 2 year MBA 7. Tell me about your interests outside work? 8. How do you apply your learnings outside work in professional life? 9. Any geography in mind for post MBA job? Which company post your MBA? 10. Why not return to old company again? 11. How is your leadership style? 12. Tell me about a time when there was a disagreement between you and your team. How did you handle it? 13. At INSEAD MBA class group, what role do you foresee playing among your peer working group? As part of QnA, I asked him what would you do differently if he had the option of doing INSEAD MBA again. I also asked him about his experience at INSEAD and how is the long term value of it helping him? His response was mainly centered towards strength of alumni network. Overall a very casual conversation. We even bonded over the love for our football club :) I had a good experience across both interviews. Both lasted for about 70 mins. Fingers crossed as the wait begins. Best of luck to all the participants!"

advait08 from Singapore GMAT 760; WE: 84 months; Internet and New Media
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Debrief posted on  Jan 21 2021 [#permalink] INSEAD, September Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Dec 16 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"INSEAD interviews are with two alumni and you have to coordinate with them to arrange the time and date of the interview. Both interviewers live in the same city as me. Due to the pandemic, interviews were online. To prepare for the interviews, I did a mock interview with a friend who went to INSEAD a few years ago. The first interview was with an alumni with a lot of experience and who event went back to INSEAD for some executive education. The interview was schedule for 30minutes, 20minutes of interview and 10minutes of questions. -Introduce myself -Why MBA? -Why INSEAD? -Why Singapore? -Which other school have you applied to? -Goals? -How do you deal with difficult situations? She was very honest with her answers to my questions and I leant a few things about the period in the UAE. At the end of the interview, I thought that I hadn’t done too well because my interviewer didn’t seem so much into what I was saying (not from the same industry at all) and didn’t smile so much. But I think that was down to cultural differences because when I asked for feedback, she was positive and said she enjoyed our conversation. So don’t let your interviewer perceived reaction fool you and a good lesson to learn for a future at INSEAD, the business school of the world. To prepare for the second interview, I had a chat with an INSEAD alumni from my industry who gave me some tips to draw my interviewer into why my specific branch of the industry matters. The second interview was with a more recent graduate from my industry, although a complete different branch and background. The interview was scheduled for 1h with 45minutes for the interview and 15minutes of Q&A. -Walk me through your resume (many interruptions to ask why this choice, why this country, why this industry) -Why MBA? -Why now? -Why INSEAD? -Have you applied to other schools? -Why to this specific school? -What will INSEAD bring you? -What will you bring to INSEAD? -Which association do you want to join? -Goals? -Why your goals? -Why stay within your industry? -An example of leadership -An example of dealing with a difficult decision -What is your definition of diversity? -How has your background influenced a decision you’ve made? His answers to my questions were interesting and he had a lot of recommendations to make the most of an experience at INSEAD. At the end of the interview I was exhausted; it was fast paced with a lot of questions (maybe more than I can remember). I was slightly more satisfied with my performance than with the first one but once again the interviewer didn’t let anything transpire and didn’t provide me with feedback when I asked. Overall, prepare well, but don’t be scripted. Be yourself and I’m sure you’ll do very well. Good luck!"

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Debrief posted on  Jan 12 2021 [#permalink] INSEAD, INSEAD Master in Management
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 18 2020 Final Decision: Invited to Interview

"It was pretty chill. KIRA system allows for practice so you can get used to it quickly. Their were 5 questions, mostly random, with one of them being specific to INSEAD MIM program. Overall it was quite a nice process. For Preparation, you can watch MIM-essay videos on Youtube and their website. Their are a few Kira specific articles online which you can look up as well. All the Best in advance! (In case you are planning to give one in the future)"

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Debrief posted on  Nov 21 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, INSEAD Master in Management
Skype Interviewed on: Nov 02 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Interviewed with one INSEAD MBA alumnus. The interview was more on the informal side, took little over one hour and the pace was more relaxed. He definitely tried to challenge me and just give counterarguments to what I would say. I think this was definitely by design in order to see how I would react to pressure and being challenged. Even when I said I wanted to work in financial services post graduation he asked things like "then why not HEC's MSc International Finance or St Gallen's?" He told me a lot about student life and the community feeling and expected to hear from me how I would function there and what I would add to the community. Honestly though the interview is really about yourself so just be yourself."

gennarobertolino from Italy GMAT 750; WE: 11 months;
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Debrief posted on  Jan 12 2021 [#permalink] INSEAD, INSEAD Master in Management
Skype Interviewed on: Oct 19 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"I did my interview this Monday.It was a semi-formal chat with an MBA alumni. We briefly introduced ourselves and we went through some standard questions( Why INSEAD, Which internship experience means the most to you, your short term goal post MiM, what do you anticipate learning in INSEAD would be like.) The alumni is very friendly so it didn't feel as formal as a traditional interview."

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Debrief posted on  Oct 24 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, September Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Oct 16 2020 Final Decision: Deferred to Next Year

"Both interviews were over zoom. I wore a suit jacket, but the alumni were dressed super casually. Both had been out of the program for 8+ years and US based. First interview was very conversational. Questions included tell me about yourself, why an MBA, why now, why INSEAD, 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses, long term goals, one cultural like and dislike based on my experience, tell me a time you faced a problem at work, about a time you showed leadership, greatest accomplishment, how you will balance school and social life at INSEAD. She seemed genuinely interested in my background and motivations and answered my questions about her experience very thoroughly. Second interview even more casual. The interviewer shared the questions on the sheet that the interviewers have to fill out about candidates including questions like has this person shown growth and accelerated in their career, leadership capability, international motivations, how would this person handle the rigorous academics at INSEAD, would they make a good fit socially, etc. I answered his questions while he typed notes. He said he would go back and fill it all in later and his philosophy is that he shouldn’t stand in the way of people getting into the program so he would recommend me. We then spent the rest of the interview answering my questions and talking about his experience which was very candid about the pros and cons. I think we genuinely connected and he was helpful with discussing larger MBA and career considerations and said to let him know how the decision goes. Sent a thank you note to both interviewers after."

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Debrief posted on  Aug 17 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Aug 17 2020 Final Decision: Denied with Interview

"The interviewer is not working in the same industry. She is now in strategic development for retail. She is an Indian who has spent most of her life in Hong Kong but studied in an international school. Then she got her undergrad in the U.S. I believe she was selected to interview me because INSEAD wanted to evaluate my cultural fit and international perspectives, but not so much the reasonableness of my goals. The only similarity we have is that we both studied in Hong Kong and then went to the U.S. for undergrad. The conversation went well. I gave her a very comprehensive walkthrough of my background with solid reasoning on each choice I made in my professional development. She appeared to be happy with my answers. Other questions (all pretty standard) include: 1) Did you experience any culture shock when you studied in the U.S.? 2) Why do you think an MBA will help you achieve your goal? 3) Why INSEAD? 4) Biggest failure? 5) Tell me more about your experience as a mentor in the internship programs of the investment banks 6) Tell me more about your involvement in volunteering work 7) Tell me what you love and hate about Investment Banking / Finance 8) Did you apply to any other schools? When we got into Q&A, the conversation became more natural. We spoke about the clubs @ INSEAD and her career transition since INSEAD. Then we found our common interest: singing! I enjoyed the good vibes we shared in this call. I hope the next one will also go well."

LoveWildLife from Hong Kong GMAT 740; WE: 75 months; Investment Banking
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Debrief posted on  Jul 06 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Jul 04 2020 Final Decision: Admitted from WL

"Both interviews were very chill, one more than the other. First interviewer is in the same field as me currently. We had a bit of problem nailing the interview time due to her busy schedule. It started with some chit-chatting about working-from-home arrangement for both of us. Then I spent the next 20 minutes telling my story from birth to where I am today, touching various aspects of life. She then asked me the standard questions: - Which other schools have I applied? - Why only INSEAD? - What if I didn't get in? - How would I prepare myself and deal with the high-pace life in INSEAD? We were left with only a couple of minutes for Q&A so i asked about her post-MBA career choice and how she has grown in INSEAD. Second interviewer is from the industry that I want to go to post-MBA. We started more unstructured but we still cover the basic questions: - Why MBA? - Why INSEAD? - Why now? Once my story made sense, the interviewer was very supportive and shared with me his experience before, during and after MBA. Overall, it was a very good experience. Now finger-crossed, waiting for the final result."

tujnguyen from Singapore GMAT 710; WE: 48 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Jul 12 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Jun 28 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hi I am a female and my first interview was with a male alumni. The interview was friendly and relaxed but professional, he had read my whole application and had a list of around 15 questions. The interview lasted for 70 minutes. He asked: -about all of my transitions in my resume -why business from engineering? -why insead? which campus? -what is your day to day job? -how do you differentiate your service from your competitor at your current company? -how do you segment your customers? -asked about my post mba goal -what schools did you apply to and why? -in a team setting what is your tendency? e.g. a leader, follower, etc -if you dont get admitted what would you do this year? -why do you want to leave your company given your current position? Why your manager would let you go? At the end I asked him a few questions and when I was done he mentioned that he would recommend me to the Adcom but that would be only his feedback and doesn't guarantee my admission. My second interview was with a female alumni, extremely casual, fun, and friendly. She only asked me one question and that was: tell me about yourself. While I was talking about my post mba goal and my extracurricular activities, we connected in one subject and the rest of the interview was about that subject. She wasn't even taking notes and it felt like a friendly chat. I truly enjoyed that conversation, I had a chance to ask all of my questions about insead, the culture and everything. This one took about 45 minutes. The second interview was very eye opening bc I met a person who had the same goals and aspirations and mine and had achieved all of her goals after MBA. Now I just have to wait and see what the outcome is. Fingers crossed and good luck to everyone else."

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Debrief posted on  Jul 02 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Jun 26 2020 Final Decision: Waitlisted with Interview

"1st Interview was with an alumni from 2008 batch, who has her own startup now. The overall interview lasted for around 75 minutes. 1. Walk me through your resume 2. Why did you launch your start-up after under-grad? 3. Why did you left your start-up after working for five years and moved to United States? 4. Why Master's in Supply Chain? 5. Tell me some of the challenging aspects of your job? 6. What motivates me to go to job every-day? 7. Walk me through your career progression in your current job? 8. Why do you want to leave your current job since you're progressing rapidly? 9. Tell me about a situation where I led or worked on a team in a cross-cultural setting? 10. What are your short term and long term goals? 11. Why can't you achieve them now without MBA? 12. Why INSEAD? 13. Why Singapore? 14. What would you do if you don't get selected? 15. How can you contribute to the class? 16. What would you do if you aren't selected? 17. What do you like to do outside of work? Overall, it was an amazing and very conversational interview. Honestly, didn't feel like an interview, more like two people speaking candidly to each other, talking about work, life, COVID and INSEAD."

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Debrief posted on  Jul 23 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Jun 18 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Vietnamese national, live in France since 2009, 5 years of work experience in Hospitality and Tourisme 1st interview : French alum graduated >10 years, worked in Consulting after graduation then entrepreneur in Wine business. After my contact email, he quickly replied in a very (too) casual tone, which was quite unexpected. The interview was on Zoom and went pretty well. We discussed in French though. We first talked a lot about Covid crisis and how it had been impacting our respective activities/industries. Despite the casual and friendly tone, he woven all the questions about my current job in the discussion. In the "second" part of the interview, he told me about his journey before and after INSEAD, giving me some tips about financing and student life. And I've asked a lot of question about his experience. Only after that we talked about me, mostly around "Why MBA" question. Although the interview went well, I sensed that he wasn't convinced about my "Why MBA" answers and arguments. I wrote him an email later that day with some more factual details on the arguments I had put forward but he replied only the following day saying that he acknowledged my email too late, and the "interview report" was sent to the school. He did tell me in the email that he really appreciated our discussion. 2nd interview: French alumna graduated about 10 years ago, located near my town so we had a 121 interview at a bar/coffee-shop near my house. Her career path after MBA was quite unusual... The interview was in English. She spent one hour only convincing me that the MBA is not a suitable choice for me and I should look into cheaper and shorter training from INSEAD (i.e executive classes) !!! After the interview, she even texted me and sent me link to executive classes! I didn't know how to evaluate the interview afterward. Overall, my two interviewers were extremely friendly and casual. And it was kind of confusing. It was more a discussion between friends or colleagues rather than a "formal" interview. I knew it from other interview debrief but was still very surprised :) Hope that helps :)"

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Debrief posted on  Jun 05 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 28 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Both my interviews were virtual (on Zoom/Skype). The first alumnus worked in a different industry than me. First he made me comfortable and we had a casual chat for a few mins. He was based out of singapore, so told me about the situation there and asked me about the same in India. He had gone through my application and resume, and so asked me to clarify a few things mentioned there. Major Questions: How have you grown in your workplace? Elaborate on your international experience? How do you demonstrate leadership? What are your short-term and long-term goal? Why MBA? Why INSEAD? Why 1-yr vs traditional 2-yr (Since I am on the young side with 3 yrs exp)? Singy or Fonty? We talked about his career (he had dual MBA - i.e. one in India and then in INSEAD), career advice, industry trends and etc. It lasted around 60 minutes. ************************************************************************ My second interview with an alumna was again very casual. She had a sort of a checklist. First was a long conversation on my resume (about 15 mins). She asked me about almost each and every position/work I had done in detail. Then she spent about 15 mins asking me about my story. Bascially connecting the dots from undergrad, pre-mba, mba-school, and then post-mba. How it all made sense? How have you evolved? Your realisations? Major Questions: Why MBA? Why INSEAD? What other schools are you applying? Give me an example of Leadership? Give me an example of Conflict? Singy or Fonty? Long term/Short term goals? Drilled downed a bit on my short term goals. Then we talked about her career since she has graduated. In total it lasted for about 60 mins. There is no surprising question. A lot of stress was put on my fit for the program and that INSEAD is my one and only choice for MBA. Both of them were friendly."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 21 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 18 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"Due to COVID-19, both interviews are virtual. The first alumnus works in the same industry with me. He read the whole application file and mentioned some details in it. It felt more like chatting with a friend. Questions included -- How will you manage conflicts with others? How confident are you to speak for yourself in the international settings? (English is my second language) How do you demonstrate leadership? Long term goal. Why MBA now? Singy or Fonty? We talked about his school life, career advice, industry trends and etc. It lasted around 100 minutes. *** My second interview with an alumna was more formal. I could feel she had a checklist to go through. After some chats, she then jumped in questions. Questions included -- Tell me about yourself. Why MBA. Why INSEAD? What other schools are you applying? Give me an example of teamwork. How can you contribute? Singy or Fonty? We finished the checklist in 20 minutes. Then we talked about her career since she has graduated for many years. It lasted around 40 minutes. Generally speaking, there is no surprising question. They were checking my fit for the programme in particular. Both of them were friendly, and happy to answer any question I had. The experience was very delightful. Hoping for the best."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 21 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 17 2020 Final Decision: Admitted

"In overall, both interviews went quite well. However, both alumni had specific questions about my profile besides general ones. 1st interviewer is a female and she is a start-up founder My session lasted around 40~50 minutes before we talk about her INSEAD experience. We warmed up with basic questions, such as: - Self introduction - Why MBA? - Why INSEAD? - Long term and short term goal - I also talked about my extra professional activities in the introduction; therefore, this lady raised some more questions about my extra professional activities, such as: What do i do, How often, Why did I choose such activities, How many hours a week I spend for each? - Challenges I faced to when working with team members locating in different countries. I guess she had this question because most of my international WE is to work with a team whose members scatter around the globe. - Last question was about my long term career goal and it was the hardest one. I think it is only for me so don't worry too much. I think that all of us should think about our career goal carefully, not only what the goal is but also how to make it come true, how it can serve the society, what will you say/work/recommend then. The alumni can raise a lot questions about that to understand how INSEAD can support us. I didn't ask for her feedback as a lot of alumni said the interviewer will try to be neutral. That's why I spent my time to chit chat with this lady because I am interested in start-ups. 2nd interviewer is a male and he is a Head of Sales of a French company. Question list: - Self introduction - Go through my resume and what did I do in each position? - My learning point when I worked with client ABC (a very specific question) and what I enjoyed the most? - Any challenge that I can foresee when I am in an INSEAD study group and what will I do to solve it? - My plan between Fonty campus and Singy campus - What is my contribution for INSEAD? Although the number of questions is less than the 1st interviewer's, he went into details and linked back to my application form. I guess he spent time to go through my application before the interview. It took me also ~40 mins to finish before we discussed about INSEAD life. Luckily, my interviewer gave me his feedback about how suitable I am with INSEAD at the end of the session. I don't know how often it happens but maybe you guys can try with your interviewer :). Of course, he managed my expectation that he can't decide my result but he will give the Committee his positive feedback. Yayyy. I regretted that I did not ask my 1st interviewer :(. Anyway, I can't do much now. I hope that it is helpful Cheers"

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Debrief posted on  Apr 24 2020 [#permalink] INSEAD, September Intake Class of
Skype Interviewed on: Apr 07 2020 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Already deep into Covid both interviews were online (one hangouts, one zoom). They were both very relaxed and friendly and at no point I felt challenged - the normal interview preparation you would do before any interview is more than fine. No questions about golf balls in a 747 or how many smartphones are there in the world. First was with a younger alumnus graduated just few years back. After a short introduction from his side and small talk, these were the interview points: - Give me a comprehensive story of who you are, including professional life, personal life, interests, goals, etc. (I gave the cv walkthrough from high school to date, tied my interests with what I said in the essays, talked a bit about what I like to do to relax (nothing extraordinary, just don't say that you play videogames 7 hours per day or something like that)). - A challenging moment of your life (not necessarily professional life) and how did that change you, what did you learn. - Some more insight about something I wrote in my essays. - What kind of leader are you. - How do you handle conflict. - Was there a situation when you had to bring together different points of view without upsetting anybody, how did you manage the situation. - Why X campus, why do you want to do X post MBA, long term plan. - Why Insead, what other schools did you apply for and how is the application going. - Why do you think you would fit into Insead culture. - Tell me a travel story (I put travel as on of my interests on the app). - Other random chat about what I said. - Questions from my side about him and about the school. All very friendly, we had some laughs, shared some stories from out lives. Second interview with a senior alumnus graduated 10+ years back. Also very friendly and open, gave me an intro about who he is, his professional life story, his time at Insead. - Walk me through your cv. - A time you failed in your profession, how did you solve the problem, what did you learn, how did your boss react, how did your relationship with him change after that event. - Why Insead, why X campus, why you want to do X after the MBA. - Other applications? - Situation when you had to manage a conflict in your job. - Situation when you had to convince someone with a different opinion to agree with your proposition. - Questions from my side about him and his time at Insead. I genuinely enjoyed both chats, didn't feel like I was being judged / interviewd at all."

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Debrief posted on  Jul 18 2019 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Jul 17 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"My first interview was yesterday and it lasted for about 30 min. The interviewer was from the class of 2003, so I think he has experience doing these interviews and he knew exactly what he was going to ask. I sent my application and my CV to him early, but it was a good thing that I brought a printed version for the interview. He used both in the conversation and asked me to keep the printouts. We chatted a little bit about how loudly the place it was and then we got down to business. He asked me to walk him through my CV since college to my current job. He stopped me several times to understand all my experience in more detail. Then he asked a couple of questions: • Why I decide to the major I did? • Tell me about an important project that you did since you started working in US? (I’m Brazilian and I was transferred to US in 2018) • What do you want to do after business school? – (I also used this space to answer why INSEAD). • Why fonty over singy? In the end we chatted a little bit about his experience after INSEAD and I asked him a couple of questions."

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Debrief posted on  Apr 03 2019 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Apr 03 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Finished both my interviews. First interview was two weeks ago and was incredibly chilled out and conversational. We started by me talking about my current job and from there we kind of backtracked to what got me where I am today. The interviewer also really dug into how I think I will fit into the INSEAD culture and what will I focus on while there. Really, it felt like a conversation with an acquaintance. He continually followed up with questions to get a better understanding of why I want to do this. We concluded with him telling me about his own experience at INSEAD. Overall, a very positive experience. It lasted 1.5 hours. Second interview felt more formal. It started with a "tell me about yourself starting from your childhood", followed by Why MBA, Why INSEAD, how will I manage my time at INSEAD etc. It was also conversational but felt less casual than the first one. It lasted about an hour. I couldn't judge if the interviewer liked chatting with me or not, but I tried my best to answer all their questions."

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Debrief posted on  Mar 28 2019 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 26 2019 Final Decision: Matriculating

"My second interview was with a 2002 alumni. He was super friendly and at all times it felt like a casual conversation more than an interview. He asked about my work, and what I did, sounding more interested and curious rather than "testing me". He asked why MBA, why now, where do you see yourself 5 years after the MBA, what is your plan if you don't get in. I think it was smooth and friendly. it lasted an hour"

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Debrief posted on  Mar 25 2019 [#permalink] INSEAD, January Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Mar 24 2019 Final Decision: Interviewed

"My first interview was pretty relaxed in a Starbucks. I guess there are not many alumni in my country so we didn't share any kind of background. Interviewer was serious at first - she had read my resume and application so she had specific questions about my stories, mainly asking me to add more details to things that had caught her attention. She asked about my job experience, my goal, about a challenging story and about my failure. She asked me why an MBA, why INSEAD. She asked me how I pictured myself in the first 5 years after INSEAD and given all countries I traveled to and lived in, what could I contribute to INSEAD's diversity. We then had a chat in English (my resume said I have learned French by myself so she asked me more detailed about that) and then it was my turn asking questions. We ended up chatting for a while afterwards and she gave me some tips for the program. It lasted around 75 minutes."

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Debrief posted on  Feb 12 2019 [#permalink] INSEAD, September Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Feb 11 2019 Final Decision: Admitted

"Just had my first alumni interview with alum from 2004, and was quite tonally different to other school interviews. He definitely grilled me on all my answers and seemed like he really wanted to understand my reasoning rather than just accept the answers I had. It was a great learning experience for sure. It was quite conversational, with questions building on my previous answers, but the rough topics covered were: He'd also really done his research on my background so lots of questions were company specific. 1. Tell me about yourself/run me through your resume 2. Why MBA, why now 3. What drew you to INSEAD 4. Explain your day to day -> it was a bit muddled but he basically covered: - teamwork - leadership - how do you normally take charge, what are some examples. went back to college days and asked about teamwork from the engineering perspective. - conflict resolution (do you get pushback when you take charge, vertically or laterally in the company) followed by do you think this is the best way to resolve conflicts 5. What are the pros and cons of working in a small company (I work in a company of 14 people)? 6. if the MBA doesn't work out, then what? Why do you feel like you need an MBA when marketing consultancy or other jobs dont require them. 7. Why not a US 2 year program? 8. Why Fonty over Singapore? Overall, it was an interesting experience. His background was totally different to mine (finance vs media), and he kept quite a poker face. His love of INSEAD definitely came through though, and we spent 20 minutes talking through my questions I had prepared for him. He was quite transparent about the process requiring quite a lengthy report and he took lots of notes. Lasted about 50 mins. Will be interesting to see what the second one is like, as it is more of a similar background to me."

stetarbe from Hong Kong GMAT 720; Internet and New Media
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Debrief posted on  Dec 18 2018 [#permalink] INSEAD
Skype Interviewed on: Dec 18 2018 Final Decision: Admitted

"Hi everyone, I just had my first interview. Alumni from 2006 batch, with a background different from mine. The interview was in the Alumni work office and lasted 90 minutes. The conversation was a bit on the tough side on the beginning, with the interviewer challenging my answers constantly, so preparation was key. Besides the usual questions (why MBA, why INSEAD, which other schools, CV questions), I was asked about my leadership style, how would my colleagues describe me, what is my plan without an MBA, which would be the bigger challenge in pursuing my career goals post-MBA, which was my favorite project at work or university, how do I deal with different negotiation styles.... Overall, it felt closer to a job interview than a relaxed conversation. However, when it came to the part where I was asking questions, the vibe became much more relaxed and we actually laughed a lot. I actually confirmed that there is no indication from the school regarding the good cop/bad cop attitude, it's just the interviewer style. I guess it makes sense that they try to grill us a bit, just to check if we can handle hot water ;) As long as you were authentic in everything you mentioned in your application and your CV, you'll be just fine :) I'll come back after my second interview to give you feedback. Best of luck to all of us!"

greenfield from Portugal GMAT 670;
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Debrief posted on  Jan 01 2019 [#permalink] INSEAD, September Intake Class of
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Dec 17 2018 Final Decision: Interviewed

"My first interview was during working hours at a coffee shop with an alum who had graduated in 2010. The discussion was very casual right from the start, and I felt completely at ease. I come from a non-traditional sector, so my interviewer asked me a few questions regarding my motivation for applying to an MBA, what I planned to do afterwards, and why I thought an MBA would be a necessary next step. The rest of the discussion revolved around why I chose INSEAD, what I hoped to gain from my time there, why a one year program in Europe, and which other schools I had applied to. We discovered we had a mutual interest in photography so ended up talking about that for a bit! Overall, it was a very relaxed process and lasted about 45 minutes. The questions were straightforward and nothing out of the ordinary. We spend the last ten minutes talking about my interviewer's experiences at INSEAD and he had nothing but glowing reviews. If you have a logical reason for getting an MBA at INSEAD and can articulate that well, you'll be fine."

ayersrock from United Arab Emirates
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Debrief posted on  Dec 11 2018 [#permalink] INSEAD
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 09 2018 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Alum was a graduate from the 2006 batch. She started off with an introduction about her background, her journey after INSEAD and what she does currently. I followed with my introduction. She asked me to explain my career trajectory a bit in detail. Asked me to talk an interesting project I did and what I learnt from it. Moved on to the usual suspects - why MBA, why INSEAD, what other schools did you apply to and what's the order of preference. Had a fairly long discussion on conflict resolution - she laid out the context that in INSEAD you'll work a lot in groups and people will have different opinions. How will you work through that? What role do you play in groups? Are you active or passive? What approach will you take to resolve a conflict with another group member? What will you do if there's a conflict between two other group members? Moved on what I do for fun and a bit of probing into that. Concluded with me asking her a bunch of questions for about 10-15 minutes. Lasted about 45 mins. A pretty casual and chilled out conversation."

nishantd88 from Malaysia GMAT 750; WE: 62 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Dec 11 2018 [#permalink] INSEAD
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Oct 31 2018 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Interviewer was an alum from the batch of 2007. Was a very relaxed and chilled out person. He said upfront that the interview isn't a big hurdle and is just to gauge fit. If you have been shortlisted then you tick all the boxes and this is just sort of a sanity check. It started off a bit unexpectedly. He said "Lets do it the other way round. What questions do you have for me?" Discussed in detail about his experience and memories, his learning from INSEAD and about the alumni network. Then went on to discuss about my career to date and my current role. Went through the usual questions - why MBA, why INSEAD, what other schools did you apply to and what's the order of preference. Asked two scenario based questions - a time when you had to overcome language barrier to communicate and areas of weakness you are currently working on. Overall a very relaxed and comfortable conversation."

nishantd88 from Malaysia GMAT 750; WE: 62 months; Consulting
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Debrief posted on  Feb 02 2018 [#permalink] INSEAD
Off Campus with Alumni Interviewed on: Nov 13 2017 Final Decision: Matriculating

"Less than 2 weeks before the decisions come out. As per my interviews, both were held at the alumni's office and I would say they were quite relaxed. First one was with a Japanese alumna who is a bit on the older side. She asked me the usual why INSEAD, why now, and which other schools was I applying for. She also probed my goals a bit, asking me why I need to transition to consulting in the short-term post-MBA instead of going straight to pursuing my real passion, social entrepreneurship. I just answered honestly and cited financial reasons, to which she laughed because she apparently did the same! Overall, it was a very fruitful experience. She was just checking my fit in the program. At the end of the interview, she told me that my personality and goals are a perfect fit for INSEAD. :D PS: It seems that INSEAD used to have this creative question, "Would you want to sit beside this person for 2 hours on a plane?", but she told me they scratched it out this year. The second one was with a Singaporean alumnus living in Tokyo and a fairly recent graduate. He came prepared with notes about my resume and job description essay. He was asking a lot of questions about the achievements I wrote on my resume, specifically on the scope of my contribution. I made the rookie mistake of not reviewing one tiny detail of my resume: I have close to zero recollection of a paper I published 10 years ago for an NGO I volunteered with for 4 months. Well, it was just 1 question and I think I did well on others so I'm hoping for the best. He also asked the usual why INSEAD. At the end of the interview, I asked him some questions about his INSEAD experience and recommendations on classes/professors to take. That's it for me. I wish everyone the best of luck!"

crza from Philippines GMAT 760; Manufacturing
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