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I was browsing the forums and did not run into the INSEAD thread for the current program! Come on - who all are out there for this year? I am still a little unsure about INSEAD as the school has been historically clear about its point of view on reapplicants - but this year bb10 noticed a change in their language for reapplicants and I think they may make their stance softer.

So: Who all are with me this year?
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New post 21 Oct 2017, 11:19
I've heard the same about consulting opportunities--you don't really need the internship to recruit with them. Also, a ton of INSEADers go into consulting post-MBA so you have nothing to worry about :)

I will also share my interview experience from yesterday. The alumni invited me to his office for a 30 minute chat and it was very informal and conversational. He didn't ask any trick questions--he asked why INSEAD, why MBA, why now and what I wanted to do after. We spent most of the time chatting about his experience at INSEAD, some of the traveling he did and how he stays involved with the school today. It was super relaxed and he mostly just wanted to understand what my motivations were and whether I had done enough research on the school.

I'm looking forward to getting the next interview out of the way and hearing back on November 20th!

If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

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New post 21 Oct 2017, 22:58
Thanks for the updates guys! I knew INSEAD interviews are quite informal, which is why I'm sort of regretting not taking the interviews sooner so that I could focus on the scholarships (quite needed in my case).

Btw, I'm also planning to switch to consulting and there are a lot of INSEADers who have done so even in the Sept intake. I know someone who was in the Jan intake and chose just to travel on the break (no internship) yet eventually managed to land a role in strategic consulting. I guess that more than the internship, it's our own efforts that will get us into our desired positions. :D

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Anyone having a hard time choosing 5 scholarships to apply to?
There are so many!

This scholarship choosing and essay writing process is definitely some work!

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Had my interviews. Generally pretty traditional interview.

First one was with a consultant, so I was asked tougher and more specific questions. It was in the office. I was asked about my career progression and talked about my work experience. There were definitely questions on cultural sensitivity and awareness as well. I was asked about what other paths I considered and why an MBA. Typical interview questions.

Second one was at a cafe near the office with someone in my profession. It focused more on my past experience and what I want to take away from the school. Had very traditional interview questions.

All in all, pretty positive experiences.


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New post 23 Oct 2017, 12:30
Hi! I was planning on to apply for INSEAD in R3. I have worked for a Fortune 500 for a year post that I am working with a development sector organisation. My gpa figures to 3.6 on 4 and am awaiting my GMAT. My extra curriculars are very strong. I have been a national level basketball player in School as well as college. Been the captain through and through. Founded the editorial board for students organisation where I handled close to 150 sub editors.

So I’d love if someone would be able to advice me on the following:

1. My total experience is 2 years
In real estate and development sector. Are people from development sector picked by INSEAD

2. I am panicking on my college and everything else, I need some advice on structuring the whole application process.

Thanks in advance




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Hi there,

Anybody having issues with the scholarship portal? I am trying to apply to scholarships and when I click on "submit application" I get thrown back to the homepage of the scholarship portal.

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I'm not having issues. I log in, fill out the personal information, then it's the list of available scholarships. Then I just hit the apply button on the right of the appropriate scholarship and it brings me to a page where I put in my essays.


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I'm not having issues. I log in, fill out the personal information, then it's the list of available scholarships. Then I just hit the apply button on the right of the appropriate scholarship and it brings me to a page where I put in my essays.


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I did exactly that, but in that page when clicking "submit application" nothing at all happens

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Hm you're definitely ahead of me then. I'm not at the stage of submitting yet. Might run into same error as you in the near future.


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I'm still drafting my essays so I can't help you, but my impression of the scholarship website is that it's quite faulty. Maybe you can try contacting the adcom for help.

Also, I would like to ask your opinion about the last question of the diversity scholarship. "Please outline how, if you are successful in your career, you might help others in theirs." Did you put an outline (bullet point) or a summary? Also, since word limit is not specified, I would assume it's fewer than 200 words?

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Currently finishing up my application for R2. Good luck for all your interviews!

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I'm still drafting my essays so I can't help you, but my impression of the scholarship website is that it's quite faulty. Maybe you can try contacting the adcom for help.

Also, I would like to ask your opinion about the last question of the diversity scholarship. "Please outline how, if you are successful in your career, you might help others in theirs." Did you put an outline (bullet point) or a summary? Also, since word limit is not specified, I would assume it's fewer than 200 words?


Don't really know about that one, but I wrote 230 words for that answer (seemed reasonable to me)

I'm wrapping up my essays. Both the application to INSEAD and now the scholarship essays are definitely some major work!!

Best of luck to everyone

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Quality over quantity on this. I believe that the longer the answer is the less direct it probably is. If you can give them a clear and direct response on this that will be to your advantage and seem more convincing.

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Hi all,

Is the current scholarship application only for financial need based scholarships? Are there additional merit based scholarships? If yes, is there a separate application required for this? Will they consider us directly for the merit based scholarships?

Thank you for your help, and all the best with the applications!

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Is the current scholarship application only for financial need based scholarships? Are there additional merit based scholarships? If yes, is there a separate application required for this? Will they consider us directly for the merit based scholarships?

Thank you for your help, and all the best with the applications!


From what I know, there are very few merit scholarships (only 2 I’m aware of) that don’t require application. Other than that, you will have to write essays for both merit and need-based scholarship.

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I am starting writing essays for R2, any suggestions and tips?

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I am a round 2 applicant.

About the scholarship essay, where is the link for this in the form? Is this for R1 applicants? I couldn't locate this anywhere in the form. Please help!
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I am a round 2 applicant.

About the scholarship essay, where is the link for this in the form? Is this for R1 applicants? I couldn't locate this anywhere in the form. Please help!


Hi,

Unless I'm mistaking, you get a link to the schorlarship platform once you have been invited for interviews. In any case, R1's deadline for scholarships is on the 6th but it will be another deadline for R2.

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Hi everyone,

I am planning to apply to INSEAD in R3 and I am only considering INSEAD at this point. I have 12 years of professional experience out of which 6 years have been spent in Asia, first with a consulting company and then with a top multinational company. During my time in Asia, I did change management for 2 years for a very large organisation, thus I am thinking that from a cultural perspective I score quite well. The advice I got from INSEAD alumni was that my professional profile was very strong so I would better focus on getting a good score in GMAT.

Any other suggestions from this forum on what the main priorities should be in terms of preparing for the admission?

Thank you!

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Hi everyone,

I am planning to apply to INSEAD in R3 and I am only considering INSEAD at this point. I have 12 years of professional experience out of which 6 years have been spent in Asia, first with a consulting company and then with a top multinational company. During my time in Asia, I did change management for 2 years for a very large organisation, thus I am thinking that from a cultural perspective I score quite well. The advice I got from INSEAD alumni was that my professional profile was very strong so I would better focus on getting a good score in GMAT.

Any other suggestions from this forum on what the main priorities should be in terms of preparing for the admission?

Thank you!


Hi and "bon courage" for the process. I think you want to spend some time on your essays. I started mentally thinking of how I was going to tell my story in a consistent and complete way that would make sense to INSEAD 2 months prior to writing the essays themselves. You can start jotting things down as well (it all depends on you). Don't hesitate in asking people that you know for help so they can read your essays, correct typos and also give their opinion on the substance. That's quite a long process. Manage your referees too. Send them the request early enough and send them reminders so they can complete their forms early enough.
If you can, finish and submit ahead of the deadline. I submitted on the last day and then had only 48hours to do the video interviews so that didn't leave much time to prepare. I think you can have up to one week if you're ahead of the deadline. It took me some time to adjust a few things because unless you're used to the exercise, making a short pitch on an improvised question into a camera is not very intuitive.

Good luck with it!

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