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# INSEAD January 2015 Intake (Class of December 2015)

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23 Apr 2014, 21:46
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Just had my first interview today.

It was very conversational, the interviewer attended INSEAD 7 years ago, and is now a director at a huge Engineering consultancy. Interview went around 50 mins at his office.
- Asked me to run through my Resume since I graduated from bachelors.
- Reasons for why I made certain moves in my career.
- Why MBA, why now, why INSEAD.
- how I am going to finance it.
- My goal after Insead, what happens if I dont get accepted
- What concentration within MBA I have in mind & why.
- My hobbies & extracurriculars.
- At the end told me about his insead experience, what 'work hard play hard' meant at insead. And how strong the Alumni network is.

The Preselection notification deadline is tomorrow. Goodluck to everyone who is still waiting for a response and those who are interviewing.
One more interview to go next week, and then I'll be done with MBA applications for life :D
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24 Apr 2014, 12:28
Just wondering: how is everyone planning to answer the "if not INSEAD, then what" question? I believe it's quite a common question in INSEAD interviews across geographies...wonder if there's anything particular they are looking for
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26 Apr 2014, 06:20
Just wondering: how is everyone planning to answer the "if not INSEAD, then what" question? I believe it's quite a common question in INSEAD interviews across geographies...wonder if there's anything particular they are looking for

I guess I would just mention my alternatives (other MBA programs, continue in/change the current job). My guess is that what they are looking for in this kind of questions is "what do you plan to do in order to get to your post-mba objectives without an INSEAD MBA." They probably want to see that you can get to your objectives through various ways.
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27 Apr 2014, 00:57
So can I ignore my gazillion INSEAD essays while preparing for my interview, in the assumption that my interviewer hasn't read them?
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27 Apr 2014, 03:51
Guys,

I'm stuck on the cultural diversity essay.

It asks us to tell about an experience where we were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or a negative way. (300 words)

Im a bit confused on this one. My tryst with cultural diversity was when i lived in singapore (i am from india), a) the country has people of many nationalities living together. b) the demeanor of singaporeans taken together as a whole is much different from where i come from.

As of now the way i have answered this question is how the singaporean way of life, the behaviour of singaporean people differed from where i came from and how i have tried to pick up the +ves from the things that i experienced or observed there.

In other words right now I have structured this essay as - 'singaporean behaviours and way of life and its differences from my country's way of life and what i learnt and adopted'.

My doubt is that would this actually be "cultural diversity" in the textbook and traditional sense of the word. ie people from many different cultures, me between them and how i was influenced.

I have considered culture as a set of daily behaviours of the people of singapore as a whole and hence built my essay on those lines.

can you people please give me views on this and help resolve my delimma??

Regards
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27 Apr 2014, 14:18
PlastMan wrote:
Just wondering: how is everyone planning to answer the "if not INSEAD, then what" question? I believe it's quite a common question in INSEAD interviews across geographies...wonder if there's anything particular they are looking for

I guess I would just mention my alternatives (other MBA programs, continue in/change the current job). My guess is that what they are looking for in this kind of questions is "what do you plan to do in order to get to your post-mba objectives without an INSEAD MBA." They probably want to see that you can get to your objectives through various ways.

Thanks Plastman, yup that does make sense. Will prly answer on those lines itself
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27 Apr 2014, 16:26
Just wondering: how is everyone planning to answer the "if not INSEAD, then what" question? I believe it's quite a common question in INSEAD interviews across geographies...wonder if there's anything particular they are looking for

I think the intent of the question is to see career paths with & without the INSEAD MBA, you need to show that without Insead you might not achieve your goals (or would take longer to achieve it).
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Guys,

I'm stuck on the cultural diversity essay.

In other words right now I have structured this essay as - 'singaporean behaviours and way of life and its differences from my country's way of life and what i learnt and adopted'.

I have considered culture as a set of daily behaviours of the people of singapore as a whole and hence built my essay on those lines.

can you people please give me views on this and help resolve my delimma??

Regards
Saurabh

Hi Saurabh, I believe the way you have structured your essay is the right way, I structured it exactly like that. Though I took only one aspect of it (+ive aspect) and showed an example that I personally experienced , how it was different from my country of birth, and what I learnt from it. I think you can talk about singapore holistically when comparing it to your country of origin. Goodluck
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01 May 2014, 02:33
Just finished my first interview. Lasted 35 minutes of which 15 minutes was spent on my resume, 10 minutes where the interviewer spoke about himself (mostly in response to a question of mine), and 10 minutes where he spoke about how I should position myself for recruitment after graduation (in terms of my background and markets). The interview left me feeling good about myself.
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01 May 2014, 06:40
Hello Chaps,
Just finished my first interview as well:
- At his office 45 minute
- Freindly conversation
- Tell me about yourself (questioned few points)
- Strength and weakness
- ST/LT goals, if I can reach them today why MBA?
- A bit on hobbies
- what happens if not INSEAD? A: tackle my weaknesses and reapply...Q: if never INSEAD!?
He gave me many recommendations on the concentration/electives, clubs, community life....
All in all I felt it was a good meeting, I really enjoyed it and I think (at least hope) the interviewer did the same.
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02 May 2014, 19:53
Ziceg wrote:
saurabhmalhotra wrote:
Guys,

I'm stuck on the cultural diversity essay.

In other words right now I have structured this essay as - 'singaporean behaviours and way of life and its differences from my country's way of life and what i learnt and adopted'.

I have considered culture as a set of daily behaviours of the people of singapore as a whole and hence built my essay on those lines.

can you people please give me views on this and help resolve my delimma??

Regards
Saurabh

Hi Saurabh, I believe the way you have structured your essay is the right way, I structured it exactly like that. Though I took only one aspect of it (+ive aspect) and showed an example that I personally experienced , how it was different from my country of birth, and what I learnt from it. I think you can talk about singapore holistically when comparing it to your country of origin. Goodluck

Thanks ziceg..
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02 May 2014, 20:58
Hi everyone, how come I can't find the essay list on INSEAD's website?

Also, what's your reasoning for applying INSEAD? I read most graduates go to consulting and it's for people who don't want to change their career path. What's your view?
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02 May 2014, 23:19
Hello,

Are these essays also valid for Sept 2015 intake?
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03 May 2014, 07:24
maybe not since they changed the essay for Jan 2015 intake from Sept 2014 intake. they might change it again
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Finished both my interviews. Both were relaxed and fairly straightforward. Few questions around my current job. The significant one was why I quit a banking job to become a film maker. Was fairly stress free and I believe that they are structured this way. If anybody has any specific questions, please feel free to ping me.

P.S I was also told that interviewers do not get access to the essays so as to not bias them in anyway.
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04 May 2014, 06:06
Thank you everybody who attended the latest webinar jointly organized by GMATClub and Admissionado Consulting for the applicants got dinged this year.

For the members who could not attend this event, we have posted the webinar recording in the main post of this thread.

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05 May 2014, 01:46
Hello Chaps,

I finished my second interview on Saturday, was quite challenging the interviewer was observing every detail from my body language, my tone, the rationale behind my answers and decisions......
However i felt i gave him a good impression and left with him saying he ll give a positive feedback as he pointed out few weaknesses in my profile and how to address them.
I feel my full experience is comparable to a "Good Cop / Bad Cop" Approach.
The interviewers asked completely different questions (Those asked in first interview were not discussed in the second and vice versa).
All in all, my only advice is to be prepared, some interviews you need a drink before and crack few jokes, others you need to be quite sober and give proper answers.
Now i await the final decision!
Best of luck for all of those invited for interviews.
For more details about the content and topics discussed throughout the interviews please feel free to ping me.
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07 May 2014, 22:12
Had my first interview yesterday. The interviewer was an alum from about 8 years back and runs his own software firm now. I knew him a bit from earlier, since we are both part of a few startup groups. The interview was very straightforward but he kept questioning me on why I needed an MBA since my long term aspirations are in entrepreneurship and I already run two start-ups. It lasted for about 50 mins, and ended by him saying he has to send either an "Accept/Defer/Reject" response. He spoke a lot about his time at INSEAD and how INSEAD has helped him in his entrepreneurial journey. The interview overall left me with mixed feelings, but more positive than otherwise. Fingers crossed for now!
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08 May 2014, 03:18
flyingdragonamy wrote:
Also, what's your reasoning for applying INSEAD? I read most graduates go to consulting and it's for people who don't want to change their career path. What's your view?

While everyone has his own specific reasons to go for an MBA and attend a certain school, here are top three reasons that candidates discuss while applying at INSEAD.

1. Pursuit for an international career or career in Asia
2. Intense training offered by one year MBA
3. Management consulting and entrepreneurship

If you want to change career to investment banking, you will have difficulty doing so at INSEAD, especially if you apply for a July class. Otherwise, I don't think do there would be any problem in switching career.
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08 May 2014, 09:34
Anyone submitted their scholarship essays yet? I received a notification about the process closing on May 12th for 1st round applications!
Re: INSEAD January 2015 Intake (Class of December 2015)   [#permalink] 08 May 2014, 09:34

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