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Hello. I'd like to kindly request you for your two cents on my candidacy for INSEAD. Here goes.

Background:
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Age 32
GMAT 720
TOEFL 114

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer Science from one of the top 10 private engineering colleges in India

Work Experience: Total 9+ years
Job 1 - Top IT company headquartered in Germany
Worked for 7 years of which 5 have been leading teams. When I left, I was managing a team of 12 and have managed cross-functional, cross-cultural and for 4 months even a cross-company team. Lots of international travel across 3 continents meeting customers, understanding requirements and then building the product roadmap and pipeline for 3 major countries.

Job 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship
Built a mobile app that is still active. Co-founder/CEO. Managing a team of 6. Receiving Angel Funding of $30,000. Early successes but now the numbers aren't too encouraging. Obviously, the entrepreneurial journey has come with plenty of learnings through successes and failures.

Extra curriculars - Traveling is my passion. Have traveled to over 30 countries in 10 years (most in a personal capacity). Lots of learning. Some volunteer work and sports activities as well. PADI Certified diver.

Post MBA Goal - continue my passion for building products by working in a product management or tech strategy role in a tech company like Google/FB/Amazon etc. Long-term get back to entrepreneurship.

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You have a great profile from a statistical point of view and you're also well-rounded. I definitely encourage you to apply. Ideally there would be some community leadership here....and I'm hoping that your Quant is high to compete with fellow Indians. J Term is probably optimal because you will want to do an internship in one of those companies.

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Hi Farrell,

Thank you so much for taking the time to give me your valuable inputs. I have a quant score of 49. I'm hoping this coupled with my engineering degree should be enough to pass muster? Your thoughts?

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Hi Experts!

I'd like to kindly request you for your two cents on my candidacy for INSEAD. Here goes.

Background:
Indian IT Male
Age 32
GMAT 720
TOEFL 114

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer Science from one of the top 10 private engineering colleges in India

Work Experience: Total 9+ years
Job 1 - Top IT company headquartered in Germany
Worked for 7 years of which 5 have been leading teams. When I left, I was managing a team of 12 and have managed cross-functional, cross-cultural and for 4 months even a cross-company team. Lots of international travel across 3 continents meeting customers, understanding requirements and then building the product roadmap and pipeline for 3 major countries.

Job 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship
Built a mobile app that is still active. Co-founder/CEO. Managing a team of 6. Receiving Angel Funding of $30,000. Early successes but now the numbers aren't too encouraging. Obviously, the entrepreneurial journey has come with plenty of learnings through successes and failures.

Extra curriculars - Traveling is my passion. Have traveled to over 30 countries in 10 years (most in a personal capacity). Lots of learning. Some volunteer work and sports activities as well. PADI Certified diver.

Post MBA Goal - continue my passion for building products by working in a product management or tech strategy role in a tech company like Google/FB/Amazon etc. Long-term get back to entrepreneurship.



Hi Ashman,

I see you already have some good admits in your Kitty. Congratulations on those.

Of your 7 years work experience, has any been spent abroad? INSEAD, as I am sure you already know, values international work experience or work exposure, which means, you work in international teams even if you have not travelled.

INSEAD is also great for entrepreneurship, and your entrepreneurial experience should be valuable there.

Since you already have two admits in hand, go ahead and apply - you will have to work out your financials though. I guess you will have to pay the fee for your current options by sometime in December but you would get to know your INSEAD decision only by March next year (at the earliest).
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Hi Experts!

I'd like to kindly request you for your two cents on my candidacy for INSEAD. Here goes.

Background:
Indian IT Male
Age 32
GMAT 720
TOEFL 114

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer Science from one of the top 10 private engineering colleges in India

Work Experience: Total 9+ years
Job 1 - Top IT company headquartered in Germany
Worked for 7 years of which 5 have been leading teams. When I left, I was managing a team of 12 and have managed cross-functional, cross-cultural and for 4 months even a cross-company team. Lots of international travel across 3 continents meeting customers, understanding requirements and then building the product roadmap and pipeline for 3 major countries.

Job 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship
Built a mobile app that is still active. Co-founder/CEO. Managing a team of 6. Receiving Angel Funding of $30,000. Early successes but now the numbers aren't too encouraging. Obviously, the entrepreneurial journey has come with plenty of learnings through successes and failures.

Extra curriculars - Traveling is my passion. Have traveled to over 30 countries in 10 years (most in a personal capacity). Lots of learning. Some volunteer work and sports activities as well. PADI Certified diver.

Post MBA Goal - continue my passion for building products by working in a product management or tech strategy role in a tech company like Google/FB/Amazon etc. Long-term get back to entrepreneurship.



Hi Ashman,

I see you already have some good admits in your Kitty. Congratulations on those.

Of your 7 years work experience, has any been spent abroad? INSEAD, as I am sure you already know, values international work experience or work exposure, which means, you work in international teams even if you have not travelled.

INSEAD is also great for entrepreneurship, and your entrepreneurial experience should be valuable there.

Since you already have two admits in hand, go ahead and apply - you will have to work out your financials though. I guess you will have to pay the fee for your current options by sometime in December but you would get to know your INSEAD decision only by March next year (at the earliest).



Hi Namita,

Thank you for your inputs! Although I have never been formally located in a foreign country. Since 2008, for at least 2 months a year, I have traveled all over Canada and the United States meeting customers, their senior management and their technical teams. I've hosted meetings, workshops and presented in conferences as a representative of the company. In 2014, 2 additional markets (One of them being United Nations and some of it's subsidiaries) were added to my kitty and that only widened my international experience further. I spent almost 4 months abroad collectively that year. Will the fact that I wasn't formally located abroad discount the international experience I've had over the years?

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Yes, that will do! Also it goes without saying that you will want to nail the app, and clearly articulate areas of differentiation vs other Indian applicants. If you engage help, I'm optimistic.

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ashman843 wrote:

Hi Namita,

Thank you for your inputs! Although I have never been formally located in a foreign country. Since 2008, for at least 2 months a year, I have traveled all over Canada and the United States meeting customers, their senior management and their technical teams. I've hosted meetings, workshops and presented in conferences as a representative of the company. In 2014, 2 additional markets (One of them being United Nations and some of it's subsidiaries) were added to my kitty and that only widened my international experience further. I spent almost 4 months abroad collectively that year. Will the fact that I wasn't formally located abroad discount the international experience I've had over the years?

Thank you!



I would focus more on the overall international exposure accrued due to working with expats and foreign teams. Four months in terms of numbers, is hardly a lot of time to travel abroad, although qualitatively it could have been an amazing and insightful period for you. Ofcourse if you have some recountable experiences during the four month travel period, you can use them in the essays (if they fit the question).
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Hi Namita,

Thank you for your inputs! Although I have never been formally located in a foreign country. Since 2008, for at least 2 months a year, I have traveled all over Canada and the United States meeting customers, their senior management and their technical teams. I've hosted meetings, workshops and presented in conferences as a representative of the company. In 2014, 2 additional markets (One of them being United Nations and some of it's subsidiaries) were added to my kitty and that only widened my international experience further. I spent almost 4 months abroad collectively that year. Will the fact that I wasn't formally located abroad discount the international experience I've had over the years?

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I would focus more on the overall international exposure accrued due to working with expats and foreign teams. Four months in terms of numbers, is hardly a lot of time to travel abroad, although qualitatively it could have been an amazing and insightful period for you. Ofcourse if you have some recountable experiences during the four month travel period, you can use them in the essays (if they fit the question).


A small clarification I'd like to make here. Since 2008 I've traveled 2 months a year minimum and in 2014 it was about 4 months. That brings my international experience to a total of 12 + 4 =16 months, unfortunately not at a single stretch. I'd like to think it is substantial enough because it really did broaden my business thinking to a more international scale.

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Yes, that will do! Also it goes without saying that you will want to nail the app, and clearly articulate areas of differentiation vs other Indian applicants. If you engage help, I'm optimistic.

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Thank you for the advice. Of course, I do realize that the competition will be extremely tough. I've heard that INSEAD these days aren't too gung ho about older candidates. Is there any truth to this rumor?

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Thanks for sharing.

You have rich materials to choose from. For instance, you could use experiences working with international teams to showcase your collaboration and leadership skills. Or use your experience with the mobile app to show entrepreneurial spirit and self-awareness, identifying how an MBA would help you. Your passion for traveling would be good to demonstrate your open-mindedness and curiosity, as well.

Experiences presenting and winning over clients/stakeholders will also be good in showing you interpersonal skills. It would help to show how all of these skills and experiences (and the INSEAD MBA) will help you towards your post-MBA goals.

Be sure to take time to outline the stories you will use for each of the essays. You would want to maximize your available materials to distinguish you from other well-qualified Indian candidates, as you can expect very strong competition.

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Yes, that will do! Also it goes without saying that you will want to nail the app, and clearly articulate areas of differentiation vs other Indian applicants. If you engage help, I'm optimistic.

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Thank you for the advice. Of course, I do realize that the competition will be extremely tough. I've heard that INSEAD these days aren't too gung ho about older candidates. Is there any truth to this rumor?

Would say more so for consulting, where it is awkward to bring a 33yo in at the same rank as a 26 yo. Employers are driving that change (imo, more time to suck you dry before you go quality of life on them and leave) For tech, this whole thing is less rigid.

With regards to your age, Europe is your best bet, honestly. Would recommend that you also apply to IMD and HEC where the average age is 30. Judge also.

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Hi Experts!

I'd like to kindly request you for your two cents on my candidacy for INSEAD. Here goes.

Background:
Indian IT Male
Age 32
GMAT 720
TOEFL 114

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer Science from one of the top 10 private engineering colleges in India

Work Experience: Total 9+ years
Job 1 - Top IT company headquartered in Germany
Worked for 7 years of which 5 have been leading teams. When I left, I was managing a team of 12 and have managed cross-functional, cross-cultural and for 4 months even a cross-company team. Lots of international travel across 3 continents meeting customers, understanding requirements and then building the product roadmap and pipeline for 3 major countries.

Job 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship
Built a mobile app that is still active. Co-founder/CEO. Managing a team of 6. Receiving Angel Funding of $30,000. Early successes but now the numbers aren't too encouraging. Obviously, the entrepreneurial journey has come with plenty of learnings through successes and failures.

Extra curriculars - Traveling is my passion. Have traveled to over 30 countries in 10 years (most in a personal capacity). Lots of learning. Some volunteer work and sports activities as well. PADI Certified diver.

Post MBA Goal - continue my passion for building products by working in a product management or tech strategy role in a tech company like Google/FB/Amazon etc. Long-term get back to entrepreneurship.


Assuming your GMAT is fairly balanced, you have a competitive profile for INSEAD. However, competition is intense so don't apply only to INSEAD. Do you prefer a one-year program and Europe, or are you open to two-year programs in the U.S.?

You may want to listen to an interview I had a few weeks ago with the new admissions director at INSEAD, Virginie Fougea. Lots of insight into what they are seeking in applicants.

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Thanks for sharing.

You have rich materials to choose from. For instance, you could use experiences working with international teams to showcase your collaboration and leadership skills. Or use your experience with the mobile app to show entrepreneurial spirit and self-awareness, identifying how an MBA would help you. Your passion for traveling would be good to demonstrate your open-mindedness and curiosity, as well.

Experiences presenting and winning over clients/stakeholders will also be good in showing you interpersonal skills. It would help to show how all of these skills and experiences (and the INSEAD MBA) will help you towards your post-MBA goals.

Be sure to take time to outline the stories you will use for each of the essays. You would want to maximize your available materials to distinguish you from other well-qualified Indian candidates, as you can expect very strong competition.

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Thank you so much for the pointers. This will definitely help me with my application.

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ashman843 wrote:
Hi Experts!

I'd like to kindly request you for your two cents on my candidacy for INSEAD. Here goes.

Background:
Indian IT Male
Age 32
GMAT 720
TOEFL 114

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer Science from one of the top 10 private engineering colleges in India

Work Experience: Total 9+ years
Job 1 - Top IT company headquartered in Germany
Worked for 7 years of which 5 have been leading teams. When I left, I was managing a team of 12 and have managed cross-functional, cross-cultural and for 4 months even a cross-company team. Lots of international travel across 3 continents meeting customers, understanding requirements and then building the product roadmap and pipeline for 3 major countries.

Job 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship
Built a mobile app that is still active. Co-founder/CEO. Managing a team of 6. Receiving Angel Funding of $30,000. Early successes but now the numbers aren't too encouraging. Obviously, the entrepreneurial journey has come with plenty of learnings through successes and failures.

Extra curriculars - Traveling is my passion. Have traveled to over 30 countries in 10 years (most in a personal capacity). Lots of learning. Some volunteer work and sports activities as well. PADI Certified diver.

Post MBA Goal - continue my passion for building products by working in a product management or tech strategy role in a tech company like Google/FB/Amazon etc. Long-term get back to entrepreneurship.


Assuming your GMAT is fairly balanced, you have a competitive profile for INSEAD. However, competition is intense so don't apply only to INSEAD. Do you prefer a one-year program and Europe, or are you open to two-year programs in the U.S.?

You may want to listen to an interview I had a few weeks ago with the new admissions director at INSEAD, Virginie Fougea. Lots of insight into what they are seeking in applicants.

Best,
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Hi Linda,

Thank you so much for taking the time to evaluate my profile. I have a Q49/V40 split. Would that constitute as a balanced split? I've applied to a few unis in the US, Canada, Singapore and India. Gotten 2 admits, 2 interviews coming up and the rest are still under review. I've been a little iffy about Europe (with the obvious exceptions of LBS and INSEAD) because of the economic situation prevalent at the moment in EU. I'd prefer a one year course given my higher than average work ex and the fact that I intend to stay in the same field post MBA. With that said, I would appreciate any advice you can give me to help me through this rather stressful process.

Thank you!

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Would say more so for consulting, where it is awkward to bring a 33yo in at the same rank as a 26 yo. Employers are driving that change (imo, more time to suck you dry before you go quality of life on them and leave) For tech, this whole thing is less rigid.

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Hi Experts!

I'd like to kindly request you for your two cents on my candidacy for INSEAD. Here goes.

Background:
Indian IT Male
Age 32
GMAT 720
TOEFL 114

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer Science from one of the top 10 private engineering colleges in India

Work Experience: Total 9+ years
Job 1 - Top IT company headquartered in Germany
Worked for 7 years of which 5 have been leading teams. When I left, I was managing a team of 12 and have managed cross-functional, cross-cultural and for 4 months even a cross-company team. Lots of international travel across 3 continents meeting customers, understanding requirements and then building the product roadmap and pipeline for 3 major countries.

Job 2 - Tech Entrepreneurship
Built a mobile app that is still active. Co-founder/CEO. Managing a team of 6. Receiving Angel Funding of $30,000. Early successes but now the numbers aren't too encouraging. Obviously, the entrepreneurial journey has come with plenty of learnings through successes and failures.

Extra curriculars - Traveling is my passion. Have traveled to over 30 countries in 10 years (most in a personal capacity). Lots of learning. Some volunteer work and sports activities as well. PADI Certified diver.

Post MBA Goal - continue my passion for building products by working in a product management or tech strategy role in a tech company like Google/FB/Amazon etc. Long-term get back to entrepreneurship.


Assuming your GMAT is fairly balanced, you have a competitive profile for INSEAD. However, competition is intense so don't apply only to INSEAD. Do you prefer a one-year program and Europe, or are you open to two-year programs in the U.S.?

You may want to listen to an interview I had a few weeks ago with the new admissions director at INSEAD, Virginie Fougea. Lots of insight into what they are seeking in applicants.

Best,
Linda


Hi Linda,

Thank you so much for taking the time to evaluate my profile. I have a Q49/V40 split. Would that constitute as a balanced split? I've applied to a few unis in the US, Canada, Singapore and India. Gotten 2 admits, 2 interviews coming up and the rest are still under review. I've been a little iffy about Europe (with the obvious exceptions of LBS and INSEAD) because of the economic situation prevalent at the moment in EU. I'd prefer a one year course given my higher than average work ex and the fact that I intend to stay in the same field post MBA. With that said, I would appreciate any advice you can give me to help me through this rather stressful process.

Thank you!



You're verbal is a little stronger, but yes it's balanced enough. You may want to consider CBS' J-term option (discussed on their site and also in this interview with CBS Director of Admissions, Emily French Thomas. If you'd consider a U.S. two-year program, look into Cornell Johnson or Cornell Tech in NYC, NYU Stern, Duke, UNC, and UCLA.

We have a lot of advice on the Accepted web site. Please check out accepted.com/mba. You might find helpful essay tips for the 2016-17 application cycle. or Also explore the podcasts at http://blog.accepted.com/listen-mba/. Finally, if you would like one-on-one assistance with your application to help you show that you belong at your target programs, please visit http://www.accepted.com/mba/services .

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Linda
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Hi Namita,

Thank you for your inputs! Although I have never been formally located in a foreign country. Since 2008, for at least 2 months a year, I have traveled all over Canada and the United States meeting customers, their senior management and their technical teams. I've hosted meetings, workshops and presented in conferences as a representative of the company. In 2014, 2 additional markets (One of them being United Nations and some of it's subsidiaries) were added to my kitty and that only widened my international experience further. I spent almost 4 months abroad collectively that year. Will the fact that I wasn't formally located abroad discount the international experience I've had over the years?

Thank you!



I would focus more on the overall international exposure accrued due to working with expats and foreign teams. Four months in terms of numbers, is hardly a lot of time to travel abroad, although qualitatively it could have been an amazing and insightful period for you. Ofcourse if you have some recountable experiences during the four month travel period, you can use them in the essays (if they fit the question).


A small clarification I'd like to make here. Since 2008 I've traveled 2 months a year minimum and in 2014 it was about 4 months. That brings my international experience to a total of 12 + 4 =16 months, unfortunately not at a single stretch. I'd like to think it is substantial enough because it really did broaden my business thinking to a more international scale.


Yes I agree, 16 months is substantial- it sounded like 4 months international travel in all
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Hello everybody,

I am a French male with 2 years work experience (will have 3.5 by the time I join and 1 year of internships made during my undergraduate not included in these 2 years)
Working area: Investment banking (M&A)
Company: BNP (French Bank)
GMAT: 750
GPA: 3.0
Undergraduate: Top 5 French Business School
Had a start-up experience during my first years of undergraduate.

EC:
Volunteered 3 months in an African country to work on the renovation of foster homes for single women and orphans.
I spend 2 hours each week to supply soup kitchen to the needs in my city.
I have played volleyball (low level) 14 years and I am found of mountain climbing (e.g. Mt Blanc, Kilimandjaro, Mt Fuji, ...)

My GPA and the bank I work for are not really stellar and I do not have international experience.
My goal is to switch into Private Equity and try to go abroad.

What do you think of my application to INSEAD? Do you think I can try more Tier-1 B-School?

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Hi there, welcome!

You do have a solid profile and I don’t think your GPA is an issue with a 750 on the GMAT. It is very hard to translate French grades into GPA anyway, how did you even manage to obtain that 3.0? You also are from a top 5 B-school, you’ll be fine. I don’t think they’ll worry about your academic capacities. Also, BNP is not bad and certainly not M&A.

IMO, the only things that can play against you, at least as far as INSEAD is concerned, are your age (WE) and your international experience.

If INSEAD is your first choice, I would say try to work on your international experience for a year or two and then apply. If you don’t get the opportunity to go international, it’s fine you can just show your international motivation maybe through your ECs or future goals. So far, your ECs look great. Just try to average a 4 year work experience though so that you don't put yourself at a disadvantage. Remember France is a very competitive pool at INSEAD, and you have “all them engineers always wanting to go to business schools” competing as well :lol:.

That said, If INSEAD is not your top choice then you should definitely apply to US schools now.
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