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New post 21 Feb 2017, 00:55
Hey Guys,

I made it to the interview stage of Sept. 17 - R2 intake and even one interviewer told me that he would recommend me to the admissions committee. The 2nd interview didn't go perfect, yet it wasn't bad either. For some reason, however, I was rejected without any waitlist or anything. What do you think are the probable causes for this.
I don't want to give up on this and am considering reapplying for the Jan. 18 Intake - R1

A brief Profile:

- GMAT 690 - 77%Q / 72%V
- GPA 3.02 undergrad - B.E. Civil Engineering
- GPA 3.78 Graduate - Masters in Engineering Management
- 5 Years working experience - 3 of which across 4 different countries.
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Ramsh wrote:
Hey Guys,

I made it to the interview stage of Sept. 17 - R2 intake and even one interviewer told me that he would recommend me to the admissions committee. The 2nd interview didn't go perfect, yet it wasn't bad either. For some reason, however, I was rejected without any waitlist or anything. What do you think are the probable causes for this.
I don't want to give up on this and am considering reapplying for the Jan. 18 Intake - R1

A brief Profile:

- GMAT 690 - 77%Q / 72%V
- GPA 3.02 undergrad - B.E. Civil Engineering
- GPA 3.78 Graduate - Masters in Engineering Management
- 5 Years working experience - 3 of which across 4 different countries.


Hi Ramsh,

First up, congratulations for making it as far as the interview stage. INSEAD is quite selective in sending out interview invites, especially for those with sub-700 scores, so the fact that you made it is a definite positive.

- That said, your GMAT score could have been a potential reason for the final decision. Indian candidates generally struggle to make it at sub-700 scores, and this may have been considered in the last stage as a key factor.
- INSEAD in general is not very encouraging of reapplications, but in case you are deciding to give it another go, would highly recommend that you raise your GMAT score by at last 20-30 points. Apart from making you more competitive, that will also show a definite change between your last application and this one.
- Perhaps also consider giving it a year's gap between applications to be able to show some more change and growth between applications.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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New post 21 Feb 2017, 06:55
Ramsh wrote:
Hey Guys,

I made it to the interview stage of Sept. 17 - R2 intake and even one interviewer told me that he would recommend me to the admissions committee. The 2nd interview didn't go perfect, yet it wasn't bad either. For some reason, however, I was rejected without any waitlist or anything. What do you think are the probable causes for this.
I don't want to give up on this and am considering reapplying for the Jan. 18 Intake - R1

A brief Profile:

- GMAT 690 - 77%Q / 72%V
- GPA 3.02 undergrad - B.E. Civil Engineering
- GPA 3.78 Graduate - Masters in Engineering Management
- 5 Years working experience - 3 of which across 4 different countries.


Thank you for your post and I am sorry things did not work out this time around. While I can't speak to your work experience since you didn't provide details about the kind of work you have done, your undergrad GPA is pretty low. With a GPA that low, it is important to exceed the average GMAT score by quite a bit in order to show your ability to succeed. Here the 690 is actually lower than their average so if I had to point to something without knowing the whole profile, I would point to the academics.

Reapplying is definitely a good strategy. I suggest targeting a range of schools and increasing your GMAT score before doing so. If you want to chat about a GMAT and application strategy, let me know!

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