Insead Application Essays 2013

joealam1989 wrote:

Hello Farrell,

Any luck in getting some updates on the January intake Video questions?

Thanks much appreciated.

Regards,

Joe




1. What kind of skills do you want to learn at INSEAD
2. What are the most important drivers of a successful business
3. Tell me about a time you were caught off guard in a different culture
4. How do you lead your colleagues when business priorities change?

1.How do you lead your colleagues to deal with changed business priorities?
2. If you were given unlimited resources, what services or product would your company provide?
3. How do you promote sensitivity and inclusion in the workplace?
4. Please state why INSEAD should give you a seat?
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mcschan86 wrote:

Thank you for these tips. I'm struggling to find content for the optional essay.

Should I use this space to justify my relatively weak GMAT and emphasize my value in multiple years of international exposure in an unique industry?

I doubt it would be a disadvantage to leave it blank. On the other hand, it might even be a disadvantage to force something in there, am I correct?



First of all - for others to know this - no reason to "find content" for the optional. It's completely optional and only clarification and explanation info should go there.

"emphasize my value in multiple years of international exposure in an unique industry" - this is a perfect example of what not to put in there. It would really piss them off because you are given a whole set of job essays, 3 letters of recommendation and your CV to get this across.

While INSEAD doesn't really obsess about the GMAT in that the average is a bit low vis a vis US schools I have heard them say that the GMAT can always be retaken and so, they are a little less forgiving for this reason.

Also, they are extremely concerned about making sure you can "hit the ground running" as it is a one-year program and you must have the quant abilities to keep up with the breakneck speed of things. So if the GMAT is low, you need to use the optional essay to assure them you got this.

One of my current client has a poor test score however he is a CFA - doing MBAMath as well - and we are going to use the optional essay to address the test score and call attention to his good math grades in a sea of otherwise not awesome grades.
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