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Applying to INSEAD - Round 2 vs Round 3

MBA applications can’t be rushed. They require lots of introspection, research, and iteration. So, you need to leave ample time for essay writing. That being said, it could still be in your best interest to apply in Round 2, even if that means you need to be done a little sooner than you planned. He...

by MBAPrepCoach

Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:02 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Applying to INSEAD - Round 2 vs Round 3
Replies: 0
Views: 125

Tips for Stanford GSB's Background/Perspective Essay

MBA application questions are notorious for seeming easy to answer when they actually aren’t. This one, however, actually gives you pause right away. I was recently asked, “Could you offer any advice about how to approach this short answer question from the Background section? It’s a bit unclear to ...


INSEAD Kira Essay Prompts - R1

A short compilation of video essay questions that have been asked in INSEAD’s Round 1 this season. For tips on how to prepare for video questions and a comprehensive list of past questions from INSEAD, Kellogg, and Yale, check out my blog post here . How will you gain the trust of your subordinates ...

by MBAPrepCoach

Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: INSEAD Kira Essay Prompts - R1
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Views: 300

Q&A: Multiple GMAT Scores and INSEAD

Q: Seeking some advice –INSEAD applicant here. Completed my GMAT last year – score was 670. Q47 (63%). Repeated my GMAT today – score was 690. Breakdown Q45 (57%). Quant has dropped quite significantly. I still have the option to cancel my score, should I report it? If so, I’ll probably have to add...

by MBAPrepCoach

Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Q&A: Multiple GMAT Scores and INSEAD
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Views: 323

INSEAD and International Experience - Q&A

Q: Here’s a quick question. Does INSEAD require International experience? A : Yes and no. Adcom will say that they care more about an international perspective or orientation, but having international experience definitely is good proof that you might have that. At the same time, some people have i...

by MBAPrepCoach

Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: INSEAD and International Experience - Q&A
Replies: 0
Views: 378

Tips - INSEAD Job Essay 1

Main message when talking about work: it's easy to slip into jargon and acronyms that create a barrier to adcom understanding your greatness. Use universal language, and then run your response by people in your life who don’t know much about your job. Let's look at the short answer question: Briefly...

by MBAPrepCoach

Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Tips - INSEAD Job Essay 1
Replies: 0
Views: 395

Waitlisted? Show Your Zing!

It’s that in-between time on the MBA admissions calendar – Rounds 1 and 2 are over, interviews are done, and decisions are made. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with these decisions, and if you’re one of them, my condolences. I know that wasn’t the outcome you were hoping for. You’re probably f...

by MBAPrepCoach

Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:18 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Waitlisted? Show Your Zing!
Replies: 0
Views: 451

What To Write in a Thank You Note?

First of all, definitely send a thank you note. Not 30 minutes after the interview; it will seem insincere. But no later than 24 hours. As for the content – show you were listening . Highlight anything they said that left you with a 1) strong positive impression of the school, and 2) anything you fe...

by MBAPrepCoach

Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: What To Write in a Thank You Note?
Replies: 1
Views: 528

Can I Recycle Essays?

I get it, you're tired of writing and rewriting. But no matter how much you want to, recycle with caution . Adcom is very old hat at this and will smell it out instantly. What is possible, however, is borrowing pieces or aspects of various essays, which I call content blocks. However, absolutely mak...

by MBAPrepCoach

Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Can I Recycle Essays?
Replies: 2
Views: 586

Approaching the INSEAD Strengths and Weaknesses Essay

MOTIVATION ESSAY 1. Give a candid description of yourself, stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (500 words max) At first glance, this prompt seems sim...


The MBA Interview – Don’t Let Up!

Now is the season for the all-important MBA interview process. In fact, many of you are preparing as I write this! Or at least I hope so? Or…maybe not? Too often, I see applicants pour all their precious energy into the application and then blow it big time with the interview. By the time interviews...

by MBAPrepCoach

Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: The MBA Interview – Don’t Let Up!
Replies: 0
Views: 677

Round 3 MBA Apps vs. January Intake

B-school plan a bit off track? January intake might save the day! Everything went sideways with the GMAT. You broke your leg. You ended up working a ton after changing jobs. Whatever it was, you missed the boat on getting those @#$% MBA applications in by Round 2. But you don’t want to sit on your h...

by MBAPrepCoach

Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Round 3 MBA Apps vs. January Intake
Replies: 0
Views: 713

Video Essay and Interview Tips (and Kellogg, INSEAD, and Yale Questions)

INSEAD, Yale, Kellogg, Georgetown, and Sloan are just a few of the business schools that have video essays and/or interviews. In a post-Covid world, we could even see more schools adopt video, especially interviews. While the specific format (like how much time you get to prepare or answer) might va...


Q&A: Job Descriptions on MBA Applications vs. CV

Q: I’m working on my NYU and CBS applications and both ask for a description of each job, without a specific word length. (It’s “Duties/Responsibilities” for Columbia, “Description” for NYU). I assume I should include information different from what’s on my resume but what exactly? And how long shou...


Cramming for the TOEFL

Many of you may be preparing for the TOEFL on a short timeline. One of my clients prepared over 10 days while on vacation and successfully went from a 98 to a 112 through this approach. There’s also a useful bit of advice to keep in mind for the day of the test (in the event you are able to take it ...

by MBAPrepCoach

Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Cramming for the TOEFL
Replies: 1
Views: 1009