INSEADBelow are MBA admissions interview questions and experiences submitted by INSEAD applicants. If you interviewed at INSEAD, we encourage you to submit a report detailing your experience!
First and foremost, this is my first time drafting any MBA related report; this website has helped me out immensely both during the application process and the interviews themselves, hence I thought it’s the least I can do to help others who’ll be in my situation sooner or later I applied in round 2 and received the interview decision which I was absolutely ecstactic about. It took some time for the admissions coordinator to locate alumni members in the country I’m in (funny en... Read more »
Writing this report as I have benefited from reading the other reports, hope it’s of some help. I applied in Round 2 and arranged interviews with two contacts provided by AdCom via email; they responded promptly and I booked my ticket to fly to another city (1 is not based locally). At this point I had been through an interview with another school so I didn’t prepare much except familiarising my essays. Two interviews did not differ in nature so I’ll summarise them into one. Bo... Read more »
The first interview was with an older alumna at her house. She first asked me casual questions about how I got there and any difficulties I may have had en route. She then took my resume and asked me the following questions: 1. Tell me about your career to date 2. Why INSEAD? France or Singapore? Why? 3. What do I hope to achieve after my MBA? 4. What other schools have I applied to? 5. What is the toughest conflict I faced and how did I handle it? She was very informative about INSEAD and the c... Read more »
I met with 2 alumni in Hong Kong, both entrepreneurs: one American-born Chinese lady, and one Indian man. The woman was very friendly, while the man was more professional and to the point. But both were nice anyway. First interview was in a coffee shop. It was quite short, around 35-40 minutes. Questions were very standard: – why MBA – why INSEAD – short-term professional goals When I told her my goal was to go back to my current industry / company, she looked surprised and ask... Read more »
I benefited from reading about interview experiences on this blog so I thought I’d contribute. As usual, with INSEAD, I was given the contacts of two alumni interviewers based in my country – one local, one foreigner. Both interviewers were fairly senior and were from my industry (banking/finance). They responded fairly quickly to my email to arrange an interview (within 1-3 days). I sent them copies of my CV and my application. It may be cultural (I’m from Asia and both interv... Read more »
INSEAD requires two interviews with alumni who live in your country of residence. I had to catch a short flight and managed to do both interviews in the same morning, last week. Here’s my report. The first interview was with a director of a large petrochemical company. The interview took place at his office and was quite informal. He was around 40, quite busy, but very open and friendly. English is not our first language, so we chatted a bit in Portuguese to break the ice and then we start... Read more »
INSEAD conducts two interviews and mostly these are by alumni. My interviewers had not got my essays; all they had is the interview form I was asked by the adcom to send to them. First Interview – Junior Alumnus, early 30s. Duration 45 mins The interview was very relaxed, in a café. It started by the interviewer telling me that she was mainly interested to know what I had done so far, what my career goals are and why INSEAD. I started with my life story and how I had come to become the person I ... Read more »
A very detail-oriented interview was held. Here are questions: First Interview: Why MBA Why Insead How is your English? How did you learn English? Will you be completely comfortable in an English environment ? What is your greatest strength ? How will you use your experience to contribute to class ? Second Interview: What are your long term goals ? Why do you want to go back to Japan after your MBA ? Are you looking for international work experience ? Have you create a business plan before ? How... Read more »
I was interviewed by CEO of an MNC. Interviews were conducted at their respective offices and both interviews lasted 1.5 hours each. Interviewers have to fill a certain feedback form and most of the questions are asked from that form. These were: Why MBA, Why INSEAD, What are your short term and long term goals (geographical location/ industry and skills), What international experiences have you had, How you can add value to classes at INSEAD, Explain your career progression.
First Interview: Interviewer had 15 years of experience in his field and he told me that he had studied in INSEAD after reaching the position of VP at his previous employer, which just impressed me a lot and I felt a bit nervous too. But, he was very friendly. He asked general interview questions like why mba, why now, why insead. Why do you want to change fields ? And what was your thinking in choosing the new field- walk me through your decision making process ? The interview was for half an h... Read more »