Tag Archives: MBA application
March 7, 2014
The INSEAD MBA program has posted the deadlines for the January 2015 intake. Round 1 Deadline: March 21, 2014 Interview Notification: April 25, 2014 Final Decision Notification: June 6, 2014 Round 2 Deadline: May 28, …
The INSEAD MBA program has posted the deadlines for the January 2015 intake.
Deadline: March 21, 2014
Interview Notification: April 25, 2014
Final Decision Notification: June 6, 2014
Deadline: May 28, 2014
Interview Notification: June 27, 2014
Final Decision Notification: August 8, 2014
Deadline: July 25, 2014
Interview Notification: September 5, 2014
Final Decision Notification: October 10, 2014
INSEAD strongly encourages applicants to apply a couple of days prior to the application deadline if possible to avoid the peak period. Competition for each round is relatively equal regardless of the intake or round you apply for.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM Central European Time on the day of the deadline. Visit INSEAD’s admissions website for more information.
January 6, 2014
During the MBA essay-writing process, we get to praise ourselves, to brag, to point out our unique understanding of complex issues, and generally portray ourselves as the ideal human. But in order to balance out …
During the MBA essay-writing process, we get to praise ourselves, to brag, to point out our unique understanding of complex issues, and generally portray ourselves as the ideal human. But in order to balance out the admissions karma, we also have to give ourselves a couple of body slams by critiquing our own skills, motivations, etc. The key is knowing how to address your weaknesses in a way that shows self-reflection and a dedication to improvement.
I’ve seen some candidates riddle themselves with critique after critique, becoming their own worst Simon Cowells. Don’t make this mistake. Instead, try to illustrate that you have already improved somewhat on your negative traits through hard work and that you specifically have a plan for further improvement at business school through classwork and activities. When you include an honest assessment of your negatives, you gain credibility for any strengths you raise.
Some schools ask candidates to critique their own leadership abilities. Some candidates wax eloquently about an unmitigated victory for their leadership skills and then chime in with a fairly minor critique. Often, this critique is totally unrelated to the narrative of the leadership tale they’ve just recounted.
The best stories for this type of essay usually have a couple of bumps along the road to leadership that we could have avoided if not for our blind-spots. And make sure to relate this critique to the elements of leadership (defining agendas, communicating, inspiring, managing up, etc.); don’t make yourself out to be a master motivator and then merely critique your Excel modeling skills.
MBA programs are seeking students who are able to see themselves clearly and improve and adapt when necessary. Overall, honesty and self-awareness will be noted and appreciated in the process, whatever your strengths or weaknesses may be!
December 27, 2013
In our blog, we provide news, tips and tools to help you navigate the MBA admissions process. Despite the volume of information that gets printed every week, we do not regularly address the fact that …
In our blog, we provide news, tips and tools to help you navigate the MBA admissions process. Despite the volume of information that gets printed every week, we do not regularly address the fact that many applicants face a set of challenges that are very different from GPA, GMAT and resume.
I want to help applicants work through the road blocks to success that may include self-doubt, anxiety, procrastination, and generally feeling overwhelmed by this process. With this dose of “Vitamin MBA,” I hope to help you to overcome these challenges so that you can put your other resources to work and truly excel on your applications.
If you want to be successful, a good place to look for advice is with other successful people. I once learned Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secrets that helped him as a young comic in need of great jokes. His advice goes something like this:
1) buy a big wall calendar and a magic marker
2) for each day that you accomplish your task (his was writing jokes), put an X over the day
3) after a few days you create a chain of X’s, and you will be inspired to keep the chain alive
4) DON’T BREAK THE CHAIN!
I think this is very helpful advice for those applying to business school. Many people procrastinate like crazy and set themselves up for failure by targeting one weekend where they will work around the clock on applications. I have found that slow and steady is a much better way to go. Sure, you might have your marathon essay sessions. But on a day where you are working late, just be sure to spend 30 minutes before bed brainstorming, outlining or revising your resume.
Every little bit helps and the consistency will help to keep this very important goal alive. Daily action can also help to eliminate the anxiety that grows when you push things to the future and put a lot of pressure on what you can accomplish in one specific day.
November 21, 2013
Although the vast majority of applicants surely goes into the new team exercise activity a bundle of nerves, the feedback given so far to Michigan Ross School of Business MBA admissions director Soojin Kwon has …
Although the vast majority of applicants surely goes into the new team exercise activity a bundle of nerves, the feedback given so far to Michigan Ross School of Business MBA admissions director Soojin Kwon has been overwhelmingly positive.
Participation in the exercise is voluntary this year, but Kwon says strong interest from Round 1 applicants translated into all on-campus slots filling up, as well as the extra slots Ross added in. Perhaps this round of MBA hopefuls took Kwon’s words from an earlier video to heart when she she said something along the lines of: if you have a chance to introduce yourself and have additional face time before the admissions committee, why wouldn’t you take it?
Something interesting, and certainly reassuring, to take away from Kwon’s latest blog post is the advice she passes along from those applicants who have already completed the exercise:
They said, ”Believe Soojin’s video when she says not to prepare. You can’t and don’t need to prepare.”
October 18, 2013
The video essay, which Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management introduced as a mandatory component of the 2013-2014 MBA application, has hit a few technical snags for some candidates this season. For the video essay, applicants …
The video essay, which Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management introduced as a mandatory component of the 2013-2014 MBA application, has hit a few technical snags for some candidates this season.
For the video essay, applicants use a Skype-like platform where they are asked a short personal question. Users have a minute or two to mull it over, and another one or two minutes to record an answer. They can review their answer and submit it if satisfied, or if not, they have two more chances, with two new questions.
On the GMAT Club forum, applicants have shared their experiences with the new format. Many report losing connection with the first attempt, though one commenter wonders whether the current problem might have been due to system overload near the deadline, as he had no issues submitting a few weeks ago.
In case you’re curious, a few applicants revealed the following as questions posed during the exercise: What is one piece of technology you cannot live without? If you could teach a class on any subject, what would it be and why? and, What is one interesting thing about you that you would want your future Kellogg classmates to know about you?
According to a piece published yesterday in Poets & Quants, Kellogg is reporting that 8% of applicants have run into “connectivity issues” that have prevented them from completing the exercise.
Kellogg spokesperson Jeffrey Brennan tells Poets & Quants, “Our admissions team is evaluating reports on a case-by-case basis and waiving the video essay component as needed, so applicants can meet the Round One deadline at midnight, October 16. This waiver will not adversely affect the review of applications.”