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INSEAD ILPSIE 2011-2012 Essays [Archive] Almost all the ILPSIE application essays are reworded INSEAD essays. All are standard questions; while longer essays might have been preferred, these do offer enough scope to present your application with panache. This year an expanded essay set gives more scope for selling your candidature. Do your best!


Kindly mention what your career ambitions and aspirations are. How have your past experiences shaped your future goals? (400 words)

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This is the key essay in the ILPSIE application: the quality of this alone might get you selected or rejected.

Since almost all applicants are already mid/senior managers the key differentiator will probably have to be VISION - an ability to visualize in breadth and in depth about your industry. Since ILPSIE is a general management course a functional focus will be misplaced.

Define your goals and explain your vision. Strategic thinking, passion and intelligence: these could be the base ingredients for a successful opening essay. Try to use the bulk of the essay for this section since that might be your key selling point in this essay, especially since career achievements can be enunciated in the later essays as well.

INSEAD places great import on your work experience and desires to understand how you envision your career. The second question in the prompt calls for a brief summation of your career till date and a logical connection between your past, present and future. Make a clearly delineated presentation that uncovers your motivations for choosing your particular career goal/s.

"Why INSEAD ILPSIE" is not asked directly but might well be answered briefly.

Go for it!


What are your 3 most significant accomplishments so far? (400 words)


You have the opportunity of detailing any three achievement stories that shine out from your work-in-progress biography.

The choice should be made based on the general importance of the achievement, the extent of your contribution to its success and what the story illustrates about you.

Some of the obvious qualities that the accomplishments could illustrate are: leadership skills, vision, intelligence, innovation, global outlook, initiative and teamwork. The stories can be from professional, academic or personal spheres of life. A leadership focus in ALL three stories will NOT be a mistake.

Hopefully the unasked part of the question "why you view them as such" will also be directly or indirectly answered.

Go for it!


What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? (400 words)


This should be easy. Or so you think!

Clearly the person most qualified to give you clues to this INSEAD ILPSIE essay is the one you see in the mirror. Ask yourself what you consider to be your main strengths and weaknesses. Look back at your key personal and professional experiences and unearth those characteristics or qualities which you most obviously exhibit (or lack). You could refer past performance-appraisal forms for help. Or talk to a few friends (or enemies!).

Strengths: Think hard and highlight strengths that make you a successful professional and an appealing person. Try to find themes that link with the earlier two essays. Substantiate each strength with at least one story/instance.

Weaknesses: Mention definite weakness areas that, while not debilitating, are not superfluous either. Stick to weaknesses you can eradicate - after all our objective is not to convince the INSEAD ILPSIE admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit for selection!

Finally, study each point in this essay in relation to the rest of the INSEAD ILPSIE application essays and resume. Your application should be a single unified package - there is absolutely no room for internal contradictions.

Go for it!


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