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INSEAD Essay Tips

INSEAD 2017-2018 MBA essays remain mostly the same as the last year's set. The healthy and robust essays give INSEAD abundant glimpses into your character, personality and aspirations. This is one of the most challenging set of essays and for a high-competitive business school as INSEAD, it better be!

INSEAD Job Essay 1

Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/ products and results achieved. (short answer)

INSEAD Job Essay 1 Tips

The While addressing the seven parts of this question give special attention and space to your accomplishments. What you do is only one aspect of your profile, INSEAD is interested in know how much you are capable of achieving. INSEAD also wants to know the exact level you are in your current role, your managerial experience and thus your leadership potential, so make sure you capture all this information clearly.

Our suggestion on length: 350-400 words

INSEAD Job Essay 2.

What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (short answer)

INSEAD Job Essay 2 Tips

Use this question to describe in detail what the next step in your career would be and when do you plan to reach there. The more details you give about your expected responsibilities, the better it is.

Your answer to this question will also help the adcom understand how your career vision relates with your MBA and if you might be a good fit with the school and program. E.g. if you are expecting to reach a senior management position soon, the school might question your decision to go for an MBA.

Our suggestion on length: 200-250 words

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INSEAD Job Essay 3.

Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (short answer)

INSEAD Job Essay 3 Tips

This particular question sees a change this year. The instruction about the tone is absent and also there is a stronger focus on career goals this year with a specific separate essay.

When talking about your career path, show clearly why you decided on that path and what influenced you to make those career choices. Ideally, all the turns on the road would fit nicely into a logical theme. Try to dig deeper and show them your true motivations. As much as possible, show you chose your career proactively, not passively. If you have taken unexpected career moves then put more emphasis there because that part of your story needs to be credible. Try to avoid ALL technical jargon, and use simple short sentences if possible.

Our suggestion on length: 350-450 words

INSEAD Job Essay 4.

Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with an MBA from INSEAD. (short answer)

INSEAD Job Essay 4 Tips

The first part of the question is fairly straightforward. You talk about the desired roles, function, industry, geography and show how you have several skills to reach your goals. Every B-school wants to see their students and alums become visionary leaders, so talk about what is your vision for your industry, how will you do things differently, how will you make a positive impact on the world.

In the second part of the question, relate your goals with an INSEAD MBA. Show how the MBA will help you reach your goals. Give as much specific information as you can - that will not only differentiate you but also highlight your authentic passion for the INSEAD MBA program.

Our suggestion on length: 350-450 words

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INSEAD Personal Essay 1

Give a candid description of yourself (who you are as a person), 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 approx.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 1 Tips

To summarize and synthesize your personal development till date, while selling yourself to the adcom and all in about 500 words not an easy feat!

One way to approach this question is to look at themes and patterns in your life and the choices you have made. Avoid talking about you in terms of your job title and the activities your pursue. Rather use this space to talk about your passions, desires, dreams, wishes and life experiences that have left a deep impact on you. How have you become the way you are today. Are you a survivor? An explorer? A cautious optimist? What events and influences have shaped you, have built your strengths and weaknesses. It is interesting that often a strength can be also a weakness and vice versa, so think deeply and write a thoughtful introspective answer.

When stressing your strengths pick areas that you want the INSEAD admissions committee to notice you for and definite weakness areas that, while not debilitating, are not superfluous either. Generally, stick to weaknesses you can eradicate or improve upon - after all the purpose of mentioning weaknesses is not to convince the INSEAD admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit to be a part of the institution!

An example is like a picture- if you can paint a vivid imagery with details, your reader will see and feel your strengths very clearly. So use examples generously. Maybe you can start the essay with an anecdote!

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INSEAD Personal Essay 2

Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others. Comment on what you learned. (400 words max.) 

INSEAD Personal Essay 2 Tips

Last year INSEAD asked these questions separately:
2013-2014 Essay: Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such. (400 words maximum)
2013-2014 Essay 3: Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum)
Since last year they have been combined into this 2-in-1 essay making it much harder to clearly show conflicting themes. It is not mentioned if INSEAD wants a personal or professional story so you have the liberty to whichever you want. Your choice should be based on what is most meaningful to you, where you had an important contribution (success or failure) and the impact of the learning.
When deciding on the stories, a general rule is to pick something which happened in your recent past- preferably within last 2-4 years. If you canít think of an impactful event in this time period, pick an example which has had a lasting influence on you and has shaped you the way you are today. If possible, try to effectively leverage the previous essay to reinforce your strengths and address your weaknesses.

INSEAD Personal Essay 3

Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (300 words max.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 3 Tips

Take a cue from the second part of the question to answer the first. List the activities that have or have had a significant impact on you and have enhanced you. Since you have only 300 words, instead of enumerating a lot of activities, stick to a few that you have given /give significant amounts of time and those that will also showcase your good fit with INSEAD. We are not writing this answer in isolation, this is part of your bigger sales pitch to INSEAD, so treat it as one piece of the entire puzzle and use it to show distinctive aspects of your candidature.

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INSEAD Optional Essay

Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words maximum) 

INSEAD Optional Essay Tips

First decide whether you need to write this essay at all.

Attempt the INSEAD optional essay only if it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your INSEAD optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in that case simply redouble your efforts on those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the INSEAD optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

This optional essay can also be used for mentioning impressive data points that CANNOT be accommodated in the other INSEAD essays.

If you feel that this essay will be a robust constructive addition to your candidature..

...Go for it!

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INSEAD Reapplicant Essay

In case of reapplication, please provide an update on any new aspects of your professional, international, academic or personal profile that would not have been included in your previous application. Please also explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words maximum) 

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay Tips

INSEAD's position is blunt but clear. We rejected you last time; so what has changed?

The aim is to present the professional, academic and personal improvements in you that make you a stronger candidate for an INSEAD admission.

State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. What steps have you taken to strengthen your INSEAD application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the INSEAD reapplicant essay. Proactive INSEAD-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from INSEAD, might prove a trump card.

INSEAD Instructions: "Each essay has a maximum word limit, which is stated under each essay box. You will not be stopped if you exceed the word limit. While it is acceptable to exceed by about 10%, the essays are an important summary exercise and it is recommended that you respect the given word limit"

Essay archives from past years

INSEAD MBA Essays and Tips 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

INSEAD Job Essay 1

Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/ products and results achieved. What would be your next step in terms of position  If you were to remain in the same company?(350 words max.)

INSEAD Job Essay 1 Tips

The While addressing the seven parts of this question, give special attention and space to your accomplishments. What you do is only one aspect of your profile, INSEAD is interested in know how much you are capable of achieving. INSEAD also wants to know the exact level you are in your current role, your managerial experience and thus your leadership potential, so make sure you capture all this information clearly.

The added aspect of where you could be with the company is to know your longer term career vision and also possibly see how that relates to your MBA goal.

INSEAD Job Essay 2

Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. It should be written as if you were talking someone at a social gathering detailing your career path with the rationale behind your choices. Discuss your short and long term career aspirations. (350 words max.) 

INSEAD Job Essay 2 Tips

When talking about your career path, show clearly why you decided on that path and what influenced you to make those career choices. Ideally all the turns on the road would fit nicely into a logical theme. Try to dig deeper and show them your true motivations. As much as possible, show you chose your career proactively, not passively. If you have taken unexpected career moves then put more emphasis there because that part of your story needs to be credible.
While you are writing, note that question asks you to talk to someone at a social gathering so your tone should be more like how you speak than how you write. Avoid ALL technical jargon, and use simple short sentences if possible. Maybe try to speak your answer into a voice recorder and transcribe that. That might give a more natural flow to your tone.
If you are comfortable, a dash of humor won't hurt- it will show your true personality if it comes naturally to you.
 

INSEAD Job Optional Essay

If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.

INSEAD Job Optional Essay Tips

A straightforward question expecting a simple answer. If you are not employed you could be still engaged in productive pursuits. You could be taking extra courses, perhaps giving your time to volunteering, taking a long due travel vacation with friends and family or simply taking time off to introspect and contemplate about your post MBA plans. Use this space to not only show the activities and occupations but also through these show what motivates you on a personal level and what will make you an attractive candidate for INSEAD.

INSEAD Personal Essay 1

Give a candid description of yourself (who you are as a person), 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. (600 words max.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 1 Tips

To summarize and synthesize your personal development till date, while selling yourself to the adcom and all in 600 words not an easy feat!

One way to approach this question is to look at themes and patterns in your life and the choices you have made. Avoid talking about you in terms of your job title and the activities your pursue. Rather use this space to talk about your passions, desires, dreams, wishes and life experiences that have left deep impact on you. How have you become the way you are today. Are you a survivor? An explorer? A cautious optimist? What events and influences have shaped you, have built your strengths and weaknesses. It is interesting that often a strength can be also a weakness and vice versa, so think deeply and write a thoughtful introspective answer.

When stressing your strengths pick areas that you want the INSEAD admissions committee to notice you for and definite weakness areas that, while not debilitating, are not superfluous either. Generally stick to weaknesses you can eradicate or improve upon - after all the purpose of mentioning weaknesses is not to convince the INSEAD admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit to be a part of the institution!

An example is like a picture- if you can paint a vivid imagery with details, your reader will see and feel your strengths very clearly. So use examples generously. Maybe you can start the essay with an anecdote!

If you need help on deciding your story lines and themes, talk to us!

INSEAD Personal Essay 2

Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others. Comment on what you learned. (400 words max.) 

INSEAD Personal Essay 2 Tips

Last year INSEAD asked these questions separately:
2013-2014 Essay: Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such. (400 words maximum)
2013-2014 Essay 3: Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum)
This year they have been combined into this 2-in-1 essay making it much harder to clearly show conflicting themes. It is not mentioned if INSEAD wants a personal or professional story so you have the liberty to whichever you want. Your choice should be based on what is most meaningful to you, where you had most contribution (success or failure) and the impact of the learning.
When deciding on the stories, a general rule is to pick something which happened in your recent past- preferably within last 2-4 years. If you canít think of an impactful event in this time period, pick an example which has had lasting influence on you and has shaped you the way you are today. If possible, try to effectively leverage the previous essay to reinforce your strengths and address your weaknesses.

INSEAD Personal Essay 3

Tell us about an experience where you were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or negative way. (300 words max.) 

INSEAD Personal Essay 3 Tips

INSEAD places a huge emphasis on international experience and it's one of the desirable requirements for admission. Till last year one of the essays was Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain?
The 'business school of the world' attracts students from more than 80 nationalities so it's important for them to know your level of comfort with cultural diversity. Are you open minded and tolerant? Are you sensitive and respectful toward the differences of other cultures?
You can take several possible approaches based on your experiences. If you have worked outside your home country, you will have ample number of stories to pick from. However, if you havenít had a chance to be in that setting, maybe you could talk about dealing with cross-country teams or your experiences from any international travels you might have taken. Show INSEAD your understanding, appreciation and preparedness to be part of its highly diverse student body.

INSEAD Personal Essay 4

Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (300 words max.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 4 Tips

Take cue from second part of the question to answer the first. List the activities that have or have had significant impact on you and have enhanced you. Since you have only 300 words, instead of enumerating a lot of activities, stick to a few that you have given /give significant amounts of time and those that will also showcase your good fit with INSEAD. We are not writing this answer in isolation, this is part of your bigger sales pitch to INSEAD, so treat it as one piece of the entire puzzle and use it to show distinctive aspects of your candidature.

INSEAD Optional Essay

Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words maximum) 

INSEAD Optional Essay Tips

First decide whether you need to write this essay at all.

Attempt the INSEAD optional essay only if it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your INSEAD optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in that case simply redouble your efforts on those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the INSEAD optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

This optional essay can also be used for mentioning impressive data points that CANNOT be accommodated in the other INSEAD essays.

If you feel that this essay will be a robust constructive addition to your candidature..

...Go for it!

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay

In case of reapplication, please provide an update on any new aspects of your professional, international, academic or personal profile that would not have been included in your previous application. Please also explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words maximum) 

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay Tips

INSEAD's position is blunt but clear. We rejected you last time; so what has changed?

The aim is to present the professional, academic and personal improvements in you that make you a stronger candidate for an INSEAD admission.

State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. What steps have you taken to strengthen your INSEAD application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the INSEAD reapplicant essay. Proactive INSEAD-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from INSEAD, might prove a trump card.

INSEAD Instructions: "Each essay has a maximum word limit, which is stated under each essay box. You will not be stopped if you exceed the word limit. While it is acceptable to exceed by about 10%, the essays are an important summary exercise and it is recommended that you respect the given word limit"

INSEAD MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

INSEAD Job Essay 1

Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/ products and results achieved. (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Job Essay 1 Tips

The question is clear enough and the space short enough for you to create a simple, strong essay. Concisely answering all SEVEN parts of the question however could be a challenge. If you have a highly technical job profile please try to specify what the job means in a larger context. If possible, bring in your people management responsibilities and related achievements (briefly).

"Results achieved" should be a key ingredient of this INSEAD essay. Highlight instances when you performed superlatively in your current role. If you present your job achievements convincingly you are on the road to a good INSEAD essay.

INSEAD Job Essay 2

Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Job Essay 2 Tips

Your objective here can be to discern and showcase a logical progression in your career path. On the other hand you can simply use this essay as a straight job profiles essay and leave the logical career progression approach to Personal Essay 4.

Either way do not forget to mention the basic component-set for each of your jobs - designation, company, period, responsibilities, achievements. 

INSEAD Job Essay 3

If you are currently not working, what are you doing and what do you plan to do until you start the MBA programme? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Job Essay 3 Tips

Of course this applies only to a few candidates and is a possible overreaction to the current economic situation or a considered move looking at their past applicant profile.

Either way, if this question applies to you, you should concentrate on showing how you are fruitfully using your time and preparing for your future (including possibly INSEAD). Continuous or new learning, advanced certification and/or involvement in any activity that furthers your professional life will fit in snugly here; since this is the "Job Description" section personal aspects might be less welcome.

INSEAD Personal 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. (600 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 1 Tips

You can use this INSEAD application essay like an introduction plus life story essay ("personal development"), or a strengths and weaknesses encapsulation or an anecdotes driven development and success story. There are umpteen approaches to this essay - choose the one that suits you best. Whichever path you choose, the essay should touch upon definite strength areas that you want the INSEAD admissions committee to notice you for and definite weakness areas that, while not debilitating, are not superfluous either.

The person you see in the mirror is clearly most qualified to give you clues to this INSEAD essay. Ask yourself what you consider to be your main strengths and weaknesses. Look back at your past 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 developing your own personal characteristics chart.

Weaknesses: Generally stick to weaknesses you can eradicate or improve upon - after all the purpose of mentioning weaknesses is not to convince the INSEAD admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit to be a part of the institution!

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

Go for it! 

INSEAD Personal Essay 2

2. Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 2 Tips

INSEAD gives you the opportunity of choosing any two achievement stories that shine out from your work-in-progress biography.

The choice should be made based on the general importance of the achievements, the extent of your contribution to their success and what the stories illustrate about you. Your leadership skills, initiative and teamwork are three obvious qualities that these incidents could reflect on. The stories can be from professional, academic or personal spheres of life.

The second part of the INSEAD question "why you view them as such" is actually where you must start from; if you do that competently you will automatically arrive at the first part.

The stories could be professional or personal - however as indicated "if possible specify one personal and one professional".

Go for it

INSEAD Personal Essay 3

Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 3 Tips

This is a simpler, longer and more meaningful realignment of an earlier INSEAD essay prompt "Describe a situation taken from school, business, civil or military life, where you did not meet your personal objectives, and discuss briefly the effect.".

Once more begin your thought process from the second part of the question and the first will be made much easier for you.

This is a "failure" essay - and as in all failure essays the objective is to demonstrate how you learned, adapted and improved yourself through this experience. Once you identify a substantial learning you can start writing the essay with confidence. A failure - and learning - that has created a marked difference in your thought process, behavior or value system will of course make a greater impact.

While the achievements can go back in time, pre-historical stories should be avoided!

I repeat: the INSEAD failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself for a future success. Let that show.

Go for it!

INSEAD Personal Essay 4

a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain? (250 words maximum)

b) Describe the ways in which a foreigner in your country might experience culture shock. (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 4 Tips

Before you even start thinking about this essay be clear about what culture shock means. Culture shock is basically your difficulty in adjusting to a new culture. It could include your reaction/"shock" to different languages, different values, different settings, different food, different religions, different taboos, different expectations - a different environment.

INSEAD has a strong international student mix and has a keen international focus. Whichever question you choose, your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions forms the core of this INSEAD application essay. Both questions are now explicitly about "culture shock" except that you need to look at the issue from different perspectives.

Good natured humor is very much welcome in both essays.

a) Choose a situation (preferably international) where you experienced culture shock, and explain what you learnt and gained from the exposure. Typically, this would make for a better choice since here you can offer stories and situations that you have personally experienced, and also explicitly write about your international outlook, learning skills, adaptability and inclusive nature. Please veer away from approaches and remarks that hint at Xenophobia - even if it is in an earlier "ignorant" phase.

b) What about your country do foreigners typically balk at? Beyond the typical, what have you personally observed to be culture shocks that foreigners have or might experience in your country. A personal perspective that looks at these barriers with maturity will be welcomed. Apart from your own exposure, travel advice sites might be your best guidance to how foreigners experience culture shock in your country.

Go for it!

INSEAD Personal Essay 5

Please choose one of the following two essay topics:

 a) Discuss your short and long term career goals. (300 words maximum)

b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 5 Tips

A simple goals essay with separate goals and "why INSEAD" sections, this is a rephrasing of the standard INSEAD essay for many years "Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career?". The separate questions will help you (and the Admissions Committee) to devote focused attention to each part. The simplicity and length of this essay prompt is deceptive: this might be the most important INSEAD essay you write.

a) As a first step reflect deeply (if you have not already) on your post-INSEAD short term and long term goals. Treat this "career goals" question with moderation and be totally realistic while detailing your goals. Be specific, preferably both about the industry and the role you are seeking, and why. If your goals are more than ordinarily ambitious write credibly about those qualities/skills that qualify you to make those goals a reality.

INSEAD places great importance on your work experience and wants to understand how you envision your career. Identifying and expressing a logical, credible link between your career thus far (and the skills, experience, knowledge gained) and your goals is an unasked question. Ensure that this part of the essay meshes with the earlier essays (especially the Job description essays) as well as with part-b of this essay.   While credibility, logic and realism are critical, passion is the magic element that will transform your essay from a statement into a pledge.

b) This part of the essay seeks answers to these questions: How serious are you about INSEAD? How will INSEAD be able to aid you in your career - thus ensuring a worthy example to tom-tom about in the future.

Try to establish a perfect fit between your goals and INSEAD. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to INSEAD in the first place. Detail what skills, knowledge, relations, thoughts etc you expect to gain from INSEAD that will help you achieve your goals. Take steps to learn as much as possible about INSEAD using online and offline modes - websites, current INSEAD students, alumni, INSEAD fairs/receptions. The objective is to implicitly or explicitly demonstrate that your application is a reflection of your serious and SPECIFIC interest in INSEAD.

Go for it!

INSEAD Optional Essay

Is there anything that you have not mentioned in your application that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (350 words maximum)

INSEAD Optional Essay Tips

First decide whether you need to write this essay at all.

Attempt the INSEAD optional essay only if it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your INSEAD optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in that case simply redouble your efforts on those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the INSEAD optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

This optional essay can also be used for mentioning impressive data points that CANNOT be accommodated in the other INSEAD essays.

If you feel that this essay will be a robust constructive addition to your candidature..

...Go for it!

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay

In case of reapplication, please provide an update on any new aspects of your professional, international, academic or personal profile that would not have been included in your previous application. Please also explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay Tips

INSEAD's position is blunt but clear. We rejected you last time; so what has changed?

The aim is to present the professional, academic and personal improvements in you that make you a stronger candidate for an INSEAD admission.

State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. What steps have you taken to strengthen your INSEAD application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the INSEAD reapplicant essay. Proactive INSEAD-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from INSEAD, might prove a trump card.

Go for it!

INSEAD MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

INSEAD Job Essay 1

Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/ products and results achieved. (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Job Essay 1 Tips

This INSEAD application question is clear enough and the space short enough for you to create a simple, strong essay. Concisely answering all SEVEN parts of the question will be a challenge. If you have a highly technical job profile please try to specify what the job means in a larger context. If possible, bring in your people management responsibilities and (briefly) your achievements thereof.

"Results achieved" should be a key ingredient of this INSEAD essay. Highlight instances when you performed superlatively in your current role. If you present your job achievements convincingly you are on the road to a good INSEAD essay.

INSEAD Job Essay 2

Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Job Essay 2 Tips

Your objective in this INSEAD essay can be to discern and showcase a logical progression in your career path. On the other hand you can simply use this essay as a straight job profiles essay and leave the logical career progression approach to Personal Essay 4. Either way do not forget to mention the basic component-set for each of your jobs - designation, company, period, responsibilities, achievements.

INSEAD Job Essay 3

If you are currently not working, what are you doing and what do you plan to do until you start the MBA programme? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Job Essay 3 Tips

Of course this applies only to a few candidates and is a possible overreaction to the current economic situation or a considered move looking at their past applicant profile.

Either way, if this question applies to you, your concentration should be on presenting a picture how you are fruitfully using your time and preparing for your future (including possibly INSEAD). Continuous or new learning, advanced certification and/or involvement in any activity that furthers your professional life (since this is the "Job Description" section personal aspects might be less welcome) will fit in snugly here.

INSEAD Personal 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. (600 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 1 Tips

You can use this INSEAD application essay like an introduction plus life story essay ("personal development"), or a strengths and weaknesses encapsulation or an anecdotes driven development and success story. There are umpteen approaches to this essay - choose the one that suits you best. Whichever route you take, the essay should touch upon definite strength areas that you want the INSEAD admissions committee to notice you for and definite weakness areas that, while not debilitating, are not superfluous either.

Clearly the person most qualified to give you clues to this INSEAD essay is the one you see in the mirror. Ask yourself what you consider to be your main strengths and weaknesses. Look at personal and professional situations and unearth those characteristics or qualities which you most obviously exhibit (or lack). You could refer past performance-appraisal forms for developing your own personal characteristics chart.

Weaknesses: Generally stick to weaknesses you can eradicate or improve upon - after all the purpose of mentioning weaknesses is not to convince the INSEAD admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit to be a part of the institution!

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

INSEAD Personal Essay 2

2. Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date (if possible specify one personal and one professional), explaining why you view them as such. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 2 Tips

INSEAD gives you the opportunity of choosing any two 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. Your leadership skills, initiative and teamwork are three obvious qualities that the incidents could reflect on. The stories can be from professional, academic or personal spheres of life.

The second part of the INSEAD question "why you view them as such" is actually where you must start from; if you do that competently you will automatically arrive at the first part.

The stories could be professional or personal - however as indicated "if possible specify one personal and one professional".

INSEAD Personal Essay 3

Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 3 Tips

This is a simpler, longer and more meaningful realignment of the earlier essay prompt "Describe a situation taken from school, business, civil or military life, where you did not meet your personal objectives, and discuss briefly the effect.".

Once more begin your thought process from the second part of the question and the first will be made much easier for you.

This is a "failure" essay - and as in all failure essays the objective is to demonstrate how you learned, adapted and improved yourself through this experience. Once you identify a substantial learning you can go to press with the story. A failure - and learning - that has created a marked difference in your thought process, behavior or value system will make for a greater impact.

While the story can go back in time, a non-pre-historical incident is definitely preferable.

I repeat: the INSEAD failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself for a future success. Let that show.

INSEAD Personal Essay 4

a) Discuss your short and long term career goals. (300 words maximum)

b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 4 Tips

A simple goals essay with separate goals and "why INSEAD" sections, this is a rephrasing of the standard INSEAD essay for many years "Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career?". The detached questions will help you devote focused attention to each part (and for the Admissions Committee to evaluate it). The simplicity and length of this essay prompt is deceptive: this might be the most important INSEAD essay you write.

a) As a first step reflect deeply (if you have not already) on your post-INSEAD short term and long term goals. Treat this "career goals" question with moderation and be totally realistic while detailing your goals. Be specific, preferably both about the industry and the role you are seeking, and why. If your goals are more than ordinarily ambitious write credibly about those qualities/skills that qualify you to make those goals a reality.

INSEAD places great import on your work experience and desires to understand how you envision your career. Identifying and expressing a logical, credible link between your career thus far (and the skills, experience, knowledge gained) and your goals is an unasked question. Ensure that this part of the essay meshes with the earlier essays (especially the Job Descriptions essays) as well as with part-b of this essay.  While credibility, logic and realism are critical the magic element that will transform your essay from a statement into a pledge would be - passion.

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b) This part of the essay seeks answers to these questions: How serious are you about seeking admission to INSEAD? How will INSEAD be able to aid you in your career - thus ensuring a worthy example to tom-tom about in the future.

Try to establish a perfect fit between your goals and INSEAD. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to INSEAD in the first place. Detail what skills, knowledge, relations, thoughts or anything else you expect to gain from INSEAD that will aid you in pursuing your goals. Take steps to learn as much as possible about INSEAD using online and offline modes - websites, current INSEAD students, alumni, INSEAD fairs/receptions. The objective is to implicitly or explicitly demonstrate that your application is a reflection of your serious and specific interest in INSEAD.

INSEAD Personal Essay 5

Please choose one of the following two essay topics:

a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What insights did you gain? (250 words maximum)

b) Describe the ways in which a foreigner in your country might experience culture shock. (250 words maximum)

INSEAD Personal Essay 5 Tips

Before you even start thinking about this essay be clear about what culture shock means. Culture shock is basically your difficulty in adjusting to a new culture that might include different languages, different values, different dressing, different settings, different food, different religions, different taboos and expectations - a different environment.

INSEAD has a strong international student mix and has a keen international focus. Whichever question you choose, your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions forms the core of this INSEAD application essay. Both questions are now explicitly about "culture shock" except that you need to look at the issue from different perspectives. Good natured humor is very much welcome in both essays.

a) Choose a situation (preferably international) where you experienced culture shock, and explain what you learnt and gained from the exposure. Typically, this would make for a better choice since here you can offer stories and situations that you have personally experienced, and also explicitly write about your international outlook, learning skills, adaptability and inclusive nature. Please veer away from approaches and remarks that hint at Xenophobia - even if it is in an earlier "ignorant" phase.

b) What about your country do foreigners typically balk at? Beyond the typical, what have you personally observed to be culture shocks that foreigners have or might experience in your country. A personal perspective that looks at these barriers with maturity will be welcomed. Apart from your own exposure travel advice sites might be your best guidance to how foreigners experience culture shock in your country. For this choice Indian applicants might find these links useful: whiteindianhousewife (entertaining, educational but long), about (clear, concise but impersonal).

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INSEAD Optional Essay

Is there anything that you have not mentioned in your application that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (350 words maximum)

INSEAD Optional Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you donít write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the INSEAD optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your INSEAD optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in that case simply redouble your efforts in those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the INSEAD optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

One other situation when the INSEAD optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that CANNOT be accommodated in the other INSEAD essays. If you are certain that this new essay is a robust constructive addition to your candidacy, start working on the INSEAD optional essay.

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay

In case of reapplication, please provide an update on any new aspects of your professional, international, academic or personal profile that would not have been included in your previous application. Please also explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words maximum)

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay Tips

INSEAD's position is blunt but clear. We rejected you last time; so what has changed?

The aim is to present the professional, academic and personal improvements in you that make you a stronger candidate for an INSEAD admission than in your last application. State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. What steps have you taken to strengthen your INSEAD application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the INSEAD reapplicant essay. Proactive INSEAD-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from INSEAD, might prove a trump card.

Go for it!

INSEAD MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

INSEAD Job Essay 1

(Required) Please give a detailed description of your job, including nature of work, major responsibilities; and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, number of clients/products and results achieved. (250 words)

INSEAD Job Essay 1 Tips

This INSEAD application question is clear enough and the space short enough for you to create a simple, strong essay. Concisely answering all SEVEN parts of the question will be a challenge. If you have a highly technical job profile please try to specify what the job means in  a larger context. If possible, bring in your people management responsibilities and (briefly) your achievements thereof.

"Results achieved" should be a key ingredient of this INSEAD essay. Highlight instances when you performed superlatively in your current role. If you present your job achievements convincingly you are on the road to a good INSEAD essay.

INSEAD Job Essay 2

(Required) Please give us a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words)

INSEAD Job Essay 2 Tips

Your objective in this INSEAD essay can be to discern and showcase a logical progression in your career path. On the other hand you can simply use this essay as a straight job profiles essay and leave the logical career progression approach to Personal Essay 4. Either way do not forget to mention the basic component-set for each of your jobs - designation, company, period, responsibilities, achievements.

INSEAD Personal 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. (400 words approx.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 1 Tips

You can use this INSEAD application essay like an introduction plus life story essay ("personal development"), or a strengths and weaknesses encapsulation or an anecdotes driven development and success story. There are umpteen approaches to this essay - choose the one that suits you best. Whichever route you take, the essay should touch upon definite strength areas that you want the INSEAD admissions committee to notice you for and definite weakness areas that, while not debilitating, are not superfluous either.

Clearly the person most qualified to give you clues to this INSEAD essay is the one you see in the mirror. Ask yourself what you consider to be your main strengths and weaknesses. Look at personal and professional situations and unearth those characteristics or qualities which you most obviously exhibit (or lack). You could refer past performance-appraisal forms for developing your own personal characteristics chart.

Weaknesses: Generally stick to weaknesses you can eradicate or improve upon - after all the purpose of mentioning weaknesses is not to convince the INSEAD admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit to be a part of the institution!

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

INSEAD Personal Essay 2

Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date, explaining why you view them as such. (400 words approx.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 2 Tips

INSEAD gives you the opportunity of choosing any two 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. Your leadership skills, initiative and teamwork are three obvious qualities that the incidents could reflect on. The stories can be from professional, academic or personal spheres of life.

The second part of the INSEAD question "why you view them as such" is actually where you must start from; if you do that competently you will automatically arrive at the first part.

INSEAD Personal Essay 3

Describe a situation taken from school, business, civil or military life, where you did not meet your personal objectives, and discuss briefly the effect. (250 words approx.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 3 Tips

Once more begin your thought process from the second part of the question and the first will be made much easier for you.

This is a "failure" essay - and as in all failure essays the objective is to demonstrate how you learned, adapted and improved yourself through this experience. As a first step, find a situation that has created a difference in your thought process, behavior or value system. Once you get a substantial "effect" you can go to press with the story.

While INSEAD does say "school" a non-pre-historical incident is definitely preferable.

I repeat: the INSEAD failure essay is in reality meant to be a success story where you learnt, improved and readied yourself for a future success. Let that show.

INSEAD Personal Essay 4

Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career? (500 words approx.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 4 Tips

Think about why you are writing this INSEAD essay and taking all this trouble applying to INSEAD. "What" you expect to gain from INSEAD and "Why" you expect that - are the two questions you answer in this essay.

INSEAD places great import on your work experience and desires to understand how you envision your career. Try to supplement INSEAD's Job Essays 1 and 2 with a clearly delineated presentation of Pre-INSEAD, INSEAD and Post-INSEAD phases of your career. Find and express a logical, credible link between the three phases. Also uncover other motivations that have made you choose your particular career goal.

"Why INSEAD" is an important part of the question, so handle it with moderation and realism. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking, and why. If your goals are more than ordinarily ambitious write credibly about those qualities/skills that qualify you to make those goals a reality.

INSEAD Personal Essay 5

Please choose one of the following two essay topics:

a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What did it mean to you? (250 words approx.)

or b) What would you say to a foreigner moving to your home country? (250 words approx.)

INSEAD Personal Essay 5 Tips

INSEAD has a strong international student mix and has a stronger international focus. Whichever question you choose, your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions forms the core of this INSEAD application essay. Typically, "culture shock" makes for a better story while "home country" allows you greater freedom of subject matter.

Go for it!

INSEAD Optional Essay

Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (200 words approx.)

INSEAD Optional Essay Tips

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you donít write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the INSEAD optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

Do not submit your INSEAD optional essay as an addendum to any of your essays. Do not submit your optional essay because you feel that the quality of your earlier essays is improvable Ė in that case simply redouble your efforts in those essays and leave the optional essay alone.

Use the INSEAD optional essay to explain shortfalls in your application which you feel are truly detrimental to your candidature. Areas of underperformance (academic or professional or GMAT) or events which stick out (gaps in your resumes or a previous MBA) can be commented on if you have an explanation that is intelligent, interesting and credible.

One other situation when the INSEAD optional essay is acceptable is when you need to describe at length an extraordinarily positive information that CANNOT be accommodated in the other INSEAD essays. If you are certain that this new essay is a robust constructive addition to your candidacy, start working on the INSEAD optional essay.

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay

In case of reapplication, please use this page. Your essay should state any new aspects of professional, international, academic, or personal development since your last application. We would also like you to explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. This essay should not exceed 400 words.

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay Tips

INSEAD's position is blunt but clear. We rejected you last time; so what has changed?

The aim is to present the professional, academic and personal improvements in you that make you a stronger candidate for an INSEAD admission than in your last application. State compelling reasons why you deserve a second chance. What steps have you taken to strengthen your INSEAD application. Stronger work experience, professional achievements, better GMAT, international exposure or academic accomplishments can all find place in the INSEAD reapplicant essay. Proactive INSEAD-specific steps taken by you, perhaps based on direct or indirect feedback from INSEAD, might prove a trump card.

Go for it!

INSEAD MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

INSEAD Job Essay 1 Tips

(Required) Please give a detailed description of your job, including nature of work, major responsibilities; and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, number of clients/products and results achieved. (250 words)

The question is clear enough and the space short enough to create a simple, strong essay. Answer all seven parts of the question. If you have a technical job profile specify what the job means in  a larger context.

INSEAD Job Essay 2 Tips

(Required) Please give us a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words)

Discern and showcase a logical progression in your career path. Or simply use this essay as a straight job profiles essay and leave the logical career progression approach to Personal Essay 4.

INSEAD Personal Essay 1 Tips

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. (400 words approx.)

You can use this INSEAD application essay like an introduction plus life story essay ("personal development"), or a strengths and weaknesses encapsulation or an anecdotes driven development and success story. There are umpteen approaches to this essay - choose the one that suits you best.

Stick to weaknesses you can eradicate or improve upon - after all the purpose of mentioning weaknesses is not to convince the INSEAD admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit to be a part of the institution! Finally, treat each point in this INSEAD application essay in relation to the rest of the essays and the recos. Your application should be a single unified package - there is no room for internal contradictions.

INSEAD Personal Essay 2 Tips

Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date, explaining why you view them as such. (400 words approx.)

INSEAD gives you the opportunity of choosing two stories from your life. 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 tells about you.

INSEAD Personal Essay 3 Tips

Describe a situation taken from school, business, civil or military life, where you did not meet your personal objectives, and discuss briefly the effect. (250 words approx.)

Begin your thought process from the second part of the question and the first will be much easier. Think about why you are writing this INSEAD essay (no wisecracks from you on that!). Find a situation that has created a difference in your thought process, behavior or value system. Once you get a substantial "effect" you can go to press with the story.

INSEAD Personal Essay 4 Tips

Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career? (500 words approx.)

INSEAD places great import on your work experience. Try to supplement Job Essays 1 and 2 with a clearly delineated presentation of Pre-INSEAD, INSEAD and Post-INSEAD phases of your career. Find and express a logical, credible link between the three phases. Also uncover other motivations that have made you choose your particular career goal.

INSEAD Personal Essay 5 Tips

Please choose one of the following two essay topics:

a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What did it mean to you? (250 words approx.)

or b) What would you say to a foreigner moving to your home country? (250 words approx.)

INSEAD has a strong international student mix and has a stronger international focus. Whichever question you choose, your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions forms the core of this INSEAD application essay. Typically, "culture shock" makes for a better story while "home country" allows you greater freedom of subject matter.

Go for it!

INSEAD Optional Essay Tips

Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (200 words approx.)

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you donít write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the INSEAD optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay Tips

In case of reapplication, please use this page. Your essay should state any new aspects of professional, international, academic, or personal development since your last application. We would also like you to explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words)

"We normally do not encourage applications from previously rejected candidates." Keep that direct quote from the INSEAD website in mind when writing your reapplication. INSEAD's position is blunt but clear. We rejected you last time; so what has changed?

Go for it!

INSEAD MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

INSEAD Job Essay 1 Tips

(Required) Please give a detailed description of your job, including nature of work, major responsibilities; and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, number of clients/products and results achieved. (250 words)

The question is clear enough and the space short enough to create a simple, strong essay. Answer all seven parts of the question. If you have a technical job profile specify what the job means in  a larger context.

INSEAD Job Essay 2 Tips

(Required) Please give us a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words)

Discern and showcase a logical progression in your career path. Or simply use this essay as a straight job profiles essay and leave the logical career progression approach to Personal Essay 4.

INSEAD Personal Essay 1 Tips

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. (400 words approx.)

You can use this INSEAD application essay like an introduction plus life story essay ("personal development"), or a strengths and weaknesses encapsulation or an anecdotes driven development and success story. There are umpteen approaches to this essay - choose the one that suits you best.

Stick to weaknesses you can eradicate or improve upon - after all the purpose of mentioning weaknesses is not to convince the INSEAD admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit to be a part of the institution! Finally, treat each point in this INSEAD application essay in relation to the rest of the essays and the recos. Your application should be a single unified package - there is no room for internal contradictions.

INSEAD Personal Essay 2 Tips

Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date, explaining why you view them as such. (400 words approx.)

INSEAD gives you the opportunity of choosing two stories from your life. 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 tells about you.

INSEAD Personal Essay 3 Tips

Describe a situation taken from school, business, civil or military life, where you did not meet your personal objectives, and discuss briefly the effect. (250 words approx.)

Begin your thought process from the second part of the question and the first will be much easier. Think about why you are writing this INSEAD essay (no wisecracks from you on that!). Find a situation that has created a difference in your thought process, behavior or value system. Once you get a substantial "effect" you can go to press with the story.

INSEAD Personal Essay 4 Tips

Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career? (500 words approx.)

INSEAD places great import on your work experience. Try to supplement Job Essays 1 and 2 with a clearly delineated presentation of Pre-INSEAD, INSEAD and Post-INSEAD phases of your career. Find and express a logical, credible link between the three phases. Also uncover other motivations that have made you choose your particular career goal.

INSEAD Personal Essay 5 Tips

Please choose one of the following two essay topics:

a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What did it mean to you? (250 words approx.)

or b) What would you say to a foreigner moving to your home country? (250 words approx.)

INSEAD has a strong international student mix and has a stronger international focus. Whichever question you choose, your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions forms the core of this INSEAD application essay. Typically, "culture shock" makes for a better story while "home country" allows you greater freedom of subject matter.

Go for it!

INSEAD Optional Essay Tips

Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (200 words approx.)

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you donít write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the INSEAD optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay Tips

In case of reapplication, please use this page. Your essay should state any new aspects of professional, international, academic, or personal development since your last application. We would also like you to explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words)

"We normally do not encourage applications from previously rejected candidates." Keep that direct quote from the INSEAD website in mind when writing your reapplication. INSEAD's position is blunt but clear. We rejected you last time; so what has changed?

Go for it!

INSEAD MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

INSEAD Job Essay 1 Tips

(Required) Please give a detailed description of your job, including nature of work, major responsibilities; and, where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, number of clients/products and results achieved. (250 words)

The question is clear enough and the space short enough to create a simple, strong essay. Answer all seven parts of the question. If you have a technical job profile specify what the job means in  a larger context.

INSEAD Job Essay 2 Tips

(Required) Please give us a full description of your career since graduating from university. If you were to remain with your present employer, what would be your next step in terms of position? (250 words)

Discern and showcase a logical progression in your career path. Or simply use this essay as a straight job profiles essay and leave the logical career progression approach to Personal Essay 4.

INSEAD Personal Essay 1 Tips

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. (400 words approx.)

You can use this INSEAD application essay like an introduction plus life story essay ("personal development"), or a strengths and weaknesses encapsulation or an anecdotes driven development and success story. There are umpteen approaches to this essay - choose the one that suits you best.

Stick to weaknesses you can eradicate or improve upon - after all the purpose of mentioning weaknesses is not to convince the INSEAD admissions committee that you are thoroughly unfit to be a part of the institution! Finally, treat each point in this INSEAD application essay in relation to the rest of the essays and the recos. Your application should be a single unified package - there is no room for internal contradictions.

INSEAD Personal Essay 2 Tips

Describe what you believe to be your two most substantial accomplishments to date, explaining why you view them as such. (400 words approx.)

INSEAD gives you the opportunity of choosing two stories from your life. 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 tells about you.

INSEAD Personal Essay 3 Tips

Describe a situation taken from school, business, civil or military life, where you did not meet your personal objectives, and discuss briefly the effect. (250 words approx.)

Begin your thought process from the second part of the question and the first will be much easier. Think about why you are writing this INSEAD essay (no wisecracks from you on that!). Find a situation that has created a difference in your thought process, behavior or value system. Once you get a substantial "effect" you can go to press with the story.

INSEAD Personal Essay 4 Tips

Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career? (500 words approx.)

INSEAD places great import on your work experience. Try to supplement Job Essays 1 and 2 with a clearly delineated presentation of Pre-INSEAD, INSEAD and Post-INSEAD phases of your career. Find and express a logical, credible link between the three phases. Also uncover other motivations that have made you choose your particular career goal.

INSEAD Personal Essay 5 Tips

Please choose one of the following two essay topics:

a) Have you ever experienced culture shock? What did it mean to you? (250 words approx.)

or b) What would you say to a foreigner moving to your home country? (250 words approx.)

INSEAD has a strong international student mix and has a stronger international focus. Whichever question you choose, your outlook and maturity in cross-cultural interactions forms the core of this INSEAD application essay. Typically, "culture shock" makes for a better story while "home country" allows you greater freedom of subject matter.

Go for it!

INSEAD Optional Essay Tips

Is there anything that you have not mentioned in the above essays that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? (200 words approx.)

As usual an optional essay requires effort even if you donít write it. The main question in any optional essay is to decide whether you need to write it at all. Attempt the INSEAD optional essay only if you feel that it will improve the factual and material strength of your application.

INSEAD Reapplicant Essay Tips

In case of reapplication, please use this page. Your essay should state any new aspects of professional, international, academic, or personal development since your last application. We would also like you to explain your motivation for re-applying to INSEAD. (400 words)

"We normally do not encourage applications from previously rejected candidates." Keep that direct quote from the INSEAD website in mind when writing your reapplication. INSEAD's position is blunt but clear. We rejected you last time; so what has changed?

Go for it!

           
           
 

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