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INSEAD Interview Report: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-campus

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The following INSEAD interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 2 applicant. Good luck to them!

First interview was with an ex-BCG consultant who graduated from INSEAD 20+ years ago. The interview took place at a local coffee shop near his office. Although he showed up in suits but the entire interview was very relaxed, and felt more like a conversation. The entire interview lasted about 90 minutes.

Some of the questions that I could recall:

What do you think about online market research?
What role does (my ex-company) play when there’s already so many free online market research tools available?
What’s your take on media and digital measurement?
Which industry would you like to work for after your MBA? Why?
Where do you see yourself in the next 10, 20 years?
You said you wanted to do marketing, why not Kellogg?
What do your parents think about you applying to INSEAD?

Second interview took place at the alumnus’ office and the interview was conducted in the lobby area so it was pretty casual and relaxed. We used mandarin to chit-chat about 5 minutes and then he hinted me the interview is going to start so let’s switch to English.

The interview lasted about an hour, no behavioral questions were asked and the entire process was pleasant but a bit more challenging than the first one. Below are some of the questions that I could recall:

Walk me through your résumé.
Tell me about your strengths?
Can you share me with some of the differences between working in India, China and Taiwan?
What do you think of digital marketing?
What are the differences between digital in China and in Taiwan?
What value did you bring to your current company?
What is your long term goal?
Why MBA?
Any EC activities?

For both of the interviews, I didn’t really have too much of time asking questions.

What would be the ONE thing you could change about INSEAD?
What values did INSEAD help you even until now?
Why did you apply to INSEAD?
What motivates you to stay with the INSEAD community for such long period of time?

Overall, my experience with INSEAD was very nice and alumni were very open, friendly and honest.

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