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INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2017-2018

Now that the online application for INSEAD’s January 2018 intake is live—and the INSEAD essay topics for 2017-2018 have been released—we wanted to follow up with some commentary for business school applicants targeting the school this season. INSEAD has maintained the four Job Description essays and three Motivation Essays for their application.... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 6, 2016 by

INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Now that the online application for INSEAD’s September 2017 intake is live — and the INSEAD essay topics for 2016-2017 have been released — we wanted to follow up with some commentary for business school applicants targeting the school this season. INSEAD has maintained four Job Description essays for the... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 by

INSEAD 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

Now that the online application for INSEAD’s September 2016 intake is live — and the INSEAD MBA essays for 2015-2016 have been released — we wanted to follow up with some commentary for business school applicants targeting the school this season. Whereas last year saw INSEAD shortening the essay portion... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 5, 2014 by

INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2014-2015

For the first time in several years, INSEAD has made substantive changes to its MBA application essays, effective for the January 2015 intake. The program has reduced its number of required responses from seven to six, and has in several instances combined two of the previous season’s essays into a... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 23, 2013 by

INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2013-2014

With some slight edits from last year, INSEAD’s essay questions still cover a good deal of ground, giving candidates ample opportunity to discuss a range of professional and personal topics and highlight various elements of their interests and experiences.  The “job essays” ask for a factual account of one’s current... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 6, 2012 by

INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2012-2013

Unchanged from last year, INSEAD’s essay questions cover a good deal of ground, giving candidates ample opportunity to discuss a range of professional and personal topics and highlight various elements of their interests and experiences.  The “job essays” ask for a factual account of one’s current position (or lack thereof)... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 28, 2011 by

INSEAD Essay Topic Analysis 2011-2012

INSEAD’s essay questions cover a good deal of ground, giving candidates ample opportunity to discuss a range of topics related to their candidacies and highlight various elements of their interests and experiences. The first two “job essays” ask for a factual account of one’s current position (or lack thereof) and... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 26, 2011 by

Analysis of 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.

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 has expanded the word limit for this essay from 400 to 600 for this... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 26, 2011 by

Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 4: a) Discuss your short and long term career goals and b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision?

a) Discuss your short and long term career goals. (300 words maximum) and b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision? (250 words maximum) INSEAD has made some changes to its Essay 4 for this season; the school now asks for distinct short- and long-term professional objectives,... Read more »

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Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 3: Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed. Discuss what you learned.

Describe a situation taken from your personal or professional life where you failed.  Discuss what you learned. (400 words maximum) While the wording of this question has changed extensively since last year, shifting from personal objectives not being met to a more straightforward request that the applicant discuss a failure,... Read more »