How to apply to INSEAD MBA: Vince best application, essay, and interview tips



Vince hints

INSEAD MBA application, essay,

recommendation letter and interview tips 

  • Acceptance rate estimated to be around 30%

  • Below, you can find the tips that have helped my clients get admitted to INSEAD

  • Please note that I am providing tips in the same order that I suggest you write INSEAD essays

  • In short, I encourage you to write the easiest essays first

    • Doing so helps build momentum, which you need to tackle tricky questions about strengths and weaknesses, failure, and culture shock



What do they want? 

  • First, let’s look at what they want

  • Then, we will analyse why they want it

  • Below, I have compiled all written components of the INSEAD application




Thanks to my AIGAC colleagues over at ClearAdmit for posting the following update:

INSEAD has released the deadlines for both of its upcoming intakes, September 2016 and January 2017.  The two sets of deadlines are as follows:

January 2017 Intake
Round 2

Deadline: April 20, 2016
Interview Decision Notification: May 20, 2016
Final Decision Notification: June 24, 2016

Round 3
Deadline: June 15, 2016
Interview Decision Notification: July 15, 2016
Final Decision Notification: September 2, 2016

Round 4
Deadline: July 27, 2016
Interview Decision Notification: August 26, 2016
Final Decision Notification: September 30, 2016

Applicants should note that applications must be submitted by 11:59PM Central European Time on the day of the deadline.  For more information, visit INSEAD’s admissions website.




Please click here for my latest tips on INSEAD MBA Job Description and Motivation Essays



- Updated by Vince on 11 Mar 2016

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  • Based in Tokyo, Japan, I help clients around the world 

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