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INSEAD MBA Essay Questions and Tips


Job Description Essays

Together, the job description essays reveal the trajectory of your career till date, the direction it is likely to take without an MBA, and the direction you want to steer it in now for which you require an MBA. This is where you make the case for going to business school.  

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)  *


Talk about your current job here. 


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


Show the direction your career is likely to take without the MBA. Will be compared with your career goals to check where you are headed and where you want to go.


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


Talk about your career leading up to your current job. Show how you have grown in your career. Show the direction your career has taken till date.  


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


What is your ideal first job after graduating? Show which industry and what role, and what you want to achieve through that role. Show how your career till now will help you succeed in the future roles. Show how an INSEAD MBA will help acquire the missing competencies.  


Main Essays


Essay 1 Give a candid description of yourself (who are you 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.)


Look at yourself at work, home and with friends. What are a few things that matter to you most? What are you good at? How would you like to improve? Recall personal influences that have made you who you are today. 


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 approx.)


An achievement more significant than all others. This is not about writing about an experience where you overcame a challenge. Your choice of experiences will lend insight on what's important for you and why. You may want to write about an experience that makes you proud more than all other experiences you have had.  For the failure, when you didn't achieve what you set out to achieve, what did you think, feel, do? What did you take away from the experience?  How did you react to the reaction you received from others on your achievement and also on your failure? 


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 approx.)


Talk about the interests that you have pursued with passion and how you have benefited from them. 




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