INSEAD MBA Essay Guide (2021 January Entering Class)

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Learn how to Answer the Essay Questions and the Video Essay with F1GMAT's INSEAD MBA Essay Guide

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 (approximately 500 words).

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 (approximately 400 words). *

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? (approximately 300 words) *

Essay 4: Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (approximately 300 words) (Optional)

6 Sample Essays Included in F1GMAT's INSEAD MBA Essay Guide

Sample Essay 1: Candid Description, Strengths & Weaknesses (Marketing Lead) (499 Words)    
Sample Essay 2: Candid Description, Strengths & Weaknesses (Consulting to Product Development) (492 Words)    
Sample Essay 1: Achievements and Failures (398 Words) (Technology Consultant)
Sample Essay 2: Achievements and Failures (395 Words) (International Relations) (Negotiations)
Sample Essay 1: Extra-Curricular and How enriched you are (272 Words) (Hiking and Vlogging)
Sample Essay 2: Extra-Curricular and How enriched you are (298 Words) (Improv Acting)


F1GMAT's INSEAD MBA Essay Guide will:

1) Demonstrate with W-Pattern Narrative on how to use context and roles to describe your strengths and weaknesses

2) Show you how to use the IMPACT table to list your greatest achievements

3) Show you how to write about Failure without getting too defensive

4) Show you how to write about extra-curricular activities

5) Show with 6 Sample Essays on how to create memorable narratives

6) How to Answer the Video Essay Questions demonstrated through the Sample - What you know about INSEAD MBA

Who Should Buy Insead MBA Essay Guide?

If your essay looks too bland, Insead MBA Essay Guide will show you, with examples, on how to use the elements of Storytelling like Incorporating "The Struggle", using Emotional connectors, narrating the Journey and the use of Chronology, Vividness and Active Verbs to transform your essays.

If you are stuck in the Writing process, Insead MBA Essay Guide will show you how to silence the Analytic Mind and overcome mental blocks.

If you feel that the Essays are not persuasive, Insead MBA Essay Guide will teach you how to use the W-Pattern narrative, Contexts, Turning Points and "The Show Don't Tell Approach" to write a Winning MBA Essay.

If you don't have enough leadership experience, Insead MBA Essay Guide will show you how to highlight non-obvious qualities like Trust, Focus, Listening Skills, Personal Responsibility, Humility, Self-Knowledge, and other secondary traits to prove your leadership.

If you don't know how to review your essays, Insead MBA Essay Guide will demonstrate how to improve readability with the power of iteration, and maintain your original voice by removing review biases.

Book Details

Page Length: 282
Entering Class: 2021

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"Best money I've spent on an essay guide. This book straightaway takes you on how to write INSEAD MBA Strengths and Weaknesses essay based on an event instead of listing generic qualities. The book is easy to read. Not verbose nor high-concept. Just straightforward advice filled with Sample Essays- from an applicant working in Advertising to one who is in Technology Consulting. After the INSEAD essay tips, the author demonstrates how to use storytelling, leadership narratives and ends with chapters on editing and reviewing essays. " - Verified Purchase

"For me, this was not just an essay guide but a book on writing. The chapters on storytelling finally made me realize that it is time to stop playing around and start writing. There were many ah-ha moments in each chapter, and sometimes I had to read the chapter again to pick the wisdom. The impact table used to demonstrate achievement changed how I look at my accomplishments. My biased view was broken when numbers were captured for each project. This book was recommended to me by an INSEAD MBA student. A strong 4.9 out of 5 stars. " - Verified Purchase

"Original and practical. I recommend this for all INSEAD MBA applicants, those who have not written any words to those who have a draft. I guarantee you will find a strategy or two you have never seen in any book on writing. The framework on using W-pattern and examples used from the 16-personality types have helped me find the qualities that are relevant for INSEAD. This is the book on essay writing that should be the reference for all your MBA application essays, not just INSEAD"  - Verified Purchase