How to answer the INSEAD MBA video interview questions

INSEAD MBA admissions looks for certain traits in its applicants - do you know what they are?

How to answer the INSEAD MBA video interview questions

Introduction

INSEAD's video essay has been around for a few years now and is an integral part of admission's assessment of each candidate.  Read on to understand what INSEAD's style is so you can get into that dream MBA.  Remember to practice your answers to the video essay and interview on a platform like Voomer.

We recently made a video that goes over some of the things I'm going to discuss in this article.  Take a look at the video but read on for more!

Style guide

INSEAD is an interesting outlier in a sea of US business schools and so is their culture.  Being aware of its culture and setting up your answers to the video interview questions to match that culture is key to improve your chances of getting admitted.

  1. Geographic diversity is celebrated at INSEAD.  If you have personal experiences outside of your home country or you have multiple home countries, make sure to mention that in one of your responses.

2. If you’ve worked in a country that is not your home country, that also helps a lot with your case.  So make sure to try and bring that up.

3. INSEAD likes candidates that think outside the box.  When answering your video interview questions, mention any situation in which you had to figure out the solution to a problem through an unconventional way.

Questions

You'll have to answer three questions drawn randomly from a question bank.  You have 45 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to answer.

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Most of the questions are behavioral, which means you have to draw from your past experiences and reply following the CAR structure.  I've written extensively about behavioral interview techniques here.

Conclusion

Stay humble, show admissions you did your research, and try and highlight the occasions where teamwork was key to your success.  That is what the INSEAD MBA admissions team is looking for in the video essay and video interview responses.

The other extremely important thing is to practice.  Answering these questions as best you can takes mental organization and preparation.

Use a platform like Voomer to prep for the essay and interview.  They use the same question bank as INSEAD admissions does and have AI-powered analysis tools that evaluate your responses so you can improve quickly.