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Sample INSEAD Video Interview Questions

INSEAD Video interviews following the MBA application submission is the most fumbled section of the application, primarily from the limited opportunity an applicant has at covering the nuanced points in just one minute. The effort becomes at highlighting the most impactful point in 20-30 seconds and adding a point or two to support the answer.

Time to Prepare for INSEAD Video Interview: 1-2 Days; The applicant must submit the interview within 48 hours.


Here are some Sample Interview Questions and tips to ace the INSEAD Video essay.

How to Prepare for the INSEAD Video Interview Questions

There is an opportunity to address sample questions and attempt any number of times before the actual recording.

Number of Questions: 4

Seconds to Prepare each question: 45

Seconds to answer each question: 60

Sample INSEAD Video Interview Questions (All Careers)

1) What are the challenges you want to accomplish at INSEAD

2) What do you know about the INSEAD MBA?
3) How will you respond to your team’s underperformance?
4) Please describe a situation where you worked well with a person with a different opinion
5) What is success for you in a career?
6) What do you consider to be unethical leadership?
7) When was the last time you had a disagreement over a cultural norm that led to conflict?
8) How do you communicate or act to gain respect as a manager?
9) Who is a manager you look up to, and why?

10) How will you offer constructive feedback to a colleague?

Sample INSEAD Video Interview Questions (Entrepreneurs)

If your post-MBA goal is to start a venture in the short-term, the questions will be skewed towards finding the feasibility of the goal and your understanding of the entrepreneur’s life and start-up landscape.

1) What should be the top three priorities for a company?
2) If you have unlimited funds, which industry would you enter?
3) How will you remain focused on the vision of your start-up?

Tips - INSEAD Video Interview Questions

Let us take a Sample question that has been asked consistently in some form or the other

What do you know about the INSEAD MBA?


a) Offer background on your networking and cite the commonly shared quality of INSEAD MBA

Adding context on your networking skills and information gathering process is an approach that will authenticate your extraversion. INSEAD rarely accepts the introvert type with limited networking skills.

My networking with INSEAD 2018 class alumnus, <name of the student>, had confirmed my belief that INSEAD’s approach to stretching the candidate’s skills through a multidisciplinary curriculum and disciplined learning make the program a standout among the 1-year programs.

b) Highlight the characteristics of INSEAD MBA that you value the most

For many, it is geographic diversity, while for others, it is the professional experience. The latest class has 32% from Consulting, 32% corporate, 21% financial services, and 15% from Media and Technology. If you are among the latter, highlight the peer to peer learning from such a diverse class. Or if 60 seconds permits, combine both.

Coming from a diverse country like India has embedded in me the value of diversity in culture, language, and background. INSEAD takes it further with careful peer selection from diverse geographies, experiences, nationality, and educational background that will challenge my thinking and help me develop a perspective that is tough to simulate through books, online courses, or programs with monocultural selection biases.

Now let us combine it together as one answer

What do you know about the INSEAD MBA?

My networking with INSEAD 2018 class alumnus, <name of the student>, had confirmed my belief that INSEAD’s approach to stretching the candidate’s skills through a multidisciplinary curriculum and disciplined learning make the program a standout among the 1-year programs.

Coming from a diverse country like India has embedded in me the value of diversity in culture, language, and background. INSEAD takes it further with careful peer selection from diverse geographies, experiences, nationality, and educational background that will challenge my thinking and help me develop a perspective that is tough to simulate through books, online courses, or programs with monocultural selection.

c) Record, check the time and add goal-specific points


The two paragraphs come around 30 seconds. Now think of other specifics of INSEAD MBA that has immediate value to your post-MBA goal.

Career Switcher: For career switchers, the INSEAD MBA is an opportunity to enter a new function or industry. If you have done your homework, this part of the video interview will determine the authenticity of your answer. Read the recent employment report and understand the trends. How many have moved from consulting to finance, finance to consulting, or technology to consulting? Is the switch mostly with industry and location?


Career Stagnancy: Another common narrative we have seen is about career stagnation. The average age of the latest INSEAD MBA class is 5.6 years. With over 1000 class size, 25% or more have over 7 years of experience. Career stagnancy in the form of a function, industry, or geography becomes a believable impetus to test the waters and experience new learning.

Leadership Tweaker: Most of the candidates have considerable leadership experience in multiple cultures and geographies. They also realize that understanding team dynamics is not done even with 5-10 years of experience. It is constant learning tweaked by orchestrated interaction and challenges that INSEAD MBA provides with its campus exchange with Wharton/Kellogg/CEIBS, customized leadership development, and choosing campus that pushes you out of the comfort zone (South East Asian candidates opting for the French campus and European candidates opting for the Singapore campus).

Here is an example of a Leadership Transformation that you can cover in 30 seconds

INSEAD MBA has offered opportunities for its students to actively come out of the comfort zone through campus selection, leadership roles in student’ clubs, and rigorous general management capstone projects. The orchestrated cultural collaboration and challenges will help me see perspectives outside my domain of expertise. The case-based discussions and close collaboration with peers from Europe, Asia, and the Americas will tweak my leadership to support complex decisions with a multi-cultural perspective and the faculty’s real-world experience in technology, funding, retail, and consulting.


Now let us tie it all together for the question - What do you know about INSEAD MBA?

My networking with INSEAD 2018 class alumnus, <name of the student>, had confirmed my belief that INSEAD’s approach to stretching the candidate’s skills through a multidisciplinary curriculum and disciplined learning make the program a standout among the 1-year programs.

Coming from a diverse country like India has embedded in me the value of diversity in culture, language, and background. INSEAD takes it further with careful peer selection from diverse geographies, experiences, nationality, and educational background that will challenge my thinking and help me develop a perspective that is tough to simulate through books, online courses, or programs with monocultural selection.

INSEAD MBA has offered opportunities for its students to actively come out of the comfort zone through campus selection, leadership roles in student’ clubs, and rigorous general management capstone projects. The orchestrated cultural collaboration and challenges will help me see perspectives outside my domain of expertise. The case-based discussions and close collaboration with peers from Europe, Asia, and the Americas will tweak my leadership to support complex decisions with a multi-cultural perspective and the faculty’s real-world experience in technology, funding, retail, and consulting.


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