Please also check out my first interview report.
My second interviewer was around my age. We met on a Saturday and it was very relaxed (he came in jeans and a sweat top, compared to my suit and tie!) and instantly put me at ease.
We had a friendly discussion with – of course – my well thought out responses interspersed with a lot of questions about the school and his experiences there.
We weaved about a bit with the questions as it was a more natural conversation than my first interview. When I sat down my interviewer told me he was in training for [a major local sporting event] so we started off talking about sports.
We soon steered back on to more familiar ground:
- What are my short- and long-term goals?
- Why am I applying now (noted that I will be in the older category)?
- Which campus was I planning to study on?
- How do my family feel about it?
- What’s the alternative plan if I don’t get in?
There was no problem to get my greatest hits into the discussion. My interviewer also commented on my drive, creative mindset (didn’t think I was a finance guy) and that I was a good fit for the school culture. He pretty much told me that he would give me a strong endorsement for admission.
All in all, the interview was very relaxed and there were no “Tell me about a time…” type questions. He seemed to genuinely want to see if I was the sort of guy who would fit the INSEAD culture.
We joked a bit about the type of people applying to other business schools, and he seemed pleased I was not applying anywhere else (in Europe at least – I did not reveal the U.S. applications and he didn’t press it!).