INSEAD Video Essays

Shortly after completing your INSEAD MBA online application, you will receive an e-mail notification from Kira Talent with a unique link to complete 4 video interviews. Your link will be also available on your dashboard within the application system.
The video should be seen as a unique opportunity for you to share your passions, your motivations and who you truly are. The MBA Admissions Committee is interested in obtaining an authentic view of you as a person, to see how you think on your feet and how you convey your ideas.
The video interviews do not replace the face-to-face interviews with Alumni.
Your application will be considered as complete and ready to be reviewed only once we have received your answers to the video interviews. Please complete your video interviews at your earliest convenience and no later than 48 hours after the deadline to which you are applying. We strongly recommend however that you complete this step before the final date to allow yourself some time to prepare for this exercise.

MOST COMMON QUESTIONS

HOW MANY QUESTIONS ARE IN THE VIDEO INTERVIEWS?

You must record your answers to 4 questions. Questions always vary from one applicant to another. You have 45 seconds to prepare each answer and 60 seconds to record your answer.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I TRY THE PRACTICE QUESTIONS?

You can practice an unlimited number of times. The practice session has several questions available and you can do as many practice sessions as you need to feel comfortable with the video interviewing. You do not need to complete everything in one go. You can create an account and come back later.

ARE THE PRACTICE QUESTIONS RECORDED?

No, the practice questions are available for you to prepare, learn and improve. You can replay them and see how you performed and/or check if the sound and image are satisfactory.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY IS NEEDED?

You will need an internet connection, a camera and a microphone. You can test your devices before starting the exercise. If you wish to use your phone, you can download the Kira interviews for your iOS or Android device. It works with iOS 7+, and Android 4.0+. If you are searching on an iPad, please check under iPhone Only apps.

WHAT IS THE ADDRESS FOR THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT?

If you experience technological issues with the video (practice questions, device set up, etc.), please check the following technical support webpage https://www.kiratalent.com/support/. You can either e-mail, phone or chat with the Kira technicians.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THE LINK TO THE VIDEO?

The unique link to the video interview is available within an hour of submitting your application. An e-mail message containing the link is sent to you by Kira Academic. The link is also available on the dashboard of the online application system.

WHEN SHOULD I SUBMIT THE VIDEO INTERVIEW?

Please complete your video interviews at your earliest convenience and no later than 48 hours after the deadline to which you are applying. We strongly recommend however that you complete this step before the final date to allow yourself some time to prepare for this exercise.

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Some Advice:

  1. For optimal user experience, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge or Chrome to record your Kira videos;
  2. You can prepare yourself by practicing as much as you want. This will enable you to convey authentic and genuine answers. Practice questions are not shared with the Admissions Committee;
  3. Test your camera, your microphone, then forget the technology and look at the camera as if you were talking to the Admissions Committee;
  4. Although we ask you to wear business or business casual attire, the Admissions Committee will not judge your look or your background;
  5. You may want to prepare a notebook next to you to write down your key ideas; you will have 45 seconds to prepare each answer; you will then have 60 seconds to share each answer with the Admissions Committee.

Examples for INSEAD video questions:

  1. Explain what you would do to gain respect as a new manager.
  2. Describe a time when understanding someone else’s perspective helped you understand him/her better.
  3. Please describe a situation in which you worked will people from different background and how did you adapted.
  4. Please describe a situation in which you worked with someone who had different opinions than yours.
  5. Encounter with different people (diversity question) and how did it effect you.
  6. Give examples of how you stay focused on your vision or the vision of your company?
  7. What do you know about the INSEAD MBA program?
  8. What do you think are the key elements for starting and running a successful business?
  9. What do you believe to be the 3 top values of a business/company?
  10. Tell us about a time when listening to another person helped changes my perspective.
  11. How would you approach a team member that is not putting his share of work towards the goal?
  12. What are the 3 factors that you would like to incorporate in your company?
  13. How would INSEAD help you to achieve your career goals?
  14. What will consider a success if you were to attend INSEAD?
  15. what are the 3 main things an entrepreneur needs in order to be successful.
  16. What makes you can good candidate for the INSEAD MBA program?
  17. Tell us about an experience where you were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or negative way.
  18. What do you think of the sentence “in Rome, act like a Roman” and why?
  19. Tell us about an international encounter you had. what did you learn from it?
  20. Tell me about an experience living, travelling, studying or working abroad. What was this experience like for you?
  21. Do you think that companies should consider factors other than maximizing value?
  22. Tell us about a manager you looked up to – what were the qualities you liked?
  23. A colleague is asking you to help him/her to assess his/her future career options. How do you help him/her grow?
  24. How would you define success for your career?
  25. If you were a team leader an you had a worker who is constantly under-delivers – what would you do?
  26. Please explain why and how networking will help you in a start-up situation?
  27. What are the 3 main reasons you chose INSEAD?
  28. If you had unlimited resources and funds – what company will you create?
  29. How do you define success?
  30. What do you want to achieve?
  31. If one of your classmates isn’t getting along with the local culture, how would you approach him/her?
  32. If someone comes from a different culture to your country, what advice would you give him?
  33. What skills are the most important for a successful entrepreneur?
  34. If you could change one thing in the world to make it a better place, what would you do?
  35. Tell us about some challenging goals you have set for yourself during your year at INSEAD?
  36. Tell us about an experience where you were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or negative way.
  37. How your colleagues would describe you leadership style? Give an example