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30 Mar: Application strategies

There are many essays to be written in the application and when they mean 1230 characters, they definitely mean it! I wrote my essays by planning out what exactly I want the admissions committee to know about me – strengths, weaknesses, experiences and values. You want to convey to admissions that this is a person I want to invite to an interview because the responses were compelling and very interesting. Remember folks, that these committee members have to read a lot of essays… a lot. You have to find a way for them to stand out. Think about stories, use stories to convey who you are, what you did and where you want to go. In essense, each essay has to be concise, be part of the larger story that is consistent with your personality. Remember that the key areas of fit are: 1. Leadership (why do you value it?…

26 Mar: Accepted!

wow… after a few grueling days of anticipation, I finally got the call this morning! 7am, 10 days later, my phone vibrated and a +41 area code appeared on the screen. Lisa Piguet congratulated me and apologized for calling too early =). Well, turns out I was up at about 5.30am this morning for a conference call with a physician. So it was ALL GOOD… although I was in a dreamy state, it felt great. Called my wife immediately and did a little dance in the hallways of the office building, luckily it was too early to attract unneeded attention. It’s amazing how many times my mind slipped back to the interview day and scrutinized everything I said and how I behaved, wishing I could have answered questions a tiny bit differently so I may stand a better chance. Questions bubbled to my head about “what were they thinking when…”…

18 Mar: The waiting game

It’s going to be harder than I thought. 10 business days before I find out how the rest of my life will turn out… wow. Perhaps this is as dramatic as when I was applying to school in the US about 10 years ago. I remember I was not at all nervous or anxious as I was probably not expecting to leave the country. Or maybe I was too young to understand the consequences of an admittance letter. Well, it has only been 2 days and I am already restless. I guess I can focus my energy on forming backup plans in preparation for bad news. What am I going to do? Well, I am going to look for a new job for sure and maybe an alternative school? I don’t know, I am so convinced that IMD is the best fit for me, I remain unmotivated to go anywhere…

16 Mar: Interview day

First of all, I would like to say that conditions for me could have been better. I was jet lagged and down with a sinus infection for the interview day. Well, no excuses right? I definitely put my best foot forward, especially in the late morning, having warmed up with the 1:1 interview. I must say, that the calibre of the applicants are impressive, I feel that most if not all of the group of seven should be offered a place in the program. Well, let’s see, it could be the magnificent seven, the courageous six, the elite five, or even the fantastic four. Any less would be unthinkable. So all in all, I was very impressed with the candidates and also the faculty. Well, we met with Martha, the director of the program, Lisa the admissions director and Prof. Bris for our case study discussion. I felt very comfortable…

12 Mar: 4 days till the interview

I am anxious to interview at Lausanne. I’m privileged to have visited IMD last year in 2009 and had a great time. I was able to meet with two students and had an awesome lunch at the cafeteria, more like a restaurant. To think that these two students are already out there in their new job, taking on the world. Interview preparation has taken over most of my nights, jotting notes for the case discussion, reviewing my application and anticipating questions that will arise in the 1:1 interview. To think that in 1 day, my entire life can totally change, how exciting! I guess athletes make history in hundredths of a second. Well, I hope my next entry will be after the interview, and then the wait begins…

10 Mar: Application submitted!

As a Singaporean with 7 years of work experience in the US medical device industry, I’ve decided to apply to IMD for an MBA program. Some people have asked me what other schools am I applying to? Well, I’ve only applied to IMD. Looking at the school and the unique niche it is in, I believe that is the only school for me. Silly? Maybe so, but if I don’t really want to attend any other program, why would I apply? So I’ve applied for the Feb 1st deadline and received an interview invite on Feb 13th. The 2 week wait was awful, but I’m definitely lucky as IMD usually send out interview invites after 4-6 weeks. So is this good? I’m trying not to think about it and I’m concentrating on the interview on March 16th. So this means I find out by March 26th if I am going…