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HEC Paris Introduction


If you’re an MBA applicant, you can add to the list HEC Paris, one of Europe’s finest business schools. If you want a global MBA or hope to some day work in France, the school needs to be at the top of your list.

HEC alums are well placed at the very top of many of France’s most important companies and in the government, and it’s an ideal choice for MBAs who dream of working in luxury marketing. In fact, a dozen of the 40 largest publicly-traded companies in France have an alumnus of HEC Paris as CEO or managing director. Among CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies, HEC ranks third in the world and first in Europe. That is a powerful alumni network, especially if you are French or pursue a career in France.

Did you know HEC Paris MBA is one of the most selective european MBA program even more than INSEAD and LBS? Also HEC paris provides the best return on investment with an average 152% hike in post MBA Salaries.

Good Things:

  • HEC Paris has been consistently rated as the best B-school by Economist when it comes to ROI on your investment in B-school. With a tuition as low as 64K euros and an average 152% jump in post MBA salary,  HEC Paris should be your default choice if you are looking for ROI.
  • HEC Paris is a 16 month programs with the flexibility to do an internship, something which other short duration programs lack. This is really good for people looking to change industries or sectors.
  • With a 93% success rate and average salary of $ 112K HEC placement stats are better than INSEAD.

Things to Consider:

  • HEC Paris is not located in Paris.
  • HEC is more of an Industry focused school. Not particularly on Consulting or Investment Bankings. However they do send fair amount of students in these domains every year.
  • Just like INSEAD, HEC Paris focuses a lot on international experience and needs you to fill painstaking 8 essays. If you don’t have international exp. Consider wisely.
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HEC Paris Winning Sample Essays


Why are you applying to the HEC MBA Program now? What is the professional objective that will guide your career choice after your MBA, and how will the HEC MBA contribute to the achievement of this objective? (500 words)

I have been working in technology consulting for more than 5 years. While working with PwC US for 3 years in multiple global engagements, I have developed excellent client-facing skills, technical proficiency, and above all leadership capability to lead culturally diverse teams.

Most of my experience is in technology implementation consulting for US clients. While, working alongside with management consultants, I have become really fascinated with business strategy development. These experiences have motivated me to step up from implementation to strategy aspect of technology consulting. Needless to say, equipped with an engineering degree in electronics there are marginal chances of making such functional shift as strategy formulation requires an understanding of business fundamentals besides technical knowledge.

After 5 years of experience, I have identified what I would like to do in short term and the gaps which I need to fill in order to achieve my short-term objective. Therefore, I think now would be the perfect time for me to pursue a business education which can equip me with business fundamentals.

After extensive research and conversation with Alumni, I believe HEC Paris MBA program, (rated as the 2nd best B-school in Europe by Financial Times) is in perfect sync with my targeted goals and desired learning from an MBA program.

The 3 most critical factors which make HEC a perfect fit for me are…continue reading here.

What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words max)

“Education is the most powerful tool to change the world”, said Nelson Mandela. In my life, I endeavour to equip as many underprivileged children with this powerful tool as I can.

During my undergraduate I joined an NGO named Pratigya, “a student initiative dedicated to imparting education to underprivileged children”. There, I observed that all classes had very irregular attendance and poor grades. I gathered a team of volunteers and reached out to these children’s families. We discovered that many of our students had pulled out of school and accompanied their parents to work due to financial constraints.

Seeing these children’s hardships strengthened my resolve to bring a positive change in their life. My team and I decided to launch a fundraising drive to support their education.

Through our drive we raised €2000 to sponsor 40 kids. I personally took a pledge to sponsor and mentor 3 girls. With time, I developed a special connection with the 3 of them and I could notice their growing confidence and interest in their studies because of my encouragement. I continued to support them every year and the proudest moment of my life came when all 3 of them graduated high school and were motivated to pursue their dreams and further education.

I received many appreciations and votes of thanks. It was my life’s most gratifying experience which gave a new purpose and direction to my life and that’s why I consider it to be my life’s most significant achievement…continue reading here.

HEC Paris Interview Questions


Once the candidate gets pre-selected, he/she will have two separate one-on-one interviews with HEC Paris MBA alumni. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the interviewers provided by the Admissions Office in order to arrange their interview by the stated deadline. hec-paris-mba-interview

Each interview will consist of a 10-minute powerpoint presentation on a topic of the candidate’s choice (you need to be very sure that the topic makes absolute sense to you and why you have chosen that topic)  and a series of questions and answers based on your application for 30 to 40 minutes. The total interview lasts for a minimum of 40-50 minutes.

HEC Paris MBA Interview Questions – 1

Hi All,

I also got an admit from HEC for Sept 2018 on 13th October. Glad to meet my future classmates here :-)
My brief profile –
GMAT – 720
Industry – IT Consulting
Experience – 4 years
Country – India

I received the admit in less than a month after submitting my application for the 15th Sept deadline.

Here is a briefing of my interviews for all future applicants…Continue Reading Here

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