APPLICATION TIPS FROM GLOBE XIII & GLOBE XV   

For all those considering the GLOBE program, here is a compilation of tips from CBS' GLOBE Batch XIII and XV, where they pass on their advice and share their thoughts regarding the process. Hopefully this can serve as an inspiration for your application and help ease your nerves throughout the interviews. 

THE ESSAY

"Do not be afraid - write whatever you want as long as it is true. You only have 2 pages and your most important task is to give the reader the best possible understanding of who you are as a person. Tell them who you actually are and not how you appear or how you want to appear.“​

Katinka van der Wodschow

"My best advice for the essay is to be selective about what you choose to include. It is impossible to cover everything about yourself and your motivation for applying, so try to pick what you find most relevant."

Jeppe Bruun Rasmussen

"I recommend starting out by finding a few bullet points of what you want to convey in your application. Keep in mind that Globe is more than just an exchange program, it is a unique opportunity to enter a social environment unlike any other and an opportunity for you to join the “Family”. A few tips for such bullet points could be aspects of motivation, academic or professional experience, social contribution, and something that you want to highlight about yourself. In this way, you will have structured your paper from early on and it will ease the writing process."

Ditlev Meulengracht

"When you write your essay, make sure it has a good flow and a structure that is easy to follow. Make a list of what parts of your personality you want to emphasize and make each paragraph about a trait or experience that you wish to point out. Don’t make your sentences too long and make sure they are easy to comprehend. Stay away from fluffy terms, cliches and templates you found on the internet. Show your essay to a couple of people you trust, ask for feedback, but take everything with a grain of salt. Proofread it as many times as possible. If you find yourself stuck or out of ideas, take a break from writing and you’ll see that it will be much easier when you take it up again." 

Ioan-Ovidiu Manea

"I did not try to list all the things that would make me qualified to go on GLOBE - that is what you would have done if you were writing a job application. Instead, I focused my application on the specific experiences, characteristics and thoughts which had convinced me that I would thrive in the GLOBE learning environment and benefit incredibly from the program both academically and personally."

Emma Brenøe

"To me, it was important that the essay adequately reflected who I am as a person - I did my best to show the raw instead of the polished version of myself and, because of that, tried not to make too many changes to my initial draft. I focused on being very honest and open about what kind of person I am, which I think is the best advice I can give anyone considering the GLOBE program."

Emma Nesgaard

"Make sure that you make your essay unique. Do not use generic phrases and a boring structure, but catch the reader’s attention right away. A good idea is to have a red thread all throughout the essay and let them know why you want this more than anyone else."

Carsten Søndergaard

"Make your application stand out for something other than your professional dreams and accomplishments. I was not necessarily very good at this myself, but my one paragraph on gender diversity ended up being the topic of at least a third of my first interview (not to mention all of my third)."

Ronja Marcussen Hermind

"Don’t try to replicate your CV in the motivational essay. Focus on why exactly you will be an asset to your GLOBE cohort and what you expect from the experience. Show that you are imperfect and that you are open for personal development." 

Carl-Henrik Graeper

"To make my application stand out, I created a model about my perception of GLOBE. Using this model as a format for my application, I then described myself through the six different aspects highlighted in the model. It is important that your application reflects your personal motivation and engagement in the program." 

Jakob Sloth

"For the application be sure not just to tell what you have been doing, but why. Highlight your motivation, aspirations, and interests in life. That is what makes you fascinating and unique. Focus on something else than career. GLOBE is not just another networking session - it is a place where you can form lifelong friendships. Build on what truly makes you… you."

Rebekka Madsen

THE VIDEO STATEMENT

"Despite the relatively short length of the video, I perceived it as an important component in the first part of the application as it is the only verbal expression you get to make in this phase. My advice is to use the video to talk about something which might differentiate you from other applicants. What helped me choose a topic was to start thinking about potential subjects some time in advance of the application deadline."

Jeppe Bruun Rasmussen

THE INTERVIEW

"Preparing for the interview is a matter of answering truthfully, having a positive attitude and being able to answer any question regarding what you wrote in your CV or motivational letter."

Ioan-Ovidiu Manea

"Don’t prepare any stories for the interview. The interviewers want to get to know you as a person and they can definitely tell if you are making stuff up. Have the courage to stand by and be the person you are. Answer questions without using fancy business lingo and generic terms. Look the interviewers in the eyes, smile and connect with them on common interests and thoughts. The group interview is not meant to be your personal limelight, rather it is meant to test the group of applicants to see what parts naturally come together to build a strong team. The students going on GLOBE will be very close for at least 18 months. Whether you like it or not, your GLOBE experience is heavily influenced by the people around you. Keep calm! Enjoy the exercises and treasure the opportunity of meeting other students. You can engage in some interesting conversations and meet some IBers you maybe haven't talked to at all."

Rebekka Madsen

"In the interview, I believe it is best to smile a lot, be honest and show how excited you are about the opportunity."

Carl-Henrik Graeper

"I think a lot of people were anxious about the group interview, but I think most people thought that it was actually a fun experience. The group interview is all about seeing how people interact in groups and teams and not about standing out: try not to worry and just spend your time showing the interviewers how well you work in a group."

Emma Nesgaard 

"Don’t be afraid to let your guard down with the interviewers, their primary objective is to get to know you. The third interview for me, and for a few others, ended up being a very emotional experience. The interviewers would ask me a question and I tried to answer it in a professional manner using data or logic, but they kept seeming unsatisfied. Only when I really opened myself up to them, sharing my innermost motivation, were they fully convinced."

Ronja Marcussen Hermind 

“Be honest and true to yourself! If you are nervous, then tell them that you are nervous. If you are super excited, then tell them that you are excited. I don’t believe that there are any right or wrong answers - if you get a difficult question, then it is your way of tackling the situation that is important and not necessarily your answer. Don’t try to be something you are not or fake some sort of personality. You don’t have to be the funniest person on IB, the most brilliant one or the most likeable. It is more important that you are who you are and that you are not afraid of showing that.”

Katinka van der Wodschow

"For the first round of interviews, I believe that it is important to avoid getting into “presentation mode”. Instead, try to answer the questions as if it was a normal conversation and make sure to emphasize how excited you are about the GLOBE opportunity. In the second round, remember that you have made it this far for a reason. There is really no good way to prepare for the second round of interviews so just be yourself and engage in group tasks with the same excitement as you normally would."

Jeppe Bruun Rasmussen

GENERAL ADVICE

"GLOBE is an amazing learning opportunity - already from starting to write an application to interviewing to actually going. That was what I primarily had in mind when I started writing my application." 

Emma Brenøe

"The people reading your applications and interviewing are great at reading people and looking deep behind the surface: the thing you can do is being the most true version of yourself because, believe or not, that is something that will make you stand out. Be yourself and don’t make any excuses for who you are."

Emma Nesgaard

"A common misconception about GLOBE is that only the applicants with the highest grades and the most impressive CVs are accepted and this is simply not true. When the interviewers review the applications, they want to get a sense of your personality and character, beyond your academic/professional background, because this is just as important as anything else. When they choose a group of students, they spend a lot of time considering whether they match: they want to ensure that we can both study hard together, but also enjoy our free-time, exploring the countries as a group. So please don’t let a bad Microeconomics grade stop you from applying to GLOBE. Be upfront about your past mistakes, convey your interest in the program as authentically as you can and there is no doubt that the interviewers will appreciate your efforts."

Sofie Blankholm

"Let your guard down and don’t be afraid to show your emotions and your passion throughout the process - really, the interviewers are looking for intelligent, sympathetic people that are as passionate about the program as they are themselves."

Emma Nesgaard 

 

"Recruiting for GLOBE is not like recruiting for a job, it is more analogous to finding people to go on a road trip. Of course, they are looking for people that are capable drivers with good navigation skills, and interesting ideas for where they want to go. But more importantly, however, they are looking for people that will enjoy the ride together. People with interesting stories to share and lots of personality."

Ronja Marcussen Hermind

"No matter the outcome the interview process is a great and intensive learning experience. Enjoy the journey instead of focusing solely on the goal - that is the best way to actually reach it."

Rebekka Madsen

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