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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2012, 19:50
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Hey mappleby what I ment by saying I was surprised was that I am surprised that BOTH recos are expected from your current org. Most schools won't question you if one is frm your current supervisor and the other is from a direct supervisor at a past company. For me personally there is only one person above me in my current org and the same with my prev org. It helps tht I knw tht it's important to mention in the CBS app why my past supervisor frm another org is recommending me.

Also when I said specific that is what he meant. Not just being spwciic about ur goals but specific reasons as to why Columbia is a choice and how you will fit in with the student body and contribute.

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2012, 05:09
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I think the reason might be because they want people who know the current You and not the You from a job or two ago.
I heard that rumor as well but don't really believe it as what matters is that they can really attest to your strengths and weaknesses.


I completely agree that it's better to have someone write your LOR who can speak to your strengths and weaknesses.

Perhaps we should poll the ED-ers on how many of their letters were written by people at their current job, a past job, or other. :P

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For what it's worth, I'm an ED admit and NEITHER of my recommendations came from my current employer. One was from a supervisor at my last job and the other was from a client I worked closely with at my last job.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2012, 14:35
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Submitted on 10/4/12 for rolling admissions, invited today. I doubt geography means much, but I know some people on here think it does, so I'll tell you I'm from the pacific NW.



Interviewed today. Questions were similar to those discussed elsewhere. No team conflict question.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2012, 12:15
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Just got the call...I'm in!

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2012, 16:56
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Got my admit decision: success. Good luck all!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2012, 07:46
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I got an interview invite from CBS a few days ago.

Submitted full app: 11/20
Invited to interview: 12/19

So basically a month's turnaround. I also made a conscious choice to submit before the Thanksgiving break figuring that there'd be a glut of apps after that.

By the way, any advice or great samples of Columbia interview questions?


It's going to depend a lot on who you interview with but most people have had fairly informal interviews. The only mandatory question is to describe a time you faced adversity. Most of the questions in my interview focused around why I wanted to switch careers. What attracted me to my new career path, etc. Just know your story and what you want to do. If you can articulate that well then I think you will be fine. I wasn't even asked to walk through my resume, it was much more like a conversation.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 08:46
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Not that have been reported on GMAT club yet. But they have only admitted a handful of regular decision applicants so far. I would think at least January before we start seeing movement on the waitlist. They want to make sure they see how the RD pool is turning out before moving on ED waitlisters.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2012, 06:18
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I would work on your GMAT before you worry about GPA. You already have an MS so I think that is enough in terms of an alternate transcript. Did you address your low GPA in the optional essay? Without seeing your actual application it is hard to know where exactly to improve but it does seem like CBS likes re-applicants so definitely give it another shot. Maybe apply ED in the fall next time.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 15:51
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Invited to interview!!!

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 08:06
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I don't think that's an evaluative question. I simply put "$180,000" under "Federal Loans" and I received an interview.

Someone asked about this question at an info session I attended and the admissions person said they included this part more so that applicants would actually understand the total cost before they applied. Don’t completely blow it off, but as kingfalcon said it’s not evaluative or binding so there's no need to really worry about it in terms of your admission.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2013, 10:55
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I guess it's a slow week for CBS this week. No movement from anybody?


Just got admitted. Interviewed on Friday. Good luck everyone.
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I guess it's a slow week for CBS this week. No movement from anybody?


Just got admitted. Interviewed on Friday. Good luck everyone.

Congrats. What was your turnaround from submission to admit?



I submitted on 11/26. Interview invite on 12/19. Interview on 1/3. Feedback submitted 1/4. Got the call around noon today.
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I have my interview tomorrow. Any tips / words of wisdom? :-)


Know your story, what you want to do with your life and why CBS will help that goal. Mainly though, just relax and be yourself. Most of the interview sessions with alums are not as formal so don't over stress yourself.
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Anybody with fellowships yet?


I was accepted with a fellowship.


Did they include that information on the acceptance letter (or call) ?


Both.
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Admitted yesterday!

Submitted: 11/29
Invited to Interview: 12/21
Interviewed: 1/8
Feedback Submitted: 1/9
Admitted: 1/22

Also had a recent grad interview, and I liked that because I felt like I could relate easily. He just went through the admissions process a few years ago, etc. Also, I can confirm that your status is updated after you receive the call from admissions.
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Congrats on the admit. Now you have to decide if you can make it to NYC over the weekend of the Feb 15-16 for Columbia Connect. Don't forget to join the LinkedIn and Facebook groups. They're listed on the first page of this thread.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2013, 13:15
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Just received an interview invite! Submitted 12/24. Seems like there are differing opinions on whom I should pick for an interviewer. What was the interview like? Were there any curveball questions?


Congratulations!!

It really is a crabshoot... My interviewer was a relatively recent grad working in the retail industry. The person was the first one on my list, and the interviewer responded to my e-mail quick so I fortunately did not have to look for other interviewers. (some people had trouble getting a hold of one in this stage) The interview was laid back and conversational, like most other interviews reported here. There were no curveball questions, just straight up Run Me Through Resume, Why MBA, Why CBS questions. I wasn't even asked the ethical dilemma question. Out of 45-50 minutes of time, I think first ten minutes was small talk regarding her industry, her region/market, etc. The last fifteen minutes were devoted to my questions.

I'd say the best way to pick your interviewer is to search on LinkedIn / internet and go for the one that you can identify the most with.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2013, 14:25
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Just received an interview invite submitted 12/26.

Does anyone know if the interviewers get an e-mail sent to them after the 3 interviewers are determined for a candidate?

The reason I ask is I wanted at least 1 week to prep. I was planning on e-mailing them tomorrow if that is the case. If they don't receive any notice that I was selected for an interview by them, I wanted to e-mail them on Monday.

Thanks!


They don't receive anything for just popping up in a zip code search result. you have to reach them out. Good luck!!!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 00:56
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Hi all,

Throwing this out in case anyone is (or knows of others) in similar situation.

I'm a RD applicant and just received an offer from Columbia yesterday. The first deposit of $2K is due in approx. a month's time, but I'm waiting for H/S (applied just 3 schools I definitely want to attend). Obviously if I get dinged by H next week it makes it easier to proceed but I will not hear definitively from S till official notification in Apr. I would definitely want to make up my mind after laying out the options.

Does anyone know what may be an better alternative to spending $2K to "reserve" a spot?

Just to quickly sum up my experience for the benefit of everyone:

1/ Timing - submitted first week of Dec'12, interview invite came over Christmas, interviewed 2nd week of Jan, report submitted same week and heard back just yesterday. Kudos to a very efficient process that took less than 2 months from submission.

2/ Interview - cannot agree more with the importance on choice of interviewer. Though we were supposed to contact interviewers in the specific order, I picked the last name on the list as I thought she had a very different background from me, and would appreciate the diversity. I hear those who root for interviewers with similar backgrounds, but my gut sense is that the competitive streak in MBAs would probably not work in your favour. E.g. if you interview someone with a very similar profile as yours (in terms of where you grew up, educational opportunities, current industry, future aspirations), you would probably be picking nits on why this candidate is not better than you, and questioning his/her story.

I was very fortunate as I had great chemistry with my interviewer; she's a local entrepreneur now working in my home country (whereas I'm an expat worker here in her country). Not much older than I am, but well, she's a CEO and I'm nothing. We had a great conversation - I ended up advising her on elementary schools for her kids in my home country!

All the best.
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Just got in off the waitlist.

Got a call this morning, I'm in. Doing the Pre-MBA World Tour for 2 months for sure, who's down?






Congrats!! What was your timeline: applied, interview, waitlisted, etc?
I am also on the waitlist, timeline-
Applied: Aug. 9, 2012
Invited to interview: Sept. 17, 2012
Interview feedback: Sept. 26, 2012
Waitlisted: Oct. 9, 2012
Admissions sent us a mail stating that they will respect the Feb. 1 deadline to notify the early decision waitlisted applicants


App: 9/15
Invite to interview: 10/10
Interview: 10/23
Feedback: 10/23
Waitlist: 11/5
Accept: 1/28
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