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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2013, 18:47
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Anyone who submitted around Scholarship deadline hear back yet? I submitted Jan 6th..silence since then.


I'm in a comparable position as far as dates. Based on other profiles in this forum, it looks like 4-5 weeks is a good ballpark for when interview invites go out.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2013, 19:51
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Very excited! Submitted 12/29 and received an invite to interview today. It is very interesting that Columbia gives you a choice of who to interview with. All three names I received have impressive and interesting backgrounds, but all very different from what my goals are. Not sure how to make the decision, but I'll have to think on it more tonight. Thanks for everyone's advice on selecting the interviewer carefully!


Submitted on the same day but still waiting... Congrats everyone who got an invite!


same submit date! still waiting!
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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!

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 08:22
I got dinged by Columbia on Tuesday afternoon after an interview... have been moping around since and haven't wanted to post it on the forums. Sorry for the delay, and just for the record, here was my timeline:

Submitted: 11/26
Interview invite: 12/19
Interviewed: 1/11
Interview report submitted: 1/15
Decision: 1/22

I gotta say it really sucks. I'm currently 0-for-3, and feeling less and less optimistic about my chances of getting in anywhere. Especially after that interview at Columbia which was, frankly, unfriendly.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 08:25
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I got dinged by Columbia on Tuesday afternoon after an interview... have been moping around since and haven't wanted to post it on the forums. Sorry for the delay, and just for the record, here was my timeline:

Submitted: 11/26
Interview invite: 12/19
Interviewed: 1/11
Interview report submitted: 1/15
Decision: 1/22

I gotta say it really sucks. I'm currently 0-for-3, and feeling less and less optimistic about my chances of getting in anywhere. Especially after that interview at Columbia which was, frankly, unfriendly.


I'm sorry to hear that. It took 2 months after your interview feedback submission to get your decision? Wow...

May I ask you how your interview was unfriendly?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 08:56
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I got dinged by Columbia on Tuesday afternoon after an interview... have been moping around since and haven't wanted to post it on the forums. Sorry for the delay, and just for the record, here was my timeline:

Submitted: 11/26
Interview invite: 12/19
Interviewed: 1/11
Interview report submitted: 1/15
Decision: 1/22

I gotta say it really sucks. I'm currently 0-for-3, and feeling less and less optimistic about my chances of getting in anywhere. Especially after that interview at Columbia which was, frankly, unfriendly.


I'm sorry to hear that. It took 2 months after your interview feedback submission to get your decision? Wow...

May I ask you how your interview was unfriendly?


Actually it wasn't two months -- I caught that right after I posted and it's been edited above. Sorry about that!! Timeline was:

Interviewed: 1/11
Interview report submitted: 1/15
Decision: 1/22

The first 50 minutes of the interview went fine. While the questions were tough ("give me a ballpark estimate of how many brand managers get hired every year" "Besides the six companies and three industries you mentioned that use brand management, what other companies recruit at Columbia for your desired field?").

I was answering them pretty well, I thought. But near the end the interviewer asked me how I chose him as my interview contact. I replied that I followed the instructions on Columbia's letter, which was to contact the first person on the list of three. He became visibly upset at this and told me that I had done it wrong: rather, I should have done research on all three Ambassadors and chose my contact that way, as in business you're supposed to vie for every advantage. I replied that while I agree in theory with that, I wasn't about to try and cross the admissions committee on this. He noted that someone he interviewed just the week prior had done this very thing, and had chosen him because they had a lot in common.
Then he started lecturing me about the importance of seizing the advantage in networking, noted that I'm competing against my fellow students "including the guy with two years' of experience at McKinsey who is just interviewing for fun, but who looks better on paper."

He then asked me why I was applying so late and to so few schools. I replied that I had applied to five schools and submitted my application to Columbia on November 20. He said that was too late and to too few schools, and didn't seem optimistic about my chances of getting in.

Honestly, none of his advice was bad or unwelcome (though I still disagree about not following Columbia's instructions), but the tone of the conversation took a very negative turn near the end. I'm not sure if I was unlucky, if I said the wrong thing, if he was trying to push my buttons or that's just his manner.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 09:00
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I got dinged by Columbia on Tuesday afternoon after an interview... have been moping around since and haven't wanted to post it on the forums. Sorry for the delay, and just for the record, here was my timeline:

Submitted: 11/26
Interview invite: 12/19
Interviewed: 1/11
Interview report submitted: 1/15
Decision: 1/22

I gotta say it really sucks. I'm currently 0-for-3, and feeling less and less optimistic about my chances of getting in anywhere. Especially after that interview at Columbia which was, frankly, unfriendly.


I'm sorry to hear that. It took 2 months after your interview feedback submission to get your decision? Wow...

May I ask you how your interview was unfriendly?


Actually it wasn't two months -- I caught that right after I posted and it's been edited above. Sorry about that!! Timeline was:

Interviewed: 1/11
Interview report submitted: 1/15
Decision: 1/22

The first 50 minutes of the interview went fine. While the questions were tough ("give me a ballpark estimate of how many brand managers get hired every year" "Besides the six companies and three industries you mentioned that use brand management, what other companies recruit at Columbia for your desired field?").

I was answering them pretty well, I thought. But near the end the interviewer asked me how I chose him as my interview contact. I replied that I followed the instructions on Columbia's letter, which was to contact the first person on the list of three. He became visibly upset at this and told me that I had done it wrong: rather, I should have done research on all three Ambassadors and chose my contact that way, as in business you're supposed to vie for every advantage. I replied that while I agree in theory with that, I wasn't about to try and cross the admissions committee on this. He noted that someone he interviewed just the week prior had done this very thing, and had chosen him because they had a lot in common.
Then he started lecturing me about the importance of seizing the advantage in networking, noted that I'm competing against my fellow students "including the guy with two years' of experience at McKinsey who is just interviewing for fun, but who looks better on paper."

He then asked me why I was applying so late and to so few schools. I replied that I had applied to five schools and submitted my application to Columbia on November 20. He said that was too late and to too few schools, and didn't seem optimistic about my chances of getting in.

Honestly, none of his advice was bad or unwelcome (though I still disagree about not following Columbia's instructions), but the tone of the conversation took a very negative turn near the end. I'm not sure if I was unlucky, if I said the wrong thing, if he was trying to push my buttons or that's just his manner.


Wow - that's one heck of a story. Can others who have interviewed please shed some light on how much an anomaly this experience is? It seems over the top negative, enough that it makes me wonder whether the adcom wouldn't like to know that this is how interviewers are treating prospective students.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 09:18
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The first 50 minutes of the interview went fine. While the questions were tough ("give me a ballpark estimate of how many brand managers get hired every year" "Besides the six companies and three industries you mentioned that use brand management, what other companies recruit at Columbia for your desired field?").

I was answering them pretty well, I thought. But near the end the interviewer asked me how I chose him as my interview contact. I replied that I followed the instructions on Columbia's letter, which was to contact the first person on the list of three. He became visibly upset at this and told me that I had done it wrong: rather, I should have done research on all three Ambassadors and chose my contact that way, as in business you're supposed to vie for every advantage. I replied that while I agree in theory with that, I wasn't about to try and cross the admissions committee on this. He noted that someone he interviewed just the week prior had done this very thing, and had chosen him because they had a lot in common.
Then he started lecturing me about the importance of seizing the advantage in networking, noted that I'm competing against my fellow students "including the guy with two years' of experience at McKinsey who is just interviewing for fun, but who looks better on paper."

He then asked me why I was applying so late and to so few schools. I replied that I had applied to five schools and submitted my application to Columbia on November 20. He said that was too late and to too few schools, and didn't seem optimistic about my chances of getting in.

Honestly, none of his advice was bad or unwelcome (though I still disagree about not following Columbia's instructions), but the tone of the conversation took a very negative turn near the end. I'm not sure if I was unlucky, if I said the wrong thing, if he was trying to push my buttons or that's just his manner.


I'm amazed that you were given the estimation question in an interview for an MBA program... did you indicate you are in (and going for) consulting?

I went through many pages of CBS interview experience posts on clearadmit.com and don't remember any interviews like this... I'm sorry you had an interview like this, and for your ding :( I hope you have better luck with other interviews
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 09:35
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The first 50 minutes of the interview went fine. While the questions were tough ("give me a ballpark estimate of how many brand managers get hired every year" "Besides the six companies and three industries you mentioned that use brand management, what other companies recruit at Columbia for your desired field?").

I was answering them pretty well, I thought. But near the end the interviewer asked me how I chose him as my interview contact. I replied that I followed the instructions on Columbia's letter, which was to contact the first person on the list of three. He became visibly upset at this and told me that I had done it wrong: rather, I should have done research on all three Ambassadors and chose my contact that way, as in business you're supposed to vie for every advantage. I replied that while I agree in theory with that, I wasn't about to try and cross the admissions committee on this. He noted that someone he interviewed just the week prior had done this very thing, and had chosen him because they had a lot in common.
Then he started lecturing me about the importance of seizing the advantage in networking, noted that I'm competing against my fellow students "including the guy with two years' of experience at McKinsey who is just interviewing for fun, but who looks better on paper."

He then asked me why I was applying so late and to so few schools. I replied that I had applied to five schools and submitted my application to Columbia on November 20. He said that was too late and to too few schools, and didn't seem optimistic about my chances of getting in.

Honestly, none of his advice was bad or unwelcome (though I still disagree about not following Columbia's instructions), but the tone of the conversation took a very negative turn near the end. I'm not sure if I was unlucky, if I said the wrong thing, if he was trying to push my buttons or that's just his manner.


I'm amazed that you were given the estimation question in an interview for an MBA program... did you indicate you are in (and going for) consulting?

I went through many pages of CBS interview experience posts on clearadmit.com and don't remember any interviews like this... I'm sorry you had an interview like this, and for your ding :( I hope you have better luck with other interviews


Thanks, I hope so too!

I'm in marketing and communications right now, and hope to make a switch to marketing-brand management. So the questions about brand management weren't far afield at all. I have 'leadership' as a secondary interest because I've done a lot of speechwriting for CEOs and communicating change management messages, and I might be interested in keeping my hand in that during school, either for corporate marketing or shareholder-type communications.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 13:08
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The first 50 minutes of the interview went fine. While the questions were tough ("give me a ballpark estimate of how many brand managers get hired every year" "Besides the six companies and three industries you mentioned that use brand management, what other companies recruit at Columbia for your desired field?").

I was answering them pretty well, I thought. But near the end the interviewer asked me how I chose him as my interview contact. I replied that I followed the instructions on Columbia's letter, which was to contact the first person on the list of three. He became visibly upset at this and told me that I had done it wrong: rather, I should have done research on all three Ambassadors and chose my contact that way, as in business you're supposed to vie for every advantage. I replied that while I agree in theory with that, I wasn't about to try and cross the admissions committee on this. He noted that someone he interviewed just the week prior had done this very thing, and had chosen him because they had a lot in common.
Then he started lecturing me about the importance of seizing the advantage in networking, noted that I'm competing against my fellow students "including the guy with two years' of experience at McKinsey who is just interviewing for fun, but who looks better on paper."

He then asked me why I was applying so late and to so few schools. I replied that I had applied to five schools and submitted my application to Columbia on November 20. He said that was too late and to too few schools, and didn't seem optimistic about my chances of getting in.

Honestly, none of his advice was bad or unwelcome (though I still disagree about not following Columbia's instructions), but the tone of the conversation took a very negative turn near the end. I'm not sure if I was unlucky, if I said the wrong thing, if he was trying to push my buttons or that's just his manner.


I'm amazed that you were given the estimation question in an interview for an MBA program... did you indicate you are in (and going for) consulting?

I went through many pages of CBS interview experience posts on clearadmit.com and don't remember any interviews like this... I'm sorry you had an interview like this, and for your ding :( I hope you have better luck with other interviews


Thanks, I hope so too!

I'm in marketing and communications right now, and hope to make a switch to marketing-brand management. So the questions about brand management weren't far afield at all. I have 'leadership' as a secondary interest because I've done a lot of speechwriting for CEOs and communicating change management messages, and I might be interested in keeping my hand in that during school, either for corporate marketing or shareholder-type communications.


Wow, that story is ridiculous! I'm sorry to hear that was your experience Fool (ha sorry I just had to). If that had been me I probably would have gotten extremely defensive and angry. I interviewed about a week ago. I went with your thinking and picked the first person on the list because that is what they said to do. My interviewer was perfectly nice, if not a tad standoffish. But I'm not trying to make a new friend here, she is simply there taking time out of her busy work day to interview me. She certainly didn't ask me any questions like that. She asked me the standard "what are your goals why columbia", "what clubs are you most excited about, how will you contribute", "give me a time you showed leadership at work" questions and said "oh and the only question I have to ask you is what a professional setback you have faced is". She also asked me the ethical dilemma question, which I totally bombed. I was expecting it and before my answer seemed fine but once I said it to her I realized it was pretty bad.

I think with Columbia where they have so many alumni interviewers you can either get someone really great or not so great. Unfortunately you got someone awful, and it's unfortunate you didn't get in, because if you did you would have had more leverage to warn the school about him.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 15:18
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Wow, that story is ridiculous! I'm sorry to hear that was your experience Fool (ha sorry I just had to). If that had been me I probably would have gotten extremely defensive and angry. I interviewed about a week ago. I went with your thinking and picked the first person on the list because that is what they said to do. My interviewer was perfectly nice, if not a tad standoffish. But I'm not trying to make a new friend here, she is simply there taking time out of her busy work day to interview me. She certainly didn't ask me any questions like that. She asked me the standard "what are your goals why columbia", "what clubs are you most excited about, how will you contribute", "give me a time you showed leadership at work" questions and said "oh and the only question I have to ask you is what a professional setback you have faced is". She also asked me the ethical dilemma question, which I totally bombed. I was expecting it and before my answer seemed fine but once I said it to her I realized it was pretty bad.

I think with Columbia where they have so many alumni interviewers you can either get someone really great or not so great. Unfortunately you got someone awful, and it's unfortunate you didn't get in, because if you did you would have had more leverage to warn the school about him.


I'm glad you got someone really great - and that interview sounds like it went well! Congrats! Also it's good to hear someone else thought to follow the instructions. I'm glad to know that I wasn't just that schmuck who didn't get the memo about ignoring the Columbia interview instructions :wink:
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Hi guys. Just got dinged without interview. I submitted around Christmas. All the best to those still waiting to hear back.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 11:09
How are you guys receiving your responses for both ADMITTED and DENIED? Email or Mail?
I am waiting for a response too.

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 12:05
Tks for the response!
If accepted do you get an email or only the acceptance package per mail?
Just so I know what to expect when I get an email (the response or obly a ding)

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 12:08
You get a phone call if you're accepted and then get an email later. My experience at least...
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 21:51
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You get a phone call if you're accepted and then get an email later. My experience at least...


Hey Guys,

I will be submitting my application in a couple of days and have a question for you all. I spoke to my recommender and he told me that there are no word-counts for the recommendation questions. His letter runs over six pages :o and I wanted to check with you all on if this kind of length would be OK. I personally think that this is very long. 4 pages should be more than good. My recommender is trying to cite example for questions like "List three to five adjectives describing applicants strengths" Giving examples for all three to four adjectives is making this letter very long.

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2013, 17:21
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You get a phone call if you're accepted and then get an email later. My experience at least...


This is correct. Interview invite is an automated email, dings and wait lists are also automated emails. Acceptances are given via phone call. You should get a call from a blocked number. You won't get an email or website update until after the call, even if you miss the call. I missed the call on a Friday afternoon at work and had to wait until Tuesday for them to call again, I was going crazy.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2013, 11:01
Did the admissions call you or did you receive a phone call from your interviewer?

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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?
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