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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 16:00
Just wanted to sent some good wishes to those having issues setting up their interviews! I initially experienced the sort of frightening "radio silence" situation, but eventually I was able to contact an interviewer who's been absolutely amazing so far -- extremely communicative, kind, available, etc. I'm meeting with this person tomorrow afternoon, at a super-cool coffee shop, per his suggestion (at which I weirdly and coincidentally wrote my CBS essays)! Thinking it's a sign. ;-)

To that end, could anyone share sample questions they were asked during their interviews? I apologize if this question is redundant -- I'll also click back a few pages for research purposes. :)
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 16:08
overdressed wrote:
Just wanted to sent some good wishes to those having issues setting up their interviews! I initially experienced the sort of frightening "radio silence" situation, but eventually I was able to contact an interviewer who's been absolutely amazing so far -- extremely communicative, kind, available, etc. I'm meeting with this person tomorrow afternoon, at a super-cool coffee shop, per his suggestion (at which I weirdly and coincidentally wrote my CBS essays)! Thinking it's a sign. ;-)

To that end, could anyone share sample questions they were asked during their interviews? I apologize if this question is redundant -- I'll also click back a few pages for research purposes. :)

Check on clear admit for CBS interview questions! I haven't interviewed yet (unresponsive interviewers!) so I can't comment how accurate the reports are. Mind if I ask how many interviewers you reached out to before getting a response?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 16:28
I actually did look at Clear Admit -- just wanted to see if anyone here had anything different! I completely agonized over who to contact initially, texted many friends, etc. -- turned out my "3rd choice" interviewer was the one who responded so wonderfully!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 18:08
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lodestone wrote:
Anyone know the cutoff for need-based financial aid? I made over 100k last year and have 100k in assets.

If I won't qualify, I won't fill it out. Don't want to leave any stone unturned because it said 65% of students received something.


Feel free to transfer assets to my account (temporarily, of course) haha...

But in all seriousness, I'd call the financial aid office. They'll give you a general idea so you don't waste your time - (212) 854-4057


lodestone, would be interested to hear what they say if you call!

And overdressed, I believe I posted a recap of my interview experience a few pages back, would have been between 1/18-1/24. You could probably find it more easily if you search my posts.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 18:21
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old1442 wrote:
lodestone wrote:

And overdressed, I believe I posted a recap of my interview experience a few pages back, would have been between 1/18-1/24. You could probably find it more easily if you search my posts.


Thanks, Dakells, I really appreciate it!

I've got my "ethical dilemma" answer ready -- though it's entirely tied to my background as an attorney and doesn't link to my "career changing" story... Oh well. All of my other potential answers touch upon my goals, so I think it's okay!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 08:52
For those who are wondering what would happen after the Feb 21 deposit deadline, my offer at CBS just got withdrawn as the money did not get to them on time! I admit I was hesitant to pay :oops: , especially with other R2 interviews going on, but arranging international transfer was the main issue. Just transferred over from an overseas account, and now trying to get in touch with AdCom. Fairly sure this will get sorted out soon, but the highly automated and impersonal process is making me rethink my options. Haha.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 09:10
All 3 interviewers - no response. This is frustrating considering the rolling admissions process... I want to re-search for interviewers but admittedly, I haven't let 6 full business days pass (2 business days per interviewer) and I don't want adcom to think I'm not adhering to their instructions.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 09:42
As I go through the page 1 statistics, it looks like CBS doesn't turn down a lot of interviewed candidates--certainly not close to 50% as is normally the case with other schools. Is this an accurate reflection of the reality? --Have received a status update of interview report yesterday, now begins the real waiting!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 10:10
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For those who are wondering what would happen after the Feb 21 deposit deadline, my offer at CBS just got withdrawn as the money did not get to them on time! I admit I was hesitant to pay :oops: , especially with other R2 interviews going on, but arranging international transfer was the main issue. Just transferred over from an overseas account, and now trying to get in touch with AdCom. Fairly sure this will get sorted out soon, but the highly automated and impersonal process is making me rethink my options. Haha.


Wow that's awful. I assume it's an automatic system withdrawal of offer though? The Adcom will probably be happy to sort it put for you given the circumstances. The worst that can happen is that they'll take your deposit should you decide to enroll elsewhere! But yes agreed that the entire application process (from campus visit program to interview scheduling) doesn't help endear applicants to the school. :| Good luck in sorting out the deposit!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 11:51
Got past the scheduling issues and interviewed today with an alum. The informal nature of the interview kind of threw me off a little bit, but he did say he would be giving me a positive review. There was an interesting balance to try to strike, because I got the impression his laid-back personality is very similar to mine, but I didn't want to come off as too casual even though he brought a very casual tone to the conversation. He was very candid about his experiences at Columbia (which sounded awesome), and also about the strengths and weaknesses he sees in my profile. All in all I believe it went well. Just have to wait and see.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 11:57
Ding :(
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 12:35
Just got waitlisted yesterday -- surprised I didn't get dinged outright quite frankly after a pretty horrendous interview due to lack of sleep and ZERO chemistry with my interviewer lol. I wish CBS still did on campus interviews -- too many variables in having regional alumni conduct interviews.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 12:44
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Just got waitlisted yesterday -- surprised I didn't get dinged outright quite frankly after a pretty horrendous interview due to lack of sleep and ZERO chemistry with my interviewer lol. I wish CBS still did on campus interviews -- too many variables in having regional alumni conduct interviews.



Can you give us your timeline? I applied on 1/9, received an interview invite on 1/29, interviewed on 2/13 and feedback was submitted on 2/17 but I still haven't heard anything.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 13:03
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AtaQuye wrote:
Just got waitlisted yesterday -- surprised I didn't get dinged outright quite frankly after a pretty horrendous interview due to lack of sleep and ZERO chemistry with my interviewer lol. I wish CBS still did on campus interviews -- too many variables in having regional alumni conduct interviews.



Can you give us your timeline? I applied on 1/9, received an interview invite on 1/29, interviewed on 2/13 and feedback was submitted on 2/17 but I still haven't heard anything.


FWIW i read an interview with some assistant dean of admissions or something on Clear Admit that said they aim to give everyone an answer within 2 weeks of interview feedback. So I would imagine you will hear soon(ish).
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 13:55
tashy001 wrote:
AtaQuye wrote:
Just got waitlisted yesterday -- surprised I didn't get dinged outright quite frankly after a pretty horrendous interview due to lack of sleep and ZERO chemistry with my interviewer lol. I wish CBS still did on campus interviews -- too many variables in having regional alumni conduct interviews.



Can you give us your timeline? I applied on 1/9, received an interview invite on 1/29, interviewed on 2/13 and feedback was submitted on 2/17 but I still haven't heard anything.


My feedback was submitted on 2/18. Seems we're in a similar boat! Good luck!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 14:23
Has anybody else had issues getting their interviewer to submit the feedback? I keep following up and they keep saying - oh yes, submitting it now. But yet its not happening. I'm starting to get frustrated with this entire process. It's not fair that the unlucky people who struggle finding an interviewer and getting them to submit feedback are losing precious time. :evil:

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 16:47
After 10 emails and a week of waiting I finally had my interview. It went pretty well and we spent the last 20 minutes talking about the interviewers expeiences at Columbia.

Now the wait begins.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 19:18
tashy001 wrote:
AtaQuye wrote:
Just got waitlisted yesterday -- surprised I didn't get dinged outright quite frankly after a pretty horrendous interview due to lack of sleep and ZERO chemistry with my interviewer lol. I wish CBS still did on campus interviews -- too many variables in having regional alumni conduct interviews.



Can you give us your timeline? I applied on 1/9, received an interview invite on 1/29, interviewed on 2/13 and feedback was submitted on 2/17 but I still haven't heard anything.


I was literally within 1-3 days of each of your steps, so I imagine you will hear very soon. Good luck!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 19:23
highhopes75 wrote:
Has anybody else had issues getting their interviewer to submit the feedback? I keep following up and they keep saying - oh yes, submitting it now. But yet its not happening. I'm starting to get frustrated with this entire process. It's not fair that the unlucky people who struggle finding an interviewer and getting them to submit feedback are losing precious time. :evil:

Best Regards,
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(losing hope though)


I totally agree ... I too struggled to find an interviewer, and the one I ended up with was a real dud. I actually tried to refresh the interviewer pool, but the system spat out the same 3 options, two of whom were completely incommunicado. In the interest of fairness, CBS really ought to give folks the option of interviewing on campus.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 06:28
Dinged on 26/02. Surprised and disappointed. Had ( or as i thought ) a very good interview and the the interviewer said she would put in a positive feedback.
unable to understand what really went wrong.

time
31/12 - applied
29/01 - int invite
06/02 - interviewed
15/02 - feedback submitted
26/02 - dinged

I know the school says it does not provide any feedback, but do you guys think there is any way to get any sorts of feedback?
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