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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 05:19
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How do you know when the interviewer submitted the feedback form?
Pls let me know..
In my application page, no change for the past two days after my interview..


You will get a "Status update" email from Columbia and a new Status Update on the application webpage.




Is the status update email sent out automatically?
Or the adcom check and send emails one by one?

I am getting nervous..


It's automatic. I had the email in my inbox an hour after interviewing saying the feedback had been submitted. People are busy, 2 days isn't that long. Since tomorrow is Friday if you don't see anything today I would send a friendly reminder to the person who interviewed you thanking them and making sure they submit the feedback.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 05:37
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Can folks who have interviewed already share your interview experiences/questions. This is the first b-school interview I will be doing so I am a little anxious.


My advice would be to make sure you know yourself, know your story and what you want. The obvious question is, walk me through your resume. Have a ~2 min spiel ready to go about the highlights of your resume that describes key points about your experiences and how you got to where you are today. Then make sure you know the school. Have a clear idea of why you want to go to Columbia, specific classes, clubs, opportunities. You should have something more to say than just, it's in NYC and I can be near the finance centers for networking. That's fairly obvious and doesn't necessarily show that you have done any research into the school itself.

Have a good idea of what you want to do after school. This should tie clearly into the Why an MBA and how Columbia is going to help you in your career path. If you are a career switcher (like I am) expect a number of questions on your motivation to switch careers. Especially if you interview with somebody in the field you intend to pursue. They will want to know that you have really thought this out and aren't just throwing darts at a dartboard.

Ultimately it is about fit. You will be talking to an alumnus of the school. They are going to be evaluating if they would want you as a peer and fellow alumnus. The network and brand name is huge, so fit is important. It's easier said than done but just try to relax. Try and turn it more into a conversation than just an interview. If they feel a personal connection to you or your story they will probably be more likely to give favorable feedback to the school.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 05:51
is it preferred to submit my app before Dec??

Is it true that they only start reviewing regular apps in Dec???
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 06:02
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mappleby wrote:
suting wrote:
How do you know when the interviewer submitted the feedback form?
Pls let me know..
In my application page, no change for the past two days after my interview..


You will get a "Status update" email from Columbia and a new Status Update on the application webpage.




Is the status update email sent out automatically?
Or the adcom check and send emails one by one?

I am getting nervous..


It has been 2 weeks for me and I still haven't gotten my interview feedback submitted. I sent the person an email and I called the admissions office yesterday to see what the hold up is. They said they would reach out to the person.

If I was you I'd wait a full week, then email the interviewer a reminder, then follow up with the admissions office if you don't get a reply.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 07:35
geogman wrote:
is it preferred to submit my app before Dec??

Is it true that they only start reviewing regular apps in Dec???


Yes and yes

Check out the FAQ section in the CSB site. I think its question 4 what you need
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 08:02
Has anyone been dinged yet without an interview? Is there a date when they will just release those that haven't been offered an interview?
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 08:39
Just had my interview today. Interviewer was very nice and made it a comfortable conversational atmosphere right off the bat. She didn't take any notes or have anything other than my resume in front of her. I could tell she's done this a fair amount and is good at getting good answers out of you.

The normal - walk me through your resume (though she didn't explicitly ask me, I kind of got the cue during conversation that she wanted me to go into it), why MBA, why Columbia. What do I do in my job now, how did I get there. Proudset moment on the job. Biggest weakness in the office or failure at work.

One question I was caught off guard for was "What is your networking style", but it was easy to wing that.

What, other than the finance classes I had mentioned, do I want to get out of COlumbia? That drew me into speaking about social intelligence, "softer" classes, clubs, etc. I'm probably forgetting a few other questions. We had planned 45 minutes and ended up chatting for 50-55 with a few questions from me at the end. We then spoke about what I do outside of work. She was very interested in this and we ended up speaking about my experience at a charity I've worked with for a few years for quite a bit. She drew out related questions - how does that experience affect you in the workplace, as a leader, etc.

It was conducted in her office but was a comfortable atmosphere - not a large conference table or anything like that. Overall it was a pleasant experience.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 09:10
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Got the call- i'm in!

Submit- 9/20
Interview invite- 10/2
Interview completed- 10/13
Status change- 10/18
Admitted- 10/25

Asian, female
GPA: 3.1 (major 3.4)
GMAT: 740 (Q48 V44)
3 years in finance (asset management), 1 year entrepreneurship

Good luck everyone! :D
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 09:21
I got waitlisted today for J-term. Kind of dissapointed now. Does anyone know the chances to get in off the waitlist?

Submitted: 9/5
Interview invite: 10/13
Interview: 10/16
Interview feedback: 10/21
Waitlisted: 10/25

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 10:07
Dinged without interview

submitted on 10/1 received a status update 10/25.

My profile for reference

28/M/Indian[US resident]
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UG GPA 3.6
Masters GPA 3.5
WE 5 years/Software Engineer with International Experience

Good luck rest of you!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 10:22
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quick debrief of my interview for those that are interested...

app submitted - 9/29 (ED)
invited to interview - 10/16
interviewed - 10/23

male
gmat: 720 (50/37)
gpa: 3.6 from top public us

we: consulting/entrepreneurship/corp strat (6 yrs total)

interview was shorter than what i had expected. it lasted about 45 minutes.

first 15-20 mins were the typical interview questions:
resume rundown
goals
why cbs
other schools
why new york (west coast school, west coast WE)
how i would contribute in the classroom (variation on the typical teamwork-question)

the next 30 mins were just general school questions back/forth. we talked about the value investing program, different clubs, where he lived in new york, how to deal with first year recruiting. though these may sound like interview questions, it was very casual, conversational and very much the interviewer giving ME advice. he was very interested and invested in giving me all the info i needed and really felt like he was passing down his wisdom. i was hoping we would start talking about non-school things and shoot the breeze a little more but he ended the interview (naturally) when i ran out of questions. can't complain - had a pretty great experience.

my tips would be - RELAX! these people don't get paid for doing this and their lives won't be altered whether you get in or not. remember these people (vast majority of them) don't want you to suck and would much rather have a great conversation than a stuffy interview where the interviewee seems like a nervous wreck. have confidence and faith in yourself that the application you put together is your best foot forward. REALLY know your story/background and make sure it's aligned with CBS and its qualities.

oh, and i got really lucky. the interviewer submitted the feedback the same day we interviewed. big kudos to him.

now, i just wait.

good luck to everyone!
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 11:24
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 15:00
Anyone else get dinged today? I did.

Submitted ED: 10/2
Dinged (no interview): 10/25

I'm sad to see the class of CBS '15 put together and not be a part of it. Best wishes to all of you.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 17:05
Dinged :(

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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 19:27
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Anyone else get dinged today? I did.

Submitted ED: 10/2
Dinged (no interview): 10/25

I'm sad to see the class of CBS '15 put together and not be a part of it. Best wishes to all of you.


Was dinged as well today. Very disheartening...

Was so excited about it after visiting there and getting so excited about everything I saw. Got dinged by HBS on Wed (although I expected it) so back to back days was rough. Feeling like that's how its going to go for all of them now...
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Anyone else get dinged today? I did.

Submitted ED: 10/2
Dinged (no interview): 10/25

I'm sad to see the class of CBS '15 put together and not be a part of it. Best wishes to all of you.


Was dinged as well today. Very disheartening...

Was so excited about it after visiting there and getting so excited about everything I saw. Got dinged by HBS on Wed (although I expected it) so back to back days was rough. Feeling like that's how its going to go for all of them now...

You didn't get your GMAT up to 710 from 620 with that attitude, right?? You'll do just fine!! :)
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 20:14
dinged :cry: 10/1 submit, 10/25 dinged
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 02:22
My application status still is "Submitted", and not even "Application Received". Does it mean that my review hasn't even started!! I applied on 3rd Oct. for J-term..
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 03:53
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My application status still is "Submitted", and not even "Application Received". Does it mean that my review hasn't even started!! I applied on 3rd Oct. for J-term..


The status doesnt change at all, even on getting admit - courtesy 'mappleby' who has got in. Congrats !

It also means we still stand a chance.
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Re: Columbia 2013 (CBS) - Calling All Applicants [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 05:22
hookemhorns612 wrote:
cory84 wrote:
Anyone else get dinged today? I did.

Submitted ED: 10/2
Dinged (no interview): 10/25

I'm sad to see the class of CBS '15 put together and not be a part of it. Best wishes to all of you.


Was dinged as well today. Very disheartening...

Was so excited about it after visiting there and getting so excited about everything I saw. Got dinged by HBS on Wed (although I expected it) so back to back days was rough. Feeling like that's how its going to go for all of them now...


I know the feeling, try to stay positive. Last year I was dinged without interview at HBS, Wharton and CBS. Waitlisted at Kellogg Rd 1 and eventually withdrew my application in June. I re-took the GMAT, really buckled down and brushed up my story and this year I was admitted to Columbia! You still have a number of schools left on your list and even if you don't get in this time it's not the end of the world.
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