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Another week begins tomorrow, Ladies and Gentlemen. It also happens to be week no. 5 for the ED applicants. Speaking as someone without an interview invite yet, I feel hope is fading for myself (if not already lost).

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Another week begins tomorrow, Ladies and Gentlemen. It also happens to be week no. 5 for the ED applicants. Speaking as someone without an interview invite yet, I feel hope is fading for myself (if not already lost).

Any thoughts?


Previously observed timing for invites/dings is not a reliable indicator of current timing, as Oct 7th applicants are still getting invites and none has received a ding (as far as I can remember).

I would still expect invites, but would also expect a good number of WL applicants as they already have RD applicants to compare to at this point.
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Another week begins tomorrow, Ladies and Gentlemen. It also happens to be week no. 5 for the ED applicants. Speaking as someone without an interview invite yet, I feel hope is fading for myself (if not already lost).

Any thoughts?


Previously observed timing for invites/dings is not a reliable indicator of current timing, as Oct 7th applicants are still getting invites and none has received a ding (as far as I can remember).

I would still expect invites, but would also expect a good number of WL applicants as they already have RD applicants to compare to at this point.


Interview question guys:

I know they want you to really know CBS, but what is really really knowing CBS?! I've never been to NY so i cant really be too specific! Do they expect to know every elective you want to take, or know the name of every professor?! what kind of detailed questions did you get?

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Interview question guys:

I know they want you to really know CBS, but what is really really knowing CBS?! I've never been to NY so i cant really be too specific! Do they expect to know every elective you want to take, or know the name of every professor?! what kind of detailed questions did you get?

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In my opinion there are three main things in mastering the Why CBS question:
- Clubs you want to engage in
- Classes (especially electives) and their respective teachers
- Being in NYC and how to use that to your advantage during the MBA

I know it sounds cliché and too general, but this is the part where it really makes a difference if you did your homework. For example: saying you want to study Value Investing is great, we all know that CBS is very well known for that. But how will that shape your MBA experience and your future goals? What is it that will make this class stand out in al the MBA experience that you must absolutely go to CBS?

That's how my interview went, my interviewer was very specific about wanting to connect the dots between the clubs, classes and my short-term/long-term career goals. Hope this helps you, 007.
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Interview question guys:

I know they want you to really know CBS, but what is really really knowing CBS?! I've never been to NY so i cant really be too specific! Do they expect to know every elective you want to take, or know the name of every professor?! what kind of detailed questions did you get?

thanks


Also, James - you may want to bring up your friendship with Felix. The C in CIA actually stands for Columbia.

JK, good luck! :-D
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For those who have interviewed, did you guys get an email after the interviewer submitted feedback? Do you know if the interviewer has any sort of timeline to fill out the feedback, or is it whenever they feel like it?
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For those who have interviewed, did you guys get an email after the interviewer submitted feedback? Do you know if the interviewer has any sort of timeline to fill out the feedback, or is it whenever they feel like it?


I don't think he has formal a deadline to submit. It is expected that he submits his feedback within a week after the actual interview.

When he does submit, you'll receive a status update email from Columbia application system.

Usually, people wait one week after the interview to send a reminder. If still they don't submit the feedback, you could reach out to Columbia Admissions team. They'll try to contact the interviewer and ask them to submit.
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For those who have interviewed, did you guys get an email after the interviewer submitted feedback? Do you know if the interviewer has any sort of timeline to fill out the feedback, or is it whenever they feel like it?


I don't think he has formal a deadline to submit. It is expected that he submits his feedback within a week after the actual interview.

When he does submit, you'll receive a status update email from Columbia application system.

Usually, people wait one week after the interview to send a reminder. If still they don't submit the feedback, you could reach out to Columbia Admissions team. They'll try to contact the interviewer and ask them to submit.


Obrigado, sir! I didn't know we were supposed to send them reminders.
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Any RD hear back today? It is the 5 week mark for a lot of us RD folks this week, and it is 9 days into November, so hopefully adcom has started reviewing RD now.
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Any RD hear back today? It is the 5 week mark for a lot of us RD folks this week, and it is 9 days into November, so hopefully adcom has started reviewing RD now.


I think this topic has been amply discussed in this thread. The standard time frame of 6 weeks is from the time they start reviewing the applications AFTER ED applications. I have seen some ED applicants getting invites (based on clearadmit MBA livewire). So do not expect the RD applications to be reviewed any time soon. Also as per Matthew Moll (calling-all-cbs-applicants-2016-intake-class-of-198369.html#p1527693), the RD applicants should start getting theior invites in the 1st or the 2nd week of December.


Mr.Matthew Moll, Associate Director(CBS) "We will start reviewing Regular Decision applications once we complete the review of Early Decision. This usually happens in early December. Regular Decision applications that are submitted prior to the start of our review of Regular Decision will be placed in a queue and reviewed on a rolling basis once we start reviewing RD applications. Additionally, candidates who submit prior to the start of our review of RD will receive notification that their six week review process has begun.We will send an e-mail to candidates who have already submitted and are in a queue who are 'waiting' for their process to begin"
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nicelystupid wrote:
Any RD hear back today? It is the 5 week mark for a lot of us RD folks this week, and it is 9 days into November, so hopefully adcom has started reviewing RD now.


I think this topic has been amply discussed in this thread. The standard time frame of 6 weeks is from the time they start reviewing the applications AFTER ED applications. I have seen some ED applicants getting invites (based on clearadmit MBA livewire). So do not expect the RD applications to be reviewed any time soon. Also as per Matthew Moll (calling-all-cbs-applicants-2016-intake-class-of-198369.html#p1527693), the RD applicants should start getting theior invites in the 1st or the 2nd week of December.


Mr.Matthew Moll, Associate Director(CBS) "We will start reviewing Regular Decision applications once we complete the review of Early Decision. This usually happens in early December. Regular Decision applications that are submitted prior to the start of our review of Regular Decision will be placed in a queue and reviewed on a rolling basis once we start reviewing RD applications. Additionally, candidates who submit prior to the start of our review of RD will receive notification that their six week review process has begun.We will send an e-mail to candidates who have already submitted and are in a queue who are 'waiting' for their process to begin"


Thanks Engr2012. I know the December time frame, but every once in a while we see traction, so I thought I'd ask.
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Any RD hear back today? It is the 5 week mark for a lot of us RD folks this week, and it is 9 days into November, so hopefully adcom has started reviewing RD now.


I think this topic has been amply discussed in this thread. The standard time frame of 6 weeks is from the time they start reviewing the applications AFTER ED applications. I have seen some ED applicants getting invites (based on clearadmit MBA livewire). So do not expect the RD applications to be reviewed any time soon. Also as per Matthew Moll (calling-all-cbs-applicants-2016-intake-class-of-198369.html#p1527693), the RD applicants should start getting theior invites in the 1st or the 2nd week of December.


Mr.Matthew Moll, Associate Director(CBS) "We will start reviewing Regular Decision applications once we complete the review of Early Decision. This usually happens in early December. Regular Decision applications that are submitted prior to the start of our review of Regular Decision will be placed in a queue and reviewed on a rolling basis once we start reviewing RD applications. Additionally, candidates who submit prior to the start of our review of RD will receive notification that their six week review process has begun.We will send an e-mail to candidates who have already submitted and are in a queue who are 'waiting' for their process to begin"


Thanks Engr2012. I know the December time frame, but every once in a while we see traction, so I thought I'd ask.


This application year ED has seen quite a large increase in the number of applications that Columbia received (going by the fact that people were still getting interview invites a month after the application deadline) and this only goes to show that this will push out RD applications further than what they were last year.
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An ED friend of mine just PMed me to let me know that he just got a call for interview from Columbia. So this is definitely a good news for people who are still waiting (ED applicants) for an interview invite.

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Engr2012 wrote:
An ED friend of mine just PMed me to let me know that he just got a call for interview from Columbia. So this is definitely a good news for people who are still waiting (ED applicants) for an interview invite.

Friend's details are as follows:

3 years work experience
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Extremely strong extracurricular and leadership


Great to hear!

Just a stupid question Engr2012: what are the Big 4 management consulting firms? The same as the Big 4 audit companies or MBB with a fourth member?
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Great to hear!

Just a stupid question Engr2012: what are the Big 4 management consulting firms? The same as the Big 4 audit companies or MBB with a fourth member?


Big 4 audit companies.
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Add me to the denied after interview pile.

Timeline:

4 Oct: Submitted application (ED)
6 Oct: Completed
27 Oct: Invited to interview
1 Nov: Interview
2 Nov: Feedback submitted
9 Nov: Dinged

Profile-wise, 29 yo Asian male from Australia; 700 GMAT (49Q/37V) and GPA that translates to 3.1 or perhaps above that. Have 6 years of work experience, of which 4 years as an equities analyst at a large mutual fund (current role). CFA charterholder too. I'm guessing the low-ish stats were issues; the cliched 'Asian in finance' doesn't help.

My goal was to get into a hedge fund, something that I think is reasonable and not unrealistic. Whether the adcoms thought an MBA wasn't necessary to achieve the goal...I'll never know. But I argued otherwise in my essays, which
were really good in my opinion. My interview was pretty good: it was relaxed/conversational and the formalities were over in 20 minutes. After that the interview was very much a back and forth on his experience, Australia, etc. When I told him that I'd been dinged he replied that he was very supportive of my application. So I don't think the interview was the problem.

Given how much the application process is a crapshoot, I'm not surprised by the ding but no doubt it stings a little. CBS is the only school I applied for - I knew this is a risk - because of its strength in finance (and yes, the Value Investing Program) and location to NYC, both of which would help me transition to the US market. On the plus side, I have a job that, frankly, many MBA grads would love, and I get to keep the cash in my pocket and still try to find a way into the US, internally or otherwise. As for reapplying or other schools, I'm undecided because there are a few factors keeping me where I am.

That said, the whole thing is brutal and I take my hat off to those who are admitted. Good luck!

Originally posted by alman888 on 09 Nov 2015, 17:46.
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Add me to the denied after interview pile.

Timeline:

4 Oct: Submitted application (ED)
6 Oct: Completed
27 Oct: Invited to interview
1 Nov: Interview
2 Nov: Feedback submitted
9 Nov: Dinged

Profile-wise, 29 yo Asian male from Australia; 700 GMAT (49Q/37V) and GPA that translates to 3.1 or perhaps above that. Have 6 years of work experience, of which 4 years as an equities analyst at a mutual fund (current role). CFA charterholder too. I'm guessing the low-ish stats were issues; the cliched 'Asian in finance' doesn't help.

My goal was to get into hedge fund, something that I think is reasonable and not unrealistic. Whether the adcoms thought an MBA wasn't necessary to achieve the goal...I'll never know. But I argued otherwise in my essays, which
I think were really good. My interview was pretty good: it was relaxed/conversational and the formalities were over in 20 minutes. After that the interview was very much a back and forth on his experience, Australia, etc. When I told him that I'd been dinged he replied that he was very supportive of my application. So I don't think the interview was the problem.

Given how much the application process is a crapshoot, I'm not surprised by the ding but no doubt it stings a little. CBS is the only school I applied for - I knew this is a risk - because of its strength in finance (and yes, the Value Investing Program) and location to NYC, both of which would help me transition to the US market. On the plus side, I get to keep the cash in my pocket and still find a way into the US, internally or otherwise. As for reapplying or other schools, I'm undecided because there are a few factors keeping me where I am.

That said, the whole thing is brutal and I take my hat off to those who are admitted. Good luck!


Thank you for sharing your profile. Sorry to hear about the ding. I do understand that it hurts but for all the top schools, admission is a lottery for people belonging to the 'over represented' or the 'standard/common industries' represented commonly in an MBA program.

From what I can see, your low stats could've resulted in a ding. But then again, there are other good aspects in your profile that will definitely help you in reaching wherever you want to be. I completely agree that sometimes you do end up along your desired route even without an MBA. All the best for your goals.
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An ED friend of mine just PMed me to let me know that he just got a call for interview from Columbia. So this is definitely a good news for people who are still waiting (ED applicants) for an interview invite.

Friend's details are as follows:

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Extremely strong extracurricular and leadership



Great!! Which country?
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New post 09 Nov 2015, 22:42
Engr2012 wrote:
An ED friend of mine just PMed me to let me know that he just got a call for interview from Columbia. So this is definitely a good news for people who are still waiting (ED applicants) for an interview invite.

Friend's details are as follows:

3 years work experience
710 GMAT
Low gpa,
Big four management consulting
Extremely strong extracurricular and leadership



Hi Engr2012,

Just curious to know about your application, if you dont mind. Did you get invite? If I remember correctly you also applied on 7th Oct ED.
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Rejections have started coming in yesterday for people who didnt get interviewed. Good luck to those who have got the invites. Back to the drawing board then.
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