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New post 16 Jan 2009, 20:23
applied 11/26, invited for interview 1/6, and interviewed 1/12

deadline for London Business School 1/23 :/
praying for a quick decision either way, but columbia is my #1 choice by far...

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i had my interview with an alumnus. it was a pleasant experience, he put me at ease right away by talking freely about his background etc. questions were along these lines and the duration about 60-70 minutes

resume walk through
why mba why now
why columbia
what if u dont get to columbia
what will u study if u go to columbia, post mba career options
where else did u apply
ethical dilemma
what kind of leader are you, experiences

overall, i've a good feeling about it and i hope and pray it turns out the way i wish :)

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New post 16 Jan 2009, 20:48
AdamH83 - LBS has extremely strong ties with Columbia and offers extremely good exchange options to Columbia (although it may not work out for you if you're American as they have a "no home country" policy on exchange).

In any case best of luck for Columbia.


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applied 11/26, invited for interview 1/6, and interviewed 1/12

deadline for London Business School 1/23 :/
praying for a quick decision either way, but columbia is my #1 choice by far...

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Mine went under review today. Submitted 1/5.

Stoked. Good luck everyone!


Hey agold,

How do you know your app went under review? When I check my status I see:

Below is a summary of the current status information for your application.
Application Status
Status Code PEND - Pending Decision
Message Your application is complete and will be placed under review on January 7, 2009, the first day of our Regular Decision review period.

You can expect to hear either a final decision or an invitation to interview from us within 12 weeks from January 7, 2009.

Please keep in mind that an invitation to interview can come at any point in the evaluation process.
Submitted Date 17 Dec 2008
Fee Received Yes
Fee Received Date 17 Dec 2008

Does this mean my app has not gone under review yet or it's gone to PEND after going under review?

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Hey yellowjacket,

I actually got an e-mail that said so. I believe that people who submitted a long time ago have the same message that you have, for the most part. They are not getting the "Under Review" message, but rather they are just receiving their interview invites directly. Hang in there and good luck.

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agold wrote:
Mine went under review today. Submitted 1/5.

Stoked. Good luck everyone!


Hey agold,

How do you know your app went under review? When I check my status I see:

Below is a summary of the current status information for your application.
Application Status
Status Code PEND - Pending Decision
Message Your application is complete and will be placed under review on January 7, 2009, the first day of our Regular Decision review period.

You can expect to hear either a final decision or an invitation to interview from us within 12 weeks from January 7, 2009.

Please keep in mind that an invitation to interview can come at any point in the evaluation process.
Submitted Date 17 Dec 2008
Fee Received Yes
Fee Received Date 17 Dec 2008

Does this mean my app has not gone under review yet or it's gone to PEND after going under review?

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i had my interview with an alumnus. it was a pleasant experience, he put me at ease right away by talking freely about his background etc. questions were along these lines and the duration about 60-70 minutes

resume walk through
why mba why now
why columbia
what if u dont get to columbia
what will u study if u go to columbia, post mba career options
where else did u apply
ethical dilemma
what kind of leader are you, experiences

overall, i've a good feeling about it and i hope and pray it turns out the way i wish :)


Thank you! +1. It seems that the ethical dilemma question is common with CBS interviews.
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Someone take over the roll call updates.
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Am I the only one who still sees this message when I check my status:

Your application is complete and will be placed under review on January 7, 2009, the first day of our Regular Decision review period.

I submitted my application on December 16th and figured I would at least be under review by now.

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Am I the only one who still sees this message when I check my status:

Your application is complete and will be placed under review on January 7, 2009, the first day of our Regular Decision review period.

I submitted my application on December 16th and figured I would at least be under review by now.


Mine is worse:

Check Your Application Status
Application Status MBA September Regular Decision - Fall - 2009

Below is a summary of the current status information for your application.
Application Status
Status Code R - Received
Message Thank you for submitting your online application!

Your electronic application is now being printed and prepared for review. Because of the volume of applications we receive, this stage can last for up to three or four weeks.

Submitted Date 07 Jan 2009
Fee Received Yes
Fee Received Date 07 Jan 2009

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Here is an awesome spreadsheet of the 2008 RD applicants (you can the dates when an applicant interviewed/went complete/received a decision).

If you take away all the people who didn't list the date when they went complete and some other outliers, the average number of days it takes to get a decision after going complete is about 11. Median is 9. A good number of people found out their decisions within 4 days!

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key= ... MPEg&hl=en

Good luck to everyone. :-D

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I am confused with Columbia deadlines.

The website says -


September 2009 (International Applicants)
Application Review Period Begins -- January 7, 2009
Decision Period (once a complete application goes under review) -- Within 12 weeks
Application Deadline (ALWAYS 11:59PM EST) -- March 4, 2009*

So, does this mean International students deadline is March 4, 2009?

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my interviewer submitted his feedback today! excited and anxious..fingers crossed!!

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antmendo wrote:
Am I the only one who still sees this message when I check my status:

Your application is complete and will be placed under review on January 7, 2009, the first day of our Regular Decision review period.

I submitted my application on December 16th and figured I would at least be under review by now.


I submitted around the same time as you and have the same message.

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Folks who've scheduled alum interviews - just want to make sure I understand the process right:
- I'm supposed to find the alum via the search.
- Email them directly
- After a time/date is agreed upon, fill it out online and hit that Confirm button.

Is that right?

Just want to make sure I'm reading the directions correctly :)

thanks!

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If the first page is still being updated, I applied RD. Submitted 12/29

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Folks who've scheduled alum interviews - just want to make sure I understand the process right:
- I'm supposed to find the alum via the search.
- Email them directly
- After a time/date is agreed upon, fill it out online and hit that Confirm button.

Is that right?

Just want to make sure I'm reading the directions correctly :)

thanks!


That's exactly right. Good luck :-D

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isa wrote:
Folks who've scheduled alum interviews - just want to make sure I understand the process right:
- I'm supposed to find the alum via the search.
- Email them directly
- After a time/date is agreed upon, fill it out online and hit that Confirm button.

Is that right?

Just want to make sure I'm reading the directions correctly :)

thanks!


That's exactly right. Good luck :-D


Thank you :)

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isa wrote:
Folks who've scheduled alum interviews - just want to make sure I understand the process right:
- I'm supposed to find the alum via the search.
- Email them directly
- After a time/date is agreed upon, fill it out online and hit that Confirm button.

Is that right?

Just want to make sure I'm reading the directions correctly :)

thanks!


That's exactly right. Good luck :-D


That's what I'm doing, so even if it's wrong, the rest of us are wrong with you :)

Looks like I'll be doing mine tomorrow morning. Prob will prep tonight about the same I did for my other interviews(about half an hour or so), only answers I really want to articulate once or twice beforehand will be the 'ethical dilemna' one and the 'Why Columbia?' one since I am getting the idea that it's a very, very important question. Especially when I tell them I applied to Wharton (I assume they don't ask what your admit/WL/ding results to date have been).

A little googling shows my interviewer(like me) is big into distance running. Lets hope I didn't pack on so many pounds from holiday turkey and egg nog that he doesn't believe I'm into it as well.

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Good luck with the interviews, guys. Mine was totally informal (didn't even ask the ethical dilemma question!) so I'm afraid I can't shed much light.

Some early decision people seemed to report hearing the 'ethical dilemma' question TWICE, so I would have a second example in the back of your mind, just in case...

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