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Guys,

Since the invites are coming out next Tuesday, have you guys already prepared or still waiting to do that after once you received an invitation?

Normally, how long does it take one person to prep for interviews before the big days? Maybe 4 weeks and around 40 hours?
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40 hours? Wow! I don't think I'd do as much. I wouldn't want to sound scripted.
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This August, I helped my sister practice for her Columbia early decision interview. She is now CBS Class of 2021!!

I think she had a little less than a week of practice.

She practiced with a consultant for 1 hour, with me over the phone for 40 minutes, with two other friends. The night before the interview, she read a book published by a Columbia Business School professor. She's also been following the school's Instagram account for a full year and had great suggestions on their marketing techniques (her post-MBA goal is in marketing).
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New post 05 Oct 2018, 07:25
Thanks so sounds like you guys think a week is enough for prep?
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New post 05 Oct 2018, 07:53
Hi!
It took me almost 2 weeks :roll: Interesting to know about other members :cool:
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New post 16 Oct 2018, 11:53
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It took me almost 2 weeks :roll: Interesting to know about other members :cool:


Thanks! Do you have any resources you recommend? Maybe the Harbus guide? I am thinking 1-2 hours a day for 2 weeks. Do you think this is enough?
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New post 16 Oct 2018, 14:03
Hey!

I really don't think there is a set number of hours. Basically whatever you feeel comfortable would be fine.
I watched some interview prep links on YouTube and one feedback that caught my attention is to not sound too scripted.

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It took me almost 2 weeks :roll: Interesting to know about other members :cool:


Thanks! Do you have any resources you recommend? Maybe the Harbus guide? I am thinking 1-2 hours a day for 2 weeks. Do you think this is enough?
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New post 17 Oct 2018, 08:31
bondtradercu wrote:
Juli06 wrote:
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It took me almost 2 weeks :roll: Interesting to know about other members :cool:


Thanks! Do you have any resources you recommend? Maybe the Harbus guide? I am thinking 1-2 hours a day for 2 weeks. Do you think this is enough?


Of course! I'll recommend you not to spend more than 2 hours a day preparing for interviews. Don't wear yourself out!
I actually used Harbus. It is a really good resource which helped me a lot.
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New post 16 Dec 2018, 04:58
Though I didn't apply for HBS, for the school I did apply to I did a couple of mock interviews and that was about it but I knew my story inside and out and the prep from the essay/application stage really helped - you also don't want to seem "too" prepared in your answers. There's value in having a conversation with the interviewer
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