Conducted for almost every admit. Interestingly enough, interviews are not 100% required at Columbia. However, Columbia does interview almost every candidate before extending an offer. The exceptions to this mostly come into play for a re-applicant who was interviewed during his or her initial application process. The school only interviews candidates who it thinks have a good chance of being admitted, so receiving an invitation is already a great sign. Because of the rolling admissions policy, Columbia has no cutoffs for extending interview invitations. If you have not yet heard back from the committee, this is likely because they have not yet reviewed your application and not because they are disinterested.
Who will interview me? If you are invited to interview at Columbia, the interview will be conducted by an alumnus in your area, by a current student on campus, or by Skype or phone with a student or admissions officer. You’ll typically be given a list of alumni living in your area and can choose the person with whom you would like to interview. It is important to note that although alumni may be very experienced in conducting interviews for the school, it is also likely that they may not be very experienced. This may remove some of the intimidation factors surrounding your interview for a top MBA program.
What should I expect? Interviews are blind, meaning your interviewer will not have seen your entire application, but rather only your resume. Interviews typically last between 45 and 60 minutes, and your interviewer will provide his or her feedback to Columbia within 72 hours. Columbia interviews are quite standard. You’ll probably be asked many similar questions to those on the application, such as why you want an MBA, why you’ve chosen Columbia specifically, and what you would bring to the Columbia community. Be prepared to answer several questions about your professional experience and achievements, so have several stories ready to tell that will showcase your leadership skills, teamwork, abilities to handle complex situations,
When will I hear back? Approximately one to two weeks after the admissions committee renders a final decision, the interviewer will receive an e-mail notification of that decision. If you are offered admission to Columbia, you just might hear from your interviewer via a congratulatory call or e-mail. Please note, however, that if you are placed on the waitlist, your interviewer will not have any involvement or influence in moving you to the admitted or denied list.
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