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Columbia Business School Interview Questions & Report: Early Decision / Alum / Off-Campus

My alum was a much older and experienced one, looking at his profile I was quote intimidated going into the interview. He suggested we meet on a Sunday morning at 8AM at a local coffee shop. I was dressed quite formally and he showed up in jeans and a suit jacket.

My interview was definitely not as casual as many of the other reports I had read. My interviewer had printed out a copy of my resume, along with the CBS recommended questions and was taking notes as I spoke the whole time. Nonetheless, he made me feel comfortable talking and the conversation flow was not awkward at all.

The conversation was very two-sided with plenty of time for me to ask him questions too. The interview lasted an entire hour.

The questions I was asked:
1. Why CBS? Why now?
2. Where else had I / did I plan to apply if CBS did not work out?
3. Why MBA?
4. Detailed questions about my job
5. Short-term and long-term goals
6. What I hoped to gain out of the MBA experience outside of the classroom
7. A few industry-specific questions and my opinions on certain topics

The interview ended with general career advice. I ended up leaving the interview with mixed feelings but I got a positive response to my thank you email and that made me feel a bit better! Fingers crossed.

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