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CBS Interview Questions & Report: Early Decision / Alumni / Virtual

Pretty standard small talk & intros for first 5 minutes. Talk me through your resume. Why do you want an MBA and why from Columbia? What are your short-term and long-term career goals? What is your backup plan if those goals don’t work out? How do you think you’ll contribute... Read more »

CBS Interview Questions & Report: Early Decision / Alumnus / Zoom

Interviewed 11/5. Interview was blind, although I had sent over my resume ahead of time. Questions: – Tell me about yourself / walk me through your resume. – Why an MBA – which flowed naturally into Why Columbia. – What does your team structure look like at work? – What... Read more »

CBS Interview Questions & Report: Early Decision / Alum / Virtual

Pretty conversational Alum was senior – Class of 2008 Standard questions resume based. Tell me about yourself. Few questions on career achievements. Few on Extra curriculars. Why MBA? Why Columbia? Why now? It was very 2 way. Lots of opportunity to ask about the interviewer’s Bschool experience.

Ace Your MBA Interview: Clear Admit’s Interview Guides

The MBA interview—the nail-biting, stomach-churning, sleep-robbing component of the MBA application process that ties some applicants up in knots—is upon us. But there’s no reason to fret: not with Clear Admit’s in-depth Interview Guide Series as part of your arsenal. Providing expert advice and insider tips on what to expect and... Read more »

The Week Ahead: MBA Admissions Deadlines & Interview Invites, October 4-8, 2021

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week and every week! Round 1 deadlines & HBS interview invitations. Round 1 application deadlines are now underway. Tuesday, October 5, UCLA / Anderson and Washington /... Read more »

Columbia’s MBA Class of 2023 Defies the Pandemic

Columbia Business School‘s MBA Class of 2023 shows no signs of having weathered a pandemic to get where they are. The class profile covers 847 total enrolled students, up from 782 last year. Classes began in August with 614 students and another 233 will begin their studies in January. Here are... Read more »

MBA Essay Insight Event Series: Sept/Oct Dates!

As you most likely already know, essays are a critical component of the MBA admissions process. That’s why we’re bringing back our popular MBA Essay Insight Event Series for three more events this September into October. Join us on September 22nd, September 29th, and October 6th at 12 noon ET... Read more »

Admissions Director Q&A: Emily French Thomas of Columbia Business School

Emily Thomas, Director of Admissions, Columbia Business School We are excited to kick off our annual Admissions Director Q&A series, in which MBA admissions directors shed light on their program’s application process, essays and more. To start the 2021-2022 round of exclusive Q&As, we welcome Columbia Business School’s Director of... Read more »

Weekly Refresh: Latest MBA Essay Questions, Analyzed – Plus Deadlines

Welcome to Weekly Refresh, a roundup of admissions advice and updates on the Clear Admit site. In this edition, we’re catching up with essay tips and deadlines released the week of June 6th. We’ll also be adding recommendation questions as they become available. Essay Tips Drafting your application essays? See... Read more »

What is the Best Business School Laptop for You?

While preparing for business school means connecting with future classmates, figuring out coursework, and brushing up on your writing and quant skills, other necessities—like what kind of computer you’ll need — can be overlooked.  A powerful device is necessary to tackle the strenuous MBA curriculum and that’s why we’ve rounded... Read more »

MBA Student Interview by Juno: John From Columbia Business School

MBA Student Interview: Columbia Business School Juno’s MBA Student Interview Series aims to bring transparency to the MBA application process. In these student interviews, we’ll talk with MBA students about their paths and decision-making process. The subject of this piece has asked to remain anonymous, so we’ll refer to them... Read more »

CBS Interview Questions & Report: Deferred Enrollment / First-Year Student / Zoom

30-minute blind interview with a first-year student. It was fairly casual and more like a conversation. The three questions were: 1. Tell me about yourself/Walk me through your resume. 2. What are you short-term and long-term goals? 3. Why Columbia/Why NYC?

May 5 & 12: MBA Application Overview Event Series

You’ve got your grades and (maybe) your test scores. You’ve put in the time and effort at work, and have accomplishments and skills to show for it. You’re active and involved in your community, however you define it. You have the raw materials. So how do you put them together... Read more »

U.S. News 2022 Business School Rankings: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2022 Best Business Schools Rankings. Despite a rather tumultuous year in world events, this year’s results in the MBA rankings realm remain largely unchanged. Stanford Graduate School of Business ranked number one this year, no longer sharing the top spot with the Wharton School,... Read more »

CBS MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Alum / Skype

Resume-based alumni interview. Very straightforward and interviewer was friendly. Standard questions (Why CBS, why MBA, why now, leadership examples) were asked. No surprises. Seemed like an overall assessment of fit, so I prioritized building a solid relationship with the alum throughout the interview.

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