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

It was a standard interview, and lasted about 45 mins. Was asked on why MBA, Why Columbia and goals (both short-term and long-term). He asked to elaborate a bit more on my long-term goals to understand the context, and few follow-ups on that. The tone was very conversational, and felt... Read more »

‘Big Tech’ Jobs & Careers Remain Popular with MBA Graduates

Take a closer look at MBA graduates’ tech industry jobs placement overall and at Big Tech firms for the full-time MBA Classes of 2018 to 2022. Despite a recent decline in tech industry hiring, the technology sector continues to be a popular choice for MBA graduates because it provides them... Read more »

Interview Report Round-Up: CBS, LBS and UNC Kenan-Flagler

Amid Round 2 interview season, we’re taking a closer look at some recent interview reports from current applicants to Columbia Business School, London Business School and UNC Kenan-Flagler as shared in our Interview Archive. Questions listed by a Round 2 applicant shed light on the focus of the CBS interview: Here, we... Read more »

CBS MBA Interview Questions & Report: Round 2 / Alumna / Zoom

My interviewer was very conversational and friendly. Here is what she asked me: 1. Why MBA? Why Columbia? 2. What are your short- and long-term goals? 3. What is your plan B if you don’t get into business school/your desired role? 4. How do you approach diversity as a leader?... Read more »

CBS MBA Interview Questions & Report: Rolling / Alumni / Zoom

Was matched with an alumni based in NYC who’s from the same country as myself (I’m an international) and from a similar industry. The interview was very conversational and relaxed – the vibe felt more like a casual chat rather than a formal interview (which I loved!). Questions: 1) Tell... Read more »

Does ‘MBA’ Now Stand for McKinsey, Bain/BCG and Amazon?

MBA programs provide a great formal business education that can help graduates accelerate their careers in many different business industries. In fact, MBA employment reports published by the business schools often list hundreds of employers who have hired recent MBA graduates. However, a closer inspection of these reports reveal that... Read more »

Interview Report Round-Up: Berkeley Haas, CBS, and UVA Darden

In this week’s Interview Report Round-Up, we take a look at applicants’ reported interview questions and more with Berkeley Haas, Columbia Business School and UVA Darden as shared in our Interview Archive. Here is a peek at a “harder” Berkeley Haas interview from a Round 2 candidate: See the full... Read more »

From B-School to MBB: Consulting Jobs Placement at Leading MBA Programs

MBA graduates continue to seek out management consulting jobs for the opportunity to provide strategic advice to business leaders operating large companies. Jobs at leading strategy consulting firms such as McKinsey, Bain and BCG (MBB) are particularly coveted by business school students because these firms often provide a fast track... Read more »

The Financial Times 2023 Global MBA Ranking: CBS Takes Top Spot for the First Time

The Financial Times (FT) released its rankings of the 100 best Global MBA programs for 2023. Changes to the ranking’s methodology and the glaring absence of a familiar name have really shaken things up. “The weighting for salary-related metrics has been cut from 40% of the ranking to less than 33%... Read more »

CBS MBA Interview Questions & Report: Rolling / Alumnus / Off Campus

Was matched with the interviewer in my city (London) and arranged to meet him about 3 weeks after the invite due to his schedule as I wanted to meet in person. I was able to do a bit of research on him prior to the interview, which was a plus... Read more »

Resume- vs. Application-Based MBA Admissions Interviews

Some business schools believe strongly in the notion of résumé-based interviews, which means that your interviewer will know nothing about you in advance of the MBA admissions interview other than what appears on the résumé you give them. Schools that fall firmly into this camp include Yale School of Management (SOM), Columbia... Read more »

Fridays from the Frontline: Inside the 2022 Africa Business Conference

In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, a Dartmouth Tuck MBA student, George Agyeman-Badu T’23, takes us inside the Africa Business Conference, which was hosted by the Columbia Business School Africa Club. Meeting the Moment: Inside the 2022 Africa Business Conference By George Agyeman-Badu T’23 The only purpose of a... Read more »

M7 Business Schools Dominate in Venture Capital and Private Equity Fields

MBA graduates continue to be drawn to finance jobs due to the lucrative compensation packages, the chance to work on high-profile deals at investment banks, and the opportunity to invest in the next billion-dollar company at a venture capital or private equity firm. As we will see below regarding the... Read more »

2019-2022 MBA Job Placement Trends: The Rise and Fall of Tech and the Return to Consulting and Finance

In our previous article, we highlighted the decline in tech industry jobs accepted and the increase in consulting jobs accepted from the Class of 2021 to the Class of 2022 among leading full-time MBA programs. To place this observation into a larger context, we dug into the last four years... Read more »

Tech Jobs are in Decline at Top MBA Programs. Is This the Canary in the Coal Mine for MBA Hiring?

MBA Class of 2022 graduates were clearly impacted by the softening in the technology sector in 2022 after the pandemic-fueled growth in tech industry jobs in 2020 and 2021. Compared to the Class of 2021, Class of 2022 graduates were offered fewer jobs in the technology industry, leading many graduates... Read more »

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