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Below are MBA admissions interview questions and experiences submitted by CBS MBA applicants. If you interviewed at Columbia, we encourage you to submit a report detailing your experience!

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May 27, 2015

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Report: Regular Decision / Alumnus / Off Campus

We just received the following Columbia MBA admissions interview report from an applicant who is waiting on a decision from Columbia. Best of luck to them! This site was extremely helpful when preparing for the CBS interview, so I wanted to make sure I gave back. I applied Round 3 and submitted my application on April 14. I received an email inviting me to interview on May 6. The AdCom gives you 5-6 people in your area for you to chose from. I contacted an individual and the interview was set up... Read more »

Feb 23, 2015

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Report: Round 2 / Alumnus / Off-campus

We just received the following Columbia MBA admissions interview report from an applicant who just received an acceptance from Columbia. Congratulations!! I told myself no matter what the outcome of my interview I would give back to this site because it helped SO MUCH in interview prep and making me feel prepared. Spoiler Alert: I got in! So extra points because this site really did help I applied 1/5/15, got an interview invitation 1/26/15, had my interview 2/4, interviewer submitted review 2/5... Read more »

Jan 26, 2015

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Decision / Adcom / On-Campus

The following is a report from a recent applicant who provided their Columbia EMBA admissions interview questions: I applied early decision to the EMBA – Saturday program. My interview was on Wednesday and I received an offer for admission the next day. The interview lasted only 30 mins. The atmosphere was formal. I wore a business suit and my interviewer was dressed in business formal as well. There was a third person in the room taking notes. This is not common. I was told that this pers... Read more »

Dec 1, 2014

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: J-Term / Alumnus / Off Campus

The following is a report from a recent applicant who provided their Columbia MBA admissions interview questions. I applied for the January term. Application was submitted on October 1st, and I received an interview invite about 3 weeks later. Interview is with an alumnus, and I had to choose from a random list that was sent to me. A list consists of 6 names, and I had to go through two lists before finding someone who was able to fit me into his schedule. In total, it took me about 2-3 weeks to... Read more »

Dec 1, 2014

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Decision / Alumnus / Off Campus

The following is a report from a recent applicant who provided his Columbia MBA admissions interview questions.  I met with a 2004 graduate at a cafe near his office at 8 AM on a Friday. The interaction was very friendly and casual. We started off with minor chit-chat before diving into the actual “interview”. See below for the order of questions that the interviewer asked. Note that the conversation flowed very smoothly and it wasn’t as if the interviewer was going down a chec... Read more »

Nov 20, 2014

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Decision / Alumnus / Off Campus

The following is an interview report provided by an early decision Columbia MBA applicant, who shares their Columbia MBA admissions interview questions:  From the list of Ambassadors that the school provided, I chose an alum that had a similar background than mine (finance/M&A in the infrastructure sector).We met at a local coffee shop (São Paulo, Brazil) and the interview was very informal. This environment was crucial to break the ice. He was more concern if I was enjoyable rather than tes... Read more »

Nov 12, 2014

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Report: ED / Alumni / Off Campus

Here is a recent Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Report from one of our readers who applied Early Decision:  This site has been very helpful so I’d like to give back: Interviewed with a Columbia alumnus last week. It went very well overall. There was no surprise questions at all and it definitely turned into a conversation after about 20-30 minutes. Here are a few of the questions that I was asked:1. Tell me about yourself.2. Why Columbia. 3. Why did you choose your undergrad major4. Wha... Read more »

Oct 27, 2014

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

My CBS interview was very fast, in total it lasted around 40 minutes. I interviewed with a CBS alum here in Mexico. The interview was conducted in English. The first ~10 minutes I walked her through my resumé while she asked questions. Then she asked me “Why an MBA?” and “Why Columbia?”. Those were basically her questions. She also asked me what other universities I applied to. After that, she asked me if I had any questions for her and we spent around 20 minutes discussing and talking about her... Read more »

Sep 23, 2014

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Columbia Business School MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Round 1 / Alumnus / Off-Campus

I applied for the J-term and got the interview call within 2 weeks of applying.  I scheduled the interview with an alum-most of them did not have a similar background as mine. He called me to his office so it was a formal setting. The interview started off by him discussing about my current work. We got into the details of my profile, the product, and the difficulties my sector is facing. There were a few standard questions as have been listed out in almost all other posts. 1. Why MBA? 2. Why Co... Read more »

Sep 5, 2014

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Columbia MBA Admissions Interview Questions: Early Decision / Alumnus / Off-campus

From the list of Ambassadors that the school provided, I chose an alum that had a similar background to mine (finance/M&A in the infrastructure sector). We met at a local coffee shop (São Paulo, Brazil) and the interview was very informal. This environment was crucial to break the ice. He was more concerned if I was comfortable and enjoying the conversation rather than testing me. The interview went as follows: 1. Give me your 5-minute pitch (another version of the “walk me through you... Read more »

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