Columbia MBA Admission Interview is by invitation only. The timing of the invitation will have no impact over the acceptance to Columbia Business School. The interviews cannot be requested by Columbia MBA Candidates. The invitation will be through e-mail.
Interview Conducted by: Alumni
Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour
If an Alumnus is not available near or in your city, the interview will be conducted over the telephone. The Interviewer will only have the resume as a point of reference and will have no knowledge about your application.
Recommended Download: Expert Resume Guide
Style of Interview: Friendly and Conversational
Tip 1: Research
Find out what makes Columbia Business School Unique (read Columbia MBA Interview Guide and Essay Guide). Most of the questions will be about finding out your fit for the program. Understanding what makes Columbia MBA unique and selling the point that you can bring great value to the Columbia Business School community is the key.
Tip 2: Be Ready for Follow up Questions
Before attending the interview, practice answering the standard questions. Now make a list of all follow up questions that can be created from your story. Why you chose one company over the other? What motivated you take that decision? Prepare at least 4-5 follow up questions for your regular answers.
Tip 3: Bring a Copy of your Resume
The Alumni will be busy and might miss taking a print out of the resume. Carry a copy of your resume. Remember Columbia MBA Admission Interview is primarily based on your resume.
Tip 4: Be ready with your Leadership Story
Like other top Business Schools, Columbia also wants to know whether you are a good leader. Prepare for at least 2-3 stories about your leadership skills and contextually place the stories in your answers.
Tip 5: Have a Closing Question
The interviewer will close the interview with “Do you have any questions for me”. This is a chance for you to learn more about Columbia MBA program from the interviewer’s perspective. Ask a question that only an alumnus can answer.
Recommended Download: Stacy Blackman Columbia MBA Interview Guide (The interview guide would give you several examples of successful Columbia MBA Admission Interviews, Best Practices and USPs that you can mention in your interview).
Tip 1: Don’t be nervous
Being nervous in an interview can clutter your thought process. Focus instead on the stories that you are going to present. Rehearse through all the follow up questions you have prepared (based on your resume). This exercise will help you focus on the task instead of worrying about the results.
Tip 2: Avoid inconsistencies
Your stories should be consistent with the career path that is mentioned in the resume. Any inconsistency will negatively impact your chance of getting into Columbia MBA program.
Tip 3: Do not dress in casuals
Although the interview is conversational and friendly, do not dress in casuals.
Men: Suit and tie
Women: Pants, Suit or a skirt suit
Note: Only when the interviewer clearly mentions in the invitation letter that you can dress in casuals, you should think about dressing in business casuals.
Tip 4: Don't be over-confident
Although you have to be well prepared for the interview, don’t sound over-confident. Be pleasant and confident while answering the questions. A well articulate short-term and long-term goal with clear vision on how Columbia MBA program can help you reach that goal will increase your chance of being accepted to the MBA program.
- Walk me through your resume.
- Why MBA?
- Why MBA Now?
- Why Columbia MBA?
- Give me an example when you made a mistake? How did it impact the team?
- Describe your leadership/management style.
- Give me an example where you showed teamwork?
- Give me an example where you were faced with an Ethical Dilemma. How did you handle it?
- Give me an example when you faced challenge/adversity? What was the biggest take away from that experience?
- Apart from MBA, what are the other steps that you have taken to reach your goal?
- What would be your contribution to Columbia Business School?
- What are you long-term plans?
- Do you have any back-up plans if you don't make it to Columbia MBA program?
- What are the other schools that you are considering?