Just had my interview with Columbia. The interviewer was a Phd candidate (had expected someone from adcom). Interview started on time and was a general chit chat.
Interviewer started with asking about my work and my career goals. Then he asked me how do I see structured products (my interest area) market in long term. Rest were the general question Why Columbia? (Interview giggled on my answer and said its good to hear so many good things about Columbia) Other places applied to? How will I fund my studies? and what if I don't get a call from Columbia, what are my next plans.
My interview went for more than allotted time. I think it lasted around 20-25 minutes.
Interview started with an Introduction and "Why Columbia?" while answering this, I mentioned about interest in Asset Management, so he asked what area within Asset Management.
Then I was predictably asked the two questions: "Which other programs have you applied for and where do you rank Columbia among them?" and "How do you plan to fund your studies?"
After this, although I was expecting the interview to have ended, I was asked the cliched question "Tell me about an ethical dilemma you have faced in the course of your career". Thankfully I was able to make something up
The interview lasted around 13 mins for me, including me asking questions to the interviewer.
Hope this helps to those who are yet to interview!
I gave my interview today..
these wer the questions
tellme abt youself?
have ulooked at the cirriculum?
electives i want to choose?
was asked which risk is prominent in the coming years? & y
What is VAR?
how do u calculate VAR?
A very short interview. 5 minutes. I talked a bit fast - hope that is not a problem.
1) Introduction and how/why I can/will be successful in the program.
2) Programming languages known (since I mentioned my work ex in ques. no1)
3) career goals
4) what other schools and what is your first choice and why?
As far as I know, we are supposed to have a video interview. Moreover that fact that the interviewers are accepting the video calls supports my belief. Hence, I feel it won't be advisable to do just a voice call.
1. Why MFE?
2. What other programs, preference?
3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
4. How do you define success, do you think you will be successful?
5. How are you planning to fund?
Just finished my interview. It was general, friendly chit-chat like interview. No technical questions. A rough list:
Why MSFE? Why are you a good candidate? Why Columbia ? Where did you hear about the program? Applied to any other programs? If admitted: - How will the program help you achieve your goals ? - Where do you see yourself in 10 years ? How will you finance your studies ? Do you have any questions?