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Interview Date / Submission Date
3.1.2008 / 3.25.2008
Age / Gender:
40-44 / Male
Area of Study:
University of Toronto: Rotman School of Management
Date of Interview:
Type of Program:
Part Time Program Type:
How long were the interviews?:
Were you given options for the date of the interview?:
Yes - I received an e-mail asking me if I was available at a specific time and date. I was, so I confirmed, but it definitely seemed as if it would have been easy to change it if my schedule so required.
Could you choose the interview's location?:
Yes - I don't live anywhere near Toronto, so this was a phone interview. They just asked me to provide the phone number they would be able to call to reach me at the appointed time.
How many interviews were scheduled?:
Who were the interviewers?:
Administrative or admissions staff
Did you receive a tour?:
What was the most difficult question?:
What would you like me to tell the other members of the admissions committee about you?
What was the most interesting question?:
Why would you want to attend Rotman when there are so many MBA programs in the US?
Did you receive any feedback at the end?:
No - I asked what the next steps would be after the interview and was told the full committee would meet near the end of the week and, after that, a decision is generally available within 2 or 3 weeks. I felt that the interview went well overall, but I did not detect any overt sign of what the ultimate decision would be.
Any other questions you remember?:
As part of the "how should you be introduced to the admissions committee" question, she elaborated that this is the applicant's chance to sell him/herself.
Did you feel prepared?:
How did you prepare?:
Re-read my essays, surfed the school's website and reflected on how to answer the specific questions others had made note of on this site.
What was your opinion of the Faculty?:
What was your opinion of the Alumni?:
What was your opinion of the Students?:
What was your opinion of the Office Personnel?:
What was most impressive?:
What was least impressive?:
Did anything change your opinion of the school?:
Was there something you wish you had known ahead of time?:
Suggestions for travel to the school?:
What other advice can you offer future intervewees?:
The interview is not aimed at tricking you or throwing crazy questions your way. Know the basics and you should be fine. Based on my interview experience, they want to get some sense of you as a person and, ideally, learn things that are not easy to learn from your application itself. When the full admissions committee meets, the interviewer is then able to take their conversation with you and use it to complement the material contained in the written application. They literally will be telling the other adcomm members about you, so do your best to help them get the full picture.
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I am pleased to let you know that I was admitted to Columbia's EMBA program. I'd like to thank you for all your help on the essays as well as your valuable advice on the interview. I truly appreciate it!! "
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