Columbia University Interview Questions & Reviews in New York State

Updated Aug 1, 2014
Updated Aug 1, 2014
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    MAINTENANCE/PORTER Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Columbia University in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was on time or before time. Dress well. Have all my document, certificate and resume. Never left the reception area without letting then now where I was going, just incase they ask or call you while you are not present.

    Interview Questions
    • What have you done during your time unemployed?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Very fast, easy and educational
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Assistant Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    Columbia's hiring is driven by their website system and it can be hard to get an interview. Look carefully at the job posting date to be sure they are actively recruiting for a role. Some openings seem to be posted, yet inactive. One attraction is that many people I encountered had moved from very different departments. So there is an opportunity to move and get new experiences, while maintaining the same employer.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked all of the traditional questions, but did not provide a lot of insights into benefits, work life balance, etc.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager of Marketing Communications Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    The position was to manage digital marketing initiatives for the Business School. Applied in July and got a call and phone interview in September. ( you can imagine I'd nearly forgotten about it by this time) After the phone interview it was requested I provide a design solution to a current challenge under a constricting deadline. From this I flew in for an in-perosn interview in October. By then the position title and responsibilities had changed a bit. Hiring here can take a looong time as most legacy institutions have long processes for inducing any sort of change.

    I stayed in touch with hiring contacts through November and was offered the position in December. Once paperwork got going I relocated to the city in January with a start date towards the end of that month.

    Interview Questions
    • It wasnt about questions it was a matter of endurance, I interviewed for a full day 9am-4pm meeting with all levels of the department sometimes individually and other times in teams. in total I met with 7 diff people for 30-45min at a time. I focused on keeping energy positive and engaging- I knew they were testing my stamina.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very little room for negotiation with HR manager but the offer was what I desired going in.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Graduate Student Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Columbia University in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process is sometimes arbitrary, with GRE selection cutoffs. The other most important thing is the recommendations and who they come from. It is really all about who you know and who you've worked with.

    Interview Questions
    • This depends on the Professor you are interviewing with, but they will expect you to know and understand their work even if you will not be working with them directly. You may also be expected to have a basic grasp of research methods and statistics.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation, it's a fixed package.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview Details

    Must apply via online system, however, system is cumbersome therefore it also makes sense to reach out directly to those hiring.

    Interview Questions
    • We've talked about the positives regarding bringing you on board, what is the bad news when it comes to you?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Was asked for a range.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Columbia University in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview first with SQL questions, then face-to-face with more technical questions related to SQL and coding.

    Interview Questions
    • I was expected to show how to populate a table with a header row and data using any programming language. This was done to see if I knew coding concepts and structures.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I gave them my salary requirement and they met it with no negotiations.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Acceptance Into MBA Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Columbia University in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    After application is accepted, interview is scheduled. The interview follows a standard framework which can be found through online research.

    Interview Questions
    • Most difficult questions would be when the interviewer challenges your prior career moves, motivation for wanting to attend,etc. It is important to have you story airtight.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Undergraduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    interviewed at Columbia University in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I came into the professor's office, and he and the other professor who is coauthoring the research told me about their project. They described the proposed timeline and the kind of work I would be doing. They accepted me on the spot.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at Columbia University in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    First stage: Phone interview with HR, which includes a salary screen. I didn't fit in their range and they told me so and told me what the ceiling for the position is. We agreed to proceed.

    Second stage: An interview with HR and the head of the research team (1/2 hr), followed by a 1/2 hr with an associate director. The HR and head of the team created a good impression on me. They asked general questions about my current work and said little about what skills are needed for the position. That made it tough to show them that I have the skills needed.

    The associate director was a little strange. He was newly promoted and had no interviewing skills. Appeared unable to describe the company culture and his management style.

    The time limits of both parts of the interview were enforced strictly; they actually cut me off to say we are out of time.

    There was zero follow-up on their part, although they promised they will be in touch in "a couple of weeks." After a while, the HR person wrote to me that "we are still recruiting." No closure.

    Interview Questions
    • Frankly, the most unexpected part was how little they asked me.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Career Counselor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at Columbia University in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Email invitation for phone interview; 20-minute phone interview with specific team; second interview day - meet with Dean of the center followed by a presentation (on a career-related topic) to and interview by a group.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions; standard questions about why Columbia, why career counseling, working with challenging students/clients, collaboration.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation re: salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

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