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Columbia University Interview Questions

Updated Dec 12, 2017
297 Interview Reviews

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    Student Advisor Lifecycle Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in August 2017.

    Interview

    Horrible. The interview started about 40 mins late. The questions were very repetitive. Within the last 10 mins of the interview, the last committee member showed up. I just wanted to go home at that point.

    Interview Questions

    • Scenario question: What is my method to ensure that students are meeting their degree requirements?   1 Answer

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    Intern - Hourly Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in March 2017.

    Interview

    The job was for Internship in Building Community (IBC) at Columbia which was an 8-week internship over the summer that allowed college students the opportunity to serve as mentors and disciplinarians for Columbia's high school program. The hiring process consisted of a preliminary screening where the applicant is required to submit a cover letter and and a form consisting of a couple essay questions about community. If selected, the applicant is offered an interview over Skype that lasts for about 30-40 minutes. The program got back to me by the end of the week with a response.

    Interview Questions

    • Essay 1: What does community mean to you?   Answer Question
    • Essay 2: Which class would you want to take if you could take a course in the high school program offered at Columbia.   Answer Question
    • Interview 1: What is your major and why does this program interest you?   Answer Question
    • Interview 2: What are your greatest strengths with regards to dealing with high school students?   Answer Question
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    Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in August 2017.

    Interview

    Not what I'm used to and somewhat informal. Except for "why are you leaving your current position", there were no questions. Just senior personnel rambling about their own work. I tried to volunteer more information about myself and qualifications, but I'd just get interrupting with more rambling. Then, when job description quickly became ambiguous--"other duties as assigned"---I just felt really concerned and frustrated. I just wanted to go home a.s.a.p.

    Interview Questions

    • "Why are you leaving your current position?" That's all!   1 Answer

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    Associate Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Columbia University in May 2017.

    Interview

    Basic phone screening interview; a bit difficult with multiple people on speaker phone but otherwise good. Standard questions regarding background and experience, no pointless questions and otherwise nothing unexpected.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked for examples of time when you encountered a difficult situation, etc. and other questions of a similar format.   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Have a phone interview first with the lab manager. Then onsite. Gave a presentation, talked with the boss, lab manager, several collaborators and other team members. Everybody is pretty friendly. It was a whole day interview.

    Interview Questions


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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Typical application of PhD programs in US, nothing special in comparison to other universities around the country. You have to submit all your documents online through a very nice system. It is the same as the other universities as you can see.

    Interview Questions


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    Adjunct Associate Professor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY) in August 2017.

    Interview

    There was no interview process. The selection is based on the grade that you got in the class when you took it. The best students of the particular class are usually offer the opportunity to have this role.

    Interview Questions

    • There was not interview. The selection is based on your grade in the class.   1 Answer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Columbia University in February 2015.

    Interview

    Overall it was a very straightforward phone interview with a professor who asked basic questions regarding my time at school and my research interests. Talked a little bit about what the lab was doing in the process.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a little bit about your past research experience   Answer Question

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    Office Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Columbia University (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Contacted the HR and gave me an interview. She was a nice lady and she asked me how many hours can I work per week, do I know how use Excel and some other basic questions.

    Interview Questions


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    Tutor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Columbia University.

    Interview

    challenging but not too hard; it was half an hour and everything was as you would expect. there was no unexpected question . if you prepare for t, it is going to be ok

    Interview Questions


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