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What does it mean to be contacted for an interview

PasquinelPasquinel Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
edited March 2010 in Columbia University
Are selections for in-person interviews totally random or does everyone get them if there is interviewer availability in an area.....or is it shortlisted to those individuals who Columbia is interested in?
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Replies to: What does it mean to be contacted for an interview

  • SkittledSkittled - Posts: 177 Junior Member
    you are in bro!!
  • pigs_at_seapigs_at_sea - Posts: 2,899 Senior Member
    yeah you are totally accepted because you got an interview!!! just like the other 80% of applicants who got interviewed :)
  • PasquinelPasquinel Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    I guess it is a shade better than the 20% who didn't....... :) Dude
  • kelloggsskelloggss Registered User Posts: 436 Member
    pasquinel...please notice the intense sarcasm in the above posts...
  • oceanangeloceanangel Registered User Posts: 658 Member
    I think Pasquinel was playing a long haha
  • admissionsgeekadmissionsgeek Registered User Posts: 1,679 Senior Member
    pasquinel, are you a prospie grad student?

    undergrad schools don't do in person interviews.
  • PasquinelPasquinel Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    admissionsgeek.....

    Thanks for your post......I sincerely appreciate it......

    I am applying for undergrad and had an in person interview yesterday, with an alum.....

    It just got scheduled on Friday.......

    Thought this was interesting, hence my post........but it sounds like 80% of the undergrads get interviewed according PIGS AT SEA? Does PIGS AT SEA just have a burr in his/her saddle with these interviews or the admissions process in general, or are these 80% ungrad interviews really meaningless as PIGS AT SEA suggests?
  • admissionsgeekadmissionsgeek Registered User Posts: 1,679 Senior Member
    oh! you mean an alum in person, i thought you meant with an admissions officer.

    thanks for clarification.

    to your specific question - it is not a shortlist, it doesn't mean you're special or unspecial, it is rather random. they try to get to as many candidates as possible.
  • PasquinelPasquinel Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    perfect and "to the point" answer........thanks.......I guess for all those that did not get an alum interview......they should not worry at all, correct?
  • conorskeconorske User Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 222 Junior Member
    AG, I applied to CC and I got an interview.
  • lizzy2009lizzy2009 Registered User Posts: 167 Junior Member
    You dont get an interview because of anything good or outstanding etc about your app. The only thing that determines if you get an interview is if there are interviewers in your area and if they were able to schedule you. They cant schedule everyone and therefore it does not mean anything bad for those who dont get interviews. Being offered an interview therefore just means they were able to schedule you.

    If those statistics were true...the 20% didnt get interview simply because Columbia couldnt accomodate them..whether because of the number of candidates in a particular region or a lack of interviewers etc

    Put your best foot forward anyways!
  • ObstinateObstinate Registered User Posts: 1,873 Senior Member
    Actually somewhere around 60% get interviewed.
  • lizzy2009lizzy2009 Registered User Posts: 167 Junior Member
    Ok yes 60% seems more like it, I guess pigs used a random figure
  • pigs_at_seapigs_at_sea - Posts: 2,899 Senior Member
    yes, i used a random figure
  • Columbia2002Columbia2002 Registered User Posts: 4,529 Senior Member
    Actually somewhere around 60% get interviewed.

    I'm too lazy to look up the actual numbers, but this sounds about right. I think the ED number is much higher because there are just less people.
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