Hi everyone! I have a 45 minute phone interview coming up on Friday for an I/O PhD program and I'm looking for some general advice and feedback on my preparation so far.
My current list of prep items includes:
re-read personal statement to be able to expand on it/refer back to the "why I'm interested in the field" question
create elevator pitch about my writing sample (research proposal- it was only a term paper so it wasn't intended to be executed as a full experiment/study, but it represents my topical interests well)
go over POI's recent papers/faculty page and get familiar with the general outline of that info
look through program website for curriculum and see if I have any questions about that
My questions for you lovely people:
Am I missing any critical step that helped you prep for a phone interview?
How formal have phone interviews been for you? Are they more standard questions about your qualifications/experience, or did it seem more intended to determine personal fit?
What types of questions did you ask/wish you had asked/would recommend asking as a current student? Right now I'm planning on asking about summer opportunities (internships, continuing to work on a professor's research, working on independent projects, etc.), and what types of projects might be coming up in this POI's lab soon.
I appreciate the time you guys spent to read this! Really, any experiences or insight about what to expect would be super helpful.