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  1. Has anyone heard back from Johns Hopkins CBID (Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design) MSE program yet? Online says first round interviews would be mid-late January yet I've heard nothing back yet (its Jan 31), and haven't seen reports of anyone else hearing back yet either.
  2. I recently got a Skype interview with Oxford for DPhil in Organic Chemistry, does anyone have any advice on how to prepare or anyone willing to share their experiences? Thanks!
  3. I've applied to a number of MS & PhD programs and my top choice is a research MS (w/ option to do PhD upon completion) at a school across the country. (The program requires a thesis and they do not take PhD applicants without an MS) I see that a lot of schools do Skype interviews. Visiting for an interview would be ideal as the school is so far away and somewhat remote a flight is pretty pricey, but if I am accepted I will foot the bill. Is it typical for MS programs to do phone or Skype interviews rather than flying applicants out for interview weekends? I can't find anything on the departmental websites and I'd think it would be rude to ask my POI or the graduate program director considering I haven't been accepted yet. Thanks!
  4. Hi GFCers, I just had an interview with my top school (YAY!), but I thing I bombed (boooo!!!). Everything was going so well. I had answers for all their questions. My language was fluid and I even managed to make a connection to one of the interviewers via research interests. Then, I was asked to describe some research ideas. It was clear that my first idea DID NOT fit what the program does. The second idea, was EXACTLY the kind of thing the dept. does, but was so disparate from the first idea (and they told me as much). Then questions about HOW do I see myself fitting in despite the disparities. What exactly is the common thread in my research? Great questions that I should be truly asking myself, but, like before I applied. I am going to go drink myself into a coma. Did anyone think they bombed an interview, but actually prevailed? I need all the hope I can get.
  5. VeryCheesey

    Interview for MPP admissions?

    Hi, I just received a mail from UCSD GPS that they want to have a Skype interview with me in the coming week. Now I have never had an interview in my entire life, and as I am an engineer applying in public policy, I am really not sure as to what I should expect. Moreover, the admissions information on the University website doesn't indicate much either. Anyone willing to share their experience/sample questions/tips for handling these interviews? Also, any idea what the implication of the interview instead of the direct admit is?
  6. Hey! I'm an international applicant to Ph.D. programs in comp lit. Was just wondering if anyone's gone to campus visits yet. I got interview/campus visits from UC Santa Barbara and USC, but don't know what to expect. The USC one is four days and I have no idea what I should bring or wear, etc. Are they just like very expensive interviews? Any ideas would be helpful, thanks!
  7. Do you guys know how much a letter of recommendation from an alumni can make a difference? I applied to Stanford EE PhD and didn't receive an interview (it seems like they don't interview all their applicants who are accepted). Low GRE comparatively. GPA average. I am a BME so it's tough already to get in with the field switch I would think. Some publications, 1 in the field, other in drug delivery not related to EE.
  8. Hi, Can you come share where they are in the process. Has anyone been interviewed as of today?
  9. pnc95

    Appropriate Interview Attire

    Hi, I have recently been invited to an interview for a PhD program at Dartmouth and they sent an email that informed us on what would be the proper attire. According to their email "The event is casual so comfortable clothing is preferred. This is New England so bring appropriate outerwear for walking outside (gloves, hat, coat, boots for dealing with snow). I want to stress that you not wear business suits or dress shoes. Please bring warm outdoor boots, coats, gloves/mittens to keep you warm during walks around campus." I was originally planing on wearing black dress pants, a dress top/blouse, black flats, and a black blazer, but know i'm not sure what to wear. I was hoping someone could give me advice because I don't want to dress too fancy or too relaxed. Thanks
  10. Hey guys, i know we have a profile thread already. But since interviews are coming out, let's post the interview dates here so that we can try to avoid potential conflicts. Best of luck with everyone's applications and interviews!
  11. A couple people I know were asked to interview for the UChicago English PhD program, and I wasn't emailed/invited to one. UChicago is one of my top schools and I'm wondering if this means that I've been unofficially rejected. Anybody else have experience with this? Does it come out in rounds or does that lack of an interview mean I'm no longer in consideration?
  12. JennaMiller221

    PhD Interview Prep

    I applied to a handful of US History PhD programs, one of which replied last month with the following: Your application to the US History program has been sent to the committee for review. The program expects to contact applicants who are selected for an interview in early February. You will receive an email once a decision has been made. Granted, I may not even be selected for an interview, but on the off chance that I might, what advice do you have for applicants preparing for such interviews? What notes, if any, can we bring with us? What should we be expected to discuss? Any past questions to share? Last-minute advice? Also, do all programs require an interview? Does being called in for an interview mean you are a weaker candidate? I would appreciate any and all advice. Thank you!
  13. I just submitted my last of six PhD applications to programs in Religious Studies. As I play the waiting game, I'm planning to do some traveling over the course of the next two months, both domestically and abroad. I planned these trips with an eye to previous admissions decisions as posted on this site, aiming to be back in the US to visit schools (the ones that admitted me, if any, that is) in early March, with a full month before I would have to make decisions about matriculation by mid-April. However, it looks like a lot of folks on here have been invited to interviews prior to their admissions decisions. Uh oh. Can anyone tell me (1) how common it is to be asked for an interview in a Humanities PhD program generally, and/or in Religious Studies PhD programs in particular, and (2) if declining an interview would essentially doom one to be rejected?
  14. GCBrittany

    What to ask at Interview

    With interviews coming up, I wanted to know what are some good questions to ask my interviewers to seem interested and prepared. Obviously being engaged and asking typical program questions are a given, but do you have some conversation starters/questions to bring up during the interview that I haven't thought of? Thank you, Awkward Interviewer.
  15. Hi everybody, I was wondering if anybody had tips or suggestions for online (Skype) interviews. I plan to brush up on my applications and the department/school, wear a formal shirt, be open about my research interests. Any other suggestions? Thanks!
  16. Elephas

    Interview Etiquette

    I've been looking at questions and preparing for a skype interview (of course I'd appreciate any tips or questions to prepare for also), but one thing I've missed is the etiquette piece. After a Skype interview do you send an email saying thank you? All of the messages I've received have been a "lets chat on skype" but I'm assuming that this is still an interview of sorts. I'm not entirely sure how formal / casual to be. I do plan on dressing up maybe not a suit but a nice cardigan and blouse since it's over video call.
  17. Hi all, I cannot find a topic anywhere about this. If there is one- feel free to post it here, but I thought it would be helpful for anyone who is getting ready for interviews to post any questions/comments/suggestions while we all struggle through this together? For example, I am curious if anyone has any thoughts on prepping for an interview and what materials you do/do not read. Specifically I am looking through my POI's material, (they have a lot of publications even in the last year), and I am not sure if I should spend time reading the articles that they are not the first author on? Cheers
  18. Hi all, I cannot find a topic anywhere about this. If there is one- feel free to post it here, but I thought it would be helpful for anyone who is getting ready for interviews to post any questions/comments/suggestions while we all struggle through this together? For example, I am curious if anyone has any thoughts on prepping for an interview and what materials you do/do not read. Specifically I am looking through my POI's material, (they have a lot of publications even in the last year), and I am not sure if I should spend time reading the articles that they are not the first author on? Cheers
  19. About two weeks ago, I got invited to visit and interview at a school (school A). I was really excited, as it was the first school I heard from and is a very good school. I did not commit right away (based on advice I saw here), but had to let them know this week and said that I would attend. This morning, I was invited to visit another school (school B) on the same days as school A. I think that I would rather attend school B than school A, plus would only need to take two days off of work vs. the three I would need to visit school A. However, I know it will look bad if I cancel on school A now. I'm wondering how I should go about handling this situation. I realize that it will negatively affect my admissions decision at whichever school I choose not to visit, but just want to ensure that I turn down one (preferably school A) in the most respectful way possible.
  20. After a Skype interview with a professor, she said she would get back to me by the end of the week (I am assuming about a formal in person interview) but she did not get back to me then or the week after. Is it okay if I email her and ask for an update. I know it is a no but I just wish she would formally say she is not inviting me.
  21. MorganAnn

    Interview Invitation

    Hi guys, I applied to 10 cognitive psychology phd programs for fall 2018. I was just wondering if anyone else who has applied has gotten any interview invitations yet? I'm getting nervous that I haven't heard anything from anyone. Please, let me know!
  22. I applied to Cambridge University's MPhil program for Modern and Contemporary Literature. I have been unable to find information online regarding the MPhil interview process, though I am fairly certain that one does occur. Does anyone have any knowledge regarding this application process? Is there an interview, and if so, at what point (roughly) does the university reach out to request one?
  23. So I went on my first interview last week, and it was very 'interview light' and more involved with student/faculty presentations, learning about student/faculty research, networking/mingling events, learning about grad school life, and activities in the area to show off NYC. The first day I had three faculty interviews for 30 minutes each that were pretty casual, and one 20 minute informal interview with a current grad student. I'm going on another interview this weekend, there's one 'fun' dinner planned with current grad students, and on the interview day I have six interviews with admission committee members and professors for 45 minutes each. It just seems like for my first interview, there wasn't much time to make an impression during the interviews and two of my three professors were pretty informal when talking to me, compared to the one i'm doing this weekend where there's more time allotted for discussion. I guess what i'm asking is, do some interviews matter 'more' for some schools? Obviously they all matter, but is the school that's pushing 6 almost hour long interviews putting more weight on how your interviews go in determining your acceptance outcome? While the other school who seemed to put more focus onto you having a good time, learning about the school, the type of research they do, and selling the grad school lifestyle, is putting less weight on the interview affecting your acceptance unless it went horribly wrong?
  24. Is it better to make a presentation during the interview, like power point? Does it seem too rigid? Moreover, in many cases, we mostly need answer questions, not show ourselves, so, we probably have no time to say something in the presentation.
  25. BabyScientist

    Interview Prep

    What do people recommend as far as preparing for interviews? Obviously, know your own research. I know the work I've done at 2/3 institutions like the back of my hand. The 3rd was a 3 month internship I'm more vague on, but am currently reading the publication that came out of it. I have my first interview next week, and I know I should know the research of the people I'm interviewing with (I have my itinerary). 1/5, though, works on something pretty removed from my interests, and another works mostly with techniques I've never used or read much on. Should I have talking points for each person, or is it okay to not know as much about some if they weren't people I requested/aren't doing what I'm interested in? Also, generally, what should one do to prepare? I'm interviewing for neuroscience programs, by the way.
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