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  1. For those who have had phone/skype meetings or interviews for a political science phd program this cycle or in the past, might you provide a general idea of what to expect? My advisors have all pretty much said these are likely to be casual conversations, generally meant to feel out the seriousness of the candidates and to sell the program, but none of them are actually at institutions that do interviews. Should I be worried about getting drilled on my writing sample or my research plan? And/or, might I be expected to have very sophisticated knowledge of the research of the faculty member I speak with or members of the department with whom I might work? I did some homework on this before writing my SOP, but it's difficult to keep everyone straight with all the craziness of applying. I plan to have a cheat sheet in front of me, but in the case of a Skype interview, it could get weird if I'm looking down a lot. Many thanks for any guidance or advice!
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