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Programs Physics PhD interviews

  1. Jan 21, 2008 #1
    so, i have a few interviews for PhDs in particle physics over the next month and i'm looking for some information on what generally happens at a PhD interview. If anyone would like to share their experiences, interviewers or interviewees, i would greatly appreciate it.

    I'm not too worried about the general interview stuff - i'm pretty confident and enthusiastic and generally knowledgeable about the subject (compared to my peers) - its the hard physics questions they might ask that concerns me. With my undergrad degree I find it easy enough to learn everything and do well in the exams, and I'm on track for a 1st, but i'm not so good at answering random questions off the top of my head. Basically I'm worried they're going to ask me to derive something or solve a problem and I just won't be able to do it, even though given 5 minutes on my own I would probably work it out. Is this a reasonable to concern to have, and is it common to be asked to solve or derive stuff in a PhD interview?
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  3. Jan 21, 2008 #2
    I've always been told that highly technical questions are seldom asked at a PhD admission interview, but I could be wrong. I hope they don't ask really tough questions, because I am going to go through the same process in upcoming months.
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