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Re: 2019 PhD Applicant Sweat Thread
Originally Posted by tryingfor2019
In my opinion, I think that they do it this way for a few reasons.
1. Schools a bureaucracies, and inertia in a bureaucracy is the most powerful force. So it's always been done this way, it will continue to be done this way. Note that this is not because they necessarily want it to be like this, it's just requires nothing to continue the way things are, and requires some effort to change.
2. Faculty don't think about applications until they think about them. Basically once they're in a PhD application mindset, they want to get it all done as fast as possible, then go back to not thinking about you until August.
3. How much time do you really need? If it's a Skype interview for at most an hour (and most of them will be 15-30 minutes), then 2 days is plenty to get your stuff in order and read about the school and faculty. Obviously this is a personal preference, but I wouldn't want to sit around for a month stressing about an interview.