I am just starting a graduate program in physics. I have read a few posts describing what a PhD student should think about when looking for an advisor, but I have a question regarding the advisor's perspective: what do graduate advisors look for, generally speaking, in their prospective advisees? I.e. what is the relative importance of research background, grades, and other factors?
I have been told by some older students that (assuming there was sufficient funding) if there is a personality mesh and the student's work ethic is solid then an advisor will tend to accept a grad student, or is the process more nuanced/competitive?