Recently I've been invited to a PhD interview, for a three-year program. They are asking me to book two whole days for the interviews. The invitation asks me be avaliable "from 9am on Day X to 3pm on Day X+1", for a large number of talks, one-on-one interviews, and meetings with current employees.
In addition, they are asking me to prepare a "job talk" describing my papers. The whole thing is very similar to how my senior colleagues describe faculty interviews.
I am doing a research internship in industry during interview season. As I've applied to several programs, I am not able to take two full days of vacation for every application.
This is a well-established program in my field.
- Is this particular program an exception, and other positions I've applied to will have less time-consuming interviews?
- Or, is the whole field like this? I am afraid of how faculty interviews will look like for my cohort, given the PhD interviews.