I have submitted an application for a PhD position recently. It required a few papers being published and two reference letters that can be sent directly to them, along with of course research proposal, CV and motivation letter. It appears, one of the reference letters didn't reach them in time, and I have been asked to attend a pre-interview call. What kind of preparation should I be making? I could really use some advice, please help me out here! Thank you!
It's okay to ask them what to expect if they haven't told you already: "who will be on the call?" and "is there anything I should prepare?" and "how much time should I set aside?" are all reasonable questions to ask.
I don't think a "pre-interview call" is something nearly standardized enough for anyone to guess otherwise.