Recently, I had a Skype interview with a professor several weeks ago, and professor also promised me the PhD offer. My GPA is not high enough to meet the requirement of Department, but she said she would argue for me. After that, I also sent an email to professor and tried to talk about two academic questions, but no reply had been received. Recently, I checked my Skype and found professor has already delete the contact with me. And after I submitted the application, I also sent an email to inform the professor, no reply has been received either. So can I think it as a rejection?
No. I don't think you should assume that this is a rejection.
- Deleting you from Skype does not sound unusual. If they added you for a specific purpose and don't intend to be contacting you regularly then they may just want to avoid notifications popping up all the time about when you are logged on.
- Professors are busy. A lack of email reply, especially at this time of year when they may be about to leave for the holidays (depending on where you are in the world), may simply mean they not have got around to replying to you.
- It's possible that the department you are applying to has strict procedures about job/studentship offers, such that the professor is not allowed to give you certain information until it has been formally confirmed by the school. Depending on the exact questions you asked, the professor may feel that they need to wait for the proper process before getting in touch with you again.
Assuming that you have gone through an official application procedure, which it sounds like you have, you will get official notification at some point from the department as to whether or not you have been successful. As I said above, be aware that might be a bit delayed due to the holidays. But I don't think you should assume one way or the other until you get the confirmation.
I was having several Skype interviews lately. Professors respond in different ways. One professor may keep you guessing in the middle of interview regarding acceptance/rejection, while others may hint you on the spot regarding the outcome of the interview.
My experience so far does not suffice to make a statistics. Let’s hope you get the position. The problem is the limited number of positions and the huge amount of applicants. You think you are good and then someone with better experience comes over.
Well, I think it may be rejection, but nobody knows for sure of course.
The professor feels awkward for not being able to argue for you and to withstand pressure of other members of the committee. That is why, deleting you from the contact list is a convenient way to avoid explanations why you are not admitted.
Anyway, I wish you best of luck in your graduate studies, wherever it takes you.
The professor is kind. She could not say no. She wished to give you an opportunity. But maybe she could not manage. So she deleted you.
A PhD is required if you are looking for a job, but if you create an opportunity for others, you don’t need that. You can learn it yourself, there is no alternative.