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I received the interview invite today. What does an interview invite mean? Can we construe anything from the invite? Does it mean the proposal is not good enough for a direct offer? 


An interview is a good sign. What follows is advice I was given from a friend with an inside track on the law PhD application process at another top UK university. 

Basically, these application processes follow a similar logic to job applications. Almost nobody is deemed 'good enough' for a direct offer without interview, so the invite to interview means that (1) your application has impressed the degree committee enough for them to refer it to your proposed supervisor, and (2) that your proposed supervisor has also deemed it strong enough to merit further consideration. 

Except for a few highly unusual cases where one has an extremely strong application and are already well known at the institution and to their supervisor, an interview is the next necessary step to getting admitted to the PhD programme. I don't know about Cambridge, but I know that at another top university, there is a roughly 20% admission rate, with the cull from the initial application stage to interview stage being 60%, meaning that about 40% get called to interview, and of those, about half get offered places in the end. 

[quote]I received the interview invite today. What does an interview invite mean? Can we construe anything from the invite? Does it mean the proposal is not good enough for a direct offer?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>An interview is a good sign. What follows is advice I was given from a friend with an inside track on the law PhD application process at another top UK university.&nbsp;<br><br>Basically, these application processes follow a similar logic to job applications. Almost nobody is deemed 'good enough' for a direct offer without interview, so the invite to interview means that (1) your application has impressed the degree committee enough for them to refer it to your proposed supervisor, and (2) that your proposed supervisor has also deemed it strong enough to merit further consideration.&nbsp;<br><br>Except for a few highly unusual cases where one has an extremely strong application and are already well known at the institution and to their supervisor, an interview is the next necessary step to getting admitted to the PhD programme. I don't know about Cambridge, but I know that at another top university, there is a roughly 20% admission rate, with the cull from the initial application stage to interview stage being 60%, meaning that about 40% get called to interview, and of those, about half get offered places in the end.&nbsp;
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I haven’t received an interview mail either :( 
Really sad! Let’s just hope that we receive mails sooner, rather than later and stay positive! Guys, it would be great if you could all post updates as and when you receive them - my heartfelt thanks in advance!

I am guessing interview requests will still be sent tomorrow but that’s about it. They can’t possibly interview people on Saturday or Sunday. 
The timeline is similar to last year. Movements on PAO should be around 8 Feb



Thanks for the timely replies and feedback - I will keep you posted on the status of my application. I am yet to receive an interview mail, as of this moment. 

[quote][quote]I haven’t received an interview mail either :(&nbsp;<br>Really sad! Let’s just hope that we receive mails sooner, rather than later and stay positive! Guys, it would be great if you could all post updates as and when you receive them - my heartfelt thanks in advance! [/quote]<br>I am guessing interview requests will still be sent tomorrow but that’s about it. They can’t possibly interview people on Saturday or Sunday.&nbsp;<br>The timeline is similar to last year. Movements on PAO should be around 8 Feb [/quote]<br><br><br>Thanks for the timely replies and feedback - I will keep you posted on the status of my application. I am yet to receive an interview mail, as of this moment.&nbsp;
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kethana

I just received an interview email. 

I just received an interview email.&nbsp;
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I just received an interview email. 


Congratulations, Kethana! Which area of law does your specialisation lie in? 

[quote]I just received an interview email.&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Congratulations, Kethana! Which area of law does your specialisation lie in?&nbsp;
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Would the people who received interview emails mind sharing if they’re international or UK students? I read somewhere that they send out emails to those who applied for funding earlier, and a lot of the funding opportunities are only available for home students. Thanks! 

Would the people who received interview emails mind sharing if they’re international or UK students? I read somewhere that they send out emails to those who applied for funding earlier, and a lot of the funding opportunities are only available for home students. Thanks!&nbsp;
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This is my second year applying. Last year I received the interview invitation on 13 jan and did the interview on 19 jan. They recommended me but no one was available to be a supervisor: one of the potential supervisors chose another candidate and the other had no supervising slots available. This year, I received the interview invitation on 19 jan and the interview will happen on 23 jan. One of the potential supervisors already interviewed me last year. Unless you have very good reason, leave these forums, they will only leave you anxious. My wife did not receive an interview invitation last year and was extremely sad until she got a direct offer from the faculty months later. It is impossible to predict what will happen.

This is my second year applying. Last year I received the interview invitation on 13 jan and did the interview on 19 jan. They recommended me but no one was available to be a supervisor: one of the potential supervisors chose another candidate and the other had no supervising slots available. This year, I received the interview invitation on 19 jan and the interview will happen on 23 jan. One of the potential supervisors already interviewed me last year. Unless you have very good reason, leave these forums, they will only leave you anxious. My wife did not receive an interview invitation last year and was extremely sad until she got a direct offer from the faculty months later. It is impossible to predict what will happen.
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Curiosity

As the other poster has mentioned not receiving an interview request is not the end of the story is it? I think your pessimism does not help anyone including yourself. 

As the other poster has mentioned not receiving an interview request is not the end of the story is it? I think your pessimism does not help anyone including yourself.&nbsp;
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Looks like the invitations for interview went out a full week later this time around, when compared to last year - that said, I feel that more people may be called to an interview this week also, so let’s stay hopeful. 

did anybody receive an interview invite after Friday? I know interviews are not a critical part of the admission process, but helps to know if they are still sending them out, nonethel

[Edited by PhD Applicant on Jan 23, 2023]

Looks like the invitations for interview went out a full week later this time around, when compared to last year - that said, I feel that more people may be called to an interview this week also, so let’s stay hopeful.&nbsp;<br><br>did anybody receive an interview invite after Friday? I know interviews are not a critical part of the admission process, but helps to know if they are still sending them out, nonethel
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Too

How are the interviews? What did they ask? Any indication on when we will hear back from them? 

How are the interviews? What did they ask? Any indication on when we will hear back from them?&nbsp;
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Did anybody receive an interview invite after Friday, pls? 

Did anybody receive an interview invite after Friday, pls?&nbsp;
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How are the interviews? What did they ask? Any indication on when we will hear back from them? 


I can't speak for others, but my interview was pleasant, collegial and constructive.  If it's any indication of what supervision would be like with my preferred supervisor(s), then I am reassured that I could work well with them if I am lucky enough to get that chance. 

I was asked pertinent questions about my proposal by my proposed supervisors, which I think I answered OK.  I wasn't asked about anything else to be honest.

I got no indication from my interview as to when we will hear back about offers, funding etc, though of course there is all sorts of indicative information available online. 

[quote]How are the interviews? What did they ask? Any indication on when we will hear back from them?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I can't speak for others, but my interview was pleasant, collegial and constructive.&nbsp; If it's any indication of what supervision would be like with my preferred supervisor(s), then I am reassured that I could work well with them if I am lucky enough to get that chance.&nbsp;<br><br>I was asked pertinent questions about my proposal by my proposed supervisors, which I think I answered OK.&nbsp; I wasn't asked about anything else to be honest.<br><br>I got no indication from my interview as to when we will hear back about offers, funding etc, though of course there is all sorts of indicative information available online.&nbsp;
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Would the people who received interview emails mind sharing if they’re international or UK students? I read somewhere that they send out emails to those who applied for funding earlier, and a lot of the funding opportunities are only available for home students. Thanks! 


I'm a UK applicant and I applied on the day of the deadline. 

For anyone who is looking at applying elsewhere, or indeed applying to Cambridge again next year, my advice is to wait as long as possible to submit your application, unless you are told specifically by someone internally or on the website that applications are on a rolling basis (like at King's College London, for example). The advice I was given by people in the know is that, at most of the fancier, famous places, all applications are considered together as part of a single pool, and not a single one is looked at until the deadline has closed. The best thing in those circumstances, and CAVEAT, only in those circumstances where you know applications aren't considered on a rolling basis, is to work on your research proposal and personal statements etc for longer, get feedback on them from as many people as possible, and focus on getting your application done well rather than done early. 

[quote]Would the people who received interview emails mind sharing if they’re international or UK students? I read somewhere that they send out emails to those who applied for funding earlier, and a lot of the funding opportunities are only available for home students. Thanks!&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>I'm a UK applicant and I applied on the day of the deadline.&nbsp;<br><br>For anyone who is looking at applying elsewhere, or indeed applying to Cambridge again next year, my advice is to wait as long as possible to submit your application, unless you are told specifically by someone internally or on the website that applications are on a rolling basis (like at King's College London, for example). The advice I was given by people in the know is that, at most of the fancier, famous places, all applications are considered together as part of a single pool, and not a single one is looked at until the deadline has closed. The best thing in those circumstances, and CAVEAT, only in those circumstances where you know applications aren't considered on a rolling basis, is to work on your research proposal and personal statements etc for longer, get feedback on them from as many people as possible, and focus on getting your application done well rather than done early.&nbsp;
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Too

No interview requests. Status still under review.

No interview requests. Status still under review.<br>
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Curiosity

No interview requests. Status still under review.


where else did you apply to? I am certain your application is strong! Don’t lose hope. 

[quote]No interview requests. Status still under review.<br> [/quote]<br><br>where else did you apply to? I am certain your application is strong! Don’t lose hope.&nbsp;
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No interview request here as well, quite sad :( 
Has anybody received interview requests after last Friday? Any updates would be deeply appreciated! 

No interview request here as well, quite sad :(&nbsp;<br>Has anybody received interview requests after last Friday? Any updates would be deeply appreciated!&nbsp;
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Too

Didn’t apply to anywhere else. Applied to Oxford DPhil last year but didn’t get

Didn’t apply to anywhere else. Applied to Oxford DPhil last year but didn’t get
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No interview request here as well, quite sad :( 
Has anybody received interview requests after last Friday? Any updates would be deeply appreciated! 


Hi, I got an interview request this morning for an interview on Monday

<br>[quote]No interview request here as well, quite sad :(&nbsp;<br>Has anybody received interview requests after last Friday? Any updates would be deeply appreciated!&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hi, I got an interview request this morning for an interview on Monday
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Curiosity


No interview request here as well, quite sad :( 
Has anybody received interview requests after last Friday? Any updates would be deeply appreciated! 


Hi, I got an interview request this morning for an interview on Monday


!!!

[quote]<br>[quote]No interview request here as well, quite sad :(&nbsp;<br>Has anybody received interview requests after last Friday? Any updates would be deeply appreciated!&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hi, I got an interview request this morning for an interview on Monday [/quote]<br><br>!!!
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Curiosity

Didn’t apply to anywhere else. Applied to Oxford DPhil last year but didn’t get


sorry to hear that. It might be worthwhile to apply to several since phd applications are not just about your accomplishments but also about among others availability of a supervisor. 

[quote]Didn’t apply to anywhere else. Applied to Oxford DPhil last year but didn’t get [/quote]<br><br>sorry to hear that. It might be worthwhile to apply to several since phd applications are not just about your accomplishments but also about among others availability of a supervisor.&nbsp;
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No interview request here as well, quite sad :( 
Has anybody received interview requests after last Friday? Any updates would be deeply appreciated! 


Hi, I got an interview request this morning for an interview on Monday


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 thank you for your kind reply. I still haven’t heard back, and my area of interest is human rights/public law. Maybe it’s a question of supervision availability or maybe they’re genuinely busy - don’t know what it is. Maybe my application is just bad! Nervous times 

[quote][quote]<br>[quote]No interview request here as well, quite sad :(&nbsp;<br>Has anybody received interview requests after last Friday? Any updates would be deeply appreciated!&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Hi, I got an interview request this morning for an interview on Monday [/quote]<br><br>!!! [/quote]<br><br><br>&nbsp;thank you for your kind reply. I still haven’t heard back, and my area of interest is human rights/public law. Maybe it’s a question of supervision availability or maybe they’re genuinely busy - don’t know what it is. Maybe my application is just bad! Nervous times&nbsp;
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