I am currently applying for PhDs etc, and I was recently shortlisted for a full scholarship offered by Edinburgh University (Edinburgh Doctoral College and School of GeoSciences Scholarships), based on my own proposal (e.g. not a defined topic).
The interview will be 25 minutes long, and will be a panel of 3 (one from each 'research institute' within the School), and will be on Zoom. I've been told they're hoping to interview 10 people (I assume this is the number they shortlisted, but 'hoping' because I guess some could decline the interview if they've already accepted funding elsewhere) – all on one day – for 3 scholarships. I've been told "the panel will ask you questions about your background and project to evaluate your preparedness to undertake a PhD in our school."
I was wondering if anyone had any advice or experiences of what such an interview is likely to be like? Given it's short length, and the number of people potentially being interviewed, is it safe to assume that the questions are likely to be more general/applicable to each candidate, rather than really nit-picking at your individual application - e.g. questions more like "What is novel about this proposal?" and not "You say XYZ in this proposal is novel, however XYZ was published ... can you substantiate that further?" In general, 25 mins seems like a pretty short amount of time to me – when I've had job interviews that short they've always struggled to fit all the questions in lol.
For my actual applications, I just had more informal meetings with supervisors, who then all waived the interview requirement if there was one for admission by the department/university. So I haven't had a formal interview so far in this process, and am a bit stuck of what to expect! My last academic interview was for my undergrad at Cambridge as my MA didn't require one, and obv that's a very particular kettle of fish haha.