US domestic student here. I can confirm that interview invitations for MIT Applied Physics and Princeton Applied Physics were sent out this week. I also received an invitation for an interview from UC Santa Barbara for Physics. Haven't heard back from any other physics programs yet, but I assume that it's still a bit early.
Nishikata wrote:Man, I will be at huge disadvantage if all my applications require interview. Been out of school for three years, I am so not ready to give an inspiring and enthusiastic speech of why on earth should [school name] choose me instead of the ambitious and tireless fresh grads?
Hopefully there is a school in my list that does not adopt this practice.
Based on what I've heard, higher ranking schools are more likely to have an interview process. I know for certain that some of my classmates were invited to interviews at MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, and Oxford last year. However, the structure of the interview varies depending on the school. Some interviews are very formal and may require you to give a presentation on your past research. Other interviews are more a casual chat between you and a PI to discuss possible research ideas.