kap09c wrote:Thanks for the response. I don't think that it's incredibly obvious, though. There is potential for them to ask technical questions, which was my biggest concern. I'm not very good at thinking on my feet or small talk so if there will be a component of either I would like to prepare myself for it.
I've never been to one of these interviews, but I did meet with some professors at a school I'm interested in a couple months ago. Basically, they wanted to know why I got into physics and what my research was about. If you're doing research, all the specific things you do are going to seem really technical to them, just like their research will seem technical to you. But if you can summarize your research, and ask questions about theirs (or general research at the school), you can leave a good impression. I've actually heard a statistic that the more you talk in an interview, the more likely you are to get the job (or in this case, admittance).