For the political scientists in the audience: which of the following theories about the APSA “meat market” is true?
- Schools use the meat market primarily as a way to whittle down the applicant pool.
- Schools use the meat market primarily as a substitute for telephone interviews.
- Some combination of the above.
These theories suggest radically different strategies for job-seekers, so it would be nice to know which one is valid (if any).
Related question: I have never met anyone who got a job—or an offer, or even an on-campus interview—in political science after interviewing at the meat market. Do such people actually exist?