OK, so I'm one of the cluster that got the Yale e-mail inviting for interviews today. I was also in one of the Rochester e-mail clusters a while back, and I'm pretty sure the Pittsburgh, though it was snailmail, was sent to a whole bunch of us in the same batch. I've been told that generally interviews are not granted based on a committee type of process, since this would take way too long, but that individual faculty forming a looser sort of committee each have part of the applications, and they basically take them home and decide who gets an interview while munching on potato chips in front of the TV. Do you guys think this is accurate? Anyway, my point (not a very interesting one, but I've dragged you this far): if they send out a mass e-mail, do you think it's the case that we haven't actually gone through this personal screening but are just being asked based on numbers? I know there are some "insiders" out there, so maybe you'll have something to say.