I recently interviewed at a competitive program that I really like. I had two faculty interviews, but my only interaction with the program director was at the beginning and end of the day, when I shook his hand. I know that the PD personally interviewed candidates. Were the candidates who got to interview with the PD determined to be better candidates before the interview? The interviewers were all decided beforehand. If a PD were going to interview candidates but couldn't interview all of them, it seems like he/she would want to really get to know the candidates who were determined to be the strongest prior to the interview. Is this how it works?