A large number of students may contact you. You are not obliged to interview them all. Some faculty choose to limit the number of students they interview, or use various techniques to manage large numbers of interview requests. Some tips you might consider:
- Conducting interviews virtually rather than in person
- Conduct group interviews
- Pre-screen applicants (e.g. ask for additional information by email, schedule preliminary meetings with others in your lab)
- Interview only those students who contact you prior to a given date (if you plan to do this, be sure to note the date specifically in your online project description)
- Consider having students meet with other members of your research team, particularly if they would be working closely with a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, for example
For students you choose not to interview, encourage them to broaden their search by exploring scientific disciplines that they might not have initially considered.