What is a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)?
How do I prepare for it?
What should I expect?
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) consist of structured interview stations in which questions will be asked to test one’s problem solving ability, ethical sensitivity, empathy, teamwork and communication skills. It typically consists of 6-8 stations in which each station will focus on one of the mentioned aspects through different interview techniques, such as scenario based questions, debate, ethics based questions or role playing. The candidate will need to rotate through the different stations in the interview process.
Questions may be posted at the door, where the candidate gets 2 minutes to read/ prep for the question. Once the bell sounds, the candidate enters and gets 8 minutes to answer the question before moving on to the next station.
Here are a few tips:
- Understand the goal: You should aim to answer the questions in a manner that demonstrates that you are capable of being an excellent student and thereafter, an outstanding professional (e.g., physician, veterinarian, nurse, etc.). Make a list of the attributes that you believe are essential for success, such as integrity and the ability to think critically. Practice integrating these key attributes into your answers.
- Work on time management: Many students experience difficulty with pacing and effectively answering the question in the allotted time. Remember that once the bell has sounded, the interview must end immediately even if the candidate is not finished. Therefore, proper pacing is essential. Practice 7 to 8 minute presentations in advance of your interview to get comfortable with timing. Ensure that you wear a watch that clearly displays the time (e.g. a digital watch) on the interview day, since you cannot rely on a clock being present in each interview room. Appropriately managing your time will give you the opportunity to end the interview in an organized and effective manner.
- Listen carefully: During the MMI, the interviewer will often provide prompts designed to direct you. Listen carefully to the cues provided so you can take advantage of any new information that may be introduced. The prompts may guide you to the specific issues that are the focus of each rotation.
Keep in mind that the interviewers do not necessarily have a right answer that they are look for. Instead, they are evaluating the candidate’s thought process and ability to think on her feet.
Check out this link for some sample practice problems to help you get more comfortable with MMIs!
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