Due to Covid restrictions, many Dental Schools used online interviews for 2021 entry, and some might do the same for 2022 entry.
Please check your chosen university’s website, or contact them, for the most up-to-date information.
MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interviews. This type of interview requires you to complete a series of short assessments, in which you will answer a variety of questions and demonstrate a variety of skills.
The interview is broken down into multiple different stations. For example, at one station you might be asked to discuss a particular hot topic in Dentistry with the interviewer; at another station you might be expected to role play a scenario; at another station you might need to show your ability to give instructions, etc.
There will be somewhere between 4 and 10 stations, depending on the university. Each station typically lasts 10 minutes or less.
You will face a different interviewer at each station. They won’t know how you performed at previous stations, meaning you will have multiple chances to impress throughout the MMI.
Each Dental School will assess candidates through different criteria. You might find details about this on your chosen university’s website, or they might indicate what they’re looking for once you’ve received your interview offer.
Nevertheless, there are some common skills and attributes that Dental Schools value highly and will expect to see you demonstrate at interview.
Manual dexterity involves being able to use your hands/fingers to complete tasks with a high level of precision. This is a key skill in Dentistry, so some Dental Schools include it in interviews.
If you don’t already have a hobby that requires manual dexterity, it might be worth starting one to practise this skill. Examples could include: sewing or knitting, model making, playing a musical instrument, painting, cake decorating.
You might be asked by some Dental Schools to complete a task, either before the interview or during the interview, to demonstrate your manual dexterity skills. Or you might be asked to tell them about your manual dexterity skills and how you have made an effort to develop them.
MMIs are about showing the interviewers what you’re capable of doing, rather than just telling them. It’s a chance for you to demonstrate that you don’t just have the academic achievements needed to study Dentistry, but also the right sort of attitude and way of thinking.
See our MMI guide for more tips.
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