Like many other medical schools, the multiple mini interview (MMI) is the interview format of choice for medical school admissions at Anglia Ruskin University. There are a total of 10 stations each lasting for 7 minutes, with a brief rest after every station.
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1. Understand how Anglia Ruskin will assess you
The aims of the stations are to gauge how well-prepared and motivated you are to study medicine as well as to test how well you respond on your feet to different situations under pressure. In effect, they will assess your problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, as well as empathy skills and qualities.
Interviews are scored against three criteria:
communication and interpersonal skills
initiative and problem solving
personal integrity and moral reasoning
Each domain carries a maximum score of 5, and thus each station is scored out of 15. A complete MMI interview with 10 stations brings the total to a maximum score of 150.
On top of that, an overall Global Score is given to encapsulate your performance on a whole; the score options are: poor, unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, and excellent. The Global Score is used in tie-breaking situations.
Anglia Ruskin is very transparent with their entire interview process on their website here.
2. Know your personal statement well
It is crucial to know your personal statement well for the interview as interviewers may use it.
Even if your personal statement is not explicitly asked about, it can also provide a good starting point for your answers in supplying evidence to claims as well as raising personal examples.
For example, you may be asked what the attributes of a good team leader are. In addition to stating some skills and qualities such as, say, clear communication and effective listening, you may also want to explain how you have demonstrated these traits, and you may have already done so previously in your personal statement.
Under the pressure of a timed interview setting, it can be challenging to think of examples on the spot, so the personal statement may provide some ideas.
Interviews can undoubtedly be stressful and nerve-wracking for many, making it challenging to logically organise and express your thoughts. However, doing this is key in demonstrating clear and effective communication; responding in a coherent manner really makes a difference and creates a great impression for the interviewer.
One example question that you may be asked is to instruct the interviewer to unwrap a wrapped box using only verbal instructions. It can be all too easy to assume that they know what you mean by something as simple as left and right – are you referring to their left or your left?
The simplest way to practice good communication is to practise answering different questions with someone who knows nothing about the topic. If they are able to understand what you are saying, or can comprehend how you got from one point to another, then it likely means that you are able to explain your line of thought well.
All in all, try to stay positive and not get too anxious during the interview. The interview is a chance for the interviewers to get to know you and to find out whether you are a good fit for the school; likewise, it is also an opportunity for you to get to know whether the school is a good fit for you. Best of luck!
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