The most popular type of Medicine interview is the MMI, and your interview prep should definitely include this.

MMIs are popular because they help interviewers to assess many different soft skills, and get a better picture of you as a candidate. Plus, you’ll get multiple opportunities to impress during the different stations.


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How Are MMIs Different For 2021 Entry?

The majority of Medical Schools are doing their MMI interviews remotely, to protect prospective students and staff. This means that the format of MMIs is likely to vary – and the experience could be very different at each Med School.

Find out more in our guide to online interviews.

What Is A MMI Interview?

MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interviews. It’s when you’re put through several short assessments – and it’s very different to a traditional panel interview.

MMIs are broken down into ‘stations’ – or mini-interviews – that usually last 10 minutes or less. Before each one, you’ll be presented with a scenario and given a bit of time to prepare an answer. You’ll either be asked a question by an interviewer or have to engage in a role-play scenario with an actor whilst an interviewer watches.

Here are the key things you need to know about MMIs:

  • MMI interviews will probably take about two hours
  • Each mini-interview will usually take no longer than 10 minutes
  • Most universities will have around 10 MMI  ‘stations’

MMI Stations

MMIs will vary by school, but some common MMI Stations that you’re likely to face include:

What Are Medical Schools Looking For?

MMI interviews are about showing your interviewer what you’re capable of doing, rather than just telling them. It’s a chance for you to show that you’ve got what it takes to be a medical practitioner — not just the grades and know-how, but the right attitude and skills as well.

The Medical School is testing your ability to make ethical and informed decisions, as well as your critical thinking and communication skills. They will also be interested in your knowledge of current healthcare and social issues,  which our Hot Topics section will help with.

How Can I Stand Out At My MMI Interview?

As well as being well prepared, bear in mind these tips on how to approach your MMI on the day:

  • Be confident. You’ve got every reason to be!
  • Ask if you need clarification, rather than trying to answer a question you haven’t fully understood.
  • Listen carefully to the question. Your interviewer will often provide cues or prompts designed to direct you and give you key bits of information.
  • Be sensitive and compassionate. MMIs are designed to test your communication skills.
  • Don't second-guess the answer. There are often no right answers – it’s your explanation that they’re interested in.
  • Don't be tempted to prepare answers in advance. It’s much better to carefully think through the question or scenario you’re presented with.

How Can I Prepare For My MMI Interview?

These tips will help you to prepare for your MMI interview:

  • Use your work experience. Lean on this and use specific examples when giving a response.
  • Know what it takes to be a good doctor. Make a list of qualities and practice demonstrating them in your responses.
  • Practice giving eight-minute presentations in response to common MMI interview questions. This will help with time management on the day.
  • Make sure you understand key ethical concepts relating to medicine, like the four pillars and patient confidentiality.
  • Keep up to date with medical news, and check out our Hot Topics section. Questions may be inspired by stories or debates in the media.
  • Get some help. Though you can rehearse certain scenarios, MMI interviews are a lot harder to practice at school or at home, so it’s worth attending our MMI circuits.
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