Multi Mini Interviews (MMIs) are a type of interview used by an increasing number of Medical Schools, such as Cardiff, Lancaster and Keele. Since it is a fairly new format, it can catch a lot of students off guard, as well as posing a challenge for teachers who are unsure how to prepare their pupils.
Instead of sitting opposite a panel of interviewers, you’ll be taking part in a series of exchanges that test your ability to make ethical judgments and solve problems.
This page answers the following questions about MMI Interviews:
- What is an MMI Interview?
- What kind of stations can I expect at my MMI Interview?
- What do admission staff look for during MMI Interviews?
- How can I prepare for MMI Interviews?
- How can I stand out at my MMI Interview?
- Can you give some scenario examples for MMI Interviews?
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What Is An MMI Interview?
MMI interviews consist of several short practical assessments, usually less than 10 minutes each. You’ll be presented with a scenario before each mini interview, so you will have a bit of time to prepare an answer.
Then 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 2 hours
- Each mini interview will take no longer than 10 minutes
- Most universities will have around 10 MMI ‘stations’
What Kind Of Stations Can I Expect At My MMI Interview?
MMI interviews could take a variety of forms. It varies from school to school. But you might face some of the following:
- You will be presented with a set of instructions that describe a situation involving an ethical scenario, which you will then be asked to discuss or try and solve
- You will be given a scenario involving an actor — for example, you might have to break some bad news to them or gather specific information
- You may be given a task involving teamwork with other applicants
- There might be a station where you are asked a traditional interview question or given a reading comprehension exercise
- You are given a sheet of data and asked to provide analysis of it (you may find it useful to read our blog on MMI Stations: Calculation and Data Interpretation to prepare for these stations)
What Do Admission Staff Look For During MMI Interviews?
MMI interviews are about showing your interviewer what you’re capable of doing, rather than just telling them.
Interviewers want to know 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.
They will be 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.
If you’ve got this far, it’s likely that you already possess these qualities and will make a great doctor one day. The trick is to try and develop your ability to formulate logical, well thought-out responses within a short time frame.
How Can I Prepare For My MMI Interview?
MMI interviews can be daunting, especially for students who are used to working hard for exams and traditional interviews.
The right kind of preparation will make all the difference. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to make sure that you shine at interview:
- Know what to expect. Find out everything you can about the MMI process at the Medical School at which you are interviewing.
- Use your work experience. Lean on the experience logged in your personal portfolio and use specific examples when giving a response.
- Make sure you understand key ethical concepts relating to medicine, like the 4 pillars and patient confidentiality.
- Know what it takes to be a good doctor. Make a list of qualities and practice demonstrating them in your responses.
- Keep up to date with medical news. Questions may be inspired by stories or debates in the media.
- Practice giving 8-minute presentations in response to common MMI questions. This will help with time management on the day.
- Book an MMI Course. 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 course.
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!
- Be sensitive and compassionate. MMIs are designed to test your communication skills.
- Listen carefully to the question. Your interviewer will often provide cues or prompts designed to direct you, and give you key bits of information.
- Ask if you need clarification, rather than trying to answer a question you haven’t fully understood.
- Second-guess the answer. There are often no right answers – it’s your explanation that they’re interested in.
- Be tempted to prepare answers in advance. It’s much better to carefully think through the question or scenario you’re presented with.
Can You Give Some Example MMI Interview Scenarios?
Of course! Here are some to get you started:
An actor plays the role of your elderly neighbour. You have just accidentally run over your neighbour’s cat whilst reversing your car. You have 5 minutes to break the bad news to her.
This role-play tests insight, integrity, communication skills and empathy.
You are given details of 15 individuals, including their age, sex and occupation. A nuclear attack is imminent and you are only allowed to save 5 of them from destruction. Which ones and why?
A prioritisation exercise. The emphasis is on problem solving and rational thinking under pressure.
Without using your hands, explain how to tie shoe laces.
Tests verbal communication skills, the ability to break down the task into a series of small steps and your ability to check that the interlocutor is understanding what you are saying.
Find more MMI interview questions here.