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.
The following Medical Schools typically use MMIs:
|Brighton and Sussex||Bristol|
|Keele||Kent & Medway|
|Queen's University Belfast||St. Andrews|
|King's College London||Sheffield|
MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interviews. It’s when you’re put through several short assessments – ‘stations’ – 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. As such, it’s very different to a traditional panel interview.
Here are the key things you need to know about MMIs:
Last year, most MMIs were held online due to restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
For 2023 entry, some Medical Schools are continuing to run their MMIs online, while some will return to in-person MMIs. When you receive an invite to interview, make sure you check the details carefully.
If your MMI is taking place online, you will need to make sure you’re prepared with the correct software to use. Is the Medical School using Zoom? Microsoft Teams? Blackboard Collaborate? Your invitation should contain this information.
You’ll also need to ensure you have access to a reliable device and a quiet room, with good WiFi, to do your online MMI without any disruptions.
You can learn more about what to expect in our guide to online interviews.
MMIs will vary by university, but some common MMI stations that you could face include:
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 NHS Hot Topics guide will help with.
As well as being well prepared, bear in mind these tips on how to approach your MMI on the day:
Some tips to help you prepare for your MMI interview:
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