If you get invited to an Exeter medicine interview, then you will take part in multiple mini interviews (MMIs) – so here are top tips to do well at your MMI.
Preparing for your Exeter medicine interview:
1. Research the course before your Exeter medicine interview
Often interviewers want to know what appeals to about the course and the city in which you’ll be living in for the next five years. I would recommend looking into the course at Exeter before your MMI and noting down some key facts about it.
For example, Exeter uses an integrated system-based approach with lectures and community placements as part of the course.
They also use a lot of small group learning and offer early clinical experience. Think about how you would suit this course and what you could contribute to the university/medicine degree.
2. Be aware of the Exeter medicine interview timings
The MMI circuit at Exeter is made up of seven stations each lasting three minutes, with three minutes between each station. Three minutes is a lot shorter than most other medical school interviews so be aware of this before your MMI.
To ensure you make full use of the three minutes at each station I would practise answering questions concisely in this length of time. It’s important you still give enough detail to your answers.
Also, make full use of the three minutes between each station – this is there to help you prepare and focus for the next station, so make sure you don’t waste time thinking about your previous station, however good/bad you think it was!
3. Be prepared for role play
One of your MMI stations at Exeter may be role play, so don’t let this surprise you. If you do have a role play station, make sure you think the situation through fully and try not to rush it.
Think about how you would approach the situation in real life and try to demonstrate attributes such as communicate clearly. All your other stations will be more typical question and answer ones.
4. Know what skills Exeter want you to demonstrate
The interview process at Exeter is to see what non-academic qualities you have. Therefore they are looking for you to demonstrate things such as good communication, reflectiveness and empathy – all things required when working as a doctor.
You may be able to demonstrate these first hand at your interview but also think of examples of past situations where you have had to use these skills – for example, in any voluntary work or work experience you have done.
Words: Rachael Foulsham
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