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10 Tips to Pass Your MMI

MMI Interview

MMI’s (Multiple Mini Interviews) are an increasingly popular method that universities are choosing to help narrow down candidates for entry to medical school.

It’s important that you prep in advance if you want to be successful on the day of your interview. Try using these ten tips to boost your chances of success and passing the MMI.

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1. Learn about the MMI at your chosen medical school

Each MMI will be slightly different. Find out how many stations there are, if you get a rest between each station, and if you read the scenario/question before or during the station.

This will help you know how to practice, and there won’t be any surprises about the layout on the day. Also, see if you can find out which stations have come up in previous years. These will provide great practice and will give you an idea of the type and level of station that you will face.

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2. Read The Medic Portal’s information on MMIs

We have lots of information on how the MMI operates and how you can approach different types of stations during the interview.

This is a great place to begin learning about the MMI and we also offer MMI practice circuits that provide a realistic simulation of the stations you could face on the day.

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3. Practice, practice, practice

Using any examples you can think of or find online, do times practice responding to these scenarios and/or questions.

Doing timed practise will help you master the art of condensing everything you want to say in the required time, or not finishing way before the time is up.

If you feel like you’ve exhausted your bank of stations, try grouping together a few regular panel interview questions. For example, talking about volunteering, what you have learned from it, and a difficult situation you have been in and how you resolved it; something like this may well come up in the MMI.

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4. Video yourself answering questions

Although it can be slightly uncomfortable to watch yourself answering questions, this is one of the best ways to improve.

It’s hard to notice the tone of your answer and remember exactly how you articulated it, so watching it back will give you a chance to give yourself honest feedback.

Pretend you are an examiner and mark yourself out of ten for each answer, as this will help you track how you improve over time.

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5. Think about the qualities they are looking for

Each station is testing for something slightly different. Consider what they want you to demonstrate and try to get that across.

You’ve got to try to demonstrate some of the qualities of a good medical student/doctor at each stage of the MMI.

Perhaps make a list of the qualities you think a good doctor has, and think of one or more ways you could show each quality off in an interview setting. For example, you may have previously demonstrated good teamwork by being part of a sports team.

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6. Control your nerves

You don’t have a lot of time to settle down and get used to each station, so it’s important that you are confident and composed from the start.

Practise keeping your cool by attending one of our MMI practice circuits, which will help you to familiarise yourself with the stations you can expect on the day of your actual interview.

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7. Mentally reset between stations

Each station has a new interview who has no idea how you’ve done so far. It is a fresh start to take deep breaths and pretend it is your first station.

Don’t be disheartened if your last station went badly, and don’t get too confident if the last one went great. It really is ten or so mini interviews!

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8. Use the rest time wisely

If there is information about the station outside, read it thoroughly and start to formulate how you will approach the scenario.

If not, have a sip of water, take a deep breath and try to smile. An MMI is way longer than a panel interview, so maintaining your stamina is important.

Help yourself to feel as good as you can before the next station.

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9. Introduce yourself

First impressions count and in an MMI you have to make a lot of them! There isn’t a lot of time for each interviewer to get to know you, so be friendly when introducing yourself.

This will set the tone for the rest of the station, so it is an important thing to get right. Only go for a handshake if the interviewer does, it can come across as pushy otherwise.

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10. Be yourself!

This is one of the most important tips!

It can be hard when you have a task or a question to focus on and a limited amount of time to do it in, but let your personality shine through.

Don’t try to put on a persona, as interviewers will likely see through this. Be yourself and show each interviewer why they want you at their medical school!

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Words: Safiya Zaloum

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