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Published on 4th January 2018 by lauram

MMI Success

Got an MMI coming up? Here are our top tips and tricks on how to succeed and get that med school offer!

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1. Make the most of the time between stations

One of the great things about the MMI format is that you are given a short one or two minute breather you get from one station to another, so make sure you take full advantage of it!

Put whatever happened in the previous station out of your mind, because remember your next interviewer will be completely oblivious to how you performed.

You get multiple chances to get it right, so be ready to start each one afresh and give it your all. Don’t spend the time outside the next station critiquing your performance in the last, instead focus on the next scenario and be ready to delve into that.

At some universities you’re offered pen and paper to brainstorm on whilst outside the station, if you think that’s going to be useful in helping you to structure your answer, go for it!

Remember sometimes all the interviewer wants to see is evidence that you can logically work through a problem, so structure is key.

2. Actually answer the question!

Remember that each follow up question in your MMI is being asked for a reason. Take about 5 seconds to think about what you’ve actually been asked then begin answering.

Do not repeat anything you might have memorised – because trust me, you won’t fool the interviewer! They’re looking for natural responses.

Go into the interview with the intention to listen and answer rather trying to predict what’s coming at you. If you don’t understand what you’ve been asked or didn’t hear it clearly (hello nerves!), then just politely ask for it to be repeated.

Don’t be afraid of silence. It tends to be a natural human instinct to try and fill in all the blanks and pauses with something, even if it’s just an elongated erm. Try to resist that temptation to start waffling through the question without taking a moment for thought first.

The pause will just show you’re considering it properly. Remember, the interviewer isn’t looking for how fast you can answer the questions, rather how well you can answer them, so take your time!

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3. Discuss topics with friends

The MMI interview format which means that each station is essentially a discussion between the interviewer and yourself. And just like with anything, only practice can make you better.

Pick a ‘hot topic’ or ethical scenario and discuss it with a friend. This will be the greatest help in teaching you how to present your own arguments, back them up with strong examples as well as and considering others’ viewpoints.

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The chances of you practising the exact same question you’ll be asked in your interview are very very small, so instead of trying to go far and wide to get through every possible question, focus on refining your technique.

How you present your answer is just as important as what your answer is. Remember the interview isn’t testing your knowledge or that you have the “right” opinion, instead it’s assessing your ability to adapt to different scenarios and consider them wholly.

There are so many different ways you can prepare for the various questions that might pop up in your interview. Here are some different ideas – in case you’re all out of methods or are just getting bored with your current approach. 

Words: Masumah Jannah

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