You may feel extremely bewildered before you enter the interview, but try to think of each station as a mini interview of only a few minutes. This will make the MMI much easier to tackle. It will be easier to focus on each scenario if you think of it as separate.
Focus your full attention on the station in front of you, and don’t worry about the one you just left! Try your best to engage fully with the actor or question without distraction.
2. Dress smartly
This may be an obvious one, but make sure you dress smartly on the day of your interview. A freshly ironed blouse or shirt will emphasise your professionalism to the interviewer.
3. Answer the question asked – and remember your timing
The individual stations will only last a few minutes, so it’s crucial you answer the question within the time frame given. The hardest station to time will be the first, as you won’t know how quickly the time goes in practice! Most medical schools have details of how long their stations will last on their websites, so check this and try to practise your answers with friends in these time frames.
Make sure you’re mindful of timing: for example, if you’re asked to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of something, give yourself time to discuss both arguments and then make a conclusive statement. Prioritise your best points to make sure you have enough time to discuss them! You can read this post, Interview: How To Manage Your Timing, for top tips on this.
4. Pick out the key skills the station is testing
At an MMI interview, different stations will be testing different skills. This means it is crucial to identify what you are being assessed on. Some questions may be obvious – for example, a station testing empathy may be when the interviewer asks you to describe a situation where you have demonstrated empathy, or it may be more ambiguous – for example, ‘how would you react to your best friend’s refusal to attend school?’.
Taking a few seconds to consider which skills or qualities the interviewer may be looking for will enable you to present yourself to the best of your ability and tailor your experiences to the question. For an empathy station, think about your experiences at your work experience with patients, or at groups or clubs at school, and tailor these to fit the question.
5. If you mess up, move on
The great thing about MMI interviews is that if something goes wrong, within a few minutes, you will have a fresh start. Use this to your advantage and make sure you feel refreshed before each station, rather than dwelling on the previous one.
A great way to do this is to close your eyes for a few seconds and take a few deep breaths between each mini interview to relax and revive yourself. Taking this break will allow you to better answer the next question. If the interviewer seems harsh, try to justify your statements as best you can and show them you are capable. Their attempt to challenge you is probably because they can see you are able to articulate your argument, so don’t get stressed!