I have had quite a few questions about MMI medicine interviews recently. (MMIs are basically interviews that are split up into multiple mini interview stations. Each station usually has a different theme or question.)
One of my interviews was MMI, and I actually found it to be the best one! They sound like they’d be scary, but I liked the fast pace of it, and it’s great that if you slightly screw one up, or have an interviewer that you don’t like, you can just move on to the next station and make a fresh start.
So here are my tips:
1) All the usual tips for interviews apply. My tips are here. So dress smart, smile a lot, try to pretend to be confident even if you’re not!
2) Some MMI interviews have the question(s) on a piece of paper outside the station. Clear your head and focus on reading it. DON’T go over how the last station went in your head! Try and think of the main points you want to get across in this station.
3) At the start of each station, walk in confidently and smile! Even if you just said something ridiculous in the station before, don’t dwell on it and look miserable. First impressions count, and each interviewer needs to get a good one!
4) Try to get your points across as quickly and efficiently as possible. Each station is usually only about 5 minutes, so you can’t waste time!
5) BUT even though you are time-pressured, don’t just blurt out the first thing that comes into your head. Try and organise your thoughts and approach the question logically. If you DO say something silly, and they question you on it, there is NO shame in saying ‘sorry, that was a stupid thing to say, I’m nervous!’ - that’s much better than digging yourself into a hole.
6) Think of some things the interviews could be on. Scout around online and see if there’s any info on the uni website, or if you can find anything on the Student Room about topics in previous years. In mine, the stations I can remember were:
- Personal statement. Basically someone had a print-out of my personal statement and quizzed me on it and asked me to expand on some of it.
- Ethical dilemma. I was given a topic and was asked to talk about both sides of the problem, my own view on it, etc.
- Personal attributes and why you’d be suited to medicine. So just the standard questions that you would expect. Remember to back up your statements! There’s no point saying you’re good at something if you don’t have something to back it up. For example: ‘I’m reliable, which can be shown by the fact I volunteered at X and turned up to every session and never cancelled’ blah blah.
- Empathy. Empathy is very important as a doctor, and I had to describe a situation where I had shown empathy, and also talk about a situation where I had seen someone NOT show empathy and how I would have done it better.
- Course structure. My course is PBL, so I had to talk about the pros and cons of PBL and why I would prefer it to other course styles.