Prepare for Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
There are a variety of interview types you may encounter during your application process for a health professional program. The Multiple Mini Interview format is a relatively recent interview technique which focuses on assessing an applicant's soft skills during a combination of 6-10 minute scenario-based situations.
To learn more, watch this video explaining how Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School organizes their interview process. This video was from last year when in-person interviews were still being offered! Keep the concepts in mind they are talking about, but recognize that there will not be in-person interviews this Fall 2020.
The MMI Is...
- An opportunity to demonstrate inter/intrapersonal characteristics necessary for healthcare
- Maturity: Adaptability, Leadership, Autonomy
- Judgement: Common Sense, Decisiveness, Reasoning
- Perseverance: Persisting in the face of challenge
- Self Confidence: Self-assurance and trust in one's skills
- Empathy: Tact, consideration, sensitivity to the needs of others
- Oral Communication: Articulateness, Clarity of expression
- Originality and Imagination: Ability to see and understand new and different perspectives and approaches
- Ability to work with people/cultural competency: Rapport, tact, consideration, cooperation, attitude, biases
The MMI is not...
- A test of your knowledge of any particular healthcare procedure or policy. You will not be asked to diagnose, order tests, prescribe medicine or a course of action.
- A critique of your acting skill in role play scenarios
- A back and forth dialogue, a friendly conversation, an opportunity to "buddy up" or "butter up"
- An opportunity to highlight your __________ (unless it is relevant to the topic)
- A chance to explain (or explain away) an unpleasant or less than stellar aspect of your file
What you need to know...
- Be prepared to answer any behavior-based questions and ethical dilemma questions in a longer, extensive format (than traditional interviews)
- Idiosyncrasies in your verbal and/or non-verbal behavior that have the potential to be exaggerated in a prolonged answer about a particular topic.
How you may (possibly) be evaluated:
- Ability to analyze information, engage ethical dilemmas and think critically about each scenario
- If you actually answer the question(s) presented
- Communication skills -- clear, well-thought out answers backed by examples or personal experiences
- Non-verbal skills -- eye contact, tone of voice, empathy, use of hands/gestures, posture
- How well you (actually) listen -- to the actor in role plays; to the follow-up questions
- Demonstrate an understanding and ability to discuss bioethics and healthcare issues
Where to find practice questions & prep tools:
- Columbia University Bioethics Program
- University of British Columbia
- University of Calgary
- Multiple Mini Interview, Sample MMI Questions
- University of Michigan Career Center Scenarios
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