Successful multiple-mini-interview tips

It’s interview season! You just received your interview offer for the health professional graduate program of your dreams…elation! Then you read the fine print…interviews will be conducted in multiple-mini-interview (MMI) format and your stomach drops. You are expected to play out a scenario, talk about a current healthcare of societal issue, or complete some task in order to demonstrate your ability to “think on your feet” or show your “emotional intelligence”. In 8 minutes or less.

Don’t panic. While the widespread adoption of this interview format is still new, there are plenty of resources to help you conquer it. See a few tips compiled below, and consider reading this coaching article and looking at these sample MMI questions for more help.

  1. Organize your thoughts. Typically you will be given a few minutes alone with the scenario or question, so visualize how you want the encounter to proceed. Think through the logical process of working through the scenario and align your responses to match that process.
  2. Show confidence. Shake the interviewers’ hands at the beginning and end of the interview. Introduce yourself with first and last name before beginning your response. And don’t forget to smile! It’s okay to be nervous, but smile through it!
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You may not have been provided with complete information, and showing that you know the types of questions to ask and what information to gather is a demonstration of critical skills necessary among health professionals. This is also a good conversation technique that can help you build rapport with patients or colleagues.
  4. Plan a strategy you can fall back on when answering questions. Perhaps you want to start by repeating the question or giving them an outline of how you are going to approach your response. Be sure to acknowledge or discuss all points of view on the issue, but ultimately clearly state your stance and back up your conclusion with solid reasoning. Use examples or refer to stories from your experiences if it would help support your point or demonstrate your reasoning.
  5. Practice under timed circumstances to plan your time well. You might not need the entire two minutes given to formulate your response, so use that extra time to respond to the interviewer. Perhaps you fully answered the question and haven’t used all of your time. Don’t sweat it, that’s fine! Just make sure you really have fully addressed all facets of the question or scenario before concluding and leaving the room.

Follow these tips, believe in yourself, and speak with confidence! You definitely have the ability to ace this interview!

By Shannon Merchant
Shannon Merchant Career Counselor Shannon Merchant