First and foremost, I want to congratulate you! You’ve gotten an interview, and that’s a big deal. You now know that the admissions committee sees potential in you. At my institution, we conduct multiple mini interviews (MMIs).
A multiple mini interview consists of a series of interview stations used to assess non-cognitive qualities. Think of it like speed dating. Prior to the start of each mini interview rotation, applicants receive a question/scenario and have about 2 minutes to prepare an answer. Upon entering the room, the applicant has a short exchange with an interviewer that lasts about 8 minutes. At the end of each mini interview, the interviewer evaluates the applicant’s performance while the applicant moves to the next station. The interviewers evaluate each applicant’s thought process and ability to think on his or her feet (probably a good characteristic to have as a future physician), so there is no right or wrong answer.
Now for the real question—how can I prepare for MMIs?
- Use career services at your alma mater. This was an incredible resource that was provided free. At my alma mater, career services provided mock interviews specifically for medical school interviews.
- Be yourself. Remember that there is no right or wrong answer. Be genuine when answering your questions—you owe it to your future patients.
- Relax. If you find yourself getting worked up, find a way to cope with your anxiety as you interview. I would typically take deep breaths, and remind myself that everything happens for a reason. All I can do is be myself and do my best.
- First impressions matter. Smile when entering each room. It will set the tone for your interview. Dress conservatively—this is not the time to experiment with your style.
- Send a thank-you note. Need I say more?