On each door, there is a scenario posted with a question at the bottom. You have TWO MINUTES to read the scenario and question, before the buzzer goes off and you enter the room:
After you’ve had two minutes to read the scenario, the buzzer will go off, and you will enter the room. You will be met by an interviewer who will listen to you speak about the scenario you just read for 8 minutes.
After speaking with the interviewer with 8 minutes, you will switch to station 2 where you can read the next scenario.
MMI questions aren’t restricted to any subject. This varies from school to school, so expect questions outside the area that you are pursuing. Some questions can be traditional, situational, behavioural, or even quirky. Remember, the point of the MMI isn’t to assess your knowledge, rather your soft skills, and ability to critically think.
Do Background Research Before Going In!
Do as much research as you can specifically on the:
- The format of the MMI, make sure you have an understanding of how this works. It will alleviate some anxiety about the uncertain nature of the MMI.
- The Philosophy of the school: What specific features are they looking for in ideal candidates to the program?
Practice Questions MMI style
How to practise: Print some sample questions (some sources for MMI questions are listed below). Paste the first sample question on a door (don’t read it yet!)
- Get a timer, give it to a friend who will act as a timer and interviewer.
- With the friend sitting inside a room, and you positioned outside the room, have your friend start timing 2 minutes while you read the question on the door.
- Have the friend knock, when the two minutes are up, walk in.
- Begin speaking about the subject while your friend times for 8 minutes.
Why Practise? It gives you confidence about the interview format, there aren’t as many promises, and that added confidence and calm will also reflect on the interviewer’s impression of you.
Format your answers
Organization to how you answer the questions will help you organize your thoughts, much like an essay. This is applicable regardless of whether you are doing an MMI or more traditional interview. Are you trying to persuasive? explanatory? Reading up on essay formats may help give you an idea about how to answer different types of questions. (e.g. Pros vs. Cons, Chronological, Your opinion vs devil’s advocate).