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What is a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)?

An MMI consists of between six and eight short interviews, which take around five minutes each. The interviewers sit at stations and the interviewees move between them. Each station may involve answering a question, completing a task, or participating in a role play, for example, giving bad news to a patient's relative.

Why are MMIs used?

MMIs give fairer and more accurate results than a traditional interview for selecting healthcare students. The scenario-based approach helps us better assess qualities that make a good healthcare professional, such as empathy and respect, rather than which candidate is the strongest at interviews. And from your point of view, if one station doesn't go very well, you can start again from scratch at the next one.

What sort of things will I be asked?

This will vary from course to course, but the interviewers will ask questions that help them assess the following kinds of things:

  • why you want to follow this profession.

  • what skills you have that demonstrate that you will be a good healthcare professional and a good student.

  • whether you are committed to quality of care.

  • whether you are up to date with research and aware of government policies on healthcare.

  • whether you are respectful and treat people with dignity.

  • whether you are committed to improving the lives of others.

  • how good you are at teamwork. 

How will I be assessed?

Often there is no right or wrong answer – the interviewers are assessing your ability to express your thinking. Don't worry if you change your mind half way through a question – this shows that you can think on your feet and are properly considering your answer.

Below is a list of dos and don'ts.


  • Be polite and friendly but professional.

  • Don't be afraid to think about your answer before you start giving it. There are no trick questions, but it helps to think about what you are going to say before you say it.

  • Give multiple examples to illustrate your points. Make sure you include your personal experience in your answers, for example, work experience.

  • Stay focused on answering the question and try not to go off on tangents. You won't be penalised but you will use up time when you could be earning marks. You will usually be given a written copy of the question to refer to, and if you think you're going off-track you can ask the interviewer to repeat the question.

  • Prepare thoroughly. Many universities will want to know why you want to study with them in particular. And they will all want you to demonstrate that you have a good idea of what it's like to work in your chosen profession. Some MMIs will involve a maths or English test – make sure you know what to expect on the day.

  • Keep up to date – often questions will reflect a current news story.


  • Don't panic. If you run out of things to say, take a moment to collect your thoughts and see if you have anything relevant to add. If you think you've done badly on a particular station, put it out of your mind and move to the next interviewer with confidence.

  • Don't try too hard to make an impression or stand out. You will be assessed on your friendly approach and professional responses.

The MMI isn't designed to be easy, but it is fair. Universities receive hundreds of applications for only a few places, so they need to have a method by which they select the best applicants. The best way to approach an MMI is: be prepared, be professional, and be yourself. And good luck!


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