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MMI - EN - Final

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Anthony Daigle

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Research your Program

Throughout your studies, you have spent countless hours working to assure that you would have an academic portfolio worthy of being admitted into a professional program
The preparation for this interview is
equally as important
to ensure your ability in securing a spot at the school of your choice

Do research on the school’s website to ensure that you understand its methods of teaching and to be aware of characteristics or features specific to the school

Contact current students at the school to get helpful tips or to hear about their experience with the admission process
Find out the School's Interview Style

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Modified Personal Interview (MPI)
Become Globally Aware
Practice & Repeat

When Answering...

What to do

Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early

Dress appropriately and professionally

When entering the interview room, make sure to pause in order to introduce yourself (unless instructed otherwise), smile, and consider your body language

Greet your interviewers by making eye contact, offering a smile, and a firm handshake
Maintain eye contact and good posture throughout the interview, because 55% of the communication process is non-verbal. It involves body language such as facial expressions, gestures, posture, etc.

Thank the interviewers for their time, shake hands and say goodbye
Find out what’s going on in the world today by staying on top of current events

Here is a list of a few important topics to research:
The Heath Care System (in
and the US)
    • Euthanasia / End-of-life care
    • Refugees
    • Vaccines/Zika Virus
    • Marijuana
    • Abortion/Stem Cell Research
Knowing yourself
is essential to being successful in the interview
Your resume/med sketch can be very useful to help you prepare

It is important to be able to
clearly communicate
Skills and abilities

they have prepared you to become a contributing
member in your field of study
Follow the lead of the interviewer and ask questions for clarification whenever necessary. Before answering, try to determine why you are being asked this question. What do you think the interviewer is trying to evaluate?

Summarize or rephrase a question at the beginning of the answer if you do not properly understand it. Repeating the question out loud may allow you to revise and understand it better

Structure your response so that the interviewer has an idea of what you will be discussing. You could create an outline before answering to help you stick to the structure

Answer questions clearly and concisely. Stay focused and do not deviate from the topic

Always include a concrete example in your answer in order to support the skills or experience that you are highlighting

Pace yourself. Breathe
Frequently Asked Questions
Prepare a list of 10 skills that are related to your ability to succeed in your chosen field
Find examples of them from your personal, professional and academic experience so that you are ready to present them during your interview

Here are some examples of the key competencies the interviewers search for:
Communication • Research • Interpersonal • Problem Solving • Rational/ logical reasoning • Ethics • Time Management • Continuous learning • Stress Management
• Academic Excellence • Dedication

Consult the list of practice questions on the Career Development Centre's website
Develop, in point form, your answers to these practice questions

Schedule an MMI, Panel, or MPI mock interview with us!
Preparing for


Before the Interview
Please note - the length, quantity, and overall structure of the MMI can vary by school

The University of Ottawa uses this format for admissions to Rehabilitation Science programs

A variety of stations are positioned, the interviewee travels from one station to the next

The student has two minutes to read the question before entering the room

They then have 5-8 minutes (depending on the university) to answer the question to a panel of interviewers

The types of questions include:
Getting to know applicants and their achievements. E.g.: "Tell me about yourself", "Why have you chosen to apply to our professional program?"

The idea behind behavioural questions is that past behaviour is the best predictor for future behaviour. E.g.: "Tell me about a time when..."
The interviewer will describe a hypothetical situation and will ask you how you would address it. This assesses critical thinking, communication skills, and/or societal health issues in Canada
You must be able to clearly debate your point of view and show your capabilities in making ethical decisions without breaking the law. It is important to pick a side and stick with your decision
Role plays
They may sometimes include the use of an actor you must interact with
"Out of the box"
"Which cartoon character do you consider yourself to be most like?"
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
This is the style of interview used at the University of Ottawa Medical School

A panel interview is often described as two or more interviewers who alternate their questions

It resembles in many ways the traditional interview process

The types of questions include:
Modified Personal Interview (MPI)
Created and used by the University of Toronto’s medical school

A series of four brief (10 to 12 min) individual interviews, each of which involves a one-on-one interaction with a single interviewer

The MPI promotes the flow of natural conversation, it is a semi-structured, conversational interview

The individual MPI stations are tailored to showcase different aspects of the candidates. The types of questions include:
Day of
the Interview
Let's take a look at some examples!
Bad Scenario
Q: Are there “right answers”?

A: No. The issues are all complex. You should be able to choose a side, and adequately defend your point of view. If a question deals with a controversial area or some topic of public debate, it is equally possible to do well taking one position as it is taking the opposite view.
Other than you expressing attitudes or beliefs that are inconsistent with the health care field
, interviewers are much more concerned with HOW you think than WHAT you think
Q: The interview is tomorrow and I am really stressed. What should I do?

A: It is normal to be stressed the night before the interview. This is why it is important to take this opportunity to review examples you plan on discussing, re-read practice questions and review relevant issues in the news, as well as the school’s mission statement. To relax, you might also consider activities such as exercise, yoga and taking a bath. Finally, go to bed early in order to be properly rested
Q: Are my chances of getting into a professional program reduced if I do not properly answer a question at one of the stations?

A: There is no right or wrong answer to the each of the questions presented to you during the MMI. The selection committee is looking at the way you state your case in response to the specific situations. It comes down to your presentation and explanation of your answers

Because there is always a chance to do better and improve your answer at the following station, most students actually prefer the MMI format. As well, MMI allows you to re-use the examples that best apply to the situation. The interviewer does not know if you have used an example beforehand., and you will already be comfortable discussing that specific experience

Pant suit, dress suit or business dress
• Traditional hosiery (not coloured)
• Accessories such as makeup and jewelry should be kept to a minimum
• Dress shoes should be worn (low-heeled pumps are recommended for women)
• Hair should be clean, neat and styled. Also, avoid unnatural hair colours or highlights
• Avoid wearing any perfumes or strongly scented creams
A: The best thing to remember is to be professional. Your clothing should not be too flamboyant, as it should not divert attention from the task at hand (in this case, the attention of the interviewer should be on your answers and not on your clothing).
• Two-piece matched suit (navy and dark grey are safe and conservative colors). The suit should be in a solid or very subtle wave pattern or plaid
• Leather, lace-up or slip-on business shoes, preferably black. The belt should match the shoes
• Facial hair, if present, should be well-groomed
• Avoid wearing any cologne or strongly scented creams
• The MMI format allows interviewers to assess many things that would not be necessarily evident during a regular interview. It can gather information and insight about the candidate’s abilities

• Due to the short time spent at each station, the chance of bias is decreased

• MMI stations can be structured so that candidates respond to the same question

• The format allows for a comparison when selecting students for desired attributes for a particular program and to better predict students’ ability to adapt to the program environment

• The format ensures that students are able to redeem themselves if they are not successful at a particular station

There are several different styles of interviews.
Among these, MMIs are gaining popularity for several reasons ...
Q: What do I do if there is still a lot of time left after I answer a question?

A: The old saying is true: “It’s not the quantity but the quality that is important.” That being said, we strongly encourage you to develop your answers and to fill as much time as possible, without rambling on. If you are confident that you have discussed all the appropriate aspects of the issue and given sufficient examples, it’s alright if your answer does not fill the entire time provided
University Centre (3rd Floor – Room 312)

Let's try again...
Good Scenario #1
Good Scenario #2
Good Scenario #3
Q: What should I wear?
Good examples
Bad example
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