What to Expect from the MD Multiple Mini Interview
During the MD application process at NYU School of Medicine, we use the multiple mini interview—a series of short conversations between you and several different assessors—instead of the traditional one-on-one or panel interview. Eight successive interviews take place in separate stations within the admissions office, with a scheduled break at a rest station. The entire process takes about an hour.
Research shows that having applicants interact with many interviewers, instead of one or two, reduces the chance that interviewer bias affects scoring. Studies have also shown that an applicant’s scores on the multiple mini interview are predictive of their performance on clinical clerkships, measures of professionalism, and future scores on clinical exams.
The format can help you convey your cultural sensitivity, maturity, empathy, and reliability—all important physician characteristics that aren’t necessarily reflected by Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT) scores and undergraduate grades. Although you may feel nervous about participating in the multiple mini interview, applicants often tell us they enjoyed the process once they’ve completed it.
The Interview Process
There are a total of eight interviews. Before an interview rotation begins, you receive a scenario with an open-ended question and have two minutes to prepare an answer. You then enter the interview room, where you engage in a five-minute conversation with an interviewer.
When the time is up for that scenario, your performance is scored. After a short break, you move on to the next scenario.
There is also an open-station interview, similar to a traditional one-on-one interview. It lasts 12 minutes, during which time you can ask questions of the interviewer.
Interviewers are members of our faculty, staff, and student body who are trained in the multiple mini interview format.
Because the questions are situational, there are no right or wrong answers. Rather, each assessment focuses on your decision-making, critical-thinking, and communication skills as they relate to healthcare and social issues. Interviewers are evaluating your thought process and your ability to improvise.