What to Expect from the MD Multiple Mini Interview
This year NYU Grossman School of Medicine is conducting all multiple mini interviews for the 2021 admissions season virtually. The multiple mini interview involves a series of short conversations between you and several different interviewers—instead of the traditional one-on-one or panel interview. You will rotate through eight virtual stations where you will be interviewed by our faculty, students, and staff. The entire process takes about an hour and thirty minutes.
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 online interviews. Before an interview rotation begins, you receive a scenario with an open-ended question and have approximately two minutes to prepare an answer. You then enter the virtual interview room, where you engage in a brief conversation with an interviewer (about 5 minutes).
This process will continue as you move from station to station with the exception of our open-station. That open-station is similar in format to that of a traditional one-on-one interview, and lasts 14 minutes.
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.