Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) consists of a series of short, structured interview stations used to assess non-cognitive qualities including cultural sensitivity, maturity, teamwork, empathy, reliability and communication skills. Inspired by McMaster University’s Medical program, UTS now employs the MMI technique for its admission process for entry into Grade 7 and 9.
MMIs at UTS
The interview room consists of 6 interviewers sitting at their respective stations. The UTS MMI consists of 6 interview questions, assessed respectively by 6 interviewers. Prior to the start of each mini interview rotation, candidates receive a question/scenario and have one minute to prepare an answer. Candidates engage with the first interviewer for 4 minutes. At the end of each mini interview, the interviewer evaluates the candidate’s performance while the applicant moves to the next station. This pattern is repeated through 6 rotations and takes about 40 minutes. The questions are designed to assess candidates’ ability to express themselves authentically and clearly while being able to share their own uniqueness and candidacy for UTS. There are no right or wrong answers to the MMI questions as they are not designed to test specific knowledge about any subject.
Preparing for the UTS MMIs
The best way to prepare for the MMIs is to become familiar with the style and timing of the interviews. During the interviews, you will engage with 6 different interviewers for 5 minutes each, so practicing with a couple of family members will help you gain confidence. The primary focus of the MMIs is to get to know you to the best of our ability through an unbiased interview process. Therefore, an important aspect of the preparation for the MMI is to spend some time getting to know yourself so that you can articulate your thoughts confidently and effectively to the interviewers.
A recommended practice in preparation of the interview is to outline a list of your key characteristics that make you “you”, such as your personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, areas of passion, likes and dislikes, personal values, family values, etc. Then, practice talking about them out loud to yourself or to your family members. Once you have gone through this process a couple of times during the week before the interview, leave it alone and relax. Strive to get a good night’s rest before the interview day and a nutritious breakfast the morning of the interview.
What to Expect During the MMIs
Each of the 6 interviews is held in the form of a dialogue. The interviewer will provide you with a question and give you 1 minute to prepare your response. You will then have 4 minutes to discuss the response with your interviewer. During this time, the interviewer may ask you follow-up questions or provide you with prompts to help to elaborate your response. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if the question is not clear to you. Interviewers know that you may be anxious and they will do their best to make you feel comfortable. Remember - we want to get to know you – so be yourself!
UTS Statement about MMI Preparation Companies
UTS does not endorse nor participate with any outside companies in the business of preparing students for the MMIs. We strongly discourage families from using such services as they jeopardize the candidates’ natural thought process and hinder their ability to respond authentically. Such courses teach students to respond with answers that may be deemed to be ideal or favorable. On the contrary however, students who respond with insincere and rehearsed answers are not able to articulate themselves freely and thus, do not perform well on the interviews.