Interviewers are placed at different stations during a mini-multiple interview.
The Mini Multiple Interview, or MMI, is a candidate assessment system developed in the early 21st century by medical school candidate assessors at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. The assessment method consists of several eight-minute interviews with several interviewers placed at different stations. Candidates progress through multiple interview stations, with each interviewer focusing on specific questions and criteria to score, depending on organizational goals and requirements. Upon completion of the interview circuit, each candidate’s scores are calculated and calculated to provide information on which to base acceptance decisions.
Upon completion of the interview circuit, each candidate’s scores are calculated and calculated to provide information on which to base acceptance decisions.
Prior to the development of various mini-interview assessment methods, medical school candidates were interviewed through traditional face-to-face interviews with one or two raters. Unfortunately, the results of initial assessments did not accurately predict a candidate’s future success in the medical school program or professional practice after graduation. Furthermore, few interviewers can accurately judge the interpersonal skills or soft skills of candidates with reproducible or measurable results. As a result, professionals at McMaster University began to develop an interview circuit from which they aggregate scores collected by various evaluators to better predict a candidate’s likelihood of success, ability to interact with colleagues and patients, as well as measure a candidate’s intentions. a candidate and motivation to complete medical school and eventually degree.
Soft skills are considered essential for a successful job interview.
Seven years of research and development eventually led to the current method of multiple mini-interviews, including standardized time tables, number of stations, and other required details. In studies, the multiple mini-interview assessment method resulted in greater accuracy of candidate predictions, with little influence on gender, race, or educational readiness. The success rate resulting from the initial predictions leads to the development of various mini-interview methods for other academic institutions, companies and government services. Each system features different questionnaires and measurement tools to assess candidates within a given industry. All systems, regardless of industry, seek to measure less obvious characteristics that affect a candidate’s chance of success with regard to soft skills and aptitude for the job.
Overall, the key features of the mini-multiple interview system remain consistent across industries and professions. Professionals recommend that each mini-interview last approximately eight minutes, with a maximum of nine interview stations. For large recruiting groups, each candidate starts at a different station, rotating in an organized fashion through the entire interview circuit. With nine stations and eight-minute interviews, a group of nine candidates manages to complete the entire circuit in just over an hour. At the end of the assessment process, interviewers submit individual scores for aggregation and likely candidates are selected.