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PATHWAY IN2MED The Interview

Note: The University of Queensland has started using MMIs as of 2020 (not mentioned in the video as it was produced before this update)

Interview Basics

What is the Interview?

Interviews are the final step in the undergraduate medical selection process for a number of Australian universities. They are used to determine the suitability of candidates for the medical profession – beyond the academic side of things (assessed through the ATAR and the UCAT).

The key to succeeding in medical interviews is displaying the traits that are paramount to healthcare practitioners, which include but are not limited to:

  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Empathy
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Advocacy
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Empathy
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Advocacy

Universities that DO use Interviews:

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • The University of Adelaide (SA)
  • Curtin University (WA)
  • The University of Western Australia (WA)
  • The University of Newcastle/New England (NSW)
  • The University of New South Wales (NSW)
  • Western Sydney University (NSW)
  • The University of Sydney (NSW)
  • Bond University (QLD)
  • James Cook University (QLD)
  • The University of Queensland (QLD)

Universities that DON'T use Interviews:

  • Flinders University (SA)
  • Griffith University (QLD)
  • University of Tasmania (TAS)
  • Charles Darwin University (NT)

*A good idea to apply for these universities as a safety net if you have a strong ATAR and UCAT 

Types of Interviews

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

The MMI involves a number of shorter interview stations (generally between 6-10), where candidates move from one station to the next in a circuit – there may also be rest stations. Each station tends to run from 5-10 minutes (with 2 minutes reading time before commencement).

Before entering the station, candidates have time to read through a brief overview of the station and, potentially, information pertaining to a scenario. Each station has a different interviewer and different questions; however, all stations fundamentally test the candidates’ suitability for the medical profession and examine a number of key skills such as empathy, logic, composure, adaptability and communication

Universities with MMI Interviews

  • Monash University (VIC)
  • University of Sydney (NSW)
  • University of Newcastle/New England (NSW)
  • Western Sydney University (NSW)
  • University of Queensland (QLD)
  • Bond University (QLD)
  • University of Western Australia (WA)
  • Curtin University (WA)

Panel Interviews

Panel interviews are not split into multiple stations, just one interview that takes ~30 minutes. Around 2 or more interviewers present (ie. a panel) and 1 candidate is interviewed at a time by the panel.

The interviewers take turns in asking the candidate questions. These questions tend to be largely personal-type questions, but scenario-based questions may/will also appear. 

Universities with Panel Interviews

  • University of New South Wales (NSW)
  • University of Adelaide (SA)
  • James Cook University (QLD)

Interview Tips

Tips for the UCAT and Interview

General Tips for the Interview

Be genuine, but at the same time, remember that the interviewers are assessing you at the same time, so ensure that your answers are concise and to the point, so you can maximise the amount of content you can fit into your answer in the short amount of time you have. 

Doing some research beforehand about current medical issues, ethical dilemmas and types of interview questions can help you prepare to put the best version of yourself for the interviewers. 

Practising in a mock interview is almost essential, but even practising with your family or friends can help you get familiar with the question-and-answer format.

Should I prepare for the Interview?

The interview is not like a test – you can’t just memorise some answers and hope you will succeed. Even those who are naturally capable need some interview preparation, to help them get familiar with the interview formats, which can be quite intimidating. Here at In2Med, we have designed intuitive and student-minded interview preparation, to ensure that you have the best possible chance of doing well. With over 100+ practise questions and scenarios to work from, as well as comprehensive and detailed interactive video tutorials and interactive simulated interviews, you have everything you need to get In2Med right here. Read more about how In2Med is redefining interview preparation here.

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