Unlike in traditional interviews, those faced with multiple mini interviews must impress not one interviewer, but a whole string of them. This type of interviewing, particularly common as a part of the medical school admissions process, sees mini interviews last about 10 minutes. Throughout this interview process, candidates rotate around a circle of interview stations, responding to questions and explaining how they would handle different scenarios, effectively demonstrating their ability to maintain fire under pressure.
In most instances, each station in the multiple mini interview space will contain a different scenario or situation. In some instances, the interviewer will provide interviewees with some insight into what these scenarios may include. If you find out that you are going to face an interview of this type, inquire as to what it will entail to gain as much information as you can prior to the interview.
Because this type of interview situation requires rotation from one station to another, organization is vital for success. Pack light when heading to this interview, taking only an easy-to-carry portfolio containing your resume and credentials. Avoid carrying a briefcase or other object that you will have to gather and carry each time you rotate, as doing so can eat up valuable time and potentially become frustrating.
In a multiple mini-interview situation, candidates have a very short amount of time to prepare and deliver responses, making understanding of vocabulary and proper vocabulary usage vital. Before your planned interview, study the jargon and technical terms associated with your field, as some of these will likely appear in your interview questions. If you struggle to understand these terms, you may be slowed in your responses, eating up valuable time. Similarly, it is likely preferable if you can use some of these terms in your responses, as doing so shows your understanding of them.
A multiple mini interview is significantly more difficult to practice for than a standard interview because it is more highly structured. To modify the interview practice process to a multiple mini-interview situation, change the type of questions you practice with, choosing scenarios instead of standard interview questions. For example, if this multiple mini interview is intended as a way to help you practice for a dental school interview, select different dental scenarios, such as a patient coming in with a tooth ache, and explain how you would handle each. Also time yourself, giving yourself 10 minutes to respond to each scenario, as this is all the time you will have in the actual interview.