Medicine interview candidate information - 2021 entry

Congratulations on your interview for Leicester Medical School. We would have loved to meet you in person, but due to COVID-19 we are running online interviews for 2021 entry.

On this page you will find links to preparation sessions, as well as tips and guidance for the interview itself.

Preparation Sessions

Blackboard Collaborate Practice

You are strongly recommended to join one of the following practice / preparation sessions before your interview. In these sessions you will be able to familiarise yourself with the interview platform and meet one of our students ambassadors who will lead a question and answer session.

We also recommend you watch this video about the platform

Campus Tour

You may not have had the opportunity to visit us in person. Here are two video tours from current Leicester Medical School students that show the University of Leicester’s campus and our George Davies Centre. We advise that you watch these in advance of your practice session in case you have any questions.

Parent/ Carer Sessions

We have a number of live presentations sessions for parents and carers with opportunities for questions and answers. Join the sessions here:

On interview day

What to do in advance

  1. Please ensure you have returned your consent/ declaration form and academic certificates.
  2. Please ensure you will have access to the following:
    • A device with reliable internet connection
    • Google Chrome web browser (or Safari if on Mac)
    • A room where you will be undisturbed
    • You may wish to consult with your school or college about this.
    • Please make sure you've read this section in full, and have watched the video to learn about Blackboard Collaborate and more about the interviews.
    • Make sure that any other audio using sites on your device are turned off e.g. Zoom or YouTube.
    • Do not have any devices that may cause interference nearby.

What will happen on the day

  • You will have received an email with a link to join the interview. Copy the link in your email and paste into a Google Chrome browser.
  • You will be taken to the Collaborate site and asked to enter your name. Please refer to your invite letter to see correct format of name entry. Once you have entered your name in the correct way press ‘join session’.
  • You will need to turn on your audio and agree to share your video.
  • You will enter a Welcome Room where there will be other candidates. Depending on your bandwidth you may need to turn off your audio / video in this room.
  • You may want to adjust your audio settings through the settings cogwheel.
  • We will take control of moving you from room to room.
  • You will be given a briefing about the interview.
  • There will be FIVE stations. Each will be given a different room name eg Station 1, Station 2 etc.
  • When you are being moved into your first room, the screen will tell you where you are going. The first time you are moved can be a bit unnerving - don't worry!
  • On entering the room, the examiner will say hello and confirm your name. They will then show you the instructions for that station. You will have 1 minute to read them. You will then complete the station, which will last a total of 7 minutes. Some of the stations may be split into a task e.g. reading and then questions; or watching a video followed by questions. The examiner will keep time, though time alerts will be posted on the chat.
  • The interviewer will put up any files, but you are able to alter the size of the font and scroll up and down yourself (see video).
  • At the end of the 7 minutes, the interviewer will stop and complete their marking. Whilst they are doing this please sit in silence. They may well show the instructions again ready for the next candidate. We will then move you to the next room. Again the first time this happens it can be a bit unnerving.
  • At the end of the final station you leave the session by using the menu at the top left and then selecting the ‘leave session’ door.
  • Remember, you have signed a declaration that you will not record or disseminate information from this interview. It would potentially be detrimental to you to help other candidates. If we became aware of anything, a probity issue requiring referral to our Fitness to Practice panel would ensue. Moderators can also listen in.
  • We hope you enjoy the experience. We will be asking you for some feedback to help us develop our interviews for the future.

Top Tips for your MMI Interview

Check your technology

Don't miss the opportunity of taking part in the practice sessions above to familiarise yourself with the platform and how the technology works. If you have concerns about either your technology or being able to ensure a quiet, undisturbed environment at home we would encourage you to approach your school/college if applicable to support you in providing this.

Check your connectivity

Do ensure you have a good internet connection. Where possible, try and use a device that is plugged into the internet (with an Ethernet cable), as opposed to a wireless device.

Arrive in plenty of time

Make sure you are ready in plenty of time before the interview in case of any issues that may arise. Be sat down and ready to start in at least 15-20 minutes before you are due to log in (don’t log in early!) and have a comfort break in advance and a drink to hand.

Be prepared

Read, read and read the instructions for MMI so you know what to expect and how it will run. Please make sure that you have all your documents to hand that we will be requiring. If possible, try and have a practice couple of interview questions with a teacher or sensible adult to give you feedback on your performance. Practice really does help with performance and nerves. Make sure you are well fed and watered and get a good night's sleep so you are in best condition to perform well.

First impressions matter

Be polite and courteous at all times. Ensure you are dressed smartly and professionally – the interview may be online but the expectations remain the same. “Dress like you would like to see your Doctor dressed”. Try and remove any distractions from the background and keep it as simple as you are able.

Be aware of body language

Don’t be too fidgety and try to stay natural. It is ok to smile. It may be worth filming yourself practising to see how you come across. Try and maintain eye contact by looking into the camera.

Take your time

Try not to rush your answers. Speak clearly, and concisely and explain your reasoning and thoughts.

Always answer the question you have been asked

When under pressure or you have rehearsed too much, it can be easy to not answer the question being asked. Listen carefully and read all instructions so you know exactly what is being asked of you.

If you have a bad station, continue

Remember, every station is considered independently so if a station hasn’t gone as well as you may have hoped, park it and move on. Usually it hasn’t gone as bad you think and you don’t want it to effect the performance on your other stations. Keep your enthusiasm up throughout.

Be yourself

We want to know more about you, your goals and aspirations and your achievements. We don’t want you to be all the same – so be yourself and make your aim showing us the best of you. You have worked hard to get to this point.

Enjoy it and good luck!