The interview process at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy incorporates the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format.
What is an MMI?
MMI stands for multiple mini-interviews. Instead of sitting down with one or two individuals for the interview with a series of prepared questions, the MMI process leads you through 8 different MMI stations with one or two interviewers per station. Each station will involve some type of scenario or activity that must be performed. Some of the stations will involve interacting one-on-one with the interviewer. Other stations will involve interacting with an actor while the interviewer observes the interaction. Still others will involve two applicants interacting with each other with the interviewers observing.
The purpose of the MMI is to assess non cognitive qualities of interview candidates, such as:
- Communication skills
- Critical thinking
- Ethical reasoning
- Motivation to become a pharmacist
- Organizational efficiency
- Problem solving
- Respect towards others
These qualities provide insights into a candidate’s interpersonal skills and professionalism during the interview process.
MMIs are NOT designed to evaluate specific knowledge about pharmacy or medications, but provide insights into the candidates’ thought processes and problem solving capabilities.
What to expect during an MMI interview?
The interview applicant will participate in 6 MMI stations. Each station will last 5 minutes, with 1-2 minutes between interview rooms. A break will be built into the MMI interview process. MMI interviews will be moderated by faculty, alumni and/or students affiliated with UT Austin College of Pharmacy.
How do you prepare for an MMI interview?
- Investigate information about the College of Pharmacy and its programs prior to interview day.
- Practice giving timed responses to scenarios.
- Understand the purpose of the MMI interview process.
- Review current health care issues.
Interview Day serves two major functions
- It allows the college to know and understand you as an individual. It adds a third dimension to the two-dimensional applicant who exists only in a file.
- It gives you the opportunity to learn the philosophies and personalities of the college by way of the faculty, staff and students.
- When you sign up for your interview day, you will select either a morning or afternoon session. It is important that you sign up at the appropriate time and remember which day and session you have chosen.
- The day will be a 4-hour event with an optional 30-minute campus tour upon conclusion.
- Each candidate will receive their personal schedule at interview check-in.
- Do not underestimate the importance of the interview. The interviewers’ evaluations may tip the balance in the Admission Committees deliberations.
- You should be aware that you are being evaluated during your entire visit with us.
- Awareness of the importance of the interview can induce anxiety in most students. A certain amount of anxiety is expected and understood by most interviewers.
- Planning for the interview can reduce excessive anxiety.
Planning for the interview
- Etiquette – Interviews are initiated and arranged by the college. It is the candidate’s responsibility to respond to the interview invitation promptly. In the event of an irresolvable conflict, contact the college immediately.
- Knowledge of the profession – Interviewees are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the current and future roles of pharmacists in the health care delivery system. Interviewees should be able to express thoughtful and insightful reasons for joining the profession of pharmacy.
- Knowledge of the college – Interviewees are strongly encouraged to become familiar with general information about the college. We provide a hospitality suite hosted by current pharmacy students during the interview schedule. This gives interviewees an opportunity to meet with current students, get a flavor of the college, help ease anxiety, and ask those burning questions that only current pharmacy students can answer.
- Attire – Interviewees typically wear a business suit for the interview, as this attire is most appropriate for the occasion. Overdressing (cocktail or party dresses) is as inappropriate as underdressing (jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes).
- Punctuality – Arriving for the interview check-in on time is very important. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early in order to prevent tardiness. Interviewees should allow time for the unexpected (e.g., inclement weather or heavy traffic). In the event of an unavoidable delay, call the Student Affairs Office (512-471-1737) at the first opportunity.
- Honesty – Interviewees should not try to “second guess” by responding with answers they think are wanted. Some interviewers play the “devil’s advocate.” When “I don’t know” is the honest reply, it should be used.
- Responsiveness – Conversation is difficult if the candidate’s responses are limited to “yes” and “no.” Many questions are chosen intentionally to initiate dialogue.
- Student interviewers – Throughout the interview process, current pharmacy students will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Admissions Committee on candidates. Please treat every student with the same respect you would treat the faculty interviewers and potential pharmacy colleagues.
We want your interview experience to be exciting, informative and memorable.
We are excited to welcome you to the UT Austin campus and show you what makes our college great!