McMaster University pioneered the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format for use in the selection of medical school candidates beginning in 2002. The Child Life program at McMaster University, situated in the Division of Pediatrics within the Faculty of Health Sciences adopted the MMI format for our child life program candidate interviews beginning with the prospective students for the incoming class of 2014-2015. Our traditional format for interviewing prior to this year involved single candidate interviews in a panel format (one interviewee with four interviewers present).
Given the high stakes involved in candidate selection, we use the MMI format to help assure a fair selection and interview process, not only to those that apply, but also for children and families for whom the profession serves. For this purpose, we feel the MMI interview provides a more accurate portrayal of a candidate's suitability for graduate education and for suitability to the child life profession and a career in health care.
Our MMI interview process allows us to interview a greater number of candidates (generally 30-40 applicants) and provides them with opportunities to respond to questions in a one-to-one environment (one interviewee and one interviewer per station). Within our MMI format, candidates move to separate rooms or stations for a series of short independent interviews with a different interviewer in each station. At each station (usually lasting 8-10 minutes), the candidate discusses a scenario or responds to questions. The interviewer uses a standardized scoring form to rate candidates.
At the end of your MMI interview process, there will also be an opportunity to attend a general information session about our program in a group format (all candidates interviewing on that day are invited to attend).
For the 2017-2018 academic year, Stream I interviews will held on Friday March 31st and Saturday April 1, 2017. Only those selected to interview will be notified of their interview date and time via email.