The key to sailing through the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) round of the AGPT selection process is preparation. Here are our tips for ensuring you are interview-ready.
1. Format fundamentals
MMIs consist of between five and six interview questions. You will be interviewed via Zoom and given two minutes by your interviewer to view each question and think about your answer. A bell will ring at the end of two minutes, when your interviewer will formally ask you the question. You then have a total of eight minutes to explain your answer. During this time your interviewer may ask you additional questions to prompt you and help you to provide your best answer. Once the eight minutes is complete, the bell will ring and you will be moved to the next question This format will be repeated until you have answered all questions. The MMI process takes a little over an hour.
2. Reflect on why you want to become a GP
MMIs are designed to ascertain your suitability for a career in General Practice. Take some time to really think about why you want to follow this training pathway, breaking it down into your key motivations. You might ponder the following questions and write some notes to assist your thought process:
- What does it mean to be a good GP?
- Why do I want to be a GP over and above any other specialty?
- What did I do during medical training that helped me decide to become a GP?
3. Key content
Unlike Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), the MMI does not involve any real or role-played patient presentations. The questions in this interview are designed to find out your motivations for undertaking GP training and to assess your abilities and outlook. Patient scenarios may be used as a backdrop for interview questions only.
Some example interview questions include:
- Describe a time when you were faced with a challenging diagnostic problem. Why was it so challenging and how did you develop a management plan for the patient? (This question looks at your analytical and problem-solving skills)
- Tell us about a patient you saw who had complex health needs and required follow-up by other health professionals after leaving your care.” (This question looks at your organisational and management skills)
- Why have you decided to undertake GP training?” (This question assesses your motivations)
- Describe a time when you disagreed with advice from another doctor you were working with and how you went about resolving this issue.” (This question looks at your conflict management skills)
Other areas that may be assessed include clinical knowledge, whether you are a leader or team player, and how well you can communicate and express yourself.
It is valuable to review the ACRRM and RACGP websites, reading their curriculum documents outlining priority areas for graduates of their programs.
4. Have work experience examples ready
Some interview questions will require you to recall examples of your past clinical experiences to demonstrate your suitability for General Practice. It is a good idea to prepare some examples you feel could add weight to your answers. The kinds of examples your interviewers are looking for will likely come from experiences with patients who have had an impact on you during your working career to date.
5. Make sure you really understand the question before answering and listen to prompts
When you first see the question, take time to fully grasp what it is asking you. Read the question at least twice. Only then can you start formulating your response.
As you start the interview it can be quite easy for stress to take over your logical brain. If this happens, the examiner will prompt you. Listen very carefully to these prompts, because the interviewer will never lead you astray. If you go off track, a panel member will bring you back. They are genuinely looking to find out what you are thinking.
6. Practise time management
Being able to pace yourself while giving your answers is vital to ensuring you cover all the ground you want to within each allotted answer time frame. Ask a friend, relative, or colleague to run some mock interview questions with you so you can get a feel for timing your answers well.
7. Employ mindfulness or relaxation techniques
Anxiety and stress on the day can make answers you thought you had memorised fly right out the window. A great way to combat this is to practice some mindfulness and relaxation techniques before the interview.
8. Know their is some variation between interviews for RACGP and ACRRM
While the interview process for the two colleges is similar, there can be slight variations in the number and type of questions you might be asked.
For RACGP, you will answer five questions, while for ACRRM you will need to answer six.
Similarly, panel members for RACGP and ACRRM may differ.
For RACGP, members are sourced by the RTO, they are all doctors and many are GP Supervisors and Medical Educators.
The panel for ACRRM could include an RTO doctor, an ACRRM representative, and a rural community representative who is not a doctor. This is important to be aware of, as you may need to adjust your communication to suit a non-medical professional.
9. Dress for the job you want
Dress smartly like you would for any other job interview.
Keep an eye on our website for upcoming dates, times and locations for the RTO interviews.
Both GP colleges – ACRRM and RACGP – should also have this information on their respective websites and in their applicant guide.
If you have been successful in securing an RTO Interview with GPTQ, you will receive an email from us containing all the vital information.
In the meantime, get busy preparing your example answers and remember to breathe!