Medical Laboratory Science

Multiple Mini Interview

MMIs for shortlisted applicants will be held on the last weekend of May 2020.

Interviews will be held in person on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton (no teleconferences or videoconferences).


A multiple mini interview (MMI) format will be used.  This involves each applicant completing a series of stations in which one question or task will be administered and assessed.  Applicants will have two minutes to read the question, followed by six minutes to answer.  The interviewer might ask prompting or follow-up questions.  After the allotted time is complete, applicants will move to the next station.  The number of stations used for the interview process varies from year to year. 


The questions or tasks during the interview will assess applicants in the following areas:

  • communication

  • teamwork

  • reflection

  • conflict resolution

  • empathy

  • responsibility

  • initiative

  • problem-solving ability

  • prioritization

  • organization


Do an internet search for sample questions and tips on how to prepare for an MMI.  Practice answering questions with someone to become familiar with the timing involved (remember you will have two minutes to prepare and six minutes to answer).  Scrap paper will be provided on the day of the interview.  You will be informed at each station if prompting questions are available which might help you consider all the options.  You will not be penalized if you ask, use, or don’t use any prompting questions.  Be yourself and answer as best you can. 

Sample Question
You are on the way to the airport to catch a flight to Mexico.  Your cousin is getting married on the beach tomorrow, and your entire family is already there – unfortunately you had a prior commitment and couldn’t go on the same flight with your family.  You are running late because you couldn’t find the charger for your cell phone.  You are en route to the airport and you get a flat tire on the highway.  Your cell phone is dead, you don’t have a roadside assistance membership, and you are afraid you are going to miss your flight.  What do you do?



  • Arrive during your designated registration time (do not be late or arrive too early)
  • Dress professionally (business casual is appropriate)
  • Listen to instructions of MLS interview staff and volunteers
  • Avoid excess chatter and visiting with other applicants during the process
  • Tell friends, parents, partners, family etc. to stay clear of the interviewing area