Nursing and Midwifery Interview Tips – what can you expect?

If you have recently applied to Brighton for one of our nursing BSc(Hons) courses (adult, child or mental health), or our midwifery BSc(Hons) you may have received an invite to attend an interview.

Nursing students, Eastbourne campus

Nursing students, Eastbourne campus

What can you expect? We hear from Saffi, one of our student ambassadors who is in her second year of children’s nursing;

So, you’ve finally submitted your UCAS application and now you’ve been notified that you have been selected for an interview – congratulations! 

After being successful at my own university interview and assisting with various applicant interviews at my current institution, I have formulated some useful tips to help you ace yours! 🙂

 Understanding the MMI

The MMI, better known as Multiple Mini Interviewing, is a popular interview style for nursing and most other healthcare courses. The simplest way I can describe MMI, is as academic speed-‘dating.’

To clarify, typically there will be around 5 stations with an interviewer or 2 at each one. They will remain seated whilst you and a few other applicants rotate around the room, spending 5-10 minutes with each interviewer. At each station, applicants are scored on their responses and the results will be totalled at the end.

Types of MMI stations:

1.Questions about you

These questions are assessing whether you understand what personal qualities are vital to being a good children’s nurse, and whether you can demonstrate that you have these qualities. When answering these questions, it’s important to give relevant examples to back-up your points. Here are some example questions:

· Why do you want to be a children’s nurse?

· How do you cope under pressure?

· In your opinion, what is the most important quality of a children’s nurse?

2.Hypothetical scenarios

These questions assess your situational judgement, and your ability to demonstrate key nursing values, such as empathy (see the NMC code online for more info here: https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/code/read-the-code-online/). E.g.

· You are looking after a child whose parents speak minimal English, how do you respond?

· You are a student nurse on placement and you are concerned about a child’s safety. What do you do?

3.Photos/images

· The photos will often depict a hypothetical scenario, and you will be asked to describe what you see and why you think the things you noticed were important.

Final thoughts

I know it all sounds very daunting, but the interviewer just wants to assess whether you are a decent human being (which I’m sure you are!) And have the necessary qualities to become a nurse. The key is to have this in mind at all times, and be sure to relate any experiences you discuss (e.g. academic or work/volunteer related), back to why this has made you want to become a nurse and why you would be suitable for the course.

Another thing to remember, is that 5 mini interviews means that you have 5 chances to shine! If you mess up at one station, you still have lots of chances to redeem yourself, so try not to worry if your nerves get the best of you at your first station, for instance.

Good luck with your interviews! :-)

Saffi, Nursing (Child) BSc(Hons)

If you have a question, and would like to chat to Saffi or any of our other student ambassadors, click here .

Good luck!

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