It could happen.
Some programs use this "multiple mini interview" format with a series of brief structured interview stations where your non-cognitive traits are assessed. While found to be useful in undergraduate medical school admissions as kind of a "people skills test," it has also been demonstrated to be a reliable and acceptable way to assess residency candidates. If a residency program is using this format, they will surely inform you on the interview day, if not before.
For the "looks good on paper only" applicant, the MMI (or any interview) could be difficult. But don't be that person.
Fortunately, at programs using an MMI interview format, you (the applicant) will have multiple opportunities to interact, communicate, and demonstrate your humanity and empathy. And, you will likely be able to showcase your social skills and problem solving skills and reasoning abilities during the MMI.
Regardless, you want to show who you are and put your best self forward. The real self, the person they want in their residency program. Remember the tips:
- Have a strong one liner about yourself! What do you want them to know, if you had the chance to simply tell them?
- Know everything that you've listed on your own ERAS application/CV.
- Make sure you have a few key points that you want to convey about yourself during the interview, then you can work those in at some point during the interview.
- But here's another tip, for the MMI or otherwise, do pay attention to the question asked or scenario presented, don't just talk, or just talk about yourself! Remember, you're in this to help other people (probably infants, children, and young adults).