The Multiple Mini Interview for admission to nursing – male perspectives

Mary Traynor, Iain McGowan, Kathryn Gillespie

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Aims: The aim of this study was to gain the perspectives of men undergoing recruitment to a nursing degree programme by the process of multiple mini interviews (MMIs).

Background: MMIs are used increasingly to select undergraduate students for degree courses, particularly in the healthcare sciences but the impact of MMIs on initiatives to increase gender diversity in these professions is unknown.

Design: The study employed a qualitative research approach using a thematic framework of the MMI process.

Methods: The study took place between January 2018 – April 2018 and a total of eight students attended for focus groups.

Results: Respondents viewed the MMI process as stressful, and also reported that some of the stations created more stress than others, as they were conscious of the gender issues within some of the scenarios. Despite this they also reported the MMI to be a satisfactory selection tool.

Conclusion: Participants found the use of MMIs to comprise a valid selection process which, while imperfect and female-dominated, did not unduly disadvantage male candidates. Further research involving multiple nursing schools as well as medical schools is needed to further evaluate the impact of the MMI as a selection tool on male applicants.

Keywords: multiple mini interviews; selection; male; values based recruitment; Athena SWAN
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2018


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