Preparing for the Biomedical Science Interview

Each year, 48 applicants to the Biomedical Science (BMS) major are invited to participate in an on-campus interview. For autumn 2021 semester admission, the interviews will be conducted in February 2021.

Certainly, interviewing can be an anxious and stressful event. Listed below are FAQs about the BMS interview process that should aid in alleviating some of your anxiety by sharing information about what to expect in the interview.

Who will interview me?
The BMS major employs a format called the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). You will have four interviews with four different people in four different rooms, each lasting exactly twelve minutes. You will have three minute breaks between each interview. The interviewers are a combination of faculty/staff, BMS alumni, and current BMS students.

How long will the MMI last?
Including the three minute breaks, the total MMI time is exactly one hour.

What questions will be asked?
The BMS major interviews students to determine the best 26 students who are a sound fit with the major. Some questions are designed to let you talk about your experiences, and some are designed to challenge you to think at a higher level.

Why does BMS use the MMI format?
The MMI format is a fair method of interviewing. It allows students to meet with a variety of people. In any interview, it is common for interviewers and interviewees to "click" or "not click" depending on a variety of factors, many of which are out of the students' control. For example, with MMI, you may not click with one interviewer but really click with three. In the end, the MMI format "levels the playing field" for students.

Is the MMI something the BMS major created?
No, the MMI format is used by medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary schools in the United States. Listed below is just a sampling of some of the universities that use MMI in their admission processes for medical school:
  • Duke University
  • New York University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Michigan
  • Virginia Tech

Who is a competitive interviewee?
All students interviewed for the BMS major are intelligent and accomplished. In the interview, the objective is to learn more about your personality, goals, and passions. Resist the temptation to answer questions the way you believe the interviewers want them answered and just be yourself. Remember, your academic record and application were impressive enough to earn you an interview. Now, the interviewers are determining if you are a good fit for the major.

What should I wear?
Students being interviewed for admission to the BMS major should consider this an opportunity to impress the faculty and staff associated with the major. Business attire is expected. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers are not appropriate. Make sure that your cell phone is turned off during the interview; calling or texting at any time during your visit would not be appropriate.

What if I’m really nervous?
Relax! The faculty and staff associated with the BMS major work with undergraduate students all of the time, and they know that interviewees will be nervous. You should be yourself…and present the best “you” that you can be. The major is not looking for a specific type of student to be admitted, and you may be just the student who would be a good fit with the entering class.

Is there anything else I should know?
Not only are you being interviewed, but you should also be interviewing the BMS major to determine if it is the major you really want to pursue at Ohio State. Continue to look at the major critically, and ask questions of the people you meet on your interview day. We want to know your concerns about the major so we can address them and help you decide if BMS is a good fit for you.

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