5 tips to ace your interview

Like most things, the harder you work at something the better you become. The more time you spend preparing for a job interview, the better you will perform. These top interview tips cover everything you need to know to have a successful job interview.

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1. Be on Time! Although this appears obvious, you’d be surprised how many candidates show up late for an interview. It is not uncommon for interviewers to terminate the interview on the spot or to politely cut it short if the interviewee is late.

Do the following:

  1. Make a dry run a day or two before the interview to the location noting road construction or parking issues. Make sure to give yourself extra time to find where the interview will be held inside the building.
  2. Arrive no more than 10 minutes early to the interview room.

2. Familiarize yourself with the details about the organization and position.
Make sure to research the company before the interview. You should be able to find information on the company’s website.

Do the following:

  1. Learn about the company’s products and services: What do they do? Who do they serve? Who is their primary customer base?
  2. Take careful note of the values, mission statement and culture of the organization.
  3. Read success stories and understand what challenges they may face.

3. Bring proper materials. Be sure to provide all documentation that is requested. Put these documents in a professional folder.

Bring the following:

  1. References, usually 4-6 professional references are adequate. Get permission from your references first. Provide each reference’s name, title, place of employment, address and phone number.
  2. Extra copies of your resume.
  3. Drivers license, Social Security number, passport or some other form of ID.
  4. Cash! You never know if the parking ramp will be full; small surface lots often only take cash.

4. Practice verbalizing answers to possible interview questions. Practice in front of a mirror or with a friend. Never walk into an interview without first practicing your answers aloud.


  1. Practice answering traditional and behavioral-based questions.
  2. Work with someone who can give you honest feedback.
  3. Record your answers, noting idioms and slang that may not paint you in the best light.
  4. Video yourself; pay attention to your body posture and hand gestures.

5. Conduct a comprehensive review your qualifications, transferable skills, strengths, values and competencies. Be able to give examples and tell stories.


  1. The core competencies of the position and how you can fulfill them.
  2. What makes you stand out from the crowd—what makes you unique.


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For more than 100 years, Fairview has been meeting community needs and achieving breakthrough medical advances in care. We are committed to delivering great value for our patients—higher quality, better experience and lower cost. Fairview has six hospitals and more than 90 primary and specialty care clinics throughout the state. 

In partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview is an academic health system committed to nation-leading research and educating tomorrow’s physicians and health care professionals. We serve patients from across the state of Minnesota, the upper Midwest and beyond. 


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