Preparing for Your First Statistics Job Interview? We’re Here to Help.
May 21, 2019
You spent long, sleepless nights studying for exams, reading textbooks cover to cover and finally earning your statistics degree – congratulations, you graduated! Now, it’s time to start the job hunt and nail your interviews.
Wherever your search starts, This is Statistics is here to help. While it’s impossible to know exactly what will transpire during your interviews with prospective employers, you can expect to be asked basic questions about p-values, modeling, and statistical analysis software, along with specific questions about the organization and the field you hope to enter. Also, be ready to explain your approach to problem-solving, communicating statistical information to non-statisticians, and sharing examples of past successes to demonstrate your statistical, analytical and critical thinking abilities.
There are numerous online resources describing the types of questions future statisticians can expect to face during job interviews. Here are a few of our favorites:
Remember, employers are looking for candidates who not only have technical skills but perspectives on how those skills translate to the specific work being done in their organizations. And don’t forget the so-called “soft skills” of communication, organization, teamwork, and creativity. Employers value those, too!
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