Preparing for Your First Statistics Job Interview? We’re Here to Help.

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 startsThis 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:

Job Interview Questions: Statistician Interview Questions

Springboard: 109 Commonly Asked Data Science Interview Questions

Quora: How Should I Prepare For Statistics Questions For a Data Science Interview? 

Simplilearn: 20 Most Popular Data Science Interview Questions

Glassdoor: Statistician Interview Questions in Chicago, IL

Glassdoor: Google Statistician Interview Questions

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!

Additional Resources:

Careers in 2018: Tips from a Top Analytics Recruiter

Q&A with industry leaders

Career Advice from Physics Today

Considering a graduate degree in statistics? Visit our Stats Grad page for more information or check out a survey of 2016 graduates.

If you’re a 2018 statistics graduate, don’t forget to share your photos on social media and use the hashtag #StatsGrad for your chance to win a $50 Amex gift card.

 

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