I have some interviews coming up. Anybody with a statistics-related profession.... please help me out with answering technical questions in my job interviews! (A bit on the long side...)
I am in my school's Co-op program and I am currently pursuing a bachelor degree in Statistics. The number of entry level jobs for statisticians are really next to none, and I really want to do well on this next interview.
I have already had three interviews for statistics related jobs with different companies and I pretty much flunked each one. I can't seem to wrap my head around the technical questions that are asked during interviews. Most of the time, my mind draws a blank and useless garble comes out. All the generic questions about me, my interests, etc. are easy, but when it comes to solving technical questions on the fly, I lose all confidence and the interview goes downhill. Sometimes I just don't know the answer, sometimes I just can't process the question, and other times I just say "I don't know" and doom myself joblessness.
So now I have a phone interview with company X tomorrow morning. X is a rather large company (one that I've interviewed for before, actually, for a different position by a different person) and some students (myself included) were recommended for the position by my school's Co-op office. The position I am being interviewed for is Statistical Methods Analyst
, and doing a quick google search gives me a similar job description
to the one I received.
In more detail, my job description says that I will need to be responsible for collaborating with stakeholders to gather and analyze requirements, produce process analysis reports, adhoc reports and data queries, validate and analyze data, develop tools and communicate analysis results.
Under essential skills, it says I should be adept at MS Excel, especially data analysis and process analysis, experienced in VBA Macro or similar programming languages, have knowledge of Statistical tools (such as Minitab, Stata, SAS) and the ability to correctly interpret statistical test results, valuing the nature of the data. Also, familiarity with basic statistical concepts and ability to relate them to industry settings, able to detect and diagnose process problems. Knowing SQL was noted as an asset.
I feel under-qualified for this job and doomed for failure at yet another job interview, but my co-op coordinator assures me that I will be able to pick up the skills once I am on the job. Soo... please help me land this job! Please make my years of studying statistics useful!
My questions are (yes, I know. Finally, eh?) :
What kind of technical questions should I be expecting?
What should I study before going into the interview tomorrow?
If I don't know the answer to a technical question, what should I do?
Any job interview tips?