I will keep this page short and to the point. Here’s what I have for you today:
In the eBook, you will find multiple great answers to each of the following questions:
- Why did you apply for a job of a statistician?
- Tell us something about your previous working experience (relevant to the job of a statistician).
- What do you want to achieve as a statistician in our company?
- How do you imagine a typical day in work?
- Speaking about working as a statistician in a corporate sphere, what do you consider the most difficult aspect of the job?
- What are your expectations on managers, data scientists, and other people you’ll cooperate with?
- If we hire you for this job, what will be the first thing you’ll do?
- Describe a time when you made a bad prediction or analysis. Why did it happen?
- Describe a time when you struggled to communicate something to someone in the company. How did you manage to get your message over?
- What do you consider your biggest weakness as a statistician?
- … and ten other tough questions you may face in your interview for a job of a Statistician.
Check the sample to see how this eBook can help you:
Sample from the eBook
Q: Why did you apply for a job of a statistician?
Hint: Try to focus on value you can bring to the employer. You have the skills and knowledge, you have abilities (or at least most of them) that make from you an excellent candidate for the job (attention to detail, business acumen, communication skills, independence).
You shouldn’t say that you applied because you earned your degree and this is the next step. It would sound more like a must-take action. But you want to show a desire.
The most important thing is to talk with enthusiasm. Remember that your non-verbal communication counts for 85% of the message you send over. Your verbal and your non-verbal communication have to correspond.
I always wanted to have this job. I love to work with numbers, and I prefer to work in a public sector, serving the community. What is more, I believe to be good in my profession, I can do all types of statistical analyses you typically do in your place (I did my research), and I see a meaningful purpose in this job.
I’ve been working in market research for some time, gained a lot of experience, and now I would like to move one step further. I feel ready for the job of a statistician, and believe I’d handle the duties to a great satisfaction of both myself, and of my employer. Of course I also have a degree from Statistics, which certainly helps, since it would be impossible to do this work without having the knowledge of theory.
Q: What do you want to achieve as a statistician in our company?
Hint: Another test of your attitude. Do you think primarily about yourself, and what you want to gain, or about the employer,and what you want to give?
Surely, statistician is neither a process manager nor a salesman. They neither improve the business process, nor bring money to the company by selling the final products.
But they still play their vital role in a functioning of most organizations.
Say the interviewers that with your work you want to contribute to right decisions of the management, that you understand the power of data, and how much a good (or a bad) analysis of such data can impact the business.
Alternatively you can focus on small everyday achievements—having good relationship with your colleagues, getting better in your job every month and year, helping the others…
If you apply for a job with an NGO, or any organization which follows some worthy purpose with their work (helping a minority group, providing access to education, saving lives, etc) you can simply say that participating on such an activity (with your good work of a statistician) is itself an achievement.
To put it simply, I would like to help you increase your revenues and profits. I understand the important role analyses and forecasts play in today’s competitive marketplace. As a statistician I contribute to both of them. If I do a good job, which eventually translates into good recommendations for the management of the company, I can help you achieve this goal, and improve your position on the market. That would be awesome, and certainly both of us would benefit from such a result.
To be honest, I do not dream about big achievements or promotion, or anything of that sort. I want to do a high quality job each day, have nice relationship with my colleagues, and feel like a valuable member of a hard working team. If this materializes in my job, I will be very happy and grateful for my opportunity.
I just want to play my part on your mission—bringing education to all underprivileged children in central Africa. I love your goal, and certainly you need a statistician in the process of achieving it—you would not advertise the offer otherwise. My part may not look obvious, and people from outside the organization may hardly know me, but I do not mind. I just want to help you accomplish your goal, doing whatever I can as a statistician…
Q: What are your expectations on managers, scientists, and other people you’ll cooperate with?
Hint: The best statisticians have expectations on one person only—on themselves. Tell the interviewers that you prefer to focus on your job, trying to do it as well as possible. You do not expect much from your colleagues.
Another option is saying that you expect a friendly and professional communication, or that they will give you a chance to prove your abilities as a new statistician in the company.
To be honest, I do not have any expectations on them. Surely they have their roles in the organization, and they know what they are supposed to do. I want to focus on my work, my statistical analysis, and not waste time thinking whether my colleagues could work harder, or do something better, or do something for me. Other people in the company should consider that.
I do not expect much. Perhaps just that they give me a chance, since I’ll be new in the company and I won’t know anyone. I treat everyone with respect, and it would be nice to experience the same from my new colleagues. Of course it is important for me to have good relationship with my colleagues—one enjoys going to work more if that’s the case… I try to focus on my role in the process, however, being honestly interested in people, trying to help whenever I can, and so on. What they do I cannot control…
End of the sample
These are just three questions. And by far not the most difficult ones. You will find 20 in the eBook, including tricky scenario-based questions. But that’s not all.
To ensure you will get the job, I included in the book six principles you need to understand before you can ace this interview.
Without talking too much about them, let me show you another sample from the book:
Sample no. 2
Principle no. 1: Do your homework
A typical picture from an interview: You talk to a job candidate, and after first ten minutes you know (or at least feel) that they applied for several similar job openings, and know virtually nothing about your organization—it’s “just another interview” for them.
Does it really matter to know something about the organization, their company culture and goals, their history, kind of data they typically analyze, and things that make their place special for their employees?
In terms of your readiness for the job (your skills in statistics, your motivation and love for the profession, your communication skills and attention to detail), it does not matter much. Or not at all.
Because you can (and will) learn about the company, the working culture, the employee benefits, and the things you’d work on as a statistician, once you start the job.
But in terms of connecting with the interviewers, and showing them that you care, it matters a lot.
You should do your homework. Try to research particularly about the following:
- The history of the organization (briefly), their identity (logo, slogan, vision, etc).
- Their principal activity, why they exist, what they try to achieve every day, who their customers are.
- The role statisticians and data scientists play in the process, and (if possible), also types of research, analyses and reports they work on.
- Things that make the place unique (or at least better), reasons why people should choose it for their place of work (employee benefits, company culture, career growth opportunities, anything else).
- Reviews from former or existing employees (Glassdoor will help here).
- Any other information about the place and the job.
Luckily we live in 21st century, and you won’t have to consult dozens of people to find the information. Online reviews, social networks, Google search, website of the organization—each of these will tell you a lot about the place. Make notes, print them, and read them before the start of your interview.
Good research will help you in many ways.
It will help you find answers to certain interview questions (questions that relate to the business, and your position and work in the company), to calm down before your interview (since it is always easier if we feel somehow familiar with the place and the people we will meet), and to come up with a good question, once there’s an opportunity to ask something.
When you know a lot about the place, or even about the people who interview you………………….
End of the sample
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