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Statistician Interview Questions

35 Statistician Interview Questions
Question 1 of 35
Explain to me the 80/20 rule.
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Assure the interviewer that you are familiar with basic statistical concepts and practices by briefly walking them through your understanding of the 80/20 rule.

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"My understanding of the 80/20 rule is that the most reasonable first steps you take with your data set will usually bring you 80% of the way to a solution. The remainder of your work is the last 20%."
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Question 2 of 35
What was the largest data set that you processed? How did you process it?
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You will likely have your most prominent studies listed on your resume. Focus on those studies that you are most proud of in your career.

Talk to the interviewer a bit about them, what you achieved, and what you were able to learn. Briefly walk the interviewer through each study.
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Question 3 of 35
Would you say you are creative? When have you shown creativity?
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As a Statistician you will often need to think outside the box. This take creativity! Talk to the interviewer about a time when your creative side presented itself in the workplace.

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"I would certainly consider myself creative. Most of my life I have spent time in the arts and I enjoy being creative in my off time. I exercise creativity every time I walk into a new project. I need to assess the situation, create an outline, discover key elements of the project and put everything together like a story in the end."
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Question 4 of 35
What studies have you worked on in the past?
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You will likely have your most prominent studies listed on your resume. Focus on those studies that you are most proud of in your career.

Talk to the interviewer a bit about them, what you achieved, and what you were able to learn. Briefly walk the interviewer through each study.
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Question 5 of 35
Why do you feel statistics are important?
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Question 6 of 35
How would you rate your education? What things would you like to improve upon?
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Question 7 of 35
Do you have experience working with SQL?
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Question 8 of 35
How do you like to present your data findings to your coworkers?
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Question 9 of 35
How would you explain a p-value to a novice?
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Question 10 of 35
Why is mean square error a bad measure of model performance?
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First written on: 09/15/2010
Last modified on: 08/22/2018

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Question 11 of 35
Why did you enter a career in statistics?
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Question 12 of 35
What is your dream data set, if you could have access to anything?
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Question 13 of 35
What do you know about our company?
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Question 14 of 35
What is model fitting?
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Question 15 of 35
Tell me about a data project you have done that was successful. What made it successful?
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Question 16 of 35
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 17 of 35
What makes you a great problem solver?
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Question 18 of 35
What excites you?
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Question 19 of 35
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 20 of 35
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 21 of 35
What leadership qualities do you possess?
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Question 22 of 35
Tell me about a time you led a difficult project.
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Question 23 of 35
What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
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Question 24 of 35
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 25 of 35
Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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Question 26 of 35
What is your biggest strength when it comes to mathematics?
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Question 27 of 35
Tell me about your post-secondary education.
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Question 28 of 35
What do you think our company can offer that you are not receiving in your current role?
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Question 29 of 35
Tell me the last time you had completely unexpected results. What did you do after?
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Question 30 of 35
What is your favorite algorithm? Can you explain it to me?
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Question 31 of 35
What was the last thing that you did for fun?
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Question 32 of 35
Do you have experience with database design?
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Question 33 of 35
What do you dislike the most about being a Statistician?
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Question 34 of 35
What do you enjoy most about your career as a Statistician?
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Question 35 of 35
Why are you looking for a new position?
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About Statistician

August 31st, 2017

Statisticians use a variety of statistical techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data that is used to resolve real-world problems in the healthcare, business, engineering, and other fields. The exact methods they use depends on the data that needs to be collected and analyzed. They may also design customized surveys, opinion polls or experiments if necessary, to collect the required data.
It takes advanced education to become a statistician. Most employers will only consider applicants with a master's degree in a qualitative field such as mathematics, or statistics. A Doctorate may be the necessary for academic and research positions. A bachelor's degree has very limited prospects and is generally only considered for entry-level jobs. Statisticians must have outstanding analytical, problem-solving, math, precision and communication skills.
Be prepared to answer some tough questions at your statistician interview. The interviewer will ask you about your strengths as they relate to this role. They will also ask you if you have any weakness that could possibly affect your efficiency in this role. Are you doing anything to overcome your weak areas? What drives you as a statistician? Do you see yourself doing this job for the next 5 to 10 years? Finding the right answers on the spot can be difficult. However, you will be able to answer more confidently if you take time to practice your replies to some of the more commonly asked questions. You can find these listed at Mock Questions.

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