Former MCH Epidemiologist at Wisconsin Department of Health Services
almost 2 years ago
First, read the position description, and then read it again. As you read through the second time, think about which of the requirements of the position make you excited about the position, and which previous experiences make you a good candidate.
To prepare for any interview, I would recommend putting together a portfolio of your relevant work experiences. (It is good practice to keep a professional portfolio anyway!) This could include both published data products, as well as process documents, and even work you completed for college or graduate school courses, if you are a recent graduate. Review these work products and reflect on what skill sets you demonstrated. It is likely that you will be asked in the interview to talk about instances where you have applied certain skills, utilized different software packages, or practiced different methods. Having these past accomplishments fresh in your mind will help you recall concrete examples to wow your interview panel. If a question comes up in the interview on a specific skill you have not yet developed, you can refer to related accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform similar tasks.
Other than that, make sure that you are familiar with the organization, and prepare some questions related to the work environment that demonstrate your serious interest in the position. In the interview, allow your enthusiasm to shine through! Even if you can't check all the boxes for an ideal candidate, showing serious interest and enthusiasm for the position sends you to the top of the list and indicates that you would take the position seriously as well.