Interview Question

Epidemiologist Interview


Decision Resources Group

The client is unhappy with the meta-analysis you preformed because the counts are smaller than expected. You were asked to re-run the meta-analysis and using data from an unreliable source. How would you handle this situation.

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I would explain what is a meta-analysis in layman's terms and then further explain my methodology and QC check points. If the client still insists that I use data from an unreliable source, I will explain the new bias that would be created. Honestly, this is a silly question. The interviewer just wants you to say that you will do whatever the client wants. Decision Resource Groups relies soley on business from various clients and so this is a client-driven role. Everything you do is centered around pleasing the client even if it means breaking fundamental Epidemiology principles in the process.

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