My background is in science, and I’m applying for a job with a risk management company. How would I best prepare for an interview? Do you think my degree will help me or hurt me?

Good luck with that one. I think your degree will hurt you. I have worked in risk management and the only person without a finance degree they will hire are people with math degrees that concentrated in statistics. If you have a strong statistics background and know how to work Excel to apply that knowledge…I would talk about that, and it might put you in consideration.