“Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the Web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore
Data analytics companies help organizations to make more-informed business decisions using the power of data. Successful business analytics depends on data quality, skilled analysts who understand the technologies and the business and an organizational commitment to data-driven decision-making.
Just like every other interview process, analytics companies also conduct various rounds to hire a suitable employee. Mostly, in these rounds companies assess your analytical skills and confidence. But, what are the other things that you need to get a job with an analytics company?
Pooja Parthasarathy, Sr. Recruiter, MuSigma presents a few major things, other than analytical skills and confidence, that companies look for while recruiting:
Students often have a misconception that companies hire candidates who have external certification in data analytics. But this is not true; companies hire candidates who have strong fundamentals in data analytics. It will be your first job, so companies don’t expect you to be well-versed with techniques and processes of data analytics.
However, before you go for the interview, research about the technology that the company uses, this will help you to prepare better. In case, you have not been taught about that technology in your college, you can still learn about its fundamentals with the help of online sources.
As mentioned previously, during your college days you work on various technologies and it is not necessary that the company you want to work for uses all those technologies. The companies often look for candidates who are curious and willing to learn new things. Hence, be inquisitive, if needed unlearn few things that were taught to you in college and adapt new skills that the company requires. To sum it all up, companies hire candidates who have a natural curiosity and drive to continue learning and figuring out how things fit together.
Another significant thing that companies look for in a candidate is adaptability. In this industry, everything changes quickly without any prior notice. So companies look for candidates who are able to adjust swiftly and smoothly to such changes with very little difficulty. In short, they look for the ability to fail fast and try alternatives. They want someone who can evaluate the results quickly so more ideas can be researched and someone who has the ability to move new results quickly into production.
Companies always want to associate with you for the long term. When they hire candidates they want driven candidates as after few years you will become an intermediary between a variety of people such as clients, developers, users, management, etc. So, companies want their potential employees to be curious and driven. They want someone who not only see a glass as half full but who will research and find multiple ways to make it overflow.
With these tips, you should be able to crack your data analytics interviews. Lastly, don’t panic; trust your gut, and go for it.