Sangeeta Dec 26, 2013 1 Comment
You have graduated and got yourself that sought after analytics qualification. You are now pitching for various analytics job openings. As a fresh student with no work experience, you are obviously wondering what happens when you walk in the door for an interview.
Well, to begin with most companies have some common interview questions that you ought to prepare well for.
#Tell us something about yourself.
#What interests you about this opening? What do you know about this job role?
#Why do you want to work with us? What do you know about our firm?
#How does this position fit in with the career path you have set for yourself?
#What do you find interesting about analytics?
#What do you know about the analytics industry in India?
#Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 10 years?
#What made your choose your degree subject?
#What are your predictions for analytics in India?
#What is the area of analytics you like or want to grow in?
#What is your dream job in analytics?
#What makes you uncomfortable? How do you deal with adversity?
#What is the name of our CEO?
#What gets you up in the morning?
#Are you a leader or a follower?
#What questions haven’t we asked you?*
# Tell us about your strengths.
#Why should we hire you?
#What is the value you will bring to our firm?
Education /Skill based questions
#Tell us about your project.
#What computing skills do you have? How many software environments are you familiar with?
#What have you added to your learning curve on your own? Why?
#Problem solving questions.
#Predictive Modelling / Regression Analysis questions.
#What do you know about Business Analytics and the tools used?
#Questions related to SQL queries, SAS, Excel, and so on.
Competency based questions
#What is your usual role in a team?
#Describe a situation where you worked in a team
#Describe a situation in which you lead a team.
#If asked to make a presentation to a client at short notice, how much time will you take to prepare?
#What are the steps in an analytics project?
The Bottom Line
~ Answer questions honestly and with relevance to analytics – in a way that fits your personality, values, and expectations.
~ Stick to what you have mentioned in your CV and job application.
~ Show willingness to learn new softwares and systems.
~ Research the company interviewing you and its current service offerings or projects
Anticipate less conventional questions, be well prepared for real-world problem questions and display an ability to think on your feet. In today’s analytics job roles, you are expected to demonstrate excellent communication skills, an organized thought process and potential to perform under pressure.
In a nutshell. analytics hiring today is in totality based on a good grasp of technical fundamentals, ability to relate to a business problem and communicate.