Three Skills that get an Analyst Hired
In an Analytics job interview, it’s not just what you say, but how you say it that is important.
While technical skills, qualifications and experience will be the main areas an Analyst job candidate will be evaluated on during a job interview, there are other skills that can help you stand out amongst the competition. Set yourself apart from the other applicants on these skills, and you could be one step closer to landing the Analyst job you want.
The interview phase is where your well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, as listed on your CV, will be tested. This assessment is being done throughout the entire interview, however specific communication-focused questions may include “do you have experience or confidence translating technical terminology into layman’s terms for those without technical knowledge?” Another question may be along the lines of “which skill do you believe is of greatest value to analytics professionals – communication or listening?”
The inability to know how to translate technical terminology into simple language can be a red flag to employers. This skill is a non-negotiable for those working in analytics as operating across departments is a major aspect of the job along with providing analytical insights to colleagues lacking an understanding of analytical terminology.
When answering questions remember to get to the point quickly and succinctly and provide specific examples where possible.
2. Problem Solving Skills
Analytics interviews are known to incorporate real-time problem solving questions. Whilst arriving to the correct answer is important, the interviewer is more interested in assessing the analyst’s approach.
These questions may range from explaining a previous high stress situation or talking through their troubleshooting process for a particular problem. Unusual questions such as specific data questions can also be expected throughout the interview, which can catch a candidate off guard. Relating responses to tangible examples and business strategy is a good approach for such questions.
3. Analytical Skills
Whilst a statistics, mathematics or science degree ticks boxes on paper and suggests a honed analytical skillset, showing this analytics or critical thinking capacity is the third major hurdle in an interview. Analysts can best show their skills by explaining their thought process rather than just providing answers.
Outcomes and recommendations can greatly differ from analyst to analyst. When given the same data, two analysts can easily arise at completely different but equally valid business recommendations so explaining the process is crucial.
Finally, avoid making assumptions – nothing is guaranteed when working with data so do not hesitate to fact check rather than making superficial decisions based on any assumptions.
Beyond these three skills, the job advert should not be overlooked. The vital skills the interviewer is looking for will be listed in the advert and provide direction for the interview preparation.
Whether working as a Data Analyst or Business Analyst, superior communication, problem solving and analytical abilities link those professionals succeeding in analytics. When combined with a strong technical ability, these well-rounded Analysts will stand out in the candidate pool.