Data science is a hot field, but it’s not a good career choice for everyone. Find out what makes a good data scientist.
As a leader or a manager, it’s important to hire the right people for the data scientist position. Some people may already have a sense they’re not right for data science, and others may have a false sense of optimism. Either way, it’s your responsibility to protect your organization and your interviewee from an improper fit. During the interview process, look for several things.
First, ask them about their hobbies and interests. There’s nothing wrong with a potential data scientist who loves to skydive or play in a rock band. However, you should be able to draw the connection between data science and their lifestyle outside the workplace. For instance, I love gambling — not just on horses, but all kinds of gambling. When I’m not helping clients, you might find me on a craps table in Vegas or in a smoky room playing poker. When I’m not analyzing corporate data, I’m analyzing odds at a casino. It’s easy to understand why I’m good at data science.