The interview

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The interview by Mind Map: The interview

1. Final interview

1.1. Varies, depending on who interviews

1.2. Final person to greenlight your hiring

1.3. Expect a variation of behavioral interview

2. Case study

2.1. Given

2.1.1. A vague problem to solve

2.1.2. A dataset

2.1.3. Fixed time period

2.2. Share results in a short presentation or discussion

2.3. Purpose

2.3.1. Can you take a vague, open-ended problem and figure out some methods of solving it?

2.3.2. Can you work with messy real-world data?

2.3.3. Can you structure an analysis?

2.3.4. Can you produce a useful report?

2.3.5. Skills similar to what you did for a portfolio project

2.3.5.1. Blog post equivalent of presentation

2.3.6. Tips

2.3.6.1. Don't get overly focused on preparing the data if that's going to cut into analysis

2.3.6.2. Don't put off presentation until the end

2.3.6.2.1. You may run out of time

2.3.6.2.2. You may find the analysis isn't as interesting as you hoped

2.3.6.2.3. But you won't have time to make changes!

2.3.6.3. Start working on presentation early, and build it as you progress in your analysis

2.3.6.4. Tailor to the audience

2.3.6.4.1. Business stakeholders: go light on technical components

2.3.6.4.2. Data scientists: include details of ML methods and why

2.3.6.5. 20-30 min presentation, 10-15 min questions

2.3.6.6. During Q&A, take a moment to think about the question before answering

2.3.6.6.1. Allows you to get your bearings

2.3.6.6.2. And think through your response

2.3.6.7. If you don't know answer, give a version of "I'm not sure, but ..." and offer some ideas on how you could find the answer

3. On-site interview

4. Phone screen

4.1. "Tell me about yourself"

4.1.1. Goal is to show the company that you could do this job

4.1.1.1. Not necessarily that you're the best person

4.1.1.2. Phone screen can be by a recruiter who won't know your field well

4.1.2. Answer within 1-2 min

4.2. "Technologies you're familiar with"

4.3. "What makes you interested in this position"

4.3.1. A well thought-out answer shows that you do your homework

4.4. Recruiter should spend at least 10 min talking

4.4.1. Role

4.4.2. Team you're interviewing for

4.4.3. Ask questions

4.4.3.1. So that you're sure you want this job

4.4.3.2. So that you show sincere interest

4.5. Avoid discussing salary

5. Interview process

5.1. Maximize info about candidate, minimize interview time

5.2. Initial phone screening

5.3. On-site interview

5.4. Case study

5.5. Final leadership interview and offer

6. "Someone who can do the job"

6.1. Have the necessary skills

6.2. Be reasonable to work with

6.3. Being able to get things done

6.4. They're not looking for the most knowledgeable or skilled person in the field

7. Tricky

7.1. Show total strangers that you'll be good in a role you know about only from a few paragraphs in a job posting

7.2. You may be asked questions at all levels

7.3. You'll need to learn enough about the company to be able to decide whether to work there

7.4. All these in only a few hours, while acting professional and proper