How to get into the interviewer’s mind and perform better at the data science job interview

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To the job candidates, job interviews could seem like one-sided encounters. They ask, I answer. I talk, they listen. They are powerful, I’m powerless. They have a choice, I don’t have.

Well, that’s often true. The interviewers are in a position of power. They are hidden behind the organization, and you confront them on your own. You have nothing but your knowledge, your experience, your personality. You have only yourself. And they have a job. You don’t. Make a little mistake, and your destiny is at the mercy of the wave of their hand.

While it’s true in a way, it’s not completely true. And even though they usually have the upper hand over you, it’s not that you’re completely powerless. As they try to understand how you tick, nobody said you’re not allowed to understand what makes them tick.

Once you understand that, you’ll see how easily you can turn the tables on them. You’ll be able to turn the interview into a conversation between two equal sides. That way both sides can get what they want, without the feeling they had to roll over. That’s much better than making compromise. After all, compromise is defined as a solution that leaves both sides equally unhappy.

To avoid that, I’m here to take a look at some things that make interviewers more human. After understanding their insecurities, I’ll go into what they’re looking for at the interview. Finally, I’ll give you some advice on how to prepare for such data science interviews.

Here’s a short summary table, so you get a feeling. I’ll elaborate all these four points in a moment.

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Interviewers Don’t Like Interviews Either.

There, you have at least one thing in common. The truth is, the interviewers, just like you, hate interviews. For some other reasons than you, but nevertheless, the feeling is the same.

They don’t like interviews because they pull them from the job.

However, they know they shouldn’t allow their schedule get the better of their professionalism. You should be able to connect with that. You’re too under pressure for not having a job, or leaving the office to go to an interview. You can make the interviewer hate the experience less if you show respect for their time. Arrive on time for the interview. Be prepared, so your answers about your job history, the company, etc., are more on point and, with…

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