What makes a good Data Scientist?

Your answer to this question will tell a hiring manager a lot about how you see your role and the value you bring to an organization. In your answer, you could talk about how data science requires a rare combination of competencies and skills. A good Data Scientist needs to combine the technical skill needed to parse data and create models with the business sense necessary to understand the problems they’re tackling as well as recognize actionable insights in their data. In your answer, you could also discuss a Data Scientist you look up to, whether it’s a colleague you know personally or an insightful industry figure.

  • Please tell me about yourself.
  • What are your best qualities professionally? What are your areas of weakness?
  • Is there one Data Scientist you admire most?
  • What inspired your interest in data science?
  • What unique skills or characteristics do you bring that would help the team?
  • What made you decide to leave your last job?
  • What level of compensation are you expecting from this job?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or as a part of a team of Data Scientists?
  • Where do you see your career in five years?
  • What’s your approach for handling stress on the job?
  • How do you find motivation?
  • What’s your method for measuring success?
  • How would you describe your ideal work environment?
  • What are your passions or hobbies outside of data science?