This is the 2nd part of my two-part series, I will go over the final three tips in this blog!

Ask for feedback.

The great thing about the application process is that you will provide feedback and you will also have the opportunity to ask questions. My tip, use it.  Take on the feedback whoever gives you and revise accordingly. And reach out for help when needed. This is important because it shows that you are willing to take on feedback and ask for help when needed. During my application process, I regularly asked for feedback regarding my dashboard, and whenever I was stuck on something I would ask for help or guidance. And I daresay it has helped my dashboard into a comfortable position.

Practice, Practice and Be Prepared.

Once you get your dashboard or application in a good position, you will need to practice. There is a big difference between someone who has spent 10mins preparing to someone who spent 2hrs+ in preparation. The difference is the “nerves” something who spent 10mins, you can hear it in their voice and the way they present. Compared to someone who is properly prepared they will naturally sound more confident. You should practice going through your story, your insights and the interaction within your dashboards. Next up, you will have to be prepared.  Things will go wrong so you will need to account for them, especially for any tech issues. During the interview, you will be asked questions. They aren’t asked to bring you down or throw you off but they are aimed to replicate real-life client interactions. If you understand your data you be able to naturally answer these questions. If you struggle with the question my tip would be, acknowledge the question and explain why you can not come up with an answer. It could that you focus on a particular approach or you did not know how to execute certain things.

Repeat and have fun.

It will be a continuous cycle. The dashboard will get reiterated many times. You will think that you understood the data but you go back and relook at it.  The feedback that you receive will change your entire approach and you will change your plans accordingly. Ideally, you will need to enjoy this process, and once see you see your first draft of the end product, you will feel very satisfied with the work you have done. 

Antoneely Calizaya
Author: Antoneely Calizaya

Antoneely is a curious and lifelong learner, and she has become fascinated by a wide variety of business challenges she has encountered throughout her career. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Analytics and has a Bachelor’s in Management and Marketing. She is passionate about data-driven decision making and enjoys working with complex data problems. She has six years of experience including a mid-level position in management, developing projects and implementing strategies. When she matched her passions and interests, it was clear that she wanted to learn as much as she could about data analysis, data science, machine learning, and new technologies. Her favourite new platforms are Alteryx and Tableau. She’s constantly seeking new things to learn and is always up for new ways to challenge herself. She finds fascinating books about the brain, creativity, subconscious mind, and mindfulness. She enjoys hosting meetups related to fun outdoor activities. The latest hobbies she enjoys are pole fitness, video editing, illustrating with her Wacom, and she’s looking to join a footy team. Antoneely’s long-term goal is to use all her data superpowers to contribute to improving access to equitable and quality education, emphasising rural areas, and vulnerable populations.