I have just finished my first week in The Data School and I have to say I have learnt a lot already. A mind-blowing week filled with valuable Tableau sessions, Data 101 knowledge, and clean data vs messy data. I believe The Data School is a great opportunity for your first step in the Data Industry. In this blog, I want to share some tips that I concluded during my journey to become a Data Schooler.

Go with the dataset that you enjoy

In the first stage of the recruitment process, you will be required to build a Tableau dashboard with a dataset that you select yourself. Therefore, I would strongly recommend that you should use a dataset that fit with your routine or hobby. Personally, I am a big fan of playing music instruments, especially fingerstyle guitar. Naturally, the topic I picked for my first dashboard was about music and my passion as well as knowledge with fingerstyle guitar was an amazing companion for this challenge.

Spend time on your interview as much as your dashboard

After building your first dashboard, you will be connected to one of the instructors to improve your dashboard. If your dashboard passed the first stage, you would proceed to a digital interview, where you have roughly 10 minutes to do a presentation about your dashboard, and then 15 minutes of Q&A. Practice makes perfect and trust me, working on your pitch again and again will never be redundant. Another essential thing is that make sure you spend some time on preparing for the potential questions of the following Q&A section.

Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback

During the recruitment process, support is a crucial asset that The Data School provides to all the applicants. My instructor, Alex, helped me a lot. He assists me with the dashboard and provides me feedbacks from a professional’s perspective. Thus, feel free to reach out to your instructors. I bet that you will get outstanding improvements for your dashboard.

Time management is the key

If you pass the first interview, you will make it to the last stage of The Data School Final Interview, where you will build another dashboard based on a dataset selected by The Data School, and a final interview for this dashboard and HR-related questions. You will have 2 weeks to prepare for this. Wise man says, only fools rush in. So, sleep well, schedule carefully and start early.

Be yourself, Be enthusiastic

Last but not least, enjoy your dashboard, enjoy your interview and enjoy the recruitment process. Love and respect for data is essential for a successful Data Analyst.

And that’s all the tips I can provide you, along with my own recruitment process experience in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy the blog and I wish you the best of luck!

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