• Career Compass
  • Posts
  • 8 Essential Tips to Land Your Data Analyst Interview

8 Essential Tips to Land Your Data Analyst Interview

Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired with these 8 Tips

👋 Hey there !!

Welcome to Career Compass! In this week’s newsletter, I’ll cover:

  1. 8 ESSENTIAL TIPS TO LAND YOUR DATA ANALYST INTERVIEW

  2. 4 WAYS TO DROP PROBLEMS WITH DATE FUNCTIONS IN SQL

  3. 5 EASY STEPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Table of Contents

Let’s get started!
Read time: 5 minutes

DATA CAREER ADVICE
8 ESSENTIAL TIPS TO LAND YOUR DATA ANALYST INTERVIEW

8 Tips to Land Your Data Analyst Interview

8 Tips to Land Your Data Analyst Interview

With nearly six years of experience as a Data Analyst and many job applications under my belt, I know the feeling of getting rejected. However, each "no" led me to some "yeses". You don’t have to learn it the hard way because I'm here to share 8 tips that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Why is this Important to You❓

These 8 tips will transform the way you approach job applications.
If that sounds interesting, keep reading ⬇️ 

How can You address this❓

To stand-out, you must ⬇️

  1. Define what you want: Simply stating 'I want to be a Data Analyst' is too vague, and it doesn’t help you filter roles that match your qualifications, experience, or personal preferences. Ask yourself ⬇️
    ➡️ Where do I want to work? (Location)
    ➡️ What industry do I want to focus on? (Domain)
    ➡️ What do I want to be doing on a daily basis? (Expectations)

  2. Limit: No more 100 applications per day. If you're looking for special consideration, respect the job in return by tailoring each application. Focus on delivering the perfect job application instead of 10 easy-applies.

  3. Know the role: I’m here to tell you that the secret of job applications lies in the 'About this role' and 'Key Responsibilities' sections. If you meet at least 70% of the criteria outlined there, you should then review the job qualifications. Try to recognize patterns in job applications this way instead and not on the qualifications section.

  4. Audit: What’s the first thing you think about when choosing a gift for a family member or a friend? It’s not just about what they like, but about what YOU think they like. This mindset is also important when you’re approaching a job because it involves offering the company what you believe they would value. To do this effectively, you must know the company and identify areas where they can improve.

  5. Show them that you’ve done your homework: Always answer these 4 questions before applying to any job ⬇️

    ➡️ Who is the company?

    ➡️ What do they do?

    ➡️ How do they do it?

    ➡️ How can they improve?

  6. Use the product / service: If possible, try the company’s products or services before you apply. Free trials will do the job. This experience is the best way to share your insights and offer really valuable feedback.

  7. Connect with them: “I want to work at Google”. Perfect. Now, go and speak with people who currently work or have worked at Google. This will help you identify patterns and strategies that you can use in your application. This type of interaction will also improve your soft skills and networking abilities.

  8. Be honest: This is the most important skill you can have. It can be tempting to stay away from the truth when you’re under pressure.

⚠️ CTA

I know that landing your first role can be tough. In this video, I share one more tip that you can use. Check it out below ⬇️

Which of these 8 rules did you like the most? Reply and let me know!

DATA SKILLS TIPS
4 WAYS TO DROP PROBLEMS WITH DATE FUNCTIONS IN SQL

Drop Date Problems

As a Data Analyst, you will face unique challenges while working with Dates in SQL and they can become complex. I've saved you hours of research by sharing 4 key considerations to work effectively with Dates within your queries.

Why is this Important to You❓

Knowing what to expect when working with dates in SQL will help you approach date-related queries with caution. Curious to see? Keep reading ⬇️ 

How can You address this❓

Here are the 4 things to look out for when working with dates in SQL ⬇️

  1. Be aware of the time zone settings of your database and application servers.
    ↪️ If you’re using MySQL, consider using time zone conversion functions, such as “convert_tz, to adjust timestamps when working with data from different regions.

  2. Use standardized date formats like ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DD) to avoid confusion.
    ↪️ If you’re using SQL Server, consider using parsing functions to convert strings to dates when inserting or querying data.

  3. Make sure you know the daylight saving time rules for the regions you are working with.
    ↪️ PostgreSQL provides various date and time functions, such as date_truncdate_part, and extract.

  4. Verify that your database management system's date and time functions can handle leap years to avoid errors in your calculations.
    ↪️ If you’re using either MySQL or SQL Server, datediff calculates the difference between two dates in a specified interval. Here’s how can you do it in PostgreSQL.

⚠️ CTA

Here’s an example of how I use dates to calculate a 30 day moving average. Check it out in the video below ⬇️ 

Don’t forget to check out my usual polls at the bottom of the newsletter to give your feedback.

MO’S PERSONAL INSIGHTS
5 EASY STEPS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

one-task-at-a-time

Focus on one task at a time

I've seen many people just like you and me learn data analysis and go on to achieve great things. I personally experienced this because I followed the same approach every time I set a goal for myself. My plan is to give you a step-by-step approach to learn anything.

Why is this Important to You❓

Finding the right challenge is essential when you’re learning something. This will help you find it ⬇️ 

How can You address this❓

Follow these steps ⬇️ 

1. Set your main goal: “I will become a Marketing Data Analyst within 12 months, working from home and earning $80,000 per year”.

2. Set the roadmap: Search for professionals in the field and identify the key skills and knowledge required. This process will also help you adjust your main goal if it's too ambitious or if it’s not challenging enough.

3. Create a Calendar: Schedule a daily commitment to your main goal. Consistency is key, so you should avoid starting without a plan. Instead, you must make a genuine daily effort to pursue your main goal if achieving it is truly important to you.

4. Divide and Conquer: Here’s one of the best ways to stick with your calendar. You break your weekly goals into daily goals, dividing them through the week. Then, you take your daily goals and divide them even further (into small tasks). The smaller you can make a task, the better you’ll stick to it. You will see that the positive feedback from achieving results just makes you want to do more.

5. Reap the rewards: After each day, week, and month, make a reflection on where you were and where you are right now. It’s about being 1% better every day that will make all the difference.

⚠️ CTA

Apply these to every aspect of your life, especially those moments that push you out of your comfort zone. Can you identify the steps in this video? Check it out ⬇️ 

What’s Your #1 reason to check out Career Compass?

✉️ Your chance to Win with Career Compass ⬇️ 


10 referrals → 15% Discount off Ultimate Resources
50 referrals → 50% Discount off 1-1 Mentorship (Limited to the first 10 users)

You currently have 0 referrals, only 10 away from receiving a 15% Discount.

You can also use this link to share → https://mochen.beehiiv.com/subscribe?ref=PLACEHOLDER

FEEDBACK
CAREER COMPASS

What did you think of this week's newsletter?

Please select an option

Login or Subscribe to participate in polls.

What do you want to see more of?

Please select one option

Login or Subscribe to participate in polls.

That’s it!
See you next week 👋

Mo Chen

SOMEONE SAID ⬇️ 

Subscribe to keep reading

This content is free, but you must be subscribed to Career Compass to continue reading.

I consent to receive newsletters via email. Sign Up Terms of Service.

Already a subscriber?Sign In.Not now