Make a Good First Impression During a Data Science Interview

job hunting job interviews soft + interpersonal skill Dec 15, 2022
Two data scientists at a job interview

Walking into an interview (especially when transitioning into data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, or advanced analytics) can be one of the most nerve-wracking times during a career change. Putting your best foot forward and making a good first impression is crucial. Here are some simple ways to help boost your confidence and start the interview off right.

Dress For The Role You Want

Dressing appropriately for interviews may be harder than you think. You want to ensure that your appearance enhances your interview, rather than distracts from it. Be professional, yet comfortable so that the interviewer remembers you for the positive skills and experiences you shared rather than how you looked. To determine what to wear to the interview research the company, see if there are any pictures of people in your role currently, observe how the company presents itself. Is the website very formal or more laid back? Who would their potential client be? Make sure that you keep your hygiene professional and clean cut.

Be Early

A quick way to have the interviewer create a negative assumption about you is to arrive to the interview late. Save yourself the headache and plan to arrive to each interview at least ten minutes early. Depending on the traffic and other geography associated with where you travel from (or to) for your interview maybe more than ten minutes. In the age of Zoom interviews, make sure that you’re not only early but that your tech is ready. For example, do you know the last time you updated the Zoom software. Don’t let a surprise, and required, Zoom software update make you late. These efforts will give you enough time find where the interview is taking place. You will be able to calm yourself. And if necessary, you’ll have time to fill out any extra paperwork. Additionally, it will give your interviewers a positive impression of you.

Lead With Enthusiasm

Going into an interview with enthusiasm can give you a leg up on the competition even if you lack experience. When you lead with enthusiasm you tell the interviewer that you are excited about their work and are willing to learn what you may not already know. Everyone wants to hire an enthusiastic applicant. Just don’t overdo or fake it, that can come off as obnoxious.

The difference between a successful interview and an unsuccessful one is nailing the first impression. Following these three steps along with proper preparation will put you in a position for success.

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