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How to Hire Great Analytics Talent
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Thank you! Great event!

Prospector

Thanks for a nice presentation

Master Analyst

John - thank you for joining us today!

Data Doctor

John. It looks like we can wrap up. Great presentation today. Thanks, I hope we can do this again some time.

Editor

John. I know you have only a few more minutes. Last call for audience questions.

Editor

To the question below about offering more money ($10K) if the role can contribute to increased sales, if the ROI is there, $10K seems like a relatively modest investment.

Prospector

My perception is that the Data Science degrees have been largely influenced by input from corporations that want to hire these professionals. Therefore the degree has the real world aspect that would certainly make it worthwhile and valuable.

Prospector

John, Tinym had an interesting question about masters in data science programs vs continuing a math focus. Thoughts?

Editor

Dave, good question about whether these hires are worth the money. What's an extra $10k in salary if that person can help drive sales or profits?

Editor

As it relates to compensation, I would caution anyone about making your hiring strategy around money alone. There will always be another firm out there that will be willing to outbid you and throw more money at a candidate. Money is important but surveys tell us that company culture, an environment of innovation, work/life balance, empowerment to make decisions, etc. are very important workplace considerations. You may not offer the most money, but you may offer an environment that would help tilt the odds in your favor

Prospector

So, that problem solving talent is something you have to demonstrate. Quite different from hitting a checkbox.

Editor

Are Master level Data Science degree programs (still quite new) creating the right kind of candidates for these positions? OR are traditional Ph.D. math programs doing a better job preparing candidates?

Data Doctor

Great question on natural curiosity and problem solving and how to uncover a candidates proficiency. Start with asking behavioral questions. "Tell me about a time when you were faced with a difficult or unique problem and how you approached solving that problem. What was your solution and the outcome?" for example

Prospector

Is it fair to say even with the rising salaries that getting the right analytics pro is still worth the money?

Editor

Thanks everyone. It is very difficult to find the best analytical professional. The number of qualified analytics pro's is not sufficient to meet the market demand. I would say its probably the most challenging recruiting area right now.

 

Prospector

Sorry guys. Had to step out. I'm back. What did I miss? :)

Editor

John didn't address the main question I have: "Overall, how difficult has it been for his firm to find the best analytical professionals?"

Master Analyst

Thanks great program! I think as an analytics professional seeking opportunities, an ESSENTIAL pitch would be to explain a functional and user friendly data architecture. I made a mistake of going somewhere with an inexplicably poor data architecture and have suffered enough from it.

Prospector

One question I have for John: If natural curiosity and problem solving are key attributes, how does a hiring manager or recruiter measure/evaluate those?

Editor

John should be joining us shortly

Editor

Test - I'm seeing a lag in browser response... 

Data Doctor

Right, Dave, 7-10 percent per year is quite a bit above typical raises.

Editor

So the Master level degree isn't as attractive?

Data Doctor

Many companies are looking for PhD's for data scientist roles, generally in statistics or Math.

 

Prospector

Thanks everyone for joining today. ful.

Editor

Thank you for the presentation.

Prospector

Are Master of Data Science degrees creating the right kind of candidates for these positions?

Data Doctor

I still can not hear anything.I guess Iwill just watch/listen to the archive. When will this chat be availa in the archive?

Prospector

Wow, 7 to 10 percent increases? I'm forcing my daughter to be a data scientist. :)

Editor

That's interesting. I always assume HR is bad at job decriptions and I wiat for interviews to find out what the job is really about.

Editor

this is a great talk so far. greatly appreciating this information and feedback.

Prospector

Are we paying enough? Is the shortage just a lack of skilled people? Can we get more skilled people if we paid them more?

Editor

I'm sorry to hear that, satxchao. What should happen is a player should have replaced the show description. Then it should play. If you've got a player, try pushing play.

Editor

Sorry, Iam NOT correctedly correctly.

Prospector

One thing I worry about is the idea of "analytics talent" as a separate job role. Shouldn't everyone in an enterprise be an analytic talent at this point? How do we build analytics skills into an enterprise?

Editor

Istill don't hear anything. Iguess I am connected correctly.

Prospector

Yes, I'd rather invest in skillsets with the right person than find someone with the skillset but not the company knowledge or soft skills.

Editor

I personally think natural curiosity is the number one thing in EVERY job. If you don't want to learn something new every day, you aren't worth my time.

Editor

I have ONLY soft skills. :)

Editor

Sometimes certain browser and security combos don't allow it to start either so another browser might help.

Editor

@satxchao- Yes, The show should start automatically. If it doesn't try refeshing the page.

Editor

There is nothing on my screeing. Has this started yet?

Prospector

5 minutes to show time. My business intelligence app tells me tht listening to this radio show will make me smarter. :)

Editor

Hi, Dave. Welcome folks.

Editor

I know one way to hire great analytics talent-- hire people who read A2.

Editor

I'm going ot have to step out briefly for a phone call in the middle of it, but I'm goign to catch as much of it as I can. And I'll catch the rest on the archive. Looking forward to chatting with you, too.

Editor

Hi folks. Looking forward to the show.

Editor

Just over an hour before the start of this week's show with John Reed of Robert Half Technology. You can post your questions and comments here in our text chat.

Editor


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