There’s no shortage of data scientist interview questions available online. You can find lists and lists of questions to ask data scientist recruits in an interview, but most of the questions focus on the technical and quantitative aspects of the job without considering the softer skills.
Our list takes a different approach. If you’re hiring a data scientist, we recommend focusing on more than technical skills, and your interview questions should reflect that. Data scientists have a unique blend of skills; not only do they solve problems by squeezing information out of data, they also communicate results and persuade others to apply that information to their decisions.
Remember that data scientists aren’t just ninja quantitative analysts, says Wayne Thompson, Chief Data Scientist at SAS. “You’re looking for more than technical skills. Logical reasoning agility, along with storyboarding skills are critical because these scientists must be able to solve problems iteratively in collaboration with business analysts and decision makers. Their domain experience and communications skills are just as important as their technical skills.”