Data Analyst/Scientist, Researcher or Intern available for exploratory interviews, Ref: 1176044 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 1176044

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: Masters, TEFL certificate (180 hours online + 20 hours classroom)
Annual Package Range: South African Rand (ZAR) 0.00 - 150 000
Total years experience: 1-2 Years

Data Analyst/Scientist

Current / most recent job title?

Tutor

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

The goal is to help student’s recognize their true potential and improve their grades.

2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

1) Stay up to date on the newest curriculum.
2) Remain patient and explain calmly.
3) Good telephone and email communication results in less issues and misunderstandings.
4) Always arrive early so you have time to set up.

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

A driving force for me has always been the bolstering of my academic pursuits. I am always eager to learn a new coding language or teaching technique. I am always ready to, at length, discuss plans or the world around us. I believe I am creative and in my downtime enjoy reading, writing and gaming. I’m currently seeking to help a company to the best of my abilities and actively make a difference. I am very goal driven and work well following instructions.

4. Ideal business title: 

Data analyst, researcher, intern or data scientist.

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Admin, data management, data representation and report writing, coding or teaching

6. Skill area of competence:

Outside of tutoring I have also acted as a demonstrator for the University of the Witwatersrand during the Africa Array Field School. This gave the opportunity to practice my leadership skills, learn new software and plan surveys.

7. Career summary:

Tutoring – 1 year full time and 5 years part time

8. Achievements:

Top Ten Award – Alberton High School [2011], Highest Mark for Information Technologies in final Matric Year – Alberton High School. I believe I have helped the company most by doing my job to the best of my abilities. I value constantly working hard on building constructive relationships with the students and other staff to facilitate ease of operation. Academically I always tried to learn new skills, watch webinars or attend conferences to keep a pulse on the world around me.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Getting to know my co-workers.
Working as a team.
Solving complex problems.
Working with data.
Writing.
Dealing with people.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

My ideal company would work hard to better the lives of its clients and employees without prejudice or discrimination. It would be ideal if in some way it made the Earth a better place.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS:

Write down two achievements from primary school, two from high school, two during college/university, and two post-college/university, with at least one of the two business-related.

Primary school
I managed to end off my primary school education with a Principal’s award. Essentially the award praised students who achieved high marks across all four terms and I believe this initial validation is what set me on the academic path.
My school also hosted an entrepreneur’s day, which had us create stalls and sell goods or services to make some money. In my 7th year my friend and I started our preparations late and we did not have a solid business plan in mind. At the last minute my mother dropped off a lot of candy for us and in just a few minutes we created a price line and table design. We did moderately well and made a solid profit for ultimately last minute efforts. It turned it to be a fun day and felt great to turn a bad situation into a good one.

High school
Much like in primary school, I was privileged enough to be in the academic top ten a few times through my schooling. In my Matric year I was lucky enough to be placed in the top ten again and achieve the award for the highest mark in Information Technology. This greatly influenced my choice of degree and University.
In my Matric year I was a councilor (prefect) and one of the responsibilities included helping out at the open day. One of my responsibilities included showing the facilities in the I.T. lab. I was able to practice my presentation skills and it helped me present myself in university.

College/University
Overall my greatest achievements in University were the times I graduated. In those times however, graduating with my bachelor’s was the highlight. I am the first member of my family to graduate at university and the celebration meant a lot to me.
In 2018, while doing my master’s, I was able to present my work at a conference in California, USA. This was my first trip to another country and I was going completely alone. The ability to present my work to distinguished guests was an achievement enough, but I mostly enjoyed meeting new people, networking and travelling. I think it helped develop my business mind.

Post-college/post-university
Due to the current world’s climate there had not been much I have been able to accomplish after university. I was however fortunate enough to receive a tutoring job from Master Maths and the highlight thereof was the successful passing of students I had direct oversight of. Being able to work with the students and actively see their progress was a true highlight of 2019.
Following this I completed a TEFL degree and gained the ability to teach English overseas. It was an interesting course and I believe it added accreditations to my CV.

Tell me about a time when you had to get to the root cause of a problem to make a decision.

In my final year at university, a college and I were in charge of demonstrating a group of international students. We were in charge of teaching the students how to take gravitational acceleration readings. The methods on correcting these readings had recently been updated in a new article and project as carried out by the Council of Geosciences. The new methods used constants and equations we had never seen. When we divided up tasks, I was assigned interpreting the new methods. Through a lot of reading, searching and testing I was able to find the underlying theory around which the equations were built. Using this I simplified the approach and created a semi-automated process to aid the students. This allowed faster processing and interpretations by the respective groups.

 

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