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  • Hello,

    I have a face to face interview on Data Modeling.I dont have any idea what they gonna ask me in face to face interview.I never attended a face to face interview on Data modeling.Please suggest me.Any help is much appreciated.The Position title is Data Analyst/Data Modeler.

    Thanks

    Friday, October 28, 2011 3:02 AM

Answers

  • Hi kalasql,

    I agree with what others have said. If you know about data modeling,
    you need not worry. You might miss a few questions, but most companies
    don't expect 100% perfection from new hires (or even sitting
    employees). Nobody can ever deliver that.

    If you don't know about data modeling, be upfront about it. Tell tham
    that data modeling is a new area for you, and that you are prepared to
    learn. Read up on the subject today, so that you can show that you are
    already starting to get into the subject. If you have shown an ability
    to pick up new stuff fast, stress that during the interview. Try to
    show that you have the right set of skills to become good at data
    modeling (the first three that come to my mind are communication
    skills, attention to detail, and abstract thinking - but if you spend
    the rest of today reading up on the subject, you might have a better
    idea of the set of required skills).

    If you are trying to bluff your way in a job that is actually way over
    your head, then don't. The worst that could happen, in such a case, is
    that you actually do get hired. Sooner rather than later the deceipt
    will come to light, and then the hiring company has good grounds to
    fire you - leaving you with a resume with a very hard to explain very
    short job, that will hinder you in all future job interviews.


    Hugo Kornelis, SQL Server MVP
    My SQL Server blog: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/hugo_kornelis
    • Marked as answer by Stephanie Lv Monday, November 7, 2011 10:54 AM
    Sunday, October 30, 2011 2:36 PM

All replies

  • First, whether it is face to face or phone you either know it or you don't. I suspect you don't, but you already know that. If you are a data analyst and have found a position that needs modeling experience you can read up on data modeling 101 but you would be doing a disservice to represent yourself as anything more than book knowledge. Data modeling is not drawing pictures, it is an indebth knowledge of the business, the relationships of the data for the business and being able to model that in a logical and ultimately a physical model. A developer might could swag it better than a data analyst.  If you think you can show up and BS your way, you will be humiliated. You should be honest.
    Sunday, October 30, 2011 6:39 AM
  •  >>>>never attended a face to face interview on Data modeling

    I just hope you do know data modeling are about :-)


    Best Regards, Uri Dimant SQL Server MVP http://dimantdatabasesolutions.blogspot.com/ http://sqlblog.com/blogs/uri_dimant/
    Sunday, October 30, 2011 9:20 AM
  • Hi kalasql,

    I agree with what others have said. If you know about data modeling,
    you need not worry. You might miss a few questions, but most companies
    don't expect 100% perfection from new hires (or even sitting
    employees). Nobody can ever deliver that.

    If you don't know about data modeling, be upfront about it. Tell tham
    that data modeling is a new area for you, and that you are prepared to
    learn. Read up on the subject today, so that you can show that you are
    already starting to get into the subject. If you have shown an ability
    to pick up new stuff fast, stress that during the interview. Try to
    show that you have the right set of skills to become good at data
    modeling (the first three that come to my mind are communication
    skills, attention to detail, and abstract thinking - but if you spend
    the rest of today reading up on the subject, you might have a better
    idea of the set of required skills).

    If you are trying to bluff your way in a job that is actually way over
    your head, then don't. The worst that could happen, in such a case, is
    that you actually do get hired. Sooner rather than later the deceipt
    will come to light, and then the hiring company has good grounds to
    fire you - leaving you with a resume with a very hard to explain very
    short job, that will hinder you in all future job interviews.


    Hugo Kornelis, SQL Server MVP
    My SQL Server blog: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/hugo_kornelis
    • Marked as answer by Stephanie Lv Monday, November 7, 2011 10:54 AM
    Sunday, October 30, 2011 2:36 PM