A data analyst is responsible for collecting and analyzing data, then using their findings to create reports and share insights to other team members. The findings from a data analyst are invaluable to an organisation, as they can discover trends to help to identify the needs of customers and users, strategies that are successful and ones that need to change, and overall what needs to happen to increase the profitability of the business.
Once data has been drawn and interpreted, changes can be implemented into the business to ensure advancements are made and all metrics and key performance indicators improve. Data analysts are useful assets in every industry, and are essential team members to ensure businesses are always assessing which strategies are working and which aren’t, to overall ensure constant business development.
Day-to-day tasks of this role:
- Establish and develop database systems.
- Collect and analyse data.
- Gather findings and create a report to share with other stakeholders.
- Identify trends in data.
- Liaise with other team members to implement strategies to improve the data.
Understand the Role
Review the skills profile
To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, what it contributes to the organization, and the skills needed.
Write a job description based on skills
Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.
Select the ideal candidate
See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customise one for your organization.
Interview top performers
Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.
UNDERSTAND THE ROLE
Skills profile for a Data Analyst
A data analyst will need to hold a tertiary qualification such as a Bachelor of mathematics, statistics, computer science, information technology, or another related field. Relevant industry experience and training is also favourable when applying for this role. There are some common skills required for this position.
A data analyst must be very analytical and able to interpret all kinds of data. They must have a strong ability to collect, organise, analyse and report on large amounts of data, and also have extensive statistical analysis knowledge when analysing large data sets such as SPSS, SAS and EXCEL. They must also be skilled in database design, management and modelling, and make adjustments depending on the data collected.
It is important that a data analyst also has excellent communication skills. They must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and written to all stakeholders, as well as collaborate with other stakeholders to obtain relevant data or information to ensure all necessary information is obtained.
Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position.
Data Analyst Job Description
- Why is this role being filled?
- How does this role fit into the organization and the team?
- What makes your company unique?
- What would it be like to work for you?
- What technical skills are needed for this role?
- Which soft skills are applicable?
- What are the nice-to-have experiences of your ideal candidate?
- Include availability preferences in this section
- What are the key deliverables for this role?
- What does the day-to-day of this role look like?
- Compensation & bonuses
- Employee benefits & perks
- Ongoing training benefits
PRO TIP #1
As this is a highly technical role, it is important to include any particular competencies this role requires. This might include listing the operating systems, network configurations or software that the data analyst needs to be able to work with.
PRO TIP #2
Ensure that the entire recruitment process from job description to assessment to interview reiterates your company vision and values. This will help you identify the right people for the role, and applicants will know whether your company is the right fit for them.
Sample skills assessment
Question Type: Document
Describe a time where you have had to collaborate with other stakeholders in the business to obtain data or further information. How did you obtain this?
Question Type: Text
What software do you prefer to use for analyzing large data sets. Why is this your preference?
Question Type: Video
Describe A/B testing and where you would use this
Interview guide for a Data Analyst
Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The PDF interview guide contains structured questions against each of the competencies for this role.
This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low – Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.
PDF INTERVIEW GUIDE
Get your copy of the interview guide to complete the hiring process. Includes questions against each of the skill competencies for the role.