"I love data."

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  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I was interviewing a candidate where I work today, and she made this statement.

    I never thought I'd hear someone say that.

    Does this strike you as odd? Or maybe desperate?

    Just curious, of course I am well aware that it takes all kinds, different strokes, and all of that
     
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    maybe she meant the actor on star trek the next generation
     
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    What was the context?
     
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    I would have said, "go on". Sounds like interview nerves. It could expand to something reasonable.
     
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    Maybe a bit of an embellishment? Or maybe she misspoke. Some people let dumb things fly when they are nervous.

    I enjoy analyzing data - which probably explains why the last two jobs I've had have the word analyst in the title. Enjoy in the context of it being a profession I enjoy. I don't look for trends in my free time.
     
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    I would probably assume nerves too. I've said some silly things in those kinds of situations. :oops:

    It's also possible she genuinely enjoys dealing with data - some people do enjoy that kind of thing. Though I'd still bet on nerves.
     
  7. blowtorch

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    We were discussing data, which the position would largely involve working with, and she made the statement. So it wasn't really out of context, still, I find a professing of that level of passion a bit , quirky, I guess
     
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    I love data, too.
     
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    If you work for a tech company that's not quirky at all. Trust your gut though.
     
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    You could also respond with "then what do you hate?"
     
  11. blowtorch

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    I'm that non-tech IT guy, so yeah, I'm a bit out of this kind of thing.
    I mean, I carry a clamshell phone
     
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    I was just figuring out a way to easily count up the number of species found in both of two sites vs. just one or the other, so I guess I might be guilty of that, too.

    :(

    D.H.
     
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    Klingons!
     
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    What's next... "Is my cloud too big?"...will this be THE 'wife' loaded question of the future?
     
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    I just finished reading a scientific paper on ambiguity intolerance and Psychology perceptions. It's funny you should bring this up.

    I love data - it sound like we have a analyst with a smaller tolerance for ambiguity - like me. Black and white. Provable as a process, backed up with data. You know, data analyst types.

    Or, it could have just been nerves.

    However, if someone told me that in an interview for our department, that would have been a good thing. You don't automate data centers or correlate event streams on ambiguity. Data is your friend. Data proves your process. Data shows the way. Data shuts down the nay-sayers.

    God I love data!

    Or, it could be nerves.

    That statement is odd in most contexts - this would only be something I would say after using data to shut up the idiots we sometimes write systems for. In an interview? Either you are dealing with a hard core analyst with very little tolerance for ambiguity, or nerves. Ask her "how about lunch sometime between 11:00 and 13:30?" If she truly loves data, this question will make her cringe.

    Or, it could just be nerves...
     
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    What's not to love?
     
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    I think the alarms start to go off when the candidate shows up wearing a T-shirt with this:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Now if the candidate said, "I love Perl", I'd know they were lying.
     
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    I love it when a query comes together.

    I am a data miner....I was using Focus...back in the day, and I would bring
    down the house.:) ..the IT dept would call and say...fire off that JCL at night..
    your clogging it down...and I would say..this aint no stinking JCL batch..this is live!!! aaaah ha ha..

    Today I am in love with ODBC mainframe connect.. I can use with office product like excel and access....small love
     
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    Hey there! That is my favorite language you are knocking!

    Now, if they said "I love Java" or "I love C#" or "I love .net", well then, take them straight to the curb and shoot them! :D


    We have a rule in our department - we discuss politics, religion, and what language to use. But never, never, never bring up what editor to use! (Is there anything else besides Emacs?)
     
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