Data Science Interview
After our admissions team has reviewed your application, you will have to complete two rounds of evaluation prior to admittance into our Data Science Immersive program - one Coding Challenge and one Technical Interview. After your interview, we will share an admissions decision within two business days.
After submitting your initial application, you will complete a coding challenge and then complete a Technical Interview prior to admittance into our Data Science Immersive program. Upon successful submission of the coding challenge, you’ll be directed to book your Technical Interview.
The coding challenge is made up of two Python questions. While there is no time limit, this exercise typically takes one to two hours to complete and must be submitted within seven days of receipt. Our online environment allows you to test your code to make sure it’s working before you submit. Once all the tests are passing, you will submit your code and you will be able to schedule your technical interview. If you cannot pass the tests, don’t worry! We have prep options in many formats to get you ready for success next time around.
In order to have enough time to complete the enrollment process and pre-course the latest you can schedule the technical interview is 4 weeks prior to the immersive start date.
The main skill assessed in our 60-minute technical interview is your ability to use Python to express your reasoning in probability/statistics. Using a collaborative code editor, you’ll work through solving a series of problems using Python while an interviewer observes your work. Prior to this interview, you should be familiar with dictionaries, lists, control flow, data types and how to use them in Python. Additionally, it is important that you have a basic understanding of programming principles, experience working on the command line, understand basic flow/logical states and can write simple functions in Python.
The interview will also involve working with data (either real or simulated) and performing some basic statistical analyses on the data. You may, for example, be asked to perform probabilistic calculations, including calculating conditional probabilities and referencing discrete probability distributions (Discrete Uniform, Bernoulli, Binomial, and Poisson). Again, the tools of Python will be at your disposal as you perform these calculations.
During your interview, feel free to ask questions, talk through your process and tell the interviewers when you’re stuck. We’re interested in your approach, ability to think through a problem and current knowledge. There is no penalty for asking for help.
Technical Interview Coding Prep
These videos are taken from a Galvanize Data Science Immersive Premium Prep lecture (Oct 2019), where Tovio Roberts covers the types of problems that may be seen in the Galvanize Data Science Immersive Technical Interview.
Please reference this playlist of videos when preparing for your Technical Interview.