Hiring Checklist

Data Scientist Hiring Checklist

The Propheto Team

Article published: February 16, 2021


In our last blog post, “What skills and tools do you need to be a data scientist?”, we discussed the essential ingredients to becoming an effective data scientist. We realize there was a lot in there to work through so we decided to make life a bit easier for folks by putting together a good old-fashioned cheat sheet.

We created this checklist based on not only our experiences as data scientists but also our analysis of hundreds of data science job postings distilling the key traits required for the ideal data scientist hire.

1. Quantitative background


2. Programming knowledge


3. Data management skills


4. Machine learning experience


5. Communication skills


6. Drive, initiative, curiosity


This is by no means an all-encompassing list but it is a great guide to help sanity check that the candidates have the skills that your business needs.