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How To Hire Analytical Workers: 10 Traits To Seek

Companies competing on data need the right skill sets and mindsets in place to succeed over the long term. While more individuals are analyzing data as part of their jobs, their ability to do so varies greatly, even among peers. We've identified 10 key traits of an analytical mind, and explain what to look for in your next hire and what skills to cultivate in your own career.
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They're Curious 

Some people are naturally curious about everything. Others passively consume the content contained in a dashboard, a newscast, or an infographic and accept whatever information is presented without question. While individual brains function differently, it is wise for everyone in an organization to think more critically than they may have done in the past. 
'[One] key trait of analytical minds [is] an intense curiosity to find out what's going on underneath the surface. This can take a couple of forms,' said Raj Banyopadhyay of Springboard. 'One is finding out what is going on in a complex dataset. Another is understanding why something happens, rather than just what happened and how it happened.' 
(Image: geralt via Pixabay)

They're Curious

Some people are naturally curious about everything. Others passively consume the content contained in a dashboard, a newscast, or an infographic and accept whatever information is presented without question. While individual brains function differently, it is wise for everyone in an organization to think more critically than they may have done in the past.

"[One] key trait of analytical minds [is] an intense curiosity to find out what's going on underneath the surface. This can take a couple of forms," said Raj Banyopadhyay of Springboard. "One is finding out what is going on in a complex dataset. Another is understanding why something happens, rather than just what happened and how it happened."

(Image: geralt via Pixabay)

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8/5/2016 | 4:39:52 PM
Re: Analytics
I think it's a shame when people WANT to use data and analytics in innovative ways, but they're discouraged from doing so.  This is becoming less of a problem over time, however, egos and corporate cultures are difficult to change.
shamika
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shamika,
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7/31/2016 | 11:00:41 AM
Re: Analytics
Well on the other hand they need to be innovative too. This will help them to represent data in a more meaningful way by having dashboards and etc.
shamika
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7/31/2016 | 11:00:16 AM
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