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Data Engineer

25 Interview Questions & Answers

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Have you ever been in a data disaster recovery situation? If so, describe the situation and your role.
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Describe a time when you found a new use for existing data that had a positive impact on the business.
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What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of being a Data Engineer?
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What led you to a career in Data Engineering?
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If you had the time and resources, what types of training courses would you enroll in to help you in your job as a Data Engineer?
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Do you have experience training others on thing such as software, applications, porcesses or architecture? If so, what have you found to be the most difficult aspect of doing so?
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Some in the Big Data industry consider Data Engineering to be a non-analytic career path. Do you agree or disagree with that statement and why?
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Outside of your technical skills, what skills do you find most valuable as a Data Engineer? These could be skills you attained from jobs unrelated to data.
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Do you prefer work in more of a Generalist role or concentrate your work on the Pipeline or Database?
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Are you comfortable working 'behind the scenes'? Alternatively, are you comfortable coming out and being in the 'spotlight'?
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Which certifications have you earned that are applicable to your job as a Data Engineer? Which was your most recent one and when did you earn it?
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What kind of experience have you had working with Data Scientists and what skills do you have in common with them?
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Do you have experience building custom analytics applications? If so, please describe the application you created.
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Give an example of when you proposed changes to improve data reliability and quality. Did these changes end up being implemented? If not, why not?
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Data maintenance is one of the many responsibilities of a Data Engineer. In many cases, tasks related to this are fairly routine. Describe a time when you encountered a data maintenance problem that required you to deviate from your "routine".
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Do you have experience with data modeling? If so, what data modeling tools do you have experience using?
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What is your experience level with NoSQL databases? Give me an example of a project/situation where you found building a NoSQL database to be more appropriate than a relational database.
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Do you have experience introducing new data analytics applications? If so, what obstacles did you run into while introducing and implementing them?
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Do you have extensive experience working in a cloud computing environment? What benefits and challenges do you see working in one?
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Do you have experience building data systems using the Hadoop framework? If so, explain a particular project in detail.
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Data Engineers work closely with Data Architects. How do you see your job differing from that of a Data Architect?
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Which ETL tools do you have experience utilizing? Do you prefer one over the others? If so, why?
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Which programming/scripting languages do you have experience utilizing? Which one do you have the MOST experience with?
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Working with data can present a variety of challenges. Can you think of a time where you ran into an unexpected challenge bringing together data from different sources? How did you end up overcoming this challenge?
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Describe a project you worked on where you played an active role in solving a business problem through the innovative use of existing data.
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