With DS5 finishing this past week and cohort 6 starting in June 12th, I thought it would be useful to see what it took for DS6 to get into The Data School. As part of the application process, we require people to submit something in Tableau Public. This can be with any data set they want. The point is that it proves a great filter for passion, which is ultimately what we’re hiring for. If you send us a CV, we’ll send it right back and tell you to create something in Tableau.

It’s fun for me to see what people create. I review every application and provide feedback when I can. Often it’s this feedback process that makes or breaks candidates. Keeping in mind that they are just starting to learn Tableau, I don’t pay a ton of attention to best practices; usually the application gives me a good enough idea for whether they “get” Tableau or not.

It’s not only their applications that are great. Our interview process is designed to tease out their passion for the role. If you create a great viz, but give a terrible presentation or lack enthusiasm, you have no chance of getting in. On the other hand, if you create an average application and show incredible passion, then you just might receive an offer. The talent we hire are extraordinary. They all tend to be very unique in some way, with some exceptional skill or talent.

Below are the applications from DS6. I can’t wait to get started with this group; I have a feeling they’re going to be a great, great bunch of analysts.

Author: Jamie Gough
Subject: Crime Rates in London
Link: Tableau Public

Author: Elena Caric
Subject: Crime Rates in London
Link: Tableau Public

Author: William Guicheney
Subject: UK Traffic Accidents
Link: Tableau Public

Author: Mina Ozgen
Subject: Energy Pipeline Accidents in America
Link: Tableau Public

Author: AJ Basnet
Subject: US National Park Visitors
Link: Tableau Public

Author: Marcus Grant
Subject: US National Park Visitors
Link: Tableau Public

Author: Lee Gibbons
Subject: US National Park Visitors
Link: Tableau Public

Author: Alex Jones
Subject: US National Park Visitors
Link: Tableau Public