The data analyst is nowadays one of the most sought-after jobs in the market and IIT Delhi being a technical institute, is a haven for companies to find people for the job.Through TnP, companies offer primarily two different profiles – Business Analyst and Data Analyst. Though work experience is same in both, there is a fine line between the two.Business analyst involves analysing market and strategies for a client and propose a plan on what is to be done next, while a data analyst job is more programming based where one needs to analyse a particular set of data and provide insights to help grow the business.
In this article, we provide you with opinions on both, with inputs from Nimish Goel and Saksham Gupta.
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Inductis India Pvt. Ltd. is a professional services firm that helps companies to make data-driven decisions. It helps its clients strengthen their businesses with its mix of insightful strategy consulting, state-of-the-science analytical capabilities and infrastructure, and dual-shore delivery model.
Saksham Gupta worked as Decision Analyst (Business) at Inductis Gurugram office. The work involved market research based on clients’ requirements and provide business insights to them. The work was primarily on Excel, with statistical tools like SAS also being used, though no prior knowledge of such software is necessary. The work on Excel was mostly manual, though coding on SAS is the exciting part of the work. Other than this, the company offered application development roles too for people with a more technical background, like chatbot development in python.
It is one of the first analytics companies to come to the campus. The process starts with CV shortlisting, with a minimum CGPA of around 8. Then the shortlisted students sit for the first interview round. Estimates and puzzles are asked, where you need to show your analysis and reach a conclusion. The difficulty level is varied across interviews, and one really cannot do much about it; advice- be calm and don’t stumble upon a tough question, the idea is to check the ability to comprehend a problem and break it down into simpler sets, so answer is not a priority for them. Expect little questions about the CV, since that is then covered in the next round.
Now, 7-8 students are shortlisted for next round, which is more about what you have done in IIT, i.e., a CV go-through and some questions related to coding. In this round, students with tech background are asked general coding questions. For those who are not much into programming and stuff, they are asked more rigorously about the CV; main lookouts being Economics and Business based questions.
For this profile, one is not expected to have done many courses on programming, as highlighted by Saksham- ‘I hadn’t done COL106 at the time of my interview.’ In such a case, different courses like Economics become important during the interview. One needs to have a well- balanced CV, with decent extracurriculars and Positions of Responsibility, for the second round is based on the CV. A good coding background is a big plus though- since you don’t want to end up getting bored working on Excel halfway through the internship. Before the interview, get an idea of estimates; other than that no specific prep is required.
The intern was offered at Gurugram office with work hours 1PM-8PM since the clients are based in the USA. The culture is very good, and everyone is willing to help the interns. The employees are mostly young, and they are very friendly there.
Gartner Inc. is a Research and Advisory firm which provides general research and insights to help its clients to grow their businesses. They specialise in data-driven research and provide insights to a client for the right decisions.
Nimish Goel worked as an Analyst at Gartner. During the internship, he had to study clients’ journey with the firm, understand a pattern and make predictive models to analyse these patterns of a seatholder(read: client). The tools used were Python and Excel, with more of a coding based job compared to the Business Analyst. This was an internal analytics job without direct interaction with any client.
The process is open to all departments. The first step is a test, held before the process of interviews start. This online test has general aptitude questions, like NTSE, but the pattern is very different. No instructions are provided: nothing about the pattern, number of questions etc. Some of them are deliberately repeated. All done to check a lot of skills through one test.
Then, shortlisted candidates sit for two interviews. There isn’t much difference between them since both are a mix of Tech and HR questions. So in all, they have a CV walkthrough where discussions happen over some points written in it. They are general aptitude based questions too, which tend to be easy. Since the internship is open to all departments, they do not discuss anything related to your branch at IIT.
The company doesn’t have any preference for departments. But since the work is coding based, they look for relevant points in the CV. There isn’t any specific requirement from their side; a balanced CV is all that is needed. During Nimish’s time, in his opinion, Gartner had some projects in mind and was looking for project specific people. So a lot depends on what they might be looking for.
His experience during the internship was excellent, with the company having a great culture and professionalism. They held networking sessions too, for people to know each other better.
- Analytics is not the profile for you if you want to learn/pursue coding.
- Know your CV. Only write substantial things, else it might backfire in an interview.
- Get yourself acquainted with the business world jargons, as it helps in networking and discussions between work.
- Having done some CS courses has its benefits, for both profiles.
Article by:Utkarsh Tyagi,Anukriti Yadav