Overcome Hurdles in the Job Search by Igniting Your Passion | Chhavi Arora


April 27th, 2020

33 mins 21 secs

Season 2

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On this episode of The Artists of Data Science, we get a chance to hear from Chhavi Arora, one of the rising stars in the data science industry! She gives insight into how she broke into the field, the hurdles she had to overcome in the job search, and how she answered commonly asked questions during an interview.

Chhavi shares with us what got her interested in data science in the first place, along with the biggest self-limiting fear that she had to overcome in order to begin her journey into data science. If you are interested in becoming a data scientist but don’t know where to start, then this episode can answer many of your questions!


[9:23] The mindset you need to adopt during the job search process

[11:04] How Chhavi overcame her biggest self-limiting belief

[14:58] How to get a leg-up on your competition when applying for jobs

[18:05] Commonly asked questions during interviews, and how to answer them

[24:55] How to prepare questions for the interviewees, and why it’s crucial


[6:39] “...every project you do as a data scientist needs to be something that you have interest in so that you know what questions you are looking for and you will eventually find answers to your work.”

[12:46] “...every little weakness that you think you have can become a positive thing if you spin the story right.”

[17:16] “...the most important thing is to never, never stop being passionate about data science...because the learning never stops.”


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chhavi-arora/


[00:01:23] Introduction for our guest today

[00:03:14] Chhavi talks to us about her experience at the NGO and how that got her interested in data science and and machine learning.

[00:05:07] Chhavi tells us more about how she went about building out her projects. And how she comes up with ideas for her projects. She talks about how he creates independent projects based on what she finds interesting.

[00:09:23] How important is having the right mindset during the job search? She talks about the importance of the growth mindset and how it carried her through the ups and downs

[00:11:04] So what would you say was kind of the biggest self limiting belief that you had to overcome when you were in the job search?

[00:12:14] How did you address resumé gaps during the interview process? It's all a matter of perspective - it's only a negative if you let it be negative. Chaavi gives some great tips

[00:14:42] We get into what the job search process was like for Chhavi and she walks us through her process for applying for jobs and then getting interviews or whatnot. Listen to find out why it's not enough to send a resume and just hope that somebody would call you back.

[00:16:06] ow many interviews did you go on before landing your current role?

[00:17:02] Do you have any words of advice or encouragement for those rising stars out there who are now in the same position that you once were?

[00:18:05] Jumping into a mock interview where Chhavi will answer commonly asked interview questions. Starting with: Tell Me About Yourself

[00:19:42] Can you describe a time when you had to deal with competing priorities and with competing deadlines? And how did you handle that?

[00:21:10] What's the most difficult type of person to deal with and how do you deal with them?

[00:23:08] Walk me through your discovery process when you're starting a new project.

[00:24:20] We talk a bit about the STAR format for answering interview questions

[00:24:55] What's the process for coming up with questions to ask during the interview?

[00:27:11]Let's say it comes time to talk about a technical question and the interviewer is asking you about some technical topic. How do you handle that type of question?

[00:28:49] What's the one thing you want people to learn from your story?

[00:29:24] Let's jump into a quick lightning round here. Python or R?

[00:29:29] All right. Where do you see yourself in five years?

[00:30:01] If you can go back in time to have a conversation with 18 year old Chhavi, what would it be? What would you tell her?

[00:30:28] So how about your favorite book, fiction or non-fiction or both of you, if you'd like, and your biggest takeaway from them?

[00:31:23] How people can connect with Chhavi, and also tips on ineffective ways to connect with anyone on LinkedIn.

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