What is a typical day in the office like for you?
A typical day in the office can vary greatly depending on what projects we work on. On average, I would say that my days are very varied. Sometimes they are filled with nothing but ladders to climb, other times they’re filled with getting someone else’s execution put into place. In general though, my days involve changing how data flows through a business process and making it more easily accessible in order to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Are you currently a student? If so, please explain your average day.
I have been a student lately, going to school for Computer Networking and Security. My typical day is very similar to my workday with the exception that I’m not sitting in front of a computer terminal all day. Instead, I’m debugging networks and making sure they are secure while I typically have a lot of fun learning new technologies and seeing if they can be used at my job. I’m not a student, but I’ve been working quite a bit lately.
Is this something you feel might be a problem for you?
Many fresh out of school job candidates have trouble with being able to meet deadlines, which is typically very important in this field. If there are specific tasks that need to be completed by deadlines and I know that I am going to be involved in those tasks, I make sure to plan accordingly. I also make sure to ask my manager about any deadlines that may not be shared with me, so I can get these things done in a timely manner so that I don’t have to come in late very often.
Please describe your ideal workplace and the situation you would like to see in place.
My ideal working environment would be one where I could work on a variety of tasks without being restricted by the schedule. My goal is to be able to show what can be accomplished by using data and technology, while still having fun doing it.
What do you like most about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is working with people and making them successful through the use of data analytics. It is also very rewarding to see a project come to completion and be able to show that by using data and technology, something very complex can be simplified and made more efficient.
What do you like least about your job? What would you like to improve if you could?
The part of my job that I dislike the most is the time it takes me to get things done, which is what I can’t really change because this field has always been like that. I have used Excel for almost as long as she has been around and without it, I don’t think I would still be doing this job. (I mean Excel as in the spreadsheet, not Excel as in the software).
What do you feel a manager should be doing better?
I think my manager does a great job at making sure that everything is getting done and getting done correctly. I think he does an even better job of showing the importance of what we are doing and why we are doing it.
What is your current salary?
I feel that most people in this field could get by on a lot less money than they make now, but that’s not something I can change. If I’m being honest, I’ll say that I make almost twice as much money as most of my friends who work in the same field (But we all work different jobs within that field).
I hope some of these questions will help you better understand the work that Business Intelligence Engineers do. I also hope that you can use these answers to your advantage during your next interview.