How to spot red flags in a data science job opportunity

  • I’ve experienced obvious defensiveness: the manager bristles and says of course that sort of accommodation has to happen sometimes and it’s not realistic to expect that it doesn’t, but they try to keep it to a minimum because really they need people to put in whatever work is needed.
  • I’ve experienced patronizing non-answers: the manager leans back in their chair and says something meaningless like “you know, we work hard and play hard here” or otherwise makes it clear that they’re using this as a teaching moment to educate me about what it means to do grown-up work.
  • If they can talk about data science in terms of durable product offerings, and how they decide what gets put in the product and what doesn’t, then I know I might want to work for them.

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