Institutional Researcher / Data Analyst

Position: Institutional Researcher/Data Analyst [122301]
Department: Strategic Management Support
Post Level: 07
Ref: 14/27b

The Directorate of Quality, Planning and Risk Management has a permanent position for an Institutional Researcher/Data Analyst at Pretoria Campus.

Critical Performance Areas

- Performing Institutional Research, Data Analysis and Business Intelligence.
- Creating software instruments for data-analysis.
- Expanding and refining the data architecture.
- Creating pertinent reports from analyses for various business units.

1. Minimum Requirements:

- Three years qualification or NQF Level 6 with a minimum of 360 credits in Information Systems or related discipline.
- Basic knowledge of Statistics and competence in Programming in NET environment.

2. Experience:

- Three years software development or data administration experience.
- Experience in use of SQL Server Integration Services, Analysis Services and Reporting Services essential.
- Fundamental knowledge of data-warehousing and business intelligence essential.
- Knowledge of a statistical package would be an advantage.

Send your CV to:,
Enquiries: Dr. M Pather, Tel: 012 382 4903
Closing Date: 18 June 2014

If we have not responded within a month of the closing date, you should regard your application as unsuccessful. Correspondence will be entered into only with short-listed candidates. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment. Candidates will be required to undergo psychometric tests and any other simulation interventions.

Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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