The Best Data Scientists are Creative
Creativity is the most important trait to look for in data scientists. Data, technology and skills are just the foundation. Competitive advantages result from creative data scientists, not "big data" or technologies or math and statistical skills.
At data science competition site Kaggle, those who do well “spend all their time being creative” as they comb through and pull ideas out of the data.
Applicants for data science jobs at Jawbone gets three hours to make sense of mixed-up company data sets. The test can reveal if candidates possess “applied skills,” not just statistical know-how.