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Old 05-21-2018, 09:54 AM
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Google is your best tool. In an interview, I'll ask an EL candidate how they would code this complicated problem in Excel/VBA. If their first thought isn't to Google search something (unless they already know how to do it), that's an instant fail for me. If you aren't using Google as your #1 tool, then you're just wasting time, IMO.
I agree with this, but also agree with others that Walkenbach's books are awesome. Walkenbach's books are especially good for beginner and intermediate users to get a deep understanding of how Excel and VBA work. Then, when you are on the job and have a specific question about a specific function Google should be your first stop. For general knowledge Google is not the most efficient approach though - Walkenbach's books are.
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I understand the need for analysts to be able to Google search what they need on their own, but that seems like a very coachable skill. I'm not sure I would fault someone for not doing that in an interview. I guess if I got some attitude like "I can Google search but you're in the room and I can ask you so why bother" then that would reflect very negatively on the candidate.

On the other hand, if I nudge the candidate into looking online for help and they start finding things out on their own that would be a very good sign.
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I bought the Excel book some years back, at the time I had four years on the job, and my Excel skills were good, but not great.

Agree with others about google, if you have a specific question thatís the go-to resource. But I actually went through chapters of Walkenbach when I had free time at work. And that was useful, I found some things that were useful but I didnít know I was even looking for them, so to speak. The big one, iirc, was the graphing stuff, at that point I hadnít learned how to stretch the limits on what you could do with Excel graphing, and it helped me to better present my results. YMMV, of course.
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The original post included, "will they ask me for certain formulas such as, 'how do you find x using y function?' "

I'm not sure what this question asks. Is it, "given a function y=f(x), how do you find x=f^-1(x)?" If that is the question, there is a straight-forward college algebra procedure when the inverse exists, but not every function has an inverse.
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