Business Analyst Interview Questions and Answer: Guide and Tips
In this article we’ll go over some interviewing tips and techniques. You know we all get nervous when it’s interview time, we’re not sure what questions are going to be asked. We want to make a good impression, we really want to get the job, all these things are creating nervous energy if you will.
So the best thing that you can do to be a little less nervous in the interview is to be prepared for it. And one of the ways to be prepared for it is to think about what questions you may be asked in the interview and have answers readily available for those questions that will come up.
Business Analyst Interview Questions & Answer
So an example question that a business analyst might get in an interview is;
What is the difference between a business requirement and a functional requirement?
- The answer would be; business requirements are data and information needs, business processes and activities, and business rules.
- Functional requirements are things like data definitions, user interfaces, security requirements, performance standards, those types of things.
You want to be natural when you’re coming across that. Don’t feel like you’re you’ve memorized it, or are just reading off a list to them. You know, make it sound like you know a conversational tone when you’re answering the questions.
Another question that you might get is;
Who would you look up to in our company and why?
That is a little bit tricky because you don’t know anybody at that company. Probably you’re you may be interviewing there for the first time and you don’t know anybody else that works there.
So you certainly can do some research. If you know people that are specifically there, or at least have one person that’s there that you know enough about their background, that you could relate that to that question then you certainly can answer with that information.
Or you can go with a more general answer to the question something like;
“Personally I would look up to anyone that has more knowledge than I have on various subjects. I want to continuously increase my knowledge base, not just on the tasks I do on my job but also on the company itself.”
“I think it’s important to listen to many different viewpoints. People take action and move in specific directions in their personal life and their careers based on the knowledge they have. The more knowledge I have the better chance I have of going in the direction that is right for me. And that will also benefit the company, any company I work for.”
So when you answer in this general term, you’re letting them know that you realize you don’t know everything there is to know. But you know that knowledge is important, you’re willing to gain that knowledge from your co-workers, and you want to do not only what’s right for you but what’s right for the company as well.
So it’s a great answer to that question in a general term.
Ask For The Job
The other thing that you want to do that most people do not do at the end of the interview ,strange as it sounds, you need to ask for the job.
At the end of the interview some of your strengths tell the interviewer that you’re excited about the position. Say something like;
“I would really like to contribute to this company. I’m hoping you select me.”
That lets them know that after you’ve gone through the interview process you are in fact still interested in the job.
The other thing that you want to do is keep your name in the game. You can do that with a follow up note thanking the person for the their time with the interview, and the fact that you are still interested in the position.
I know you’re going to say you hear that all the time, everybody’s doing it, I’m not going to do it. you are hearing it all the time.
Unfortunately people aren’t taking that advice or not doing it. so if you do it you’ll be one of the few people that are in fact doing that and you will keep your name in the game.
So take that advice to heart, follow up with the person.
Answering Tell Me About Yourself Question
Even if the interviewer has knowledge on the subject or not, the first question will be:
Tell me about yourself
That is one of the easiest questions for any interviewer as well as even for the jobseekers. But we have to do some homework though.
Today I’m going to share few key points on tell me about yourself for business analyst folks.
In general, when you’re asked to talk about yourself, you have no idea what interviewer is looking for. Some of them want to know about your recent work experience, some of them want to know about your projects, or daily duties, or accomplishments. It could be any of those reasons. Telling about yourself is like telling a story to impress someone.
So this is an opportunity for you to express your confidence or boldness. I would recommend to make your own script.
Get inspired by your experiences and practice in front of the mirror. Your script should contain present, past, and future. Write good script until you’re bad. They want to know your strengths or weakness. It could be anything from business analyst skills, or project management skills, or techniques you use to gather requirements, or commitments.
If I want to say that one of my major strengths is to retain good relationship between stakeholders and technical team, which helps me being an aggressive business analyst. Or you can say one of the major strengths are to perform gap or impact analysis; gap analysis helps you to identify current in the future aspects of the project, to ensure we are not missing any critical requirements from the scope of the project.
Whereas impact analysis and shows capture requirements are not creating any impact, or risk on any other related project. We have to ensure that. Or you can say you’re very strong in agile methodology, have good experience in conducting scrum sessions, to ensure my team has no roadblocks.
If it is a weakness, you can say you can see yourself as an arrogant meeting facilitator where you don’t hesitate to assign the assignments to the individuals and emphasize a lot on delivering on time.
Most of the interviewers want to know your responsibilities at your recent job, or they want to know your domain skills like health care or finance, or techniques which are used or implemented with your ability and your knowledge.
If I want on the job seeker, if they are expecting waterfall methodology this is how I would say;
“In one of my recent healthcare project, we used waterfall methodology. And my major responsibility is to gather business requirements and functional requirements for implementing enrollment or authorizations of modules for claims management system.”
If the job or job offer is on the agile methodology, I would say:
“In one of my recent health care or finance project, we used agile methodology. my major responsibilities include gathering requirements, creating the use cases, or engaging the product owners, or subject matter experts, with requirements by performing the stakeholder analysis.”
I would say that I use appropriate tools and techniques a chance workshops feasibility studies or JAD sessions to develop and validate product backlogs, and requirements from all aspects of the project.
They also want to know some of your past. So you may also need to cover some points from your previous projects too. So this is how I would say:
“When I used to work it (let’s say amazon.com) I was responsible for interacting with internal and external clients to extract business wants and business needs, and transform all gathered information into user stories, where I proved myself as a good communicator.”
In addition to that, you can also say I have been highly appreciated by my project owner for providing a good package of recommendations which helped them to make certain decisions. Or tell them your accomplishments, or your work culture and relationship with your project manager or stakeholders.
And definitely, they want to know your confidence. For example you can say:
“I’m very strong in retaining good relationship between stakeholders and technical team which helps me be a good business analyst.”
You may add or change few points based on your job offer and be ready with your script. Make it short and sweet and a couple of points. You should know where to start and where to end. Do not tell everything in a single shot. Keep a back-up plan. Store your answers. Summarize your big picture in the form of experience, strengths, or daily duties, or accomplishments, or challenges you faced.
- See also: Business analyst job description
Be concise and passionate about yourself. Research the company and know more about the project and the role you’re going to play. And to be hones most of the interviewers that don’t even listen what you say. They look how you are presenting yourself and communication skills.
That is more important.