Interviewers usually look for analytical skills in Business Analysts.
The way you solve problems by applying your analytical skills is very important to the interviewer since this allows him or her to understand how you think through a problem to arrive at a solution. The interviewer will typically craft questions that shed some light on your problem solving skills as well as your level of attention to detail.
Your Interviewer will want to understand how you solve problems and whether your methods are in line with the company's culture. Examples of questions you may be asked include:
- Describe a time when you disagreed with a superior and what you did about it.
- Describe a time when you discovered a way to improve an existing process.
- Describe a time when you solved a difficult problem and what you did to solve it.
- Describe a time when you had to apply analytical skills to solve a problem.
Analysts usually have to pay attention to the details of situations in order to offer superior insight and prevent rework on their projects. Interviewers will want to understand situations when you were able to apply this skill with success. Examples of questions you may be asked include:
- Describe a time when addressing details that others missed had an impact on the outcome of your project.
- Describe a time when the precision you applied to a project made a significant difference.
In framing your response, remember to stick to the STAR Technique - Situation, Task, Action and Result.
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