• Teresa Bennett

Answer These Common Interview Questions Like a Pro

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

When you interview for Business Analyst positions, chances are you will hear the same questions repeatedly. These specific questions help the interviewer see how you solve problems and whether you fit into their corporate culture. If you know the typical themes these questions follow, you’ll be interview-ready in no time.

Here are five of the most common questions and suggestions on how to frame your response.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

The best answer to this question is BA-related. While you may be proudest of reaching a personal goal, the interviewer is more interested in what you’ve done professionally. Tell a story about getting a project done against the odds, or talk about how you got your education if you faced obstacles. How did you persevere, and what did you achieve?

Tell me about a problematic situation that you were able to turn around.

Like the previous question, the situation you talk about needs to be work related. Be careful not to speak negatively of previous employers, managers, or coworkers. Be as objective as you can be, but sing your own praises. Related questions include, “What is your biggest weakness?” and “Give me an example of how you solve problems that come up.”

Which Business Analysis techniques have you found to be the most effective, and why?

This question is asked to see how well you can converse about business analysis and which methods you’re likely to be strongest at if hired. Be specific and honest about why you choose those techniques. This topic typically comes up in a second or third interview, but be prepared for it any time.

Tell me about a time when you created long-range plans at a previous employer.

The interviewer wants to know how you plan for the long term and what you have done previously. This is not a time to be shy or to minimize your achievements. Tell him or her exactly how you collected and interpreted the data, who was involved in the planning, and how the client implemented the plans. Don’t hesitate to take your time answering this question.

Do you have any questions for me?

On the surface, this is a throwaway question because it’s usually the last one asked. However, don’t make the mistake so many applicants do and fail to ask questions.

Remember, you’re also assessing if the company is a good fit for your abilities, expertise, and personality. Ask plenty of questions during the interview, and be sure to save at least two for the interviewer at the end. You have options, and the companies you’re considering need to prove themselves to you.

The 135-page Guide to Successful Business Analyst Interviews is packed with strategies that will help you confidently answer interview questions.

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