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  1. 1. Business analyst interview questions www.cinterviews.comBusiness February 18 is the Best interview questionsand answers site
  2. 2. Business analyst interview questions1)What is the importance of a flow chart?2)What is a use case model? Explain in brief ?3)What is called an UML modeling?4)What is the importance of an Activity diagram?5)How many types of diagrams and what you know about them ?6)What is meant by alternate flow in use case ?7)What do you mean by exception flow in a use case?8)What do you mean by extends and includes in an use case?9)What are different documents that relate to a use cases.?10)What is a Business Analyst Roles and responsibilities?11)What is the difference between Business Analyst & System Analyst?12)Can you tell me difference between Business Analyst and Business Analysis?13)What are the common tools that are used by a business Analyst?14)What are the documents that a Business Analyst needs to deliver?15)Can you tell me what a use case diagram?16)How do you normally gather Requirements from end user?17)When do a Business Analyst needs to contact developers?18)What is BA role in project implementation/deployment?Q. Can you tell me why are you considering leaving your present job?A. Regardless of the reason, do not bad mouth your current employer. Negativismwill always hurt you. Good answers include: “There is no room for growth at mycurrent employer. I am looking for a company with long term growth opportunities”.“Due to a company restructuring, my entire department is relocating to Florida. Iwas give the option of moving, but do not wish to relocate”. “My current company isnot doing well, and has been laying off employees. There is no job security there,and more layoffs are expected”.Q. How do you handle stress and pressure?A. “I find that I work better under pressure, and I enjoy working in an environmentthat is challenging.” “I am the type of person that diffuses stress. I am used toworking in a demanding environment with deadlines, and enjoy the challenges.”Q. We have met several business analyst’s. Why are you the one we shouldhire?A. Give definite examples of your skills and accomplishments. Be positive, andemphasize how your background matches the job description. Mention any softwarepackages and spreadsheet software you are familiar with. Also let them know if youhave advanced knowledge of any of the software.Q. What do you know about our company?A. This question is used to see if you have prepared for the interview. Candidatesthat have researched the company are more appealing. Companies like prepared,organized candidates.
  3. 3. Q. What are your greatest strengths?A. Be positive and honest. “My greatest strength is maximizing the efficiency of mystaff. I have successfully lead numerous teams on difficult projects. I have anexcellent ability to identify and maximize each of my staffs strengths.” Giveexamples.Q. Tell me about your greatest weakness?A. It is very important to give a strength that compensates for your weakness. Makeyour weakness into a positive. “I consider myself a big picture person. I sometimesskip the small details. For this reason, I always have someone on my team that isvery detail oriented.” Another good answer: “Sometimes, I get so excited and caughtup in my work that I forget that my family life should be my number one priority.”Q. What are your goals for the future?A. “My long term goals are to find a company where I can grow, continue to learn,take on increasing responsibilities, and be a positive contributor”.Hopefully these typical business analyst interview questions will help you. It isimportant to customize the answers for your specific background and experience.Now that we have gone over the interview questions for business analyst, you needto be aware of important resources that can make your job search easier andmore thorough.Today there is a demand for data analysts in the market, even more than that ofprogrammers and software developers. The demand for data analysts is very high allacross the United States.QualificationsTo be an ideal candidate for the job of data analyst, you need to have knowledge andexperience in analyzing the market environment, and should be a graduate in anyfield related to statistics. You also need to be well versed in Excel, SAS, SPSS,Swindon or Gloucester.SkillsData analysis requires intensive research work. A data analyst should also havestrong problem solving skills. The main skill required by a data analyst is to extractinformation related to a topic from raw data. Therefore, you should possess abilitieswith reference to data mining, data mapping and data warehousing. Data trackingand identifying the trends and patterns in the marketplace are very important toolsin the hands of a data analyst.Statistical and mathematical knowledge is also required. You also need to haveknowledge in specialized data management software, and should be able to analyzedata statistically, and have the ability to generate reports, and audit and validatethem. This will help to analyze the data accurately, which in turn will produce thereport according to client requirements.
  4. 4. Other skills required are verbal and writing skills, along with data interpretation andpresentation skills.What Does A Data Analyst Do?A data analyst is a person who has to search for information related to the particularrequirements of a client. Therefore, you must have the ability to question yourself inrelation to the content of a topic. You then have to keep researching until anappropriate solution is found. You have to discover the source of the original dataand be able to evaluate it.You should be able to compare data statistically and provide appropriate solutions.Therefore, as a data analyst you have to refer to a large number of data sources andwork on your reporting skills, so that you can present it in a simple and effectivemanner. You also have to audit the report, and the report has to be presentable andappealing to the client.Job TitlesJunior Data Analyst: A junior analyst searches for the appropriate data and providesufficient material to be analyzed. They have to prepare statistical diagrams andflowcharts.Senior Data Analyst: A senior analyst has to consult and communicate with theclient. He/she has to prepare the final report and present it.Data Analysis Project Manager: Duties include project organization and methodology.The project manager has to audit the reports and make sure that they fulfill theneeds of the clientSince all these are specialized skills, which are in great demand in todays technologicalworld, data analysts have high growth prospects. If you have the required qualificationsand skills, and are keenly interested in pursuing a career in this field, then being a dataanalyst is a good option for