Mock Questions for Acing Business Analyst Job Interviews

Part 5 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Ace Your Business Analyst Job Interviews
How To Ace Your Business Analyst Job Interviews

Receiving a business analyst interview invitation only “opens the door” to getting a job. Acing the job interview will walk you through that door to actually get a business analyst job.

How do you prepare?

Following are six basic questions along with their answers that you will get during the job interview.

Be sure to modify each answer to match your experience, skills, competencies and personality to avoid sounding like a memorized script.

Guidelines for Improving your Business Analyst Career

Part 18 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
Guidelines For Improving Your Business Analyst Career
Guidelines For Improving Your Business Analyst Career

Before you can improve your business analyst career, you must answer some questions like; which direction should you go and what steps should you take to get there?

If these questions aren’t answered at the beginning of your career, you may wrongly focus on skills or competencies that will take you in the opposite direction of your goals!

To help answer these questions, I have provided you with some guidelines that will come in handy as you move forward in your business analyst career.

A Review of Impact Analysis for Business Analysts

Impact Analysis for Business Analysts
A Review of Impact Analysis for Business Analysts

You have heard that hindsight is 20-20 but what you will also learn in this article is that insight can be equally as effective because it helps you see the impact of changes before they are implemented.

Face it; as a business analyst, you have experienced changes in software features, systems or business procedures that created confusion or hindered your ability to do your job.

Therefore, you understand the anxiety or frustration of users whose job duties will be impacted by major changes in their systems, right?

Are You A Systems Analyst Or Just A Business Analyst?

Are You A Systems Analyst Or A Business Analyst?
Are You A Systems Analyst Or Just A Business Analyst?

The short, cut and dried answer is that both the systems analyst and the business analyst work on gathering, documenting, validating, managing requirements but the Business Analyst is more likely to do this with the objective of meeting business requirements while the Systems Analyst will is focused on analyzing, documenting or managing how the Information Technology (IT) software / hardware systems will be designed to meet functional / system requirements.

In a real-world project, the business analyst is more likely to be in charge of documenting the Business Use Case while the systems analyst will be responsible for documenting the Systems Use Case.

Non-Traditional Careers for Business Analysts – Part 2

Non-Traditional Careers for Business Analysts - Part 2
Non-Traditional Careers for Business Analysts – Part 2

This article is Part 2 of a series on Non-Traditional career opportunities in the IT Industry..

Now is a good time for business analysts to “consider or understand all the different career paths available for earning a living” because all the changes that are taking place in our marketplace, technology and culture have fundamentally transformed the way we work or the opportunities available to us.

with this in mind, I will address a question submitted by a reader (Kintu Vicent) about “how to earn an income as a business analyst without regular, traditional employment!“.

Your Resume…The Missing Link To Business Analyst Job Interviews!

Part 1 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
Your Resume ... The Missing Link To Business Analyst Job Interviews
Your Resume … The Missing Link To Business Analyst Job Interviews

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again“, is a saying that generally works. However, if you want to increase your chances of entering the business analysis field, you will need more than “trial and error” to get a job interview!

You will need to have in hand, a resumé that shows how you qualify as a business analyst, even though your past positions were not specifically in business analysis.

How An Australian Software Developer Became A Business Analyst

Part 15 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Become A Business Analyst

Janet, an Australian Software Developer wrote us about her fortunate experience in transitioning from Software Development to Business Analysis after 17 years as a Software Developer.

In Janet’s own words:

My employer offered me a BA position after recognising that I had certain “soft” skills such as communication, diplomacy and tact.

These combined with a background in analytical skills from my development days, and some agile skills from my days as a scrum master made for good potential as an agile business analyst.

Which Comes First Certification Or Skills & Experience?

Part 8 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
How To Boost IT Skills Rapidly Or Get Hired Fast
How To Boost IT Skills Rapidly Or Get Hired Fast

Stephen Covey advises us to put “First Things First”

But, when it comes to our careers or jobs figuring that out or prioritizing the most important things proves to be a surprising challenge for many IT Workers!

For example, while some believe that certifications are required for getting a job, others put more value on hands-on skills and experience!

So, the question is, which comes first in your career, “your hands-on skills & experience” or “your certifications”?

Which Documents Do I Write To Become A Business Analyst?

Part 14 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
Which Documents Do I Write To Become A Business Analyst?
Which Documents Do I Write To Become A Business Analyst?

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Newsletter for Information Technology (IT) professionals including business analysts, computer programmers, data analysts, database developers, technical writers, project managers and software testers.

If you, have a challenging question about your career, submit it here and we will answer yours just as we are answering this question submitted by a reader titled: Which Documents Do I Write To Become A Business Analyst?

Starting Your Business Analyst Career As A Software Tester?

Part 8 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career
Starting Your Business Analyst Career As A Software Tester?
Starting Your Business Analyst Career As A Software Tester?
[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

This post answers the question posted by a reader in Chantilly, Virginia who needs some practical help and advice on how to start a career in business analysis.

Here is the reader’s question:

Hello,

I am struggling to place myself as a Business Analyst. It just seems like I am in a circle trying to find a corner … Most of the requirements are unique and specific and ask for Business Intelligence skills or Data Analysis which has become a very big challenge /struggle for any beginner in the BA / IT field.

What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?

Part 6 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career
what software should you-learn to become a business analyst?
what software should you-learn to become a business analyst?

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Newsletter for Information Technology (IT) professionals including business analysts, computer programmers, data analysts, database developers, technical writers, project managers and software testers.

If you, have a challenging question about your career, submit it here and we will answer yours just as we are answering this question submitted by a technical writer titled: What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?

Put Your Blinders On Before You Read This!

Part 18 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Put Your Blinders On Before You Read This!
Put Your Blinders On Before You Read This!

Blinders are useful in potentially distracting situations because they increase one’s ability to focus.

For example, blinders are useful for removing potentially distracting or scary scenes from a horse’s vision.

By preventing the horse from seeing everything in it’s peripheral vision, the rider can better control the horse’s focus or keep it on target.

So, what does “blinders on horses have to do with job descriptions”?

Which Software Development Life Cycle Is Best?

Part 1 of 1 in the Series: How To Lead Or Manage Projects
Your Guide To Software Development Methodologies (Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, SDLC, Extreme ...)
Your Guide To Software Development Methodologies (Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, SDLC, Extreme ...)

Models like Agile, Extreme Programming, Scrum or Waterfall are used by project managers, business analysts, software developers or quality assurance analysts to describe how a project is managed or a software product is built.

The software development life cycle determines how risks are managed, business requirements documented, resources estimated and allocated, stakeholder expectations or customer feedback is managed and when software / quality assurance testing is performed.

Each software development model recommends a set of guidelines or best practices for developing software.

What Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?

Part 1 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career
What Courses Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?
What Courses Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?

You may start a business analysts career by taking some of the courses discussed in this post.

Keep in mind that for business analysis careers, soft skills count as much or in some cases even more than hard skills.

So, don’t make the classical rookie mistake of focusing on the hard skill requirements to the detriment of your soft skills!

The list of formal, informal or college courses that you may study for a business analyst career include:

Writing Better Requirements: Why Projects Fail

Part 6 of 7 in the Series: How To Become A Project Manager
Write Better Requirements
Write Better Requirements

Why Do We Need Better Requirements?

The following article is a frank, open and surprising discourse on why we need better requirements.

According to Standish or Gartner reports and other case studies, nearly “two-thirds of all IT projects fail” because of poor requirements and other causes.

Why Do Projects Fail?

Consider that a project fails when it overruns the budgeted allocation of resources, time or money or fails to deliver the intended business requirements or value.

Bridging the Gap between Business and IT: The Case for Business Analysts

Part 4 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
bridging the gap for business analysts
business analysts build bridges

In some organizations, the technical lead or senior software developer is also asked to gather, analyze or document the software development requirements.

This may be the case when:

  • Cowboy Coding -The Organization has not fully embraced any formal software development methodology
  • Cost Cutting -The manager wants to cut costs by not hiring for full-time business analysts
  • Role Differentiation – The IT / Software Development manager combines the business analyst role into the software development role

Career Tip for Senior Business Analysts: Become The Lead Business Analyst!

Part 20 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description

Career Tip For Senior BAs: Become The Lead BA
Career Tip For Senior BAs: Become The Lead BA
This post answers questions received from senior business analysts asking about how to carve out an upwardly mobile career path in their company or organization.

The answers in this post are presented as tips, solutions or ideas for business analysts looking towards a better career path.

If you have a question about your business analyst career, be sure to post it as a comment on this post and I will be glad to answer it for you.

How To Handle Recruiter’s Phone Calls?

Part 18 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
How To Handle Recruiters Phone Calls
How To Handle Recruiters Phone Calls

Recruiters are the gatekeepers for business analyst jobs.

They are in touch with more employers, consulting or full-time engagements than most business analysts.

This post answers the question of how to handle or deal with recruiters calling about business analyst jobs.

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to submit your question as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this reader’s question below!

What Does It Take To Learn Business Analysis?

What Does It Take To Learn Business Analysis?
Part 18 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Highly Paid Business Analyst
Highly Paid Business Analyst

You are reading this post because you are interested in learning or mastering business analysis for a number of reasons like

  • You may have read the US Bureau of Statistics report which predicts that the business analyst role will be one of the fastest growing occupations through 2012
  • You are a computer programmer or software tester who is getting burned out on the monotony of coding or testing
  • You may be interested in learning business analyst because you will gain more visibility by interacting with users and managers

Getting Back Into The Job Market: How To Start A Business Analyst Career

Part 2 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
starting a new business analyst career
starting a new business analyst career

The good news is that the economy is adding on jobs because it is the time of year when budgets have been approved and employers traditionally post more jobs and because the economy is also beginning to recover.

This is as good a time as any to dust off your resume, polish your act and start the career you have always wanted.

This article tells you how to do that … get back into the job market and start the business analyst career you’ve always wanted!

A Day In The Life Of An Agile Business Analyst

Part 6 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Questions for Agile Business Analysts
Questions for Agile Business Analysts

In response to the post: Is a Project Manager or a Business Analyst Career, a Better Fit for You?, a reader sent in the following comments about his experience as an agile business analyst.

In both Iterative and Agile methods, the BA is (or should be) involved with requirements gathering, project communication and facilitation, translating technical and business jargon, holding development to the business needs during the execution phase through Alpha Testing, demos, walk-throughs and issues management.

The Business Analysts Role In Facilitating Data Warehouse Projects

Part 15 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Business Analyst Role In Data Warehouse Projects
Business Analyst Role In Data Warehouse Projects

The Business Analysts Role In Bringing Data Warehousing To Your Office

Today’s business executives spend a ton of cash on data warehouse projects because that is a big, key, strategic business initiative; the success of which weighs heavily on their minds.

Data warehousing is important because it saves or aggregates information in a manner that allows executives, management or office users to make strategic business decisions faster, better and more easily!

The Agile Business Analyst, A Customer Advocate?

Part 12 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
The Agile Business Analyst
The Agile Business Analyst

The Agile Business Analyst plays a key role in facilitating conversations between stakeholders, quality assurance / testing teams, customers, subject matter experts (SMEs) and software developers in an incremental, iterative fast-paced product development environment.

So, who is the Agile Business Analyst and why should business analysts who are already comfortable with the process of eliciting requirements in a traditional product development environment be concerned about becoming more agile?

5 Steps to a New Business Analyst Career

Part 12 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
business analyst in 5 steps
business analyst in 5 steps

5 Steps to a New Business Analyst Career

I talk to a number of business analysts interested in changing careers to new domains.

They come from diverse backgrounds (insurance, sales, financial, etc.) and they all share a common goal … that of switching careers to new domains.

So, when one of these business analysts asked; if I would like to throw more light on changing BA careers / domains at job interviews, I was glad to say yes 🙂

The Six Sigma Business Analyst

Part 13 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Six Sigma Business Analyst
Six Sigma Business Analyst

The Six Sigma career path intersects or shares a number of tools, processes, goals and techniques with the business analyst career path.

So, in this post I would like to introduce you to the … Six Sigma Business Analyst.

Ask IT Career Coach

This post answers the question submitted by a business analyst who is enrolled at the business analyst boot camp.

If you have a question or challenge, be sure to send it using: Ask IT Career Coach and we will answer it for you, just as we are answering the question below!

Can a Developer Make a Good Business Analyst?

Part 11 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
Computer Programmers Learning Business Analysis
Computer Programmers Learning Business Analysis

I have been talking to a number of software developers, interested in changing roles to business analysis. If you are one of those software developers, then this post is written to show you how to switch careers from software development 🙂

There seems to be some bias against switching roles to business analysis from software development. It’s a subtle form of discrimination from folks who stereotype all software developers as nerds with poor presentation and communication skills!

But is that really true? Are you poorly suited for a business analysis role just because you’re a software developer?

On the contrary, software developers can make good business analysts and I will dedicate the rest of this post to debunking this myth … just as I have done with several urban legends on this blog 🙂

How To Answer Business Analyst Job Interview Questions

Part 10 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Answer Business Analyst Job Interview Questions
How To Answer Business Analyst Job Interview Questions

I’ve taken dozens of IT job interviews with various IT departments ranging from small IT shops to Fortune 500 IT departments to non-profits to consulting firms to staffing or recruitment agencies!

I’ve been interviewed and hired for both management and non-management IT positions. I’ve personally interviewed, hired and also coached IT Professionals who’ve gone on to wow their interviewers or ace the IT positions they wanted.

I’ve been in several situations where to get the next consulting assignment, I interviewed with several firms and also received multiple, competing job offers!

Do Business Analysts Need Computer Programmer Skills?

Part 9 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
Business Analysts Learn Computer Programming
Business Analysts Learn Computer Programming

Are database development, computer programming, data analysis or web development required skills for Business Analysts?

Perhaps you’ve seen, heard about or applied for jobs asking for a broad or seemingly impossible range of skill sets?

Like those job descriptions for business analysts requiring computer programming skills or those for PMP Certified Project Managers with 5 years of software development experience!

This post addresses “how to bridge the gap between business analyst skills and unfair job descriptions written-up by Information Technology (IT) departments”

How Important Is Domain Knowledge For A Business Analyst?

Part 7 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst

The Domain Business Analyst Career Path
The Domain Business Analyst Career Path
Is a business analyst with domain knowledge more valuable than a business analyst without domain knowledge?

By looking at how business analyst job descriptions are written, you may be tempted to say yes!

Business Analyst job descriptions are written as if there is a distinction between IT oriented business analysts with skills in UML, Use Cases, Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Modeling and domain oriented business analysts with knowledge in specific domains like sales, marketing, customer relationship management, insurance, finance!

The Most Valuable Business Analysis Skills Are ??

Part 1 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
What Are The Most Valuable Business Analyst Skills?
What Are The Most Valuable Business Analyst Skills?

One of the toughest challenges facing business analysts today is building the domain experience required for business analyst jobs.

Acquiring business analyst domain experience from scratch is hard because you need to get a job before you can build domain expertise … yet no-one will give you a job without that required domain experience!

This post however discusses how to get around the business analyst domain experience required for business analysis jobs.

How To Become A Healthcare Business Analyst

Part 3 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
healthcare business analyst career path
healthcare business analyst career path

This question was posted by a Healthcare Business Analyst looking for work!

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Is the Job Market Good Or Bad For Business Analysts?

Part 7 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Ask IT Career Coach
Ask IT Career Coach

This question was posted by a Business Analyst in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.

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How To Start A CRM Business Analyst Career

Part 2 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
CRM Business Analyst
CRM Business Analyst

One of the biggest hurdles facing business analysts in the current job market is the challenge of demonstrating the hands-on experience required in business analyst job descriptions

This article explains “how to improve your marketability as a business analyst by targeting business analyst job descriptions.

Let me start by saying that there are two types of hands-on experience required for business analyst jobs:

  1. General Business Analysis Experience: This type of experience is gained by practicing or using general business analysis skills including Use Cases, Requirements Gathering, Requirements Modeling, Requirements Elicitation, UML etc.

How To Get An Entry Level Business Analyst Job Part 1

Part 14 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Entry Level Business Analyst Job
Entry Level Business Analyst Job

This article is in two parts. You are currently reading part one and you may click here to read part two of the article.

What should you do when you decide you want to become an IT Business Analyst?

You may have been a software developer, data analyst or even someone who has never worked in the Information Technology industry at all.

Perhaps you have an MBA or other business degree, but you have an interest in technology and you think IT Business Analysis is something you’d like to try your hand at.

Become an Expert Business Analyst or Increase your BA Salary

Part 21 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
increase your ba salary become an expert
increase your BA salary ... become an expert

If You Are Alive, You Want More Money! or you’ve been thinking of ways to increase your salary as a business analyst … yes, you have.

If you’re human and still breathing, what you get paid and how to make more money crosses your mind ever so often.

For good or bad, it is human nature to always want more.

We want more money, more love, more space, more friends and more fun.

How To Become A Business Analyst

Part 1 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Become A Business Analyst

ON BECOMING A BUSINESS ANALYST – THE BUSINESS ANALYST JOB DESCRIPTION

A business analyst is an information technology worker who improves the efficiency and productivity of business operations.

The business analyst achieves this by closely analyzing the business processes in an organization for inefficiencies.

When inefficient business processes are discovered, the business analyst makes recommendations for business process improvements.

If the recommended solution is approved, the business analyst works with computer programmers, lead software developers, software managers and other information technology workers to implement the recommended solutions.