A reader asks:
Recently, I attended an interview where the interviewer asked me the questions below… Could you throw some light on how to handle these kinds of questions?
- Why do you want to become a BA ?
- If given an opportunity, what is the one aspect you wish to change in BA ?
- What is the most difficult task in BA?
Interview questions are always a challenge, but there are some standard things you can expect in a business analyst job interview. Recently, I interviewed for my most recent contract business analyst position. I was asked to role play with one of the interviewers – which is fine, I can do that but it was unusual for a job interview and actually turned out to be fun – it gave us all a bit of a giggle.
So, why do you want to become a business analyst? Have you done some work and the field has worked its magic on you? Have you heard it is a challenging and rewarding job and you wanted to try it? Have you trained for it and this is your first interview? What is the right answer?
I have always answered that this role is my passion. I have loved all the work that I have done but when I was given the opportunity to be a business analyst – I found my passion. I love the work, the analysis, the thought process, the interaction with people, the negotiation between stakeholders – everything! Realistically not every day is wonderful but I always find a gem in each day as I am heading home.
The second question you were asked is a usual one – if there is something you could change in yourself as a BA, what would you change? I am a business process analyst. My weakness, if you want to call it that, is my lack of experience in IT. I don’t have a background in Oracle or SQL, so I am honest.
The third question is also not uncommon. The most difficult task for me is building trust with my project manager and all the stakeholders. I usually come into a project as an outsider, as contractors normally do. You have to move fast and prove yourself quickly or people think you are not delivering.
I will leave you with the one question that was the most challenging for me: What is the difference between project scope and product scope? The interviewer told me after that I was the only one who got it right, even project managers could not give him an answer. I got the job 🙂
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