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A business analyst has the expertise to assess and document the processes, systems, and business models of an organisation. This is crucial for improving the products and services, efficiently integrate new technologies, and cut costs. Today’s forward-thinking organisations hire business analysts for IT, finance, accounting, marketing, and operations related projects. Hiring a BA with the essential skills and business knowledge requires the use of certain specific strategies. This includes asking the right interview questions. The commonly asked interview questions for successfully hiring a BA are listed below.

Business Analyst Interview Questions

1) What is the use of a flowchart, and why is it important?

Ans: A flowchart makes use of diagrams and symbols to demonstrate the flow of a system. It simplifies the system into a few key steps and makes it easy to understand. 

2) What is a feasibility study?

Ans: A feasibility study helps to understand how successful an idea for solving a business problem will be. 

3) What are the eight steps in the business analysis process flow?

Ans: 1. Gathering information, 2. Identifying key stakeholders, 3. Identifying the business objectives, 4. Determining available options, 5. Defining scope, 6. Defining the delivery plan, 7. Defining project requirement, 8. Implementation and evaluation.

4) Name five tools used in Business Analytics?

Ans: MS Office and SQL, Axure, Python and R, QlikView and Tableau, Blueprint.

5) State two differences between risk mitigation and risk avoidance.

Risk avoidance is done to prevent the occurrence of a risk, and risk mitigation is done when a risk occurs. Risk avoidance helps to eliminate the cause of the risk, and risk mitigation reduces the probability of risk. 

6) What are the five phases in IT project management?

Ans: Initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, project closure.

7) Define critical path analysis.

Ans: Critical path includes all the activities in a project. An analysis of the critical path helps to reduce project timelines and control costs.

8) What are the five components of strategy analysis?

Ans: Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, Action plan.

9) State two differences between the Agile Model and the Waterfall Model.

Ans: Agile is flexible in nature, but Waterfall follows a structured method. In the agile model, testing can be done in any phase, but in Waterfall, testing can be done only in the final phase.

10) What is the use of the Requirement Traceability Matrix?

Ans: RTM is used to record client requirements and to ensure that they are met.

Recruiters also asses certain core skills every Business Analyst must-have. These skills will determine the BA’s ability to perform their work successfully.

Essential Skills of a Business Analyst

Excellent communication skills

It is crucial for a BA to convey ideas without ambiguity and ask questions without using complicated terminologies and jargons. This will help them to easily communicate with stakeholders with different technical proficiencies.

Clarity of objectives

If a BA doesn’t fully understand what they are being asked to do, then this lack of clarity can prevent them from delivering the desired output. To avoid such situations, they need to ask all the relevant questions and other information before commencing work.

Good presentation skills

A BA may have to make a presentation for stakeholders or teams who are working on the projects. The content of the presentation must match the objectives of the meeting. A well-made presentation communicates the purpose of the projects clearly, which helps the stakeholders to ask all the right and relevant questions.

Knowledge of modelling tools

Modelling helps to convey large volumes of written information by converting them to visual representations. This helps the stakeholders to get an easy overview of the projects.

Managing one to one stakeholder meetings

E-mail and other forms of written communication cannot be as effective as face to face meetings. When a BA meets a stakeholder in person, they will have a chance to discuss various aspects of the projects, identify problems, and come up with solutions. 

Time management skills

A BA must be able to prioritise tasks and use their time management skills to ensure that work is completed on time. Since there are chances of unpredictability, a BA must know which task is critical and ensure that the team members involved in projects deliver their work on time.

Written communication skills

A BA will have to create various requirement documents, reports, plans, specifications, etc.  These documents and reports should be written in a clear, concise, and easy to understand manner for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Applications of MeritTrac Assessment Solutions - Hiring and Workforce Development

Hiring decisions based solely on resumes, phone screening, portfolio, and in-person interviews do not provide adequate insights about a business analyst’s abilities. MeritTrac’s test content research and development team have created assessment methodologies to analyse crucial skills a business analyst must possess. This enables recruiters to evaluate communication, technical writing skills, ability to analyse cost/benefit and capability to provide solutions for business problems. The assessment solutions can also be used to identify and analyse the skills of the Business analysts working in your organisation. The comprehensive reports can be used to develop impactful training programs that can bridge any skill gaps. 

MeritTrac Solutions for Business Analyst Assessment

MeritTrac’s BA assessment solutions are developed by a team of subject matter experts. These scientifically designed solutions let you select the right candidates for a Business Analyst job role. Some of our top assessment solutions preferred by recruiters are:

Pariksha, a hybrid assessment platform that features business analyst interview questions and can be used to deliver assessments. The salient features of this platform are as follows:

  • Plug and play feature for use on any device
  • Supports Linux and Windows platforms
  • Easily integrates with existing systems
  • Quick results and report generation

SmartTest offers more than 10,000 assessments spanning different domains. These assessments can be customised, and with its precise and secure assessment delivery, you can make informed hiring decisions. The top features of SmartTest are:

  • Tailor-made test catalogues
  • Performance benchmarking
  • Simple and secure test delivery
  • Improved results time

CodeTrac is a performance-based coding platform that offers 350 domain tests. It comes with a real-time feedback mechanism for assessing candidates’ coding skills. 

The unique features of CodeTrac are:

  • Integrated assessment platform 
  • Full-stack software development assessment
  • Auto evaluation for instant results
  • Comprehensive programming language library