Monday, 21 September 2015

39 Top Business Analyst Interview Questions and Answers

1. What are the problems solved by business analysis?
As a BA the most critical part is in gathering requirements (we should understand them very well from a Business User /stake holder point of view!!!)
Reason: There might be a chance for the whole project to go in the wrong path due to wrong understanding of the Business users/ Stake holders’ needs and the gathered requirements created for the work following that step… i.e. going from A to C instead of going from A to B.

2. Who uses the output produced by business analyst?
The output will be used by the Both IT and Non-It People, as IT people use this document as key for the building of the application and Non - It people use those document where they can see prototype of their application.

3. What is the educational qualification required for a business analyst?
There is no specific qualification for a business analyst. Well, if you are a management graduate it is an added advantage since you have they have better communication skills. One important thing a BA needs to have is domain knowledge or business knowledge. Unless he/she understands the client's business process thoroughly they cannot draft the requirements properly.

4. Mention some of the important points a business analyst must take care while preparing business plan?
While Creating Business Document, Make sure you start from small problems. Don’t jump to big problems right way. Keep the Business sponsors and IT folks in the loop. Make sure your document clearly state Exceptions, Assumptions and Limitations. Sometime you need to keep in mind the legal issues. Business document should be well written for usability and for future projects.

5. Why is business analyst position vital in an organization?
The position is important because a BA is a people’s person when it comes to the users and an IT person when it comes to the developers. He can communicate with the users in jargon that they are comfortable with and is able to understand them in order to collect solid business requirements. Simultaneously he can effectively communicate these requirements and support them with documentation for a developers benefit.

6. Why excellent communication skill is essential for a business analyst?
A BA is one who sits with the client understands it and then tells the IT people what needs to be done hence BA needs to have excellent communication skills

7. What are the industry and professional standards followed by business analyst?
Industry standards that have been set for the BAs to follow are OOAD principles and Unified Modeling Language (UML). This is a common language used by business analysts all around the world to draft the functional requirements.

8. What are the quality procedures followed normally by a business analyst?
For quality there is no specific mark of course Six sigma and ITIL (Information technology infrastructural library United kingdom) are certain quality standard establishing organizations and methods. But As a normal the following should be followed:
The quality of communication while gathering requirement should be excellent and outstanding. Sometimes users are just looking for functionality in system and they are not even able to say that what exactly will be their dream functionality which will be most convenient to them. In that case BA should explore them and figure out the exactly demanded requirements.

9. How is requirement analysis done by business analyst?
Requirement session is usually done through JAD session. Business Folks and Major sponsors are always there along with some technical folks. Business analyst then goes through each requirement and asks for the feedback. If Business Sponsors and Technical Folks think that all the requirements are according to the business and won’t be a barrier to existing system. They get the official signoff on Business Requirement document. IT manager and Business manager both do the sign off on that business requirement document.

10. Does the business analyst interact with clients directly? If so state the reason for the same?
It depends on the project to project it is not always the same that we do interact with the clients directly, some time there will be a team whom might be interacting with the client and gives you the requirement and if have questions either we do talk with that team or our manager.

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