Business analyst duties vary from company to company, but there are many questions you will inevitably hear when interviewing for this position. Overall, a business analyst is someone who helps organisations improve their processes and make the most profitable business decisions through data analysis and insights. An interviewer is looking for evidence of problem-solving, communication, critical thinking, negotiating, technical and analytical skills.

45,027 Business Analyst interview questions shared by candidates

Here are three of the top business analyst questions and tips on how to answer them:

How to answer: Interviewers ask this to determine whether or not an applicant understands the skills and qualities necessary for success in the role. Your answer should include examples of both hard and soft skills (strong aptitude for numbers, analytical skills, clear communication, problem-solving, etc.) and mirror the requirements listed in the job description.

How to answer: Your response to this question is intended to show the interviewer how self-motivated and driven you are. An applicant who takes initiative outside of the workplace to improve their skills will leave a lasting impression. Include everything from reading the news each morning to attending conferences.

How to answer: The hiring manager asks this to get a feel for your overall understanding of the analysis planning process. When answering, don't just list projects and processes. Instead, discuss the types of opportunities you might create and let the interviewer know you are able to customise your approach to suit individual projects.

Business Analyst was asked...20 February 2013

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please mail me at harshas300@gmail.com

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please mail me at bharathc@ivycomptech.com

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plz mail me too at ankurvig@gmail.com

Business Analyst was asked...12 April 2018

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Till now no call from Sahara after interview.

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No,not yet

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Yes i was also told that they will call at the end of this month. Just waiting for their call. Less

Business Analyst was asked...1 June 2009

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The people who require more info are missing the point. In real life decisions, you are often working on too little data to make an "easy" decision. There is no right answer to this question. What they are looking for is your ability to think the problem though, make estimates and arrive at an answer. My advice with a problem like this is to take a sheet of paper and think out loud as you work through it. Let the interviewer in on your thought process. The WORST thing you could do is ask "what sort of golf ball?"! Less

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That's a trick question. Everyone knows that golf balls are now banned by TSA. This question is devised to see if you can go on a business trip without ending up being branded a terrorist. Less

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So this type of question is to see how you think and if you can do it under pressure. The question is structured to allow you to ask questions, like what kind of plane is it? On the other hand, the interviewer might have an answer from an interviewing book for golf balls in a 757 or whatever he might tell you the plane is. You might have the opportunity to take control, so pick a plane you are familiar with from a recent flight, say “I flew in on a 727 yesterday, so can I use that for my estimate?” (You will probably get a yes answer and he probably does not know a 727 from a 737, so he can’t challenge your numbers if they sound reasonable). “Ok, when I made reservations on Orbitz and picked a seat, I remember there were 32 seats with 2 on one side of aisle and 3 on the other. I have not done geometry recently, but I think the area of a circle is Pi-R-squared, so a plane is basically a cylinder which means I can multiply the circle area by the length to get volume. (so you can offhandedly ask the interviewer something like “that’s what we learned in junior high right?” – and probably get a confirmation). So it seems like the plane was widest at the floor level and each seat was about 3 feet including arm rests and the space in between, plus the aisle width gets you a diameter of about 18 feet so radius is 9 feet. Let me do a little math over here on the white board: the area of the circle is 3.1415x9x9, so I am estimating and will use 3 instead of PI, so we get 243 square feet.” “So there were 32 seats and it seemed like about 3 feet for the seat and the tiny leg room x32=96 feet. But there was more space for exit door rows, bulkhead, attendant station, kitchen, bathroom and first class leg space, that adds about 30 feet = 126. The cockpit is probably 12 feet long, but tapers down, so we will use 9, plus 8 effective feet for the tapered tail area = 143 feet. Given the inaccuracy of this estimate, we can ignore the .1415 I dropped off PI to make math easy on the whiteboard earlier. (Back to the whiteboard and) 143 x 243 = 34,749 cubic feet. When I toss the golf balls in, I will assume the seats and equipment is there, but the overhead bins are open for the balls. That other stuff probably reduces usable volume by 20% or 6800 leaving about 28,000 cubic feet. So now I need to figure out the volume of a golf ball.” “I have only played golf twice, and was really bad – nearly killed somebody with a slice!” (just adding some humor to the interview - so I make a circle with my finger and say) “I think the golf ball was about this big – looks like less than 2 inches, maybe 1 and three quarters? Do you golf a lot? Does that sound reasonable?” (so he might give you a clue or a nod or admit he doesn’t really know either). “Ok, back to the 8th grade. Volume of a sphere – man, that one’s tough, I kind of forget. Area of circle was PI-R-squared, so that has to be multiplied by something like we did for a cylinder. The “height” of a sphere is the diameter, but it is not a full cylinder, so it would be less than multiplying by the length of the “side” or diameter in this case. So, Mrs/Mr interviewer, I know this question is about estimating, not remembering junior high math, so can you give me a hint on this one? (Yes: it’s V = (four/three)*area of the circle) – (or no, just guess. So then you take the volume if it were a cylinder and reduce it by a reasonable amount. He doesn’t know unless he has a book). “Now we do painstaking math on the whiteboard, ask for a calculator, or take a guess. 3.1414xR2x four thirds = 3.2 cubic inches. Golf balls will leave gaps when packed into a container, but not too inefficient, let’s say instead of 3.2 cubic inches, let’s say 3.4 (just needs to sound reasonable). How many cubic inches in a cubic foot? 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot = 12x12x12 inches = 1728. Now divide that by 3.4 and get 508 golf balls in a cubic foot and we estimated 28,000 in the plane, so that is about 14 million golf balls.” (sidenote, this involves tedious math on paper or whiteboard, but it gets you an answer. It may be that he is happy with you reasoning out your methodology, but he probably has a number in mind, so when you ask, he will let you do it out on the whiteboard) So I actually did this by scratch just now and it does take a while. I used Excel for the math so it would take longer on a whiteboard. More importantly, not a single one of my numbers is right, but they don’t seem unreasonable. Does the interviewer know how many seats, rows, wasted space, etc on the plane you are using? No. But he sees an analytical thought process and ability to reason and estimate. Don’t panic. Don’t make a random guess right away. I might give a few hints if I asked this question. So if the real answer is 1 million or 50 million then I sounded dumb, but you have to assume he is asking this to everyone else and they might not do much better, so stay confident and calm. Less

Business Analyst was asked...15 April 2010

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It's not 500. Not sure if correct but I calc 666.

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Hey G It goes like this 1000-2x+1000-2x+1000-x=2000 ( equate it to 2000 because after this u will wont need to go back third time as the maximum u can carry will be over in two time) x=200 (first stop point @ 200 feet) 1000-2y+1000-y=1000 ( equate it to 1000 because after this u will wont need to go back second time as the maximum u can carry will be over once y=333 (second stop point @ 533 feet) so you can move the remaining 1000 distance in (1000-533)=533 to Point B. So 533 bananas left Less

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Sorry for the fat fingers in my answers! I ate too many bananas and was feeling ill, lol Less

Business Analyst was asked...6 November 2011

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1) stapling papers together (Staplers don't use pins...they use staples). 2) hemming pants that are too long. 3) nailing co-workers to the cubical wall 4) melting it down and casting 25 mm figures for wargames 5) Sell it on Craigslist to someone that has staples but no stapler. Less

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1. staple remover 2. paper weight 3. door stop 4. hammer 5. weapon

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1. paper weight 2. wall decoration (Art work, Conversation piece, etc.) 3. spare parts for my working stapler 4. decoy stapler (for my co-workers to 'borrow') 5. parts for a desk catapult Less

Business Analyst was asked...26 August 2015

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Hi, I have also received an offer from Shell.They are actually looking for real time experience.All the questions are required to be explained with examples and how it was handled.Good Luck Less

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within a week. first call then email.

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Hi.. No based on your telephonic interview they call you for f2f interview. It doesn't happen on same day.. give it a week or so.. it's pretty fast.. max a fortnight.. all the best. Less

Business Analyst was asked...6 October 2013

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Both have expiration date. If they are not sold/used by the expiration date/flight time, they are useless Less

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Both are designed for efficient transportation

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They are both designed to be lightweight, which translates into saving on transportation costs and energy. Less

Business Analyst was asked...28 February 2012

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1 - P(gun1 failed) * P(gun2 failed) = 1 - (3/6)*(4/6) = 2/3

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probability of 1st gun firing a round is P(a)=3/6. and probability of 2nd gun firing P(b)= 2/6. probability of 1st gun FAILURE P(a')=3/6 probability of 2 nd gun FAILURE P(b')=4/6 3 conditions are possible p(a)*P(b')+P(a')*P(b)+P(a)*P(b)=2/3 Less

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I guess it is a six revolver. 1-3/6*4/6=2/3

Business Analyst was asked...24 February 2010

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If I just inherited a pizzaria from my uncle then I wouldn't be interviewing for another job right now but keeping the business alive till I could find someone to take over for me since that isn't what I want to do for a living Less

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Sell it to someone who loves pizza !

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Well, if it's in New York City, it has the potential to take in up to $70,000 (maybe more) a week in revenue. I've seen pizza shops that have non-stop customers from the time they open, until they close, usually buying a plain slice for $2.00 - $2.50, and with 1 topping, $3.00 - $3.50. My associate and I were guessing that, of course, in the right location, they could sell up to 4,000 slices in a day. With an average price of $2.50, that's $10,000 a day. Less

Junior Business Analyst was asked...22 July 2019

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400 cubes is incorrect? As the cube will have adjacent corners therefore a smaller cube may already be painted on a different face. Less

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The "cube" in the second sentence, is in reference to the "cube in the 1st.

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Not sure how so many people are getting tripped up by this, all the outer cubes will be coloured so take one layer off each side to get an inner cube made of 8x8x8 = 512 cubes. Less

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