Business Analyst Interview Questions

It is very important to know the fact that Business Analyst interview questions vary from domain to domain. If you are applying for a Business Analyst position in an insurance company, you might face some insurance domain based questions, if you are applying for a financial firm like bank or investment banking etc.. then you might likely face some financial based questions.

Being said that, there are common Business Analyst interview questions which you will face by the interviewer irrespective of the domain of the company. In this training session, we will be discussing those common Business Analyst interview questions.

Q1: What are the roles and responsibilities of a Business Analyst?
A1:

  • Business Analyst must be well versed with gathering requirements from the stake holders and should have good understanding of the business.
  • Need not be good at technical front, but it is always a plus if you have some technical understanding as it will help you while dealing with developers.
  • after gathering requirements, a Business Analyst will make a fine documentation from those and they are called as functional specifications.
  • These functional specifications will be given to developers and testers for their understanding of the task in question.
  • Will have to attend daily ongoing meetings with stake holders and developers to discuss about the progress of the project.
  • Will act as a bridge between stake holders (Business owners) and developers. If developers got some questions, they reach out to Business Analyst. At the same time if stake holders got a question about development, they reach out to Business Analyst.
  • Business Analyst will interact with quality team as well to see if the testing process is going smoothly.
  • Business Analyst will draw flow charts, use case diagrams, business flow, data flow diagrams if necessary. This pictorial representation of business is helpful to both stake holders, developers and quality team.

Q2: What are the main deliverable of a Business Analyst?

A2: Requirements documents, Functional specifications, Use case diagrams, flow charts, ongoing support to development team and quality team until end of the project.

Q3: What is the use of use case diagrams? is it really helpful?

A3: Use case diagram is very helpful to understand the project. It gives the pictorial view of the application so any body with  no technical back ground can easily understand whats going on. Hence it is very useful.

Q4: What is the difference between Business Analyst & SME ?

A4: This is some what interesting to differentiate the differences between these two. Both Business Analyst and SME (Subject matter expert) must have good understanding of the business. But a Business Analyst must have some technical knowledge such as familiarity with MS tools, drawing use case diagrams etc..

But an SME must have excellent business knowledge unlike a business analyst. SME is purely dedicated to the business and in other words, he is one of the real team who is working with the business from long time. He is mostly limited to clarifying any questions or some critical discussions that a Business Analyst can not answer or has some confusion.

In most organizations, business analyst and SME work together.

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