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Principal Business Analyst was asked...June 30, 2014

Business case on a company which is struggling on declining sales and are already exhausted with all possible options available to them or they could think of

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1. If not done so yet, chart sales vs. time. Analyze what happened when things started to decline: compare the chart with business intelligence from similar industries/competitors. Compare if market share is being lost to " someone" or market share is being lost equally among all. If market share lost equally among all, then this indicates a secular shift in whatever market they are so time to evaluate business model/value proposition. If market we lost gained by "someone" then evaluate value proposition for "value issues" meaning quality, cost, performance, etc. If no main findings here, evaluate for personnel issues (bad teamwork, HR changes, policy changes, etc.). BTW, all of this can be done in parallel, making the best use of time as possible. JSR:. Less

What could be your advice around the next steps ...i.e if you conclude there is no way sales could be improved ...what would be the strategy on next steps Less


Bizarre mixture not competence based, examining skills but not particularly structured or helpful.

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As best I could!


sent me a list of questions related to BA?

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Replied them via word document with answers.

Red Hat

what where when

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oracle projects, dell and emc, 2004 to present


Familiarity with the BI tools they use... Behavioural type questions - weakness, time you made a mistake, etc., and what did you do about it.

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Behavioural questions are tough for me because I handle the error or weakness at the time it happens and move on. I don't let it languish but that doesn't make for a good story telling. I try to embellish some non-event into something that it's not for the sake of the story. Less

City and County of San Francisco

Q. What experience do I have with data architecture

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I have experience with SQL, MS Access, Python, Hadoop

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You are working on high profile presentation for directors when a team member seeks your help and advice urgently. How would you prioritise ?

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Assess urgency of the team members request, whether other principle / team member could help and then delegate ... Less


"Tell me about yourself. Tell me about your journey."

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I answered this question 5 times in a single day. Next time, maybe try a panel interview, rather than having a candidate repeatedly answer the same question? Less


Applied position was a Local BA, so I was asked about my experience of basic BA RnR in my career and what is pain points and difficulties of BA role in local country.

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I told what I have done as BA till now and also told some points related to cultural feature and gap I found. Less


Background experience - relevant to their client practice / industry -FSI verticals

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Straight to the point -- had relevant background

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