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# Business Analyst Interview Questions in Richmond, VA

When interviewing a candidate for a business analyst role, employers are looking to assess your analytical problem-solving skills as well as your communication and collaboration skills. Be prepared to analyze a business case study and answer behavioral questions that often test your ability to handle challenging stakeholders or tight deadlines. Business analysts must also be creative thinkers, so expect to tackle a few unusual brainteasers that are designed to see how well you can think through a complex problem.

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Dec 5, 2011
 Anti-freeze: planning to buy a company with 12.5 in cash, 10% bonds for the remaining amount. Total worth of the company \$137.5. assuming there is no discount rate. When will u break-even. And is it a good buy? Part(2) - Anti-freeze is currently priced at \$8, with 60% market share; there are other products in the market(A) priced at \$7 with 15% market share, (B) at \$7 with 7% market share and (c) with \$5 and 10% market share. Should we consider decreasing our price by \$1 or NOT?3 AnswersHi, do you mind post the answer as well? Appreciate it.What are we breaking even with ? The 12.5 cash investment ? How much cash flow does the new product generate ?breakeven: you paid 12.5 today, and 137.5 in future, and no interest rate, so you have to make 150 to break-even. pricing: have to have cost and volume, and historical data of price elasticity. If not, use breakeven analysis. assuming total market volume remains as price drops, and that this price elasticity takes into consideration of all factors including dynamics of market share rebalance and volume change to this company only, set price elasticity to be x, cost to be c, total volume to be V, we have (8-c)*0.6V = (7-c)*0.6V*(1-x/8), x=(c-7)/8, if absolute value of price volatility is larger than this, we decrease price.

Apr 23, 2014
 The first case was fairly straight forward: (1) Asked to calculate bank profitability with a given interest rates on deposits, a fixed reserve ratio, an interest rate on loans and a fixed fee value. (2) Tasked with assessing the viability of a marketing proposal where you're expected to introduce the idea of a market test. (3) Values are given for the market test and you're asked to calculate the profitability of the bank if the marketing plan was implemented. (4) Go-no/go decision at the end.2 AnswersRemember the nature of the cost in the marketing strategy. It's not fixed.This is interesting. We can apply a general profitability framework where profit equals total revenue minus total cost. From there we can break down each two components into segments. Without prior knowledge of how banks calculate profitability I would ask the interviewer's help on setting up which components belong to what. However, one can be smart and and try to match which is revenue and which is cost and then ask whether the profit function for this case is valid one. Once the profit is set up we can ask some data to calculate the bank's profit. The second is regarding a business situation, launching a product I guess and depending on the analysis of this how should the product be launched. I would try to gather information regarding customers, the product itself, the bank (capabilities and so forth) and competitors. Once we identify key factors on them can propose on how to do this pilot test to gather more important information. Calculate the profitability with the new market data and see of the difference of the profit with no new product and with new product. If this is positive, it's a go decision (assuming the decision maker is a rational person).

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Jun 30, 2011
 In a call center scenario, determine the average talk time, total talk time, call duration etc.(data given)2 AnswersData is drawn out on a white board and you are given a scratch piece of paper and calculator.You first need to find a weighted average call time, since they give you average call volume for each day and also the total number of minutes for each day. They then give a scenario where calls that don't require a transfer to someone else only take a certain time, so you must figure out what the average for the rest of the calls must be. You then need to use that info to solve some problem. it got a little tricky and did require basic algebra. I highly recommend doing a lot of practice GMAT questions to prepare.

Dec 9, 2011
 Case about credit cards where you had to take multiple percentages of percentages (note: much harder than their online sample case!)1 Answeri don't understand. why is percentage of percentage harder than percentage?

May 6, 2011
 Break Even about credit default rates1 AnswerHey there...Could you post the question in detail. I think I know what you are talking abt...I need specifics to the case. I am employee of CAPONe since 3 years now...I am sorry u felt interview sucked at capitalone...but u never know when u get a chance to come back...Post the case in detail..I will try to answer that for you.

May 1, 2012
 How good are your Excel skills?1 AnswerAt the time they weren't all that great, but I mentioned pivot tables and formulas, and he seemed satisfied.

Apr 7, 2014
 The business cases were the most difficult just dealt with break even points, but with thrown off as one was not related to credit solutions or the company at all.1 AnswerJust work through things slowly and verbally with your caser and you will do great.