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28 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published December 6th, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
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What skills would you bring to a business analyst role here at Gerson Lehrman Group and why are you looking for this change in a career?
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Depending on where you are at in your career, your interviewer is looking to get a sense of why you are looking at moving into a role as a consultant in the business analyst world and what skills you would bring to the role at Gerson Lehrman Group. Prior to your interview, be sure to give thought into why you are interviewing for this position and be open and honest with your interviewer. Then, think of your unique skills that you have developed throughout your career that make you a great fit for this role.
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What skills would you bring to a business analyst role here at Gerson Lehrman Group and why are you looking for this change in a career?
Depending on where you are at in your career, your interviewer is looking to get a sense of why you are looking at moving into a role as a consultant in the business analyst world and what skills you would bring to the role at Gerson Lehrman Group. Prior to your interview, be sure to give thought into why you are interviewing for this position and be open and honest with your interviewer. Then, think of your unique skills that you have developed throughout your career that make you a great fit for this role.

Ryan's Answer #1
"About a year ago, a close friend of mine from college highly recommended a move to the business analyst field after we had several conversations on my career path in the corporate education world. I really feel like I'm at a point where I've hit a ceiling in my career and moving to a business analyst type of role will open so many more doors for me to showcase my skills in education, presenting and leadership. After seeing your job opening, I was extremely excited about applying and now interviewing because I feel like my educational background will suit the clients of Gerson Lehrman Group very well."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As you can see from my resume and background, I have spent my career in the software development world where I have honed great technical skills that would translate nicely to this role here at Gerson Lehrman Group. During the past five years with my current organization, I have undertaken the responsibilities of documenting our business processes and have really loved this aspect of my role. It has given me the opportunity to work with new people within my organization and really helped spark an interest in full-time analyst consulting role."
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What tools and programs are you comfortable and experienced working on that would help you in this role with Gerson Lehrman Group?
As business technology has increased over time, the business analytics field has flourished with great tools becoming more easily available. Your interviewer is looking to get a sense of what programs you have familiarity working with and, on top of that, how fluent and efficient you are in using those tools. Be sure to touch on programs/tools that touch effective communication, project management and modelling/visualization and highlight the fact that you are proficient in and open to learning new programs if needed.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As a proficient user and fan of the Microsoft Office Suite, I am very proficient using all of the pieces of the suite. I rely on Outlook for email communications, calendar appointments and managing daily and weekly tasks. I regularly use the Visio tool for diagramming and Excel for tracking purposes. In preparation for this interview, I've been researching common requirements management tools like Rational Requisite Pro and I feel confident in my technical abilities to learn and utilize a new business analyst program."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As a trained IT professional looking to breakthrough into the analytics field, you can be assured that I have a wide breadth of experience working with many different programs and tools. On top of the normal Microsoft Office programs, I've worked on email programs like Zimbra and Mailbird for communications and am comfortable learning any new system. I think one unique aspect I can bring to Gerson Lehrman Group is my experience working with SQL database management and queries."
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If hired for this position at Gerson Lehrman Group, what would be the ideal project for you to lead?
To fully understand the reasoning behind this question, your interviewer is looking to get a sense for what type of work you prefer to do, what your strong points are and where to best position you with clients if hired for the position. Prior to your interview, be sure that you research the clients of Gerson Lehrman Group and the typical projects that are led with them. Make sure your desires align in some aspect of the business and speak openly and honestly about your most desirable project.

Ryan's Answer #1
"If I'm fortunate enough to come consult with Gerson Lehrman Group, my ideal project would be working with the leadership staff of a high profile employer on a corporate restructuring project that makes them more efficient and more profitable in a short amount of time. As you can see from my experience, I really thrive when working with high level leaders like CEO's and Presidents on what I would consider my greatest area of expertise."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Being passionate about manufacturing and technology, my ideal project would put me face to face working with a team of engineers and production staff to help implement the creation of a life changing product in the medical field. This area of manufacturing involves high cost materials and the need to produce items accurately and efficiently. My project management skills would thrive in this atmosphere."
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Beyond revenue, how do Gerson Lehrman Group's products benefit our clients?
An excellent software product can positively affect a business in a multitude of ways. From organization to client relationships, increasing leads, offering better data collection and, and information management. The interviewer wants to see that you have spent the time getting to know the features and benefits of their software before your interview. Discuss the ways that Gerson Lehrman Group's offering can benefit potential customers far beyond revenue.

Ryan's Answer #1
"I fully understand that, although revenue is a significant driver, it is not everything to companies when they are deciding on their software products. Additional benefits to Gerson Lehrman Group's software, from my research, include better organization of data so that information can be leveraged in areas of product development, market research, smarter hiring decisions, and more."
Ryan's Answer #2
"From what I see, there are a plethora of benefits to Gerson Lehrman Group's products. When a company embraces organization, has access to insightful analytics and a full support team, they can make business decisions that improve not only profits but also employee morale, customer feedback, or research and development."
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Do you have any unique skills or past work experiences that we can't see on your resume that would benefit the team here at Gerson Lehrman Group?
This question is providing you the opportunity to potentially set yourself apart from your competition for this position. To do just that, it will be important for you to make sure that the unique skill or experience that you discuss matches with a critical need for Gerson Lehrman Group and the position that you are interviewing for. Whether you talk about a unique skill or experience, your research on this job will prove vital in your ability to make sure that it impresses your interviewer.

Ryan's Answer
"In my current role as a data engineer, I have gotten the opportunity over the last five years to work with clients in many industries. One of the industries that I've worked most closely with has been the private insurance industry. This experience and my gaining of insider knowledge in the insurance industry would benefit me greatly if brought aboard the team here at Gerson Lehrman Group."
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