10 Application AnalystInterview Questions
Why do you want a career as an application analyst?
- "I want to grow in a field where I can apply my academic knowledge and also explore my abilities."
- "I love information technology."
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
- "With GE being such a large company things did not get resolved as quickly as I or my fellow employees would like.There was a lot of red tape numerous work flows and signatures to be obtained before many things got done.Being the only onsite IT guy I had to find creative ways to help fellow employees with some of their problems. I was second layer support. Employees were not to come to me directly for tech support. They were to call the help desk which was in India or Mexico and go through their process to solve problems. If they could not solve the problem the call would get routed to me. This was sometimes a long drawn out process so if I possibly could and had the resources I would circumvent the call and help the person directly especially if it was our site leader or a manager."
- "Only challenges were on insurance changes and/or procedure changes."
- "Quickly changing priorities with little notice, given tasks with little knowledge or preparation supplied."
Why should we hire you?
- "It's been a couple of tough years. I lost my wife last year she passed away. This year I was laid off my job after 15 years but I'm a glass half full kind of guy and I am excited and looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life with renewed vigor and this would be the perfect opportunity. After being an IT generalist for most of my career I would love to focus on a specific area of IT and be really good at it. I would love the chance to prove I can be an asset to this organization. I would Like to also thank you for the opportunity to interview for this position."
- "I would be a great assett to the team, easy to get along with, meet my goals, work hard."
- "There may be two reasons to hire me. 1st I am a computer sciense engineer & you also required a computer science Engg. So I am best suited for this job &the 2nd reason is I'm a hardworking man & I will give my 100% efforts in your company so you need to hire me."
- "I'm dependable, hands on, trustworthy, great personality, and I follow directions very well."
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
- "As I mentioned earlier I started with a small family owned company called Sonora Medical Systems. There were about 20 employees and they had these two desktop towers that were not server grade they used for their company servers. I was the closest thing they had to any IT personnel at the time so I became the de facto IT admin. One of these servers was a flie server I had to reboot several times a day every day.I finally proposed an overhaul of their infrastructure. With the help of a consultant I rebuilt their IT infrastructure from the ground up. I built the server racks installed new rackmount servers and switches, ran all the CAT5 cabling. Installed a NAS device and tape backup. I also configured all the operating systems and then managed all of this equipment. I did have help on some of the more complex problems but for the most part I managed this on my own. That network never went down to my recollection. I continued to be the primary onsite IT manager from there on. But building that network to be dependable while I was just learning IT was something I am pretty proud of."
- "My most accomplishment was when I graduated from college."
- "Knowing the emr well enough to create excellent documentation."
- "When I got the best employee of the quater award."
How quickly do you make decisions? Give me an example.
- "The best example I can think of is when I was a Technical Support engineer and we made a proprietary stress echo system for ultrasound before they had the on board systems they have now.Our system was much better than the ones they used to have. On occasion a system would have problems while the patient was on the treadmill doing a stress echo. The echo tech would call for support and you only had a very small window to disgnose the problem and fix it before the patient was off the treadmill.If you didn't solve the problem you would usually have a very angry doctor on your hands because they are not going to make a patient who is overweight or has a heart issue get back on the treadmill for another test and would have to reschedule also making the patient angry. I almost always solved the problem barring any hardware issues."
- "I analyze the informatoin given to me and make a decision based on several predicted outcomes."
- "I usually make quick decisions, if it is a difficult decision, I may consult with peers."
- "While client interaction for requirement gathering I have to make quick decisions over the solution and answer."
How do you keep track of work so that it gets done on time?
- "I was on many projects with deadlines and for the larger projects we used MS Project with each team member having assigned tasks. There would be weekly meetings to go over the status of each piece of the given project. Toward the end om my tour so to speak with GE I was also put in the Manufacturing Engineers group and I led the calibration team to ensure all calibrated equipment was in compliance to FDA and ISO standards. We had daily stand up meetings as well as weekly department meeting to gauge progress and jobs to be done."
- "Document tasks for each project, review it every day, and get it done."
- "Using som online tracking tools team work etc."
- "Always put the most important first and never put anything on the back burner to be done at a later date, always get things done in the same day."
Why are you the best application analyst for us?
- "I have a passion for helping people and getting the job at hand done in a timely manner with positive results. And although I have been the sole it admin onsite at my last company for years being a small company I worked on many other projects outside of my IT scope as a dependable team member and sometimes leader."
- "Knowledge of the organization for 15 years, successful customer service, good people skills, self-motivated to meet goals."
- "I persue all the mentioned qualities of Application analyst."
- "I'm hard working, and I'm up for the challenge to learn something new."
As an Application Analyst, what do you believe is your best asset?
- "I believe I have excellent troubleshooting skills and have worked extensively with end users and customers with training and fixing problems that sometimes occurred daily with the applications we were using."
- "That I get to the root of a problem. I try to go above and beyond to help the patient or business."
Give me a time when you had to set an important goal in the past and tell me about your success reaching it.
- "I had built Sonora Medicals IT infrastructure from the ground up and I was the closest thing they had to an IT admin with only an associates degree in elctronics. When review time would come around I was getting stellar reviews but not very good pay increases. I asked why that was and they told me it was because I did not have a Bachelors degree. So I set a goal to go back to school and obtain my degree. I achieved my goal and graduated with honors with a 3.98 GPA with no help from my company monetarily. Working full time and attending classes full time. I did receive a significant raise after that but still well under market value but I liked my job and continued on through the iterations of the company for 15 years."
- "I set the goal with a checklist of tasks, worked the list and met the goal."
- "Goal is to buy my parents a car. I did the hard work and managed it."
- "I set a goal to finish over one hundred policies in a few months time. I had little knowledge of how to review or revise policies along with no knowledge of how to upload and download them into Docushare. First, I organized my work and set a plan in place for each employee to take a certain number of policies review/revise them, send them to their direct manager for review, and then to me. I then."
- "Going back to college was an important to me and there was a time that I had stopped going because of health issues, but I got back into going back to get my degree and I finally accomplished my goal."
What are you doing to keep current in technology?
- "I just finished a Cisco CCNA certification class last week and am scheduled for a Security+ class in January."
- "I want to take more classes."
- "Following some IT blogs and using Google Alerts for keywords."