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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 14th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
Which decision-making technique do you deploy most often?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to understand the types of techniques and thought processes you use, to come to conclusions when working on projects. Pareto Analysis or the 80/20 rule is a commonly used decision-making technique, as is T-Chart Analysis, and more. Discuss with the interviewer what you know about decision making and the importance of coming to accurate conclusions.
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1.
Which decision-making technique do you deploy most often?
The interviewer wants to understand the types of techniques and thought processes you use, to come to conclusions when working on projects. Pareto Analysis or the 80/20 rule is a commonly used decision-making technique, as is T-Chart Analysis, and more. Discuss with the interviewer what you know about decision making and the importance of coming to accurate conclusions.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Most often, I find myself utilizing Pareto Analysis. I agree with the fact that about 20% of causes are responsible for 80% of outcomes, or results. With this style of analysis, I can more easily break down which part of the workflow is causing most of the issues. Once we identify that 20%, it's much easier to problem solve and make decisions."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"When decision making, I use a variety of techniques, without falling victim to the well-known 'analysis-paralysis.' I tend to go to decision trees, t-chart analysis, or SWOT analysis. The methods that I lean on will depend on the stage I am in with the client, so often, many of these techniques come into play in one project."
Anonymous Answer
"If it is a project that I’m familiar with, then I apply my past experiences to make individual decisions. If it is a brand new project, I would interact with team members and do my research to arrive at an informed decision."
Rachelle's Answer
These are great approaches for either scenario. It's nice that you gave two distinct responses! You sound very competent :)
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2.
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. If your interview were a flop, you would know, and it's much better to address outright your performance than try to sweep it under the rug.

If you feel that your performance in the interview is going well: 'I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?'

If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would rate my performance to 90% of my ability. When you asked about my exposure to Agile methodology, I feel that missed expressing my breadth of experience. If you have time, I would like to cover that question further."
Anonymous Answer
"Thank you for asking. I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. I would rate my performance to 90% of my ability. I am happy how I answered most of the questions; however, I feel that I missed expressing some of my experience in business planning consolidation. If you have time, I would like to talk a bit more about the same further."
Kristine's Answer
Good answer. Of course, you would only rate your performance at 90% of your ability if you're unhappy with how you answered one or more questions. This is a nice way to ask for the opportunity to speak again about a topic.
"Thank you for asking. I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. I would rate my performance to 90% of my ability. I am happy with how I answered most of the questions; however, I feel that I missed expressing some of my experience in business planning consolidation. If you have time, I would like to talk a bit more about that topic."
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3.
Is compensation the most critical factor for you when taking a new job?
The interviewer would like to know how much emphasis you put on pay when considering a new position. In addition to compensation, there are many other factors to a fulfilling career. These other factors may include:

- work/life balance
- amount of travel involved in the role
- overall medical and health benefits
- additional perks such as a cell, car allowance, spending account
- the industry you will be working in
- amount of vacation time
- the type of clients you would be working with
- the location of the company
- career growth opportunity
- the size of your new team
- the company's reputation
- overall workplace culture

Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job. If you are not sure on details for this role, you can ask!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Salary is important to me because I know that I am skilled and well educated. With that said, I do look at the full picture which includes factors such as benefits, travel time, and the amount of paid vacation time."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"For me, as a business analyst, the most important factor in accepting a new role is the health of the company, and the clients they onboard. I am looking to take on a team that is positive. I like to work with enthusiastic people that I can motivate. With that said, I am also looking for a competitive financial offer."
Anonymous Answer
"For me, as much as compensation is important, I would be equally interested in the job description and the roles/responsibilities the opportunity has to offer. That said, I would certainly look into areas that align with my skills and would try to look for things that will help me to learn and grow in my position. A few other things that I would consider are work/life balance, good benefits, organic team, fringe benefits, etc."
Rachelle's Answer
Awesome response! You offer a lot of detail for the interviewer. This information will be helpful when the company is preparing to make you a competitive and tempting job offer.
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4.
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring their trade secrets to another company or client. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Confidentiality agreements are necessary and important to protect an organization. I understand the need for confidentiality and take those factors very seriously. I have never broken the trust of my employer or client."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I have signed NDA's in all of my previous projects, with no issues. As a business analyst, I understand the importance of confidentiality. I hold myself, and my team, accountable to confidentiality agreements."
5.
How would you ultimately describe your work style?
This question is not referring to your personality or character, but more towards your methodology when it comes to getting your work done. Talk to the interviewer about your day-to-day approach to projects, communicating with coworkers, or collaborating with clients.

Your work style might be:

- Collaborative
- Well-Planned
- Speedy
- Flexible or Adaptive
- Independent
- Company-focused
- Team-based

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe my work style as highly team-based. I keep in mind that my pace, quality of work, and the outcome will always affect multiple people on my team. If I am unsure of the path to take on a project, I will consult with my team to ensure that my ideas align well with theirs."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My work style is best described as independent. Once I understand my clients' goal, I am ready to take on all aspects of the project on my own. I take feedback well, of course."
Anonymous Answer
"I cannot put more of an emphasis on my particular work style. My work style includes well planned and team-based. If I talk about well- planned as one of my working styles, I would say that before I leave work for the day, I ensure that my following day is good to go. I like to come to work in the morning feeling organized and in control. This level of preparedness is always welcome by my employer. I would also describe my working style as highly team-based. I always bear in mind that my pace, quality of work, and the outcome will always affect multiple people on my team. If I am unsure of the path to take on a project, I will consult with my team to ensure that my ideas align well with theirs."
Kristine's Answer
This is a strong response! You provide the interviewer with two specific aspects of your work style. I reorganized and reworded your answer a bit for clarity.
"My work style includes careful planning and acting as if I am a member of a team, not working on projects independently. For example, before leaving work for the day, I always ensure that I have a plan for the next day. I like arriving to work in the morning feeling organized and knowing what my top priorities are. My employer has always welcomed this level of preparedness. I also see myself as part of a team, remembering that my pace, quality of work, and the outcome will affect multiple people on my team. If I am unsure of the path to take on a project, I consult with my team to ensure my ideas align with theirs."
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