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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated July 14th, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What key strengths should a Management Analyst possess?
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An excellent Management Analyst will be data and research-oriented, a great critical thinker, and a fantastic problem solver. There are many essential strengths that a Management Analyst should have, and it may be hard to choose key traits when crafting your response. Start by reviewing the job description, and pick out a few key strengths that the potential employer is seeking. Then, form your answer based on those keyworded skills, which you possess.
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What key strengths should a Management Analyst possess?
An excellent Management Analyst will be data and research-oriented, a great critical thinker, and a fantastic problem solver. There are many essential strengths that a Management Analyst should have, and it may be hard to choose key traits when crafting your response. Start by reviewing the job description, and pick out a few key strengths that the potential employer is seeking. Then, form your answer based on those keyworded skills, which you possess.

Rachelle's Answer
"Looking at my key strengths, and the strengths of other Management Analysts that I admire, I would say that an elevated sense of corporate operations and business structures is fundamental. Also, to be a skilled listener is important. To be a well regarded Management Analyst, one should be able to differentiate between what is said and what the data shows. Excellent data analysis is an area where every Management Analyst should be highly skilled. I will also add that resistance to stress is essential. Stakeholders, clients, and projects can be demanding and require a great amount of attention to detail. These are all skills that I possess, and I look forward to bringing them to work for your organization."
2.
In which industry do you specialize? How will this specialization benefit our company?
The interviewer wants to confirm your particular specialization and industry. Then, they want to assess how your specialty will benefit them, should they hire you. You may be applying to a new role within the same industry, or perhaps you are making a jump to a new industry. Regardless of your professional situation, be sure to provide a specific response when you highlight the ways that your specialization will benefit the hiring company. When it comes to your past employers, education, and previous clients, what industries do you know best?

Rachelle's Answer
"I have a strong background in the product manufacturing industry, particularly with companies developing consumer-based goods for individuals and households. There is so much opportunity in product development, and I am delighted to see how my specialization in analysis within product manufacturing and manufacturing organizational structure will benefit your organization. I see your company has evolved into one that is hyper-focused on market research, consumer branding, and sustainable development. My focus in these areas will bring key benefits, should I be hired as your next Management Analyst."
3.
What was the most innovative recommendation that you have presented? How did your leadership team react to your suggestion?
As a Management Analyst, you should deliver innovative suggestions to propel the organization forward. The interviewer wants to hear about a time that you were most proud of your work, bringing an innovative approach to your leadership team. Be sure to highlight the feedback that you received and how that feedback motivated you.

Rachelle's Answer
"While working as a Junior Management Analyst for Company ABC, I chose to recommend the creation of a system to process multiple information sources from our plants simultaneously. It was one of the most efficient programs ever implemented in the organization for over 15 years. The company CEO was thrilled, and that prompted him to recommend me for a promotion to team lead. My teammates were equally proud of the work, and it felt so good to receive all that support from them."
4.
Tell me about your experience working with teams from various departments of the organization.
The interviewer wants to know the extent of your exposure to cross-functional environments. If a larger company employs you, you may work on projects with multiple departments every day. Even working for a smaller organization or agency, perhaps you have collaborated on projects which required you to cooperate with members of the Human Resources, IT, Production, or Sales teams. Outline your experiences and share any challenges that have come up, and what you learned from working cross-collaboratively.

Rachelle's Answer
"Currently, with Company ABC, exposure to cross-functional teamwork is common. I have seen that when expectations are communicated clearly from the beginning, a cross-functional project can be highly successful. Every day I work across departments and functions, including the Directors of Marketing and Operations and their teams, the Communications department, Creative Services, Human Resources, and also Customer Insights. We meet weekly to discuss larger client projects and then collaborate through the week as needed. It's a great set-up and ensures smooth progress at all project stages. I go into these types of projects with an understanding that everyone has their strengths and limitations based on their expertise and job function."
5.
Tell me about a time when your suggestion lowered costs and increased productivity.
As a Management Analyst, one of the expectations on you is to recommend changes that will improve the operational efficiency of your company or client. Whenever possible, quantify your answers by being very specific when discussing impact and achievements. This approach to quantifying means talking in specific numbers, dollars, and percentages as much as possible. If you can't provide the interviewer with exact figures, due to a non-disclosure agreement, for instance, be sure to offer ranges that at least allude to your successes.

Rachelle's Answer
"While working as a Management Analyst at Company ABC, I suggested the overhaul of our purchasing process, which required the use of a new system and the relocation of some of our existing purchasing team to our site offices. This system cut the head office sourcing time in half, shortening our procurement process by three days. Instead of hiring three people to do the sourcing on-site, we relocated our head office sourcing team to the site offices. Upfront, we saved around $180,000, which would have been the salary of the three additional personnel. We also saved an additional $200-250k within the first 12 months, due to process efficiencies."
6.
When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
A talented Management Analyst will have the ability to pivot, adapt, and change on a moments' notice. As a Management Analyst, you know that being able to problem solve and think outside the box when it comes to changing situations is a valuable skill set. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to create a variety of potential scenarios for your clients and accounts. You may never need to take on these scenarios; however, the interviewer must know that you can adapt your plan on the fly.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe in contingency plans. A Management Analyst needs to understand that ideally, we are going to do 'X,' but if that fails, we need to be ready to pivot and make sure that 'Y' happens. Having alternate scenarios mapped out takes out the uncertainty, and is sure to prepare everyone to adapt if a problem should arise."
7.
What do you think makes you qualified for this Management Analyst position?
When you answer this question, you must strike a balance between your technical and behavioral competencies, highlighting skills that best fit the job description. More than giving the interviewer a list of what you're good at, be sure to highlight what makes you best for the job. Your qualifications could include a recently obtained MBA, the experience you bring in implementing effective strategies for your employer, or your in-depth industry knowledge when it comes to trends and consumer needs. To fully qualify yourself, consider offering an answer that highlights soft skills, hard skills, technical skills, and formal education.

Rachelle's Answer
"My past work experience has provided me with sufficient knowledge and skills to take on tasks such as examining financial and market data. I also have experience in performing an in-depth analysis of revenue and expenditure. More than that, I am thorough, analytical, and organized. I believe that all of these traits are important in providing objective, sound, and valuable input to management. I recently completed my Master of Management in Operations Research, providing me with a high level of understanding in statistical, mathematical, and economic analysis. I believe my blend of experience and education will be especially impactful to your organization as you move forward as a leader in design, production, and distribution."
8.
Do you plan on pursuing further studies such as a Masters' degree, MBA, or a PhD?
Plans to pursue further education or not, give an honest answer that best reflects your career ambitions. What is most important is that you show a continued interest in growing within your professional field or industry. The way you answer this query will also prepare your future employer logistically as they may offer continued education opportunities or even tuition reimbursement. If you do not have plans for continued post-secondary, that is okay! Be sure to state it in a way that does not come across as closing doors on new opportunities. You can simply say that pursuing further post-secondary education is not a current priority.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Yes, I would like to pursue my Executive MBA at some point; however, this goal is likely three to five years down the road for me. Most important to me is building my expertise in this field. I would also need to seek out an MBA program that would allow me to work full time in tandem with my studies."
Ryan's Answer #2
"No plans so far. For now, I want to concentrate on building my skills through the work that I do."
9.
Have you progressed in your Management Analyst career as expected?
Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Avoid any negativity by focusing on the ways you have improved in your career and then moving on to discuss what you look forward to achieving with this new company. If you have any movement on your resume, you can use this question further to discuss your job movement and any past career choices.

Rachelle's Answer
"Overall, I am satisfied with my career progression. Everyone, including me, hits roadblocks or setbacks, but I have been able to push through them and stay on track. For instance, you will see a bit of movement on my resume from 2015-2018, where I made two strategic moves that led me to the Junior Management Analyst role that I knew I was ready to pursue. Luckily, these changes and strategic moves have prepared me for this more senior role that we are discussing today."
10.
When have you made a recommendation that didn't go as planned? How did you adjust?
When answering behavioral-based questions such as 'When have you...,' be sure to apply the STAR method of Situation, Task, Action, Result. Briefly describe the project, what your expected task was, the actions that you took, and the final result. Share information on the lessons that you learned from the experience. The ways you answer should show the interviewer that you are someone who learns from failure.

Rachelle's Answer
"While working for Company ABC, I had to create a feasibility report for a new system that would increase the efficiency of our site office. I did my research regarding its impact on our internal processes, employee efficiency, and customer satisfaction. However, I failed to consider its impact on our suppliers. As such, the management team rejected my proposal and asked me to revisit the shortfall in my research. I felt frustrated with myself because I missed an important factor, but I carried on and went back to the drawing board to revise it accordingly. In the end, I pivoted my approach, and my management team accepted the changes. That incident taught me to be more thorough in my research and also bring my proposal to a colleague for review before assuming my final presentation is perfect."
11.
How do you keep track of your day-to-day tasks and activities?
This question is an excellent opportunity for you to discuss the tools that you use to keep your day on track. Some of the most common tools used in the workplace include project management tools like Trello, Wrike, or Slack. Perhaps you use an app like Evernote or pay for project management and team collaboration services such as Monday. Do you take an old-school approach and keep notes and to-do lists in a notebook that you carry with you everywhere? Whatever your method, be ready to walk the interviewer through your strategy for maximizing time and keeping yourself organized.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have always been a highly organized person, and I like to keep track of my tasks in a variety of ways. Once I have decided which tasks are most urgent, I will break them down into micro-tasks into a project management application called Asana. As I complete each task, I gain the satisfaction of crossing them off the app like a to-do list. I do not consider my day complete until all of my tasks are complete for that day."
12.
What does the acronym PEST stand for, and have you ever used it?
PEST is a form of analysis used in strategic management and planning. This framework, used to pick apart a business environment, allows a Management Analyst to understand all of the problem areas a company may be facing. PEST is for Political, Economic, Social, and Technological. Show the hiring authority that you understand the concept and that you are eager to work with this form of analysis in the future; should it be a requirement.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have used PEST multiple times as it pertains to seeking out hot spots within a company's Political, Economic, Social, and Technological structures. A Management Analyst must single out these pain points and study them before making final recommendations for operational or structural change and improvement."
13.
What qualities do you have that make you the best fit for this Management Analyst role?
Before you approach this question, be sure to review the job description and ensure that you have a strong understanding of the qualities and skills the employer is seeking. Then, craft your answer by highlighting these specific skills and traits. This question is a significant opportunity to qualify yourself against the competition for this role. For this reason, be sure also to include stand-out factors that make you a unique candidate.

Rachelle's Answer
"This Management Analyst position requires great skills in the scrutiny of data and exceptional communication since there is a lot of interaction with stakeholders. My previous experience has provided me with sufficient skills to fulfill all of the responsibilities of this role with ease and confidence. But more than that, I bring an elevated degree with my Ph.D. in Quantitative Analysis. This education sets me apart because I can develop, modify, optimize, test, and implement real-time strategies. I can lead and train a team to perform a statistical analysis of historical and current market data. With these strengths, experiences, and education combined, I believe that I will be an excellent fit for your organization."
14.
Tell me about your leadership experience. How would you describe your leadership style?
As a Management Analyst, you must effectively communicate with stakeholders from a wide variety of backgrounds, industries, and experience levels. While these stakeholders may not be your direct reports, as a strong leader, you will be able to influence them in a way to promotes overall alignment of goals. In your Management Analyst career, you may need to take the lead on a project with several team members. You must understand the difference between being a manager and being an inspiring leader.

A great leader is someone who people naturally want to follow. They have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with nearly any personality type. A respected leader will take ownership of their mistakes and will always lead their team by example. True leaders see the importance of motivating others and recognizing even the smallest achievements. Walk the interviewer through your experience as a leader while discussing what leadership means to you.

Rachelle's Answer
"I currently lead a team of three, who themselves have around twelve direct reports. We recently worked on a project to assess the organizational structure of a small manufacturer experiencing alarming employee turnover rates. Because I trusted my team and their leadership abilities, I offered a more flexible leadership approach for this project. I took stock of each person's key strengths and identified what their core motivations were for success. I lead effectively by showing others respect regardless of their position or title, creating an open environment in which everyone knew that ideas were welcome. I set achievable but high expectations for myself and the teams that I work on, and so far, my leadership approach has been highly impactful and met with enthusiasm."
15.
Are you comfortable with delivering convincing and engaging presentations?
As a Management Analyst, you may need to give presentations to deliver or defend your analysis, findings, and recommendations. Walk the hiring manager through your experience in public speaking and developing engaging presentations. Are you comfortable creating your own presentations? Do you make them visually appealing, ensuring that you capture and engage your audience?

Rachelle's Answer
"An impactful presentation is all about telling the best story, with the correct timing and message. For that reason, I first get to know my audience before I begin to build my message. I ask myself, what are the pain points and demographics of my audience? What do I want them to take away from my presentation? I am very comfortable with public speaking and have presented to many large groups over the years. I generally make my slides in PowerPoint and am sure to include bullet points with compelling information and attractive pictures. Using multi-media is a key component to building a presentation that captures attention."
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  1. What key strengths should a Management Analyst possess?
  2. In which industry do you specialize? How will this specialization benefit our company?
  3. What was the most innovative recommendation that you have presented? How did your leadership team react to your suggestion?
  4. Tell me about your experience working with teams from various departments of the organization.
  5. Tell me about a time when your suggestion lowered costs and increased productivity.
  6. When planning, how often do you create alternative scenarios to help you adjust to changing situations?
  7. What do you think makes you qualified for this Management Analyst position?
  8. Do you plan on pursuing further studies such as a Masters' degree, MBA, or a PhD?
  9. Have you progressed in your Management Analyst career as expected?
  10. When have you made a recommendation that didn't go as planned? How did you adjust?
  11. How do you keep track of your day-to-day tasks and activities?
  12. What does the acronym PEST stand for, and have you ever used it?
  13. What qualities do you have that make you the best fit for this Management Analyst role?
  14. Tell me about your leadership experience. How would you describe your leadership style?
  15. Are you comfortable with delivering convincing and engaging presentations?
  16. A Ski Resort is on the decline. What do you think their challenges are? What are a few things you would suggest to turn their business around?
  17. Are you Six Sigma certified? Why would a Six Sigma designation be important to you, as a Management Analyst?
  18. Can you share an instance when a recommendation or project implementation was not welcomed by employees? How did you adjust?
  19. What would you do if you felt that your recommendation was what the company needed, but upper management refused to listen?
  20. Can you share an instance when you experienced changing directions from management? How did you adapt with the changes?
  21. What is the most challenging part about being a Management Analyst?
  22. What is the most rewarding part about being a Management Analyst?
  23. Suppose that we gave you a project to address operational concerns. How would you proceed if the project received support from one department but not another?
  24. How would you deal with a manager who refused to accept your ideas and proposals?
  25. Tell me about the most intense project you have worked on. What was your role?
  26. Tell me about your ideal corporate structure for a manufacturing company.
  27. Tell me about a time when you changed a company's approach to inventory management. What systems did you put in place, and why?
  28. What is your strongest proficiency when it comes to restructuring a company?
  29. Can you tell me about your past work experience as a Management Analyst?
  30. Can you cite an incident where you have provided advice/recommendations to upper management regarding the company structure?
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