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New Post 10/18/2010 9:24 AM
User is offline wendy
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Help on Interview questions.. 

Hi all, This is Wendy. I am Software Quality Analyst. I served as QA for my last project in Healtcare industry. My recent project was a  Web based Healthcare PMS system (Practice Management System). As a QA, I served as point of contact for developers and BAs and participated in several review and signoff meetings. Now, seeking a career change, started applying for the Entry/Mid- level IT BA positions.

What kind of questions do I have to face when applying for BA positions, project specific, Web Based PMS system. I am looking mainly in Healthcare domain, so that I can relate my experience in the new role.

I have domian knowledge, I understand the analysis and design techniques very well, but I need some help and boost in taking my next step to reach my next career milestone, facing interview for the BA position...

Thanks,

Wendy.

 
New Post 10/18/2010 11:34 AM
User is offline Jarett Hailes
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Re: Help on Interview questions.. 
Modified By Jarett Hailes  on 10/18/2010 1:36:05 PM)

Hi Wendy,

I've been involved as a BA in about a 10 different industries now and each time I had an interview the questions were fairly consistent across the board (i.e. there weren't many questions relating to the industry itself).  Part of the reason may have been because for the most part I didn't have domain expertise before I went into the industry, but when talking with BA recruiters I find that most hiring managers will focus the interview on BA skills rather than domain skills.  If you have familiarity with the domain then you'll have an advantage since you can use your knowledge to make your responses relevant to your target employer, which is all the better. 

Nonetheless, I would focus on thinking about how your previous roles have prepared you as a BA (i.e. what activities have you performed that fall under the BABOK and can be considered doing business analysis work), as most of the questions you will face will likely focus on demonstrating your ability to perform BA activities.  If you want some ideas of what to highlight and prepare for, I highly recommend you check out Laura Brandenburg's great BA career website, Bridging the Gap.  This link will take you to posts that focus on finding a BA job.

Good luck!

 
New Post 10/18/2010 12:13 PM
User is offline wendy
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Re: Help on Interview questions.. 

Thanks Larimar, I greatly appreciate your prompt resposne. I actually am a regular reader of Laura's 'Bridging the Gap' website. I will sure check this page.

-Wendy

 
New Post 10/18/2010 8:20 PM
User is offline Jarett Hailes
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Re: Help on Interview questions.. 

Your question made me think about what people who are interviewing BA candidates should be looking for in a BA outside of their experience and knowledge.  I blogged about it on my site and a copy should be up on the Modern Analyst blog in the next day or so.

 
New Post 10/18/2010 8:37 PM
User is offline wendy
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Re: Help on Interview questions.. 

Oh, thats wonderful. lookingforward for your post on MA. Could you please provide me details or links to your blog...I would sure hope to get valuble tips from your blog. I greatly appreciate your help.

-Wendy

 
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