We all cringe when we hear that word. Interviews are necessary, but they’re not always fun. However, you can excel in any interview, no matter what type of company you’re talking with, if you follow a few simple tips.
Research the company and its industry.
Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes—would you rather hire a BA who has a core of knowledge about your company and your industry, or someone who didn’t bother to find out what your company does?
Don’t underestimate the power of researching a company and its competitors. Even if your resume isn’t strong in that industry, showing the interviewer you understand the challenges the company faces will put you above the rest of the pack and land you the job or project.
If you can point out an advantage the company has over the competition and how you can help them maximize it, or how you can help them to gain an advantage, the job will likely be yours.
Prepare yourself to answer the most common questions.
Some of these questions may not be strictly relevant to what you do as a BA, but you’re probably going to hear them, so have an answer ready. For any question that could potentially cast you in a negative light, focus on what you’ve done to resolve or improve the situation, or what you would do in the future. While you want to be well prepared, don’t sound rehearsed.
Some often-asked questions include . . .
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your biggest weakness? What have you done to improve in that area?
- Tell me about a time you took charge of a negative work situation.
- What do you enjoy about being a BA, and what do you dislike about it?
- How do you handle criticism?
- What is your communication style like?
- What would your last supervisor say about you?
If you need help in preparing for an interview, Google “common interview questions.” You’ll find plenty of questions to practice with and the best ways to answer them.
Relax and just show up.
Of course, you want to be at least 15 minutes early in case you are surprised by paperwork, but being early will also allow you to relax into interview mode. There is nothing worse than coming across as unprepared or frazzled because you arrived late. It’s difficult to be in the present moment if you’re stressed.
An interviewer wants to see how you handle yourself, and you want to be as relaxed and focused as possible. Maintain good eye contact, and give a firm handshake. Our online training will help you gain the skills you need to interview with confidence.