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How To Hire A Great Business Analyst

How To Hire A Great Business Analyst

Are you thinking of adding a business analyst to your company, but have no idea how to approach the situation? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we are going to follow the process of hiring a great business analyst, so that your company can reap the benefits. Are you looking at becoming a business analyst yourself? Click the link to learn more.

So, what exactly is a business analyst? Well, just like their name, they aim to analyze your business’s data, to provide results for upcoming opportunities, and to identify any issues within your company. They can do their job in a variety of ways, but usually, they use technology to access consumer or customer data to help create a report on their findings.

The first thing you will want to do is create a job description for your applicants. Do you want a general analyzer, or someone that only works in a particular field? Make sure that in your job listing you include all requirements for the job, including the skills and degrees that are required, and of course, your location.

After you have got your applicants coming through, it’s time to structure your hiring process. There are different ways to go about this, but in every strategy, you want to make sure that you gather as much information as you can so that you can make the right selection. A general process can look something like this.

The Hiring Process

  • Advertise – Create your job description and advertise it where necessary.
  • Resume review – Review resumes and narrow down your choices.
  • Phone interview – Call to confirm either a face to face interview time or conduct a short interview over the phone and take note of their answers.
  • Face-to-face interview – Prepare a list of questions and conduct your face to face interviews.
  • Choose Your Successful Applicant – Make your final choice for the position and discuss it with your team.
  • Contract review and signing – After notifying the applicant, draw up a contract and sign it with them.

So, there you have it. Hiring a new business analyst can be a tough and challenging decision, but remember to stick to the process, and trust your instincts. It’s always a good idea to make sure you professionally interview a handful of applicants before you make your decision, and to prepare a list of questions that will help you find the best person for the job. Keep trying and you will find someone before you know it!


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by Harvey Carr // Harvey Carr is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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