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New Post 11/13/2019 1:59 PM
User is offline The Captain
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New to Systems Analysis. Please, Help! 
Hello, Everyone.

I am new here on the forum. So tomorrow, i would be going for an interview as a Systems Analyst. I have never worked in this capacity before, although i have been in IT for 6 years. The interview is of 2 stages, and i already passed the 1st stage(Which was mainly of behavioral and attitudinal questions).

I have been told that this 2nd stage would comprise of technical questions. Could someone tell me the kind of technical questions to expect in this interview, so i can read them up on the internet. I have less than 24 hours to prepare for this interview, and this is the closest i have come to achieving my dreams as a systems Analyst. Please, help!

New Post 11/15/2019 12:43 AM
User is offline Stewart F
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Re: New to Systems Analysis. Please, Help! 

Hi Captain, 

By now you would have had your interview, so I hope it went well?

For anyone else in such a position here is my take on The Captain's question.

For background, I am a now the Project Operations Manager - a slightly glorified title to mean that I am in Charge of BAs, System BAs (typical my BA team does both roles), Project Managers and other PMO staff. My empire is growing !

Anyway, I tend to interview a lot of people for the above jobs. The team having grown from 3 people to around 30 now. 

For a Systems Analyst I am looming for the following skills/traits:

1. Can they understand and explain to a non-tech person any given system?

Typically this can include how it (the system) can be modified if needed, how doe sit work and what are its limitations, how does it handle/store data and most importantly - what does changing one system impact on any others?

2. Can the System Analyst easily speak to (and listen) any Tech person and then relay that back in a way that they will understand to a non-tech person?

3. If I want a project to make a change to a system, will that System Analyst either know, or be competent enough to be able to find out what my change requires, inform me if the project is a 'no-go' to start off with - i.e. "what do you mean I can't move the Moon 10 degrees to the right?"

4. Can they document things in a good, clear and understandable manner?  

That typically are the things that I would look for. They might ask questions about their own technical stack, but I think that is a bit unfair, as how are you supposed to know what stack they have?

So, in summary, I would suggest that any budding Systems Analyst looks to show the following:

a. They have a wide understanding of different software and hardware

b. They have good communication skills - to both technical and non-technical.

c. They document their findings well. 

d. They are able to submit advice to any level of staff in a clear and understandable way, offering alternative solutions where appropriate or re-designs if required. 


It might be useful to others if you share your experience and say wat it was you were asked at your interview?

New Post 12/5/2019 4:14 PM
User is offline anonymous
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Re: New to Systems Analysis. Please, Help! 

Hey thanks for your reply Stewart, although I'm not the OP it's interesting reading up on the System Analyst definition.

I've been a contracting BA for the past 6 years and then was working in a BA capacity for a couple of years before then as a permanent role, and I found that the way you described a Sys Analyst was always a given part of my role with the rest of the BA stuff on top i.e. reporting, requirements (all levels from strategy down to tech detail), etc.

Not that I'm looking to move as I enjoy the regular change of scenery, but it's good to know that I should be able to pick up Sys Analyst contracts if required since it looks like I've been doing this as part of my role all along. Thanks for that!

New Post 12/20/2019 6:20 AM
User is offline Stewart F
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Re: New to Systems Analysis. Please, Help! 

HI AnthonyNZ, 

I've found recently (the last two years or so) that the line between a Systems Analyst and a Business Analyst is getting smaller and smaller. Back in 2000 there use to a very big difference and if you were a Systems Analyst you wouldn't get a BA role and vice versa, 

Now days though - you are quite right in saying that most BAs are expected to do most things a Systems Analyst does. The highly knowledgeable about technology is just as true for a BA as it is for a SA. If anything, that highly technical role is going to Technical Architects, who in their own right are off-shots from a developer role. 

The world is forever changing as are the roles within a project team !  

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