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User is offline Michiel Erasmus
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The BA Podcast Episode 009: recruiting a junior business analyst 

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Today i want to know more about recruiting a junior business analyst. My interview is with BA recuirter Guy Beauchamp who himself is a BA and former BA recruiter.

Please introduce yourself, your previous work experience and what you are doing now?

I've been cruising various forums and many people have good tertiary education but lack the experience to be hired as BA. Its a classical problem where to gian experience you need to have it.

1. How i got started was explained in a previous podcast.  How would you advise anyone without a job and no job experience to get started?
2. What is your background, did you start out straight out from school as a BA?
3. before being a BA, did you have a chosen clear goal of becoming a BA, or did you allow nature to run its course?
4. What major realizations assisted you in your career to become a BA?
4.1 when do u know a process is good?
5. Most people including myself function doesnt have any example Sr.Ba's to work with, let alone a mentor/coach. Whats your opionion about getting a BA coach? Various people on inet are offering their services. Personally i think its a great way to hook up with a coach. Would it be of any help to a school leaver?
6. i know someone in 3rd line systems support at a major bank in London City who would like to become a BA. He has various technical accreditations such as: Windows server adin, ITIL certification, PRINCE2 Foundation certification. However, being a BA is something he feels is out of reach.  Recruiters only contact him for that type of work. What could he do to market himself in another way to recruiters?
7. is there perhaps one book / podcast / resource which lists or disaplys informtion about becoming a BA?
8. I'd recommend a schoolleaver to take a few BA-job ads, then take the job requirements into a spreadsheet and match each requirement skill against your own perceived skill.  So if the requirement is to distill Use Case Models, then ask your self: can i make a UCM? How does one get to a UCM. Or, if they ask skills to meet with stakeholders, appl y  the same logic.  Guy, can you add something to that?
9. Lets get over to a recruitment question. The situation is the client wants to have a web portal built to sell sunglasses. At the moment he has a sunglasses shop in a street. His requirement is to have a BA analyse process, decide on a technological solution and recommend go/no-go. he didnt ask any levels of experience he wants a BA. You are the recruiter.  There are a load of starters out there.
9.1 How would yous select someone for this sitation?
9.2 Would you give a starter a chance?
9.3 Say someone has read 10 books related to BA about making UCM, requirements analysis, read the IIBA Book of Knowledge etc. but zero practical experience.  Would he be even invited?
9.4 What things/qualities do you in general look for in a BA?
9.5 Which factors are in general the downfall of most applicants, or why would they be rejected?
10. Whats the most common beginners mistakes in a BA interview?
11. Lets assume a bigger project. The client wants to hire 3 BA's, and the team consists of QA, multiple developers.
11.1 How does that change the dynamics of your interview?
11.2 Would you have the same type of interview as for the 1-man project?
12. Do you ever encounter people who try to answer interview questions as if they read it from a internet website?  What would your recommend in preperations to a candidate?
13. Are your interviews geared towards HR issues such as communication skills, cooperativley working in team, or are you mostly into hard BA skills?
14. Not all my BA interviews are going well.  I sometimes tell that i have mentoring, or offline help and advice.  Is it a good thing to admit that you are learning, or is it better to pretend you know it all done it all been there done that?
15. Whats the use of programming experience, or background as a sysadmin at being a BA? Would it hurt to not have such background?
16. Getting back to earlier, i got started in BA without formal university training, and no domain knowledge. I think sofskills and being proactive is essential for being a BA!  Would you suggest any formal university training to be BA? Is domain knowledge important for your clients?
17. What would you advise someone who is working a banking frontoffoce desktop support, with knowledge & experience money markets, trading derivateves, austrian economics who would like to break into the BA? He has ITIL foundation, and prince2 foundation certification. Recruiters only contact him for desktop support, what must be changed in the C.V. to get non-tech direction functional designer or starter BA.
18. Thanks, we came to the end of the interview.
19. IIBA certification.

Guy, i noted you are form the website smart-ba.com.  Can you tell me about your courses?  how can people contact you?  Are there any things you would like to mention about yourself..?  THANKS for your time!

CONTACTING INFO;
Website: http://smart-ba.com

 

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