Behaviorally-based interview questions solicit concrete skills, experiences, and abilities of candidates. Question examples are organized based on the BI competency they align with in the spectrum of skills.
General Questions Draw out a candidate's attributes, personality, abilities, and BI experience
What parts of your current or previous job motivate you most?
What parts of your current or previous jobs were least motivating?
Why are you applying for this job? What is it that interests or attracts you about it?
Why are you interested in working at the University of Michigan or this unit/department?
What unique strengths or abilities would you bring to this position?
If I asked the customers, co-workers or managers that have worked with you in the past year what it was like to work with you, what would they say?
Data Reporting Related to data modeling and knowledge, querying, and reporting
What experience do you have with reporting tools, metrics, dashboards and scorecards?
What reporting or analytical applications have you worked with most recently? Did you like them? What value did they bring to the reporting?
What technical aspects of your job did you have to learn? What was the task assigned, the new technology/tool, and how did you go about the learning process?
Describe the process you typically use to bring data together from multiple sources (either internal or external) for reporting purposes. How do you prioritize as you are assembling data from varied sources?
Describe a time when you taught customers how to use the information. How did you document your processes, methods, formulas, classes, etc?
Analytics Related to predictive modeling, in-depth knowledge of business operations, systems thinking, and data visualization
What is your approach to analyzing data? Describe some examples of methodologies you currently use while analyzing data.
What was your most innovative and creative approach to communicate data to others? How successful was it?
What is your experience with data visualization? What tools do you prefer to use for displaying data? Do you vary the approach based on the type of data?
Describe the most significant written document, report, or presentation which you completed. How well was it understood by others who read it? Were they able to identify the implications of the data?
Share personal examples of working with data from multiple functional sources.
Project Management Related to project requirements planning, customer relationship management, work planning, and resource management
What project management experience do you have? What methods and tools do you use to keep track of the tasks and activities to ensure everything is going according to plan?
Give an example of a time when you had to manage a project under a tight deadline. Describe the tools, approaches or strategies you used to manage it. Was it successful?
Give some examples where you successfully collaborated with a team to complete a project. How did you go about it?
Describe a complex project you worked on recently. Describe the process used to manage the complexities while completing the project.
How do you help a customer, leader or stakeholder identify the key performance indicators (KPI) or requirements for a project? What is the process or approach you use to determine which ones are most important?
Have you ever worked on a project where the project timeline or deliverable had to be renegotiated? How did you handle this?
Have you been part of a project where the project team failed to perform? Why do you think it failed? What did you learn?
Change Management Related to situational/cultural awareness, communication design and planning, and business process management
Describe a situation where you influenced or persuaded others to change from the way they were doing something to the way you suggested. How did you accomplish this?
What was the greatest challenge you experienced while implementing a change in an organization? How did you handle it? What was the outcome?
Describe a time when you had to gain sponsorship for an organizational change. What steps or actions did you take to be successful? If it wasn't successful, what did you learn from the experience?
How do you go about dealing with “resisters” to change in an organization? What strategies or steps do you take to work with them?
Strategic Planning Related to linking goals to process, visioning, mentoring, and scenario planning
Describe the level of scope and complexity you have experienced while creating a strategic plan.
Discuss the types of engagement strategies you use while obtaining buy-in from others in the organization to move your strategic plan forward.
Describe a time when you initiated or participated in a major strategic planning effort. What process, steps or strategies did you use to implement it?