In this video, I want to give you some insight into how the employer and hiring manager is thinking when they’re hiring a freelance business analyst versus hiring somebody on a full-time permanent basis.
Top 3 Factors Hiring Managers Focus On When Interviewing BA Candidates
Hiring managers prioritize these three factors in a business analyst interview:
- Skill Set.
- Work Ethic.
Why Understanding These Factors Are Important
The order in which hiring managers prioritize these factors changes. It depends on whether they’re looking for a BA on a contract basis or a for a BA on a full-time permanent basis.
Knowing how hiring managers think can be the difference between landing the job or getting submitting 20 more applications before you get a call back.
If you walk into an interview for a BA role in on a permanent basis hiring managers are going to be thinking one way.
If they’re looking to hire you on a contract basis they’re expectations change and will think slightly differently.
A lot of people might expect the employer to be thinking of skill set as the top priority regardless of the situation.
For most permanent employee hires, that’s not the case.
The top priority that most hiring managers have is compatibility. But why?
Understand The Marketplace of Business Analyst Roles
By and large most business analysts out there are permanent employees of companies. There is a trend toward people becoming a lot more freelance even though becoming freelance has its drawbacks.
If you scan the marketplace for job applications today, you’ll see most of those job openings are for permanent employees.
Understand How Hiring Managers Think When Hiring BA’s for Full-Time Permanent Positions
Hiring managers look for compatibility first, for skill set second, then work ethic.
Compatibility is typically the first priority because its their hardest problem to solve.
It’s much better for hiring managers to find somebody who they know is going to be very compatible with the team that they have right now and fit in very well inside their organization. It’s difficult to get the person with high skill set to work with the folks inside their company.
The candidate with compatibility is going to be able to work at the same pace and work in a congenial way with the other employees. They might just need some sharpening of the skills.
The skill set-problem is a relatively easy problem for employers to solve, especially because candidates are motivated and have “a strong willingness to learn”.
Spending a couple of thousand dollars and getting a person trained if they know that the person is staying for the long run is worth it f’or the company.
The importance of work ethic for an employer makes the difference between whether a job gets done or whether a job doesn’t get done given the pressures that exist.
People who have a very weak work ethic will tend to give up trying to solve a problem very early.
If they see a challenge in front of them and they say ‘hey, you know what it looks like it’s too big of a problem I’m just going to kind of move on to something else’.
The work ethic issue here is something that needs to be considered very strongly.
When you’re thinking about your work ethic it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the ability to solve the problem on your own.
It means that you do not give up on a problem very easily.
Giving up has to be your last option when it comes to work ethic as opposed to being one of your first options.
Understand How Hiring Managers Think When Hiring BA’s for Contract Positions
Normally when they’re hiring consultants — they’re looking for skill first – probably for work ethic second — and compatibility third.
Those priorities shift a little bit because the compatibility isn’t as big of an issue than what they’re normally hiring for when they’re looking for contract workers or for consultants.
Things kind of get flipped on their head when they’re hiring you as a consultant or a contractor versus if they’re trying to hire you on a permanent basis.
They’re usually looking to make sure that you can come in a very short period of time, do the work, and you might not necessarily jive very well with the organizational culture or with a lot of the other employees there.
But that’s not really a huge issue for them because they know you’re I’m sticking around right.