8 Tips for Hiring the Best Business Analysts

8 Tips for Hiring the Best Business Analysts

Business analysis is one of the most in-demand skillsets in the UK technology market. It seems that everyone wants one and they are always difficult to find. We have recruited Business Analysts (BA) for many years and in this post, we share our top learnings with you to help you hire them.

1. Know what you need

First step is to really understand the shape of the hole that you need filling. BAs come in all shapes and sizes from a Systems Analyst, a Requirements Analyst, a Technical Business Analyst, a BI BA, a BPR Consultant or Data BA. So be specific; make sure your spec goes further than requirements gathering.

2. Be clear on the personality you need.

Do you need someone who is hugely analytical, or do you need someone that will be able to get requirements from busy traders? Ensure that your adverts make reference to the personality you need to hire, and that your recruiters know about the traits you would like your candidates to have.

3. Define the role.

Are you looking for a junior analyst or a senior one? Do you want an all-rounder or a specialist? Set clear expectations for the job description and be aware of the salary that potential candidates will be looking for based on your requirements.

4. Consider: is industry experience important? Really?

Many industries ask for BAs with specific industry experience. In our experience, business analysis is a hugely transferable skill and some of our most successful hires have come when people have changed industry. Ask yourself: how long is it going to take to adapt to a new industry? How much can someone learn prior to interview?

5. Hire a professional recruiter that understands business analysis.

If your recruiter doesn’t really know the ins and outs of business analysis, how are they going to recognise and hire the best BAs for your team? Test them on their knowledge first.

6. Discard poorly written or overly long-winded CVs.

Strong written communication skills are normally essential and can be very evident from the way a person has written their CV. After all, this written document serves as your candidate’s first impression.

7. It’s a hands-on role, so make sure you make part of the interview vocational.

Give them a live task to do. For example, gather some requirements from a member of staff. That way the candidate learns about your business, and all the while making it a more interesting interview process.

8. Speed is of the essence.

You have been specific in terms of what you need, flexible on industry experience (for the right person), you have given them an interesting interview. If the candidate feels right, they can do the job and you like them, then make them an offer quickly.

Author

Stephen

Date

05 October 2021