Analytical Interview Questions

Today, “strong analytical skills” or anything similar is mentioned as a prerequisite in any data-related job position, even non-technical ones. Some applicants may have the necessary technical skills and experience, but lack the analytical and critical thinking abilities to succeed in a position. So, how do you determine which candidates are qualified?

That’s where these analytical interview questions, which evaluate analytical and problem-solving abilities, come in handy.

  • Describe a challenge you wanted to solve but didn’t have enough knowledge to do so. What exactly did you do?
  • How do you evaluate the benefits and drawbacks before making a decision?
  • What would you do if you had to choose between two or three options?
  • What metrics do you monitor on a regular basis (for example, pricing, efficiency, appraisal systems, and training)?
  • What details do you look for and how do you use the data you find? (e.g. conversion rate, number of new customers, expenditure)
  • Your manager is keen to purchase a new piece of software or hardware that is meant to improve team efficiency and asks you for a suggestion. What will you say in response?
  • Can you tell me about a time when you found a better way to complete a task?
  • Can you tell me about a time when your problem analysis was found to be incorrect? What would you have done differently if you could go back in time?
  • Describe a scenario in which you had to put your research skills to use in order to collect information needed to solve a problem. What steps did you take to do the same?
  • Can you say that designing and following a thorough procedure was always sufficient to get the job done, based on your experience?