System analyst is a pretty difficult job. One needs to have a rare combination of very good IT, process management as well as communication skills. To get this job is definitely not easy at all. However, companies are also not standing in an easy situation. They need to put together a complex interview puzzle to be able to choose a decent candidate for the job.

Honestly, you can not expect too many typical interview questions, such as:

  • What are your goals?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
  • What do you know about this job?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to become a system analyst??
  • What are your working experiences in this field so far?
  • etc…

 

They might ask you few of these questions, but the answers will not play a big role when it comes to taking a decision. Still, you should not give a kind of stupid answer to these questions.

You should simply focus on your motivation for the job, as well as your real experience in the field. To find out more about good answers to these questions, you can have a look at 15 most common interview questions and answers. However, there are two other groups of questions that play a primary role. I am speaking about the following groups:

  • Technical questions, related to various programming languages. You can find hundreds of these questions in our IT interview questions sections.
  • Practical case studies. They will outline a problem, give you some time and hints and you shoudl find a solution and suggest what software/ application to use to solve the problem.

 

You can find the technical questions, related to all well known programming languages in the IT interview section. But we can have a look at an example of these case studies, just in case that you have no clue how such a case study look like in a job interview:

 

Case study: Problems with ERP
Description: Last month, some production procedures have changed in the company. However, the current ERP (name of the ERP) can not handle these changes.
Exercise: What steps would you take in this case, to solve the problem?

 

This is a example of a very simple case study. As you can imagine, in  a real job interview it goes typically about a much more difficult scenario, with more variables. However, these case studies tend to be very closely related to the role in particular company. So for example if this company works a lot with Siebel, than the case study will be most likely related to Siebel. That’s the only hint I can give you for your preparation.

Do not underestimate also the interview tips

To be honest, the case study and the technical questions hold about 80% value when it comes to a decision who gets the job. However, there are some extra things you can do to get those 20% on your side (it can be sometimes the deal-breaker, especially if there are more equally technically skilled candidates). To learn more about these little details that can make a huge difference at the end, have a look at job interview tips article. We wish you all the best in your interview!