Analytical skills involve deductive reasoning and inductive reasoning. Deductive reasoning is the process of reaching a conclusion based on one or more givens. Inductive reasoning involves taking specific data or information and making predictions based on that.
Those with strong analytical skills will consider how key elements within disparate information relate to one another and are more likely to notice crucial patterns and details.
Characteristics of Analytical Interview Questions
When creating a line of analytical skills questioning for interviews, you’ll want to craft questions that help you find out among other things:
- How and why a candidate would gather data from different sources
- Their approach to evaluating that data and information, especially in light of gaps or challenges
- Their thinking behind how to communicate results of evaluations and key findings
- Their critical thinking process behind making judgments that will help the business
First and foremost, analytical skills assessments should be challenging. They should provoke introspection and thoughtfulness on the part of the candidate. And yes, the questions should make the candidate squirm a little. After all, when on the job they are sure to meet with difficulties and you want to know how they will handle these in advance.
Analytical skills interview questions go beyond pure job skills and experience. They evaluate a candidate’s ability to assess the impact of their actions and decisions.
One popular type of interview question is “behavioral”. These types of questions are geared towards discovering how a candidate handles pressure, stress or conflict. An interviewer will ask the candidate to describe a troubling situation and how they handled the problem. In doing so, they hope to gain insight into the candidate’s thought process and approach to problem-solving, what role they play in results and decisions and their understanding of the impact.
Remember, there is no right or wrong answer to these questions. You are looking for how a candidate responds to a situation or problem.