Analytical Competency Questions

Definition: Skilled in or using analysis especially in thinking or reasoning to solve problems quickly and effectively.

Feedback Seeking
  • Actively seeks constructive feedback from others.
  • Asks the "right" questions to size up or evaluate situations.
  • Recognizes areas of missing data and suggests other ways to obtain the needed information.
  • Gathers information from a variety of sources.

Data Driven
  • Analyzes data and information from several sources and arrives at logical conclusions.
  • Connects experiences, analyzes the facts and spots issues across a wide array of legal and business issues to see patterns and draw conclusions not readily apparent to others.
  • Is comfortable working with numbers and data.
  • Uses analytical techniques to assure that adequate resources are available to meet the needs of the department.
  • Examines problems in depth and from multiple points of view.
  • Uses a variety of data collection methods.
  • Implements a variety of data gathering techniques.
  • Uses standard data collection practices.
  • Uses data from a variety of sources.
  • Analyzes data using statistical methods.
  • Analyzes data to meet constituent needs.
  • Analyzes data to meet the needs of clients.

Develops Knowledge
  • Identifies the root cause of a problem.
  • Understands complex issues and problems.
  • Understands and capitalizes on relationships between conflicting goals.

Problem Solving
  • Analyzes issues and reduces them to their component parts.
  • Divides complex problems or tasks into components/parts for further analysis.
  • Uses appropriate techniques to solve problems.
  • Determines important parameters or issues to take into account when solving problems.
  • Identifies problems and issues needing resolution.
  • Uses current data for decision making.

Detail Oriented
  • Identifies discrepancies and inconsistencies in reports.
  • Selects the appropriate techniques for analysis.

  • Able to interpret financial data, reports, balance sheets, and cash flow analysis.
  • Can effectively interpret and analyze data.
  • Organizes information for decision making.
  • Determines averages and trends in the data.
  • Looks for trends in the data.
  • Able to project future data points based on historical data.

Comparative Analysis
  • Evaluates the integrity and comparability of data and identify existing gaps.
  • Identifies patterns in conflicting information, events, or data.
  • Identifies deviations from stated goals and objectives.
  • Balances risks and costs with the rewards and probabilities of success when decisions.

Understands Business Impact
  • Prioritizes various actions to be taken when solving a problem.
  • Identifies the part of the business value chain that is affected by a particular decision or action, diagnoses the situation, and prioritize what needs to be done and who needs to be involved.
  • Recognizes patterns, draws logical conclusions, and makes recommendations for action.
  • Identifies opportunities for progress and innovation.

Data Validation and Quality
  • Validates the accuracy of data collected.
  • Implements data validation techniques and methods.
  • Performs checks on data accuracy and quality.
  • Uses alternate tools for analysis to check the reliability of previous analyses.
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