What are analytical skills?

Analytical skills are the thought processes required to evaluate information effectively. Examining a problem thoroughly requires attention to detail, perseverance and maintaining your focus.

Application form and interview questions

Some examples of application form and interview questions which are designed to test analytical skills:

  • Describe the last time you had to analyse a lot of information or data. What sort of information did this involve? What did you learn from the analysis?
  • Critically analyse the effects of the credit crunch on our sector.
  • Demonstrate how you have developed your analytical skills whilst at university.

If you are unsure how to structure an answer for either application or interview questions, visit the application and interviews section of our website and find out about the CAR (context, action, result) and STAR (situation, task, action, result) models. Our recommendations are based on feedback from employers.

Assessment centres

Business case studies often require high level of analytical skills in order to generate proposals to put before the assessors. In this instance your powers of analysis are tested under a time pressure.

Activities where you could develop your analytical skills

The following activities, which may be undertaken as part of or alongside your studies, can be good ways to develop your analytical skills: