Water Quality Analyst Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Water Quality Analyst interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples.

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Name 3 sources of contamination.

"There are many sources of contamination to consider in water quality testing. For the purposes of this question, I'll share three potential sources of contamination in this region. Given the number of farms in the area, I would consider local land-use practices as a potential source for contamination; this can include pesticides, fertilizers, or even livestock. We also have two nearby factories, so I would also consider manufacturing processes to potentially contribute to water contamination in this area. Of course, a third source of contamination could simply come from naturally occurring chemicals and minerals, such as arsenic or radon."

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25 Water Quality Analyst Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. Name 3 sources of contamination.

  • 2. How do you motivate yourself when operating independently?

  • 3. Are you familiar with the current water quality criteria for aquatic life and human health?

  • 4. How would you explain water quality analysis and treatment to the average person in another industry?

  • 5. In what capacities are surface water quality models important and useful tools for water management?

  • 6. How effective is cyanotoxin oxidation with chlorine when Anatoxin-a is present?

  • 7. Explain the concept of 'multiple barriers' in water treatment.

  • 8. What are the three main purposes of water treatment?

  • 9. Are you familiar with our state-specific water quality standards in addition to federal requirements?

  • 10. What is your educational background?

  • 11. Do you have any experience working in the public sector?

  • 12. What methods are approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency to disinfect water?

  • 13. Why would water treatment switch from chloramine to chlorine disinfection?

  • 14. What motivated you to become a water quality analyst?

  • 15. How are your written and verbal communication skills?

  • 16. What experience do you have interpreting data?

  • 17. Are you comfortable and willing to spend extended periods of time in hot, cold, and inclement weather?

  • 18. How do you ensure data integrity and traceability?

  • 19. What do you do when your schedule or project plan is disrupted by unforeseen circumstances?

  • 20. What are your top 3 to 4 skills that best support your success in this position?

  • 21. Are you able to meet the physical demands of this position?

  • 22. Do you have a valid driver's license?

  • 23. How do you balance your calendar to include daily field visits and lab work?

  • 24. What experience do you have with lab equipment?

  • 25. Are you willing to work weekends?