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25 Questions and Answers by Clara Canon

Updated April 2nd, 2020 | Clara is a career coaching expert and has supported individuals landing positions in education, nonprofit, corporate, and beyond.
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Are you willing to work weekends?
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Government positions generally check water quality 365 days a year. Some private and government departments might offer 24-hour emergency service as well. Generally, you will want your answer to be 'yes' to this question to demonstrate that you are flexible and familiar with the expectations of the position.
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1.
Are you willing to work weekends?
Government positions generally check water quality 365 days a year. Some private and government departments might offer 24-hour emergency service as well. Generally, you will want your answer to be 'yes' to this question to demonstrate that you are flexible and familiar with the expectations of the position.

Clara's Answer
"I am very open and flexible with my schedule, so I am able and willing to work weekends."
2.
What motivated you to become a water quality analyst?
The interviewers are interested in your personal motivation(s) to enter this profession, so be honest and authentic with your response. Whether you are interested in conservation, sustainability, public health, or something else, always remember to project your excitement and enthusiasm for the position.

Clara's Answer
"For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to water. I love how its taste varies, I love how peaceful a body of water can be, and of course I appreciate it's immense benefits to life on Earth. I think I started to consider water as a career when I was in high school and started learning more about sustainability and water supply. When I began pursuing this career option in college, I learned of the many impacts water quality also has on public health. It is difficult to attribute my motivation to any one of those things, but I am certainly inspired by the profession and passionate about contributing to it."
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What are the three main purposes of water treatment?
This is a knowledge-based question that should be considered standard. It might seem straightforward, but your interviewers will use this opportunity to see how well you answer a seemingly simple question under pressure as well as how easy you are to understand when breaking your answer down. Be sure to outline your response in advance so you don't catch yourself on your words, and keep it concise for your interviewers to easily digest.

Clara's Answer
"Water treatment primarily focuses on health and safety, though it also incorporates a cosmetic function as well. The three main purposes of water treatment are: to remove any toxic or health-hazardous chemicals, to remove - or inactivate - any potential disease-causing microorganisms, and simply to improve the aesthetic quality of the water."
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Are you able to meet the physical demands of this position?
This position requires visiting several sites, some of which might be fairly remote. You might find yourself walking or hiking with field supplies up to 30 pounds, so your interviewers want to ensure that you are physically capable of completing the job.

For xample: "Maintaining good physical health is important to me, so I keep myself in shape and exercise regularly. So, yes, I am absolutely able to meet the physical demands of the position!"
Clara's Answer
"Maintaining good physical health is important to me, so I keep myself in shape and exercise regularly. So, yes, I am absolutely able to meet the physical demands of the position!"
5.
Are you comfortable and willing to spend extended periods of time in hot, cold, and inclement weather?
Water quality is a hands-on industry for 365 days of the year, so you will need to be able to work through the elements. Consider the weather patterns in the region and whether or not you are able - and willing - to work through all seasons of the year. Do your research in advance. If you want to remain open to the position, then you will want your answer to be 'yes!' If you aren't sure or the answer is 'no,' then you might want to reconsider the job.

Clara's Answer
"Absolutely. I have always wanted to be outdoors no matter the weather or where I've lived, so I more than welcome the opportunity to work any period of time outside."
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