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Question 1 of 20
What is your secret to a successful career as a water quality analyst?
User-Submitted Answers
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Understand complete tely about treatment and do certification.
2.
Getting something on the boss.
3.
I believe a successfull career as a water quality analyst mainly has to do with remaining on schedule and being able to handle the workload of gathering and submitting samples for testing.
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To be prompt, organized, and may careful attention to safety protocols.
5.
Accurate results, hard work, quality assurance.
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Planning, Hardworking, Sincere, Working a a group.
7.
Willing to learn new things.
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Question 2 of 20
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Water Quality Analyst?
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My greatest strength would be working well with others. I take instruction very well but can also work well in leadership roles when needed.
2.
I love working in a lab with a team work and I have 10 years of working experience in a environmental lab. I can understand the importance of being a water quality analyst.... Water is a basic need for all human beings and for all living creatures... Water should be tested on high quality levels to make sure it is safe to drink or use for other purposes.
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Hardwoking, Finish things on time, planning ahead and my 3 years experience as microbiologist and wet chemistry technicques.
Question 3 of 20
Why is chlorine added to drinking water?
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It is added to kill disease causing pathogens, at low enoughlevels it seems to do the job without any harmful effects on consumers.
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Water chlorination is used for the purification of water. Chlorine is added to the drinking water to destroy(kill) many disease causing bacteria.
3.
To protect human health because it kills most bacteria and viruses and tokeep pipelines clean.
4.
To remove bacteria in water.
5.
To preserve the water from bacteria.
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To kill any bacteria and chemicals.
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To clean it or keeping the germs level down.
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To remove any micro bacteria or pathogens that may be present in the water. Also can be to make the water less alkaline or hard.
9.
Purification of biological contaminants.
10.
Control algea bacteria and virsus present in water.
Question 4 of 20
How do you stay motivated while working in the lab?
User-Submitted Answers
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I like to do experiment and like to find a new thing.
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I like to stay motivated by keeping myself busy. I like to set myself new targets and challenges and develop myself with the role I have. I get involved in duties that are above and beyeond what is required of myself, such as enrolment and open days.
3.
I stay motivated by setting myself targets and objectives and by developing the role on a day to day basis. Since I started the role in 2012 I have developed the role significantly, for example, the distribution of laptops. Setting up for presentations and exams. Taking part in campus open days and enrollment. Working with work experience students. I have become a fire warden and I am currently waiting to take part in a first aid course.
4.
I like to cross trained in all the test.So I could help my colleages in case of.
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I am very impressed my teachers teaching for lab skills.
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Analysiin samples for water quality improvement in the treatment plant.
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By looking forwad to producing best results.
Question 5 of 20
Describe the most significant written technical report or presentation that you had to complete.
User-Submitted Answers
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It should include date time place and every parameters.
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Stormwater Management Plan.
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During my time at the college I was responsiuble for wtriting end of year reports on a particular student. I would have to access each class list and pick out particular information on each dataset and feed certain information back to the lectueres, Information such as attendance, attainment. The lecturer would then complile a wright up on that paricular student and liaise with me. I was then responsible for writing the report containing this information. Accuracy and strong communication along witha keen eye for detail were vital at this time.
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Whilst in university a project that we were given was to work in teams of 5 to represent an artiste, help promoting. So I put myself forward as team leader where I would delegate tasks to other members of the team. The tasks I delegated was attending gigs, flying at other gigs and photography. I took the responsibility of contacting radio stations, venue and gig promoters and newspapers, photography and website design. The ojective of the project was to get overall promotion with putting on a gig the the artistes album release. After the project was done I had to give a presentation at the end detailing the role and objectives that myself and my team completed.
5.
Epa test invito bioaccessibility of Arsenic and Lead.
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All results are completed within seconds after that I am looking for a next work.
Question 6 of 20
What do you feel is the most important skill a water quality analyst should possess?
User-Submitted Answers
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The ability to be committed to what they are dong. Have a keen eye for detail. To make no mistakes whilst dealing with datasets and extracting data. And the most impoirtant to be enthusatic in what they are doing.
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Mticulous working and common sense.
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I am sincerely worked on your company I am very impressed with you.
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The skill the assess data, pick up on any errors and act accordingly. Must be a fast thinker and a problem solver with a keen interest in what they are doing.
Question 7 of 20
Give an example of a situation where you did something that helped others to be more enthusiastic.
User-Submitted Answers
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Coming into work with a positive attitude and assisting colleagues on their work even though it may not have had been of any benefit to me specifically.
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I registered to college to improve my knowledge in the water field and other co workers decided to do the same.
3.
In a drinking water problem gain from bacteria we can find amount of bacteria and can give solution for that.
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During the summer holidays there were alot of staff absecies and even though the students were off there was still a large amount of work and deadlines that had to be completed. Memebers of the team were feeling lathfargic and un-motivated as workloads were bulinding up and staff were feeling under pressure. I came up with an idea so I approached my line manager and asked if we could trial a buddy system. This is were we would pair up and cover each others work and urgent enquires from staff. In terms of leave only 1 of us could be off at a partcular time. My manager agreed that if was a good idea and to bring it up in the next meeting, which I did, after I explained to the team how it would work they really supported me on this way of working and showed great enthusaiam. We trialled it out for a month and it worked really well less pressure was created, all deadlines were met and there was more control on absencies. My manager was so pleased that she decided to role it out permanatly and it is still used to this day.
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During a summer period there were alot of staff absencies and alot of deadlines approaching, I came up with an idea of a buddy system, there is were within the team we would pair up and cover each others work if the other were absent, help each others staff in terms of urgency. My line manager said that I should bring it up in the next meeting which I did. All the team were really enthusiastic about trying out this new way of working, so my line manager give it one months trial, after the trial things were working really well all the team got behind the idea and it was implemented permanently.
6.
Camps come visit but water was being tested so helped them play game and turnes.
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While doing research in my masters I successfully found the antimicrobial activity of actinomycetes and even identified it.
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I make friend ship with everyone and dont like about others.
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Chemical dose adjustment in water treatment plant.
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Alum dose adjustment when raw water quality changed.
Question 8 of 20
Are you happy with your career as a water quality analyst?
User-Submitted Answers
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I enjoy working in ensuring the public has good quality drinking water.
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I am currently not a water quality analyst but having worked in an Environmental lab for years testing water and waste water samples, I do enjoy the analysis of samples and helping with making sure the water quality is good.
3.
I would like a career with welsh water as I have a keen interest in what you do. I beleieve you make a difference in providing a service to the people of wales. I like the fact that your profit is reinvested into the organisation. I beleieve by working for the organisation and becoming a part of what you do that I can make a difference.
4.
I would like a career with welsh water as I have a keen interest in what you do. I beleieve you make a difference in providing a service to the people of wales. I like the fact that your profit is reinvested into the organisation. I beleieve by working for the organisation and becoming a part of what you do that I can make a difference.
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Yes, although I am starting my career I see it as a fulfilling and wonderful career.
Question 9 of 20
What different methods are there for water purification?
User-Submitted Answers
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Filtration, testing, neautralizing.
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Chlorination, UV, ozonation, reverse osmosis, SSF etc.
3.
Chlorination filtration.
4.
Clarification, filtration and disinfection.
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Clarification, filterisation, disinfection.
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Screen, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, clarification, filtration and disinfection.
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RO, distillation, filteration, chlorination, Heating.
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Coagulation, reverse osmosis, floculations,
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1. Coagulation/flocculation 2. Sedimentation 3. Filtration, 4. Disinfection.
Question 10 of 20
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would approach the colleague and hold a one to one meeting outlining an idead that Id have. I think the most important thing would be trust. For example I approached my line manager about me taking on work experience students, he wasn't sure at first but I said that it would be good for the student, and that I would follow all health and safety procedures and data protection. I finally convinced my line manager to let take on work experience students and its worked very well since.
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I would approach a peer or colleague and first discuss my idea one to one basis at a convenient time and by gaining their trust and convincing them by maybe trialing an idea. My past examples of where I have done this is the filing cabinet, and the buddy system and also the paper order.
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By Explaining themethods.
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I like to work as a team.
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Look at the end in mind when explaining about the idea.
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Listening to the his/her view point.
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I would describe my idea to them first verbally and get them interested by presenting pictorially and also get there minds to the feasibility and the hit ratio.
Question 11 of 20
What do you do when your time schedule or project plan is upset by unforeseen circumstances?
User-Submitted Answers
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I believe you have to be fast thinking and do what suits the best interests of the organisation. Whist working for crosskeys campus I had a planner which I followed with set objectives and deadlines for that day but something would crop up on a daily basis. For e. G A student would want to change courses, had been kicked out of home. As the student and students attainment was the most important thing through the college it was in my best interests to deal with the matter urgently so this is what I did, though sometimes it then meant me having to work additional hours to make sure I stayed on top of work loads.
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I analyse the urgency of the situation and prioritise accordingly. If this means having to work extra hours out of my normal working day so be it as long as the schedule is completed.
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Consults Boss/colleagues for an immediate solution.
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Move on, take a break, go home.
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I adapt to the new situation.
Question 12 of 20
Why are you the best water quality analyst for us?
User-Submitted Answers
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Experience, passion, results.
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I believe I possess all the skills required to fufill the position. I believe that I have alot of experience that I could bring to help develop the role. I beielive That I could also learn alot but I am so ineterested in the role I would truly find anything that I had to learn interesting. I am a punctioa commited indivudual that would put the needs of the organisation befrore my own. I alwayts strive to be the best at what I do. I beleieve that there is no other candiate that you will interview that would want this job more than I do.
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I feel really enthusiastic about working for welsh water and making a difference to our country. believe that I have a wealth of experience that I could bring to the role of water balance analyst. I feel as if I could develop the role and that I can be a worth while asset. To the organisation. I always strive to improve in what I do and would be willing to take any necessary training or courses needed to help me develop even if that means working addition hours or unsociable hours. I don't believe that the other candidates want this role as much as I do and I hope you give me the chance to prove to you what I can do.
4.
Good at problem solving and team player.
5.
I k ow what you did last night.
6.
Because of my exprience as well as my education background.
Question 13 of 20
What are you doing to keep current in technology?
User-Submitted Answers
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I currently use the latest Microsoft software in my current employment that I use to design templates, update and maintain databases and check data-sets.
2.
Reading and get updates in any new technology.
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Wait for people to tell me.
4.
Reading new articles that are related to water quality.
Question 14 of 20
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
User-Submitted Answers
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At the start of the year I like to plan a meeting with my line manager were I map out a planner of all improtant deadlines and objectibes that need to be met at a particular time, all these dealines are then agreed between myself and my liune manager. This is then put into a planner that I follow to the book unless my line manager says otherwise. If I have any urgent enquires that need to be dealt with I deal with these and then get back to following the planner.
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I decide by creating a planner and using a diary. Regular discussions with my line manager setting objectives and deadline clarification.
3.
Whatever pops into my mind.
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Depends on the agency of project.
Question 15 of 20
Give an example of a time when you made a mistake because you did not listen well to what someone had to say.
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Interview time stated back incorrectly.
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Last time I made a mistake it wasn't because I didnt listen it was more down to trial and error in using a new system.
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I double check if i'm unsure on anything to make sure mistakes are not made.
4.
Customer complaint on having no water I mistook to having quality issues.
5.
What was the question, again?
Question 16 of 20
Why did you choose a career in water quality testing?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would like a career with welsh water as I have a keen interest in what you do. I beleieve you make a difference in providing a service to the people of wales. I like the fact that your profit is reinvested into the organisation. I beleieve by working for the organisation and becoming a part of what you do that I can make a difference.
2.
The fact that you provide water for our country as a big factor in why I've chosen a path in your organisation. I have a keen interest in how water is developed and distributed and really would like to be a part of what you do and make a difference.
3.
Public health is dear to me and water quality testing offers me the opportunity to give advice to water related issues.
Question 17 of 20
What have you done in past situations to contribute toward a teamwork environment?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Allowing other suggestions.
2.
There was a time in the DWP that I found that the filing cainet was all out of order and that members fo the team found it hard to locate files that were needed for urgent claims. So I approached my line manager and asked if I could work one weekend to re-arrange the filling cabinet so that it would create less pressure on the team and make finding files alot easy. My manager agreed. So I spent the saturday and seunday emptying the cabinets of files, and rearranging in a more presntable order and making them more easier to locatote. It was hard work as some of the files were in bad condition but I was very staisfied with the end result. The team was also full of praise as they found it easier to locate important information making quicker to process claims and less waiting time for customers on the phone.
3.
At crosskeys campus I took part in weekly meetings within the school which I give ideas and opinions in and was also responsible for minuting and developing a memorandum and distributing throughout the team.
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Working out problem solutions affecting water quality together.
Question 18 of 20
What do you know about our organization?
User-Submitted Answers
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I know that you provide water the the whole fo wales and boarding parts ofr england. And that your a non profit orhganisation. All profits that are made are re-invested into the organisation which allows it develop.
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I know that you provide Water for the whole of Wales and also the English Boarders. I know that your a non-profit organisation that reinvests all profits back into the organisation.
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Produce and supply potable water to their customers.
Question 19 of 20
Where do you see yourself in five years?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Water quality senior tech.
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Hoefully employed by your organistaion full time. Developing within the role. Bringinmg new ideas and suggestions to the table. Building strong team bonds and being a fully valid member of the organisation.
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I hope to be employed by welsh water, comfortable in my job working very hard developing the role and being very successful in what I do.
4.
Defientely I want to go full time lab analyst.
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I am looking forward very best way I choose because of your company accepted for me.
Question 20 of 20
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
User-Submitted Answers
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Not speaking up. Trying to always make apiont.
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I don't have any weaknesses, I f I find a weakness I address it, e. G I would approach my line manager or take training etc.
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I don't have any weaknesses but I constantly improve with experience.
4.
Delicious Food are my weakness after 2years I will controlled my food as a vegetarian.
5.
TIME KEEPING am always sleeping with set clock for an alarm.
6.
Drug addition. Feeding the habit.

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