1) Tell me about yourself?
Ans: Keep it short; just the important points like education and prior work experience should be included in the answer.
2) Tell me about your most appreciated piece of work?
Ans: Give details about the project and how your leadership skills were instrumental in making it a success. Give examples of the new and creative ideas that you have used in order to accomplish the task.
3) Do you have any experience of online marketing?
Ans: Share your experience of working with your previous agencies. You can also highlight the nature of work and your job responsibilities, in brief.
4) Why did you leave the earlier job?
Ans: Be frank. They can surely find out the truth.
5) Are you comfortable working in a team?
Ans: You can be honest while answering this but make sure you come across as a flexible and adaptable employee.
6) What are your strong and weak points?
Ans: Mention the ones pertaining to your prospective job.
7) How do you manage stress?
Ans: You can mention a project that you have worked on previously, which was stressful, and explain how you were successful in completing the project, while coping with all the related stress.
8) What are your long-term career goals?
Ans: You can share a few major goals that you have set for yourself and also the plan of action to achieve these goals.
9) How long can you serve this agency?
Ans: You can give the exact number of years you wish to serve the agency.
10) What are your expectations regarding salary? Is the figure
Ans: Communicate the expected salary figure firmly to the employer. Always be open to negotiations regarding salary.
11) Do you think it is necessary to update your knowledge in this field? How would you do so?
Ans: Updating one’s knowledge is essential in any field. It helps you to keep up with the changing trends in the industry. If you are well-versed with the changes in your field, then highlight them and focus on the importance of learning those new skills.
Here are the most frequently asked SEO interview question that would not only show your skills and knowledge but also helps to achieve the SEO jobs and make you the winner.
1) What is Search Engines?
Ans: Search Engines are very special key element useful to find out specific and relevant information to use with relevant key through huge extent of World Wide Web. Some major commonly used search engine: Like Google, Yahoo, Bing.
2) What is SEO and introduce its types?
Ans : Search engine optimization or SEO is a process of keep
changing the position of a web page or website in a search
engine results by using keywords or phrases.
Two Types of SEO are:
- On Page Optimization
- Off Page Optimization
3) Explain On Page optimization and Off Page optimization?
Ans: On Page optimization means optimizing your website and
making changes on title, meta tags, site structure, site content,
solving canonicalization problem, managing robots.txt etc.
Off Page optimization means optimizing your web presence
which involves backlink building and social media promotion.
4) What do you mean by Backlink?
Ans: The incoming links to your website or webpage is referred as
5) What are out bound Links?
Ans: The outbound links are our website links to other webpage
6) What are the SEO tools do you use?
Ans: The SEO tools that I use are Google analytic, keyword search,
Alexa, open site explorer, Google Webmaster.
7) Can you tell me something about Google bot?
Ans: To index a webpage Google uses the Google bot software.
Caching, Crawling and indexing of a webpage are done through
Google bot by collecting details from that webpage.
8) Define blog?
Ans: A blog is an information or discussion published on website
or World Wide Web, called as posts. Basically, the blog is referred
as everything thing where you can include others too. It just like
you may talk to your readers. It is also called Web diary or Online
9) Define article?
Ans: The articles are specific topic or event and are highly
oriented towards an opinion instead of information. An article
is more oriented towards showing up opinions, views and idea.
Generally, it is written by expert of any specific field.
10) Define press release?
Ans: Press Release is related with a specific action or event
which can be republished by distinct medium of mass-media
including other websites. It should be simple, short and
professional. It conveys a clear message or information.
11) What are Meta Tags explain it?
Ans: HTML Meta tags are referred as tags of page data head
tags of a document’s HTML code. Actually these are hidden
keyword that set in the code. These are invisible to visitors but
are visible and readable by Search Engines.
Here is an Example:
<title>Not considered as Meta Tag, even required
<meta name=”description” content=”Write your description
<meta name=”keywords” content=”Write your keyword here”
12) What is the main purpose of using keyword in SEO?
Ans: Keyword is a single word, and while a combination of
those keywords makes phrases. These keywords or phrases are
used by the search engines to populate the subjects over the
internet. Search engine stores keywords in the database, and
when search is done, it will come up with the best possible
13) Can you mention the functions of body content relevance?
Ans: Whenever there is a text that does not have images on the
web page is referred as body content relevance or non-image
text. It helps in good optimization of the sites and also to
improve your ranking in the search engine.
14) What are Spiders, Robots and Crawlers and what are their
Ans: Spiders, robot and crawler, they are all same and referred
by different names. It is a software program that follows, or
“Crawls” different links throughout the internet, and then grabs
the content from the sites and adds to the search engine
15) What does it mean if nothing appears on doing search on
Ans: On doing search on your domain and if nothing appears
then there are 3 possibilities.
- May be the site is banned by search engines
- May be no index by search engines
- Some canonical issues
16) Difference between keyword & keyword phrase?
Ans: The keyword term is basically concerned with a one-word
term, on the other hand a keyword phrase considered as
employment of two or more word-combinations. Therefore, it is
very confounded to get high ranking in account of one-word
keyword term until the one-word keyword has little online
competition. Therefore, this practice is not encouraged to
employ. In order to drive more traffic and top ranking in SERP it
is recommended to employ keyword phrase.
17) What do you know about Black Hat SEO?
Ans: In order to attain High Ranking in search engine result page,
websites go for various methods and techniques which are
characterized by two categories.
The method which are implemented and acceptable according
to search engine guidelines are White Hat SEO, on the other
hand, the method which are less acceptable or instructed to
avoid in search engine guidelines are “Black Hat SEO”.
18) Can you tell me some Black Hat SEO techniques?
Ans: Some Black Hat SEO techniques are:
- Keyword Stuffing
- Doorway Pages or Gateway Pages
- Link Farming
- Hidden Text, etc.
19) What is keyword stemming?
Ans: The process of finding out the root word from the search
query is referred as keywords stemming.
20) What do you mean by Cloaking?
Ans: Cloaking is a deceptive way of optimizing search. In this
technique a different content will be searched by the search
engine than what is presented or searched by the users.
21) Name the bots (spider) of major search engine?
Ans: The name of bots/spider of Google search engine is Google
Bot, Yahoo Slurp for Yahoo search and Bing Bot for Bing search
22) Can you differentiate ‘nofollow’ and ‘dofollow’?
Ans: Nofollow link is exactly vice-versa of dofollow link. These
are non-crawling link which are not passed by search engines
bot and hence can’t be cached or indexed. It is obvious when we
wish to prevent a link from crawling and indexing.
Dofollow link is a kind of hyperlink which says all search engines
crawlers to pass through which also put an impact over page
rank. When we opt to employ or attempt to achieve a dofollow
link then it is counted by search engines and sits in the eye of
Google, Bing, MSN, Yahoo etc. as a backlink for your website and
enhances your site ranking.
23) Define Page Rank.
Ans: PageRank is a set of algorithm for link analysis named after
Larry Page and employed by Google search engine towards
defining a numerical value from 1 to 10 to each component of
hyperlinked documents like world wide web. The value accepts
only round figure that means decimal are not allowed.
24) Establish a difference between PR & SERP.
Ans: PR is Page Rank which is defined by quality inbound links
from other website or web-pages to a web page or website as
well as say the importance of that site.
SERP stands for Search Engine Result Page is the placement of
the website or web-page which is returned by search engine
after a search query or attribute.
25) What is Cache?
Ans: Cache is the process performed by search engine crawler
at a regular interval of time. It used to scan and take snapshot
of each page over world wide web as well as store as a backup
copy. Almost every search engine result page incorporates a
cached link for every site. However, clicking over cached link
show you the last Google cached version of that specific page
rather than of current version.
Also, you can directly prefix “cache:http://www.surfersclick.com”
with desired URL to view it cached version
26) Define Alt tag?
Ans: The alt attribute also called as alt tag are employed in
XHTML and HTML documents in context of defining alternative
text that is supposed to be rendered when the element can’t be
rendered to which it is applied. One great feature of alt tag is
that it is readable to ‘screen reader’ which is a software by
means of which a blind person can hear this.
In addition, it delivers alternative information for an image due
to some specific reason a user can’t view it such as in case of
slow connection and an error occurred in the src attribute.
27) How many types of Meta Tags are there in SEO and what
are their characters limits?
Ans: There are two types Meta tags in SEO.
- Description Meta tag with 150 characters limits
- Keyword Meta tag with 200 characters limits
28) How many characters limits in Title tag?
Ans: We can add 70 characters in title tag.
29) What is Google Sandbox?
Ans: Google sandbox is an imaginary area where new websites
and their search rating are put on hold until they prove worthy
for ranking. In other words, it checks the standard of the
30) Why the Title Tag in website is valuable?
Ans: Title tags are very essential in SEO, as it tells about the
contents on that web page. Through title tags only the search
engine will tell the user, what is there in the page.
31) What is considered as more significant, creating content
or building backlinks?
Ans: Both are necessary, creating quality content is equally
important to building backlinks. Although, building backlinks
are useful in building authority to a site and for ranking as well,
quality content is the first element that is considered to be
more responsible for ranking.
32) What are the aspects in SEO?
Ans: The main aspect in SEO is divided in two classes: SEO On-
Page and SEO Off-Page.
SEO On-Page includes Meta tag, description, keywords
optimization, site structure and analysis, etc.
SEO Off-Page aspect are Keyword Research, unique and quality
content, link building through Blog Comments, Blog Posting,
Article submission, Press Release, Classified posting, Forum
33) What is a keyword?
Ans: Keyword is a word that is used for searching through
Search Engines in order to get results related to your searched
34) What is Keyword Density?
Ans: Keyword density is the percentage density of a keyword or
phrase available on a webpage compared to the total number
of words on the page. It is one of the important ranking factors
for search engines to display a webpage on the SERP. Providing
junk keywords on a page would decrease the ranking of a
35) What is Anchor Text?
Ans: Anchor text is a clickable hyperlink that is also known as
link text, link label and link title. The keyword contained in the
anchor text would increase the ranking of a webpage that
receives the incoming link.
36) How would you define Alexa?
Ans: Alexa is a California based subsidiary company of
Amazon.com which is widely known for its website and toolbar.
This Alexa toolbar congregate browsing behaviour data and send
it to website, where the data is analysed and stored and create
report for company’s web traffic. Also, Alexa provides data
concerned to traffic, global ranking and other additional
information for a websites.
37) What’s the significance of Robots.txt file in a website?
Ans: Robots.txt file is considered as a convention useful to
prevent cooperating web robots and web crawlers from
accessing all or part of a website or its content for which we
don’t want to be crawled and indexed but publicly viewable. It is
also employed by search engines to archive and categorize
website and to generate a rule of no follow regarding some
particular areas of our websites.
38) How Keywords are implemented for optimization?
Ans: The best way to opt and implement keywords is to
designate those keywords which are popular, relevant to our
content, comprises high search volume and effective. Stuffing
and over employment of keywords must be avoided. In order to
get best result and effect, our pages shouldn’t contain keyword
density more than 3-4%. Including keywords into title and
description is highly recommended.
39) What things are significant in organically ranking a
Ans: Basically there are various things that is being employed
for organically ranking a website which can be classified in 3
- Website content: It must be quality and unique content as
well as most be well optimized and well structured.
- Website structure: This include TAGS, clear navigation,
ensuring usability, validation of HTML errors and miscellaneous.
- Back-links: You can create a link for any where but prior to
this it is obvious to ensure for relevant site and healthy link.
40) What are top SEO ranking factors?
Ans: Quality of content on the webpage, quality and quantity of
backlinks to the webpage, anchor text used in the backlinks,
domain authority, social sharing metrics and some other traffic
metrics like page CTR, bounce rate and average time on the
41) What is the latest update in SEO?
Ans: The latest updates in SEO are:
42) What are the key aspects of Panda update?
Ans: Panda is to improve the search in Google. The latest
version has focused on quality content, proper design, proper
speed, proper use of images and many more.
43) What are the key aspects of Penguin update?
Ans: Penguin is the code name for Google algorithm. Its main
target is to decrease the ranking of that website that are
violating the Google Webmaster guidelines. These guidelines
are violated by using black hat techniques like cloaking and
44) What is robots.txt?
Ans: Robots.txt is a text file. It is through this file, it gives
instruction to search engine crawlers about indexing and
caching of a webpage, file of a website or directory, domain.
45) Can you establish a difference between SEM and SEO?
Ans: SEO is a set of processes to get our website or pages
appear in search engine result page. On the other hand SEM is
search engine marketing being used in practice to purchase
advertising space in search engine page result.
46) What strategies would you implement for backlinks?
Ans: I would request for backlinks to competitors relevant
website as well as provide reciprocal link if required. In addition,
I would attempt to submit press release, article submission,
blog submission and other aspects of off-page SEO to most
relevant and quality sites.
47) What’s your opinion about link buying?
Ans: Generally I avoid this practice. Though other means of paid
marketing are also available. The process of link buying is don’t
liked by search engines. It doesn’t come under the guidelines of
This will increase your knowledge as a expert SEO level.
48) Do you know about Blog Flipping?
Ans: Blog Flipping is the practice to sale a blog when it
becomes famous and popular as well as driving healthy amount
49) What you opined about HTML either it is Case Sensitive or
Ans: HTML is case Insensitive. It doesn’t matter and deliver
identical result either you write in Upper Case or Lower Case.
50) Under what circumstances you would intend to eliminate
pages from search engines through robots.txt vs. Meta robots
Ans: Generally, I would continue to employ robots.txt in order
to make search engine indexing a directory on a website. This
might be often a directory that is concerned with admin
function or incorporate contents only in form of script or image
gallery. Generally, robots.txt is employed to prevent a directory
and its sub-folders and files to crawl by search engine bot as
well as Meta robots tag for a specific web page.
51) What steps would you follow to optimize a website?
Ans: These are following steps to be followed while optimizing a
- First of all we will interview webmaster or website owner to
congregate relevant information, goals and website’s purpose.
- Performing keyword analysis and find out the best search
volume keywords that should be incorporated into the website as
well as individual pages of the website.
- Analysing the content of website in order to ensure usage of
content relevant keywords and phrases. This comprises titles,
“alt” attributes and META tags (Meta Title, Meta description &
- Target & implementing keywords as H1, H2 & so on relevant
to the site and its content.
- Analysing website navigation.
- Ensuring the robots.txt file and sitemap existence as well as
check their efficiency.
- If required, making recommendations for modifications in
website as well as its each and every page and so on…
52) What will be your step when the company website you are
working with wish to migrate its all content to a new domain?
Ans: First of all I would update the previous website with
permanent redirect to new page for each and every page. Later
eradicate previous content from search engines in context of
avoiding duplicate content issues.
53) What is considered as more significant – Creating great
content or building backlinks?
Ans: Both are obvious. Creating quality content is considered as
the first element responsible for ranking as well as building
backlinks is useful to build authority to a site.
54) In order to prevent penalty, what things you shouldn’t
perform to increase ranking?
Ans: I would discard links from those websites which is
supposed to act as link farm as well as poor quality sites which
have low page rank. Ensure that our site must contain unique
and quality content without keyword stuffing. Also, I used to
avoid any practices of ‘spam’ which include certain affiliate
advertising websites, unsolicited e-mail campaigns etc.
55) What mistakes you should avoid while optimizing the
Ans: The main mistakes that should be avoided are filling
keywords in Web-Page, employing identical anchor text for link
building, keyword stuffing, getting low quality backlinks etc.
56) What is the meaning of competitive analysis?
Ans: Competitive analysis does the comparison, between the
website I am optimizing, and the website that is ranked highly in
57) What is Site Map and distinguish between HTML sitemap
and XML sitemap?
Ans:A sitemap incorporates list of web-pages which is accessible
to users or crawlers. It might be a document in any form
employed as a tool for planning either a web page or web design
that enables them to appear on a website as well as typically
placed in a hierarchical style. This helps search engine bots and
users to find out the pages on a website. The site map renders
our website more search engine friendly as well enhances the
probability for frequent indexing.
HTML sitemap can be incorporated directly in a web page for
user’s flexibility and can be implemented through proper design.
On the other hand, XML sitemap is useful only for search engine
crawlers or spiders and doesn’t visible to users. It sits in the root
58) Define and Differentiate Webmaster Tool & Analytics Tool?
Ans: Webmaster Tool is a free service catered by Google which
provide us a complete report for indexed data, crawling errors,
backlinks information, search queries, website malware errors,
CTR and submitting XML sitemap. Basically, it acts as a mediator
between website and server provide complete overview of data,
issues and other queries.
Google Analytics is a free web analysis tool acts between
website & internet browser/users and offers complete overview
of visitors statistics which exactly says about general website
activities like page views, site visits, bounce rates, average time
spent on site or pages, sources of traffic, location etc.
59) What do you know about Keyword stemming?
Ans: It is the practice to find out root word from search query.
For instance, a keyword like “playful” will be split to the word
“play” by stemming algorithm that turns it possible. Thus, the
search result appear on the screen will contain the word “play” in
60) What do you know about LSI?
Ans: LSI is the abbreviated form of Latent Semantic Indexing. It
has been emerged as a technique of fetching data via establishing
a communication among words as well as employing synonyms in
the midst of retrieving the data from the index.
61) Can you tell me about Frames in HTML?
Ans: Frames in HTML are obvious as they used to discriminate the
page content into distinct fragments. Search engines treat these
frames as absolutely different pages as well as frames also put an
negative impact over SEO. Therefore, we should avoid the
practice of using Frames and implement basic HTML instead.
62) How can you know about your SEO campaign whether it is
working or not?
Ans: First of all I would attempt to make a search on all search
engines employing relevant keywords and keyphrases, I am
optimizing for. The analysis of result will say whether the
methods of optimization have gain results or lost. I would analyze
the report regularly as search engine make update and index. I
would attempt to another aspect of website statistics which says
about origin of traffic.
63) After implementing distinct SEO methods for a site, if you
haven’t got any improvements. What would be your next step?
Ans: I would make troubleshooting for the issues. Firstly, I would
designate whether it is a new project. Again I will analyse
relevant keywords and phrase for the site I am optimizing for as
well as took an insight study of competitive analysis. If the
website and pages has been index and appears in the first 10
pages of search engine result page but not in the top three, I
would go for some transformation to on page text, page titles
and page descriptions. But in the case if website has not been
indexed still or dropped from index, might be it comprises some
big issues and total re-submission and re-work might be
64) What was the recent update which Google had and what
changes would you suggest for it?
Ans: Google recently had the Penguin update which was a
measure to control web spam. Penguin update had penalized
websites which had a spammy back linking profile and returned
more semantic results. Semantic results were based on the
relationship between words present on the search query.
Penguin trusted sites that had original and good content, fresh
content, good social media presence and quality organic links.
65) What all verticals have you handled in your SEO career so
Ans: Verticals means on what themes of websites have you
worked so far- this may include education, real estate, IT, travel,
Shopping, jobs etc.
66) What do you understand by the Panda update?
Ans: The Panda update was done to improve the quality of
search results in Google. Panda update also known as the farmer
update was done to eliminate content farms which provided less
user friendly experience. It used machine language scalability as
one of the important metrics for judging relevancy of a web
page. All the focus was transformed on the user and now quality
content, proper design, proper speed, proper use of images and
videos, content to ad ratio all mattered more after the Panda
update. You need to optimize your site for better click through
rate and a less bounce rate.
67) Does Google uses keyword tags?
Ans:No, Google does not make use of keyword tags.
68) What is 301 redirect?
Ans: It is a method of redirecting user from the old page url to
the new page url. 301 redirect is a permanent redirect and is
helpful in passing the link juice from the old url to the new url.
69) If a website has a search engine saturation of 40% , what
does that mean?
Ans: It means 40% of web pages from that particular website are
indexed by the search engine.
70) How will you neutralize a toxic link to your site?
Ans: Through Backlink Quality Checker you can know who links
to your website. Now, you have to go to ‘Toxic link’ report, where
you will find all the links that are harmful to your websites. If
there is any link in ‘Toxic link report’ that matches with the link
on your website, then you can remove it by using ‘Google
71) Do you use separate Seo strategies for Google,Yahoo and
Ans: Yes I use separate strategies for Google,Yahoo and other
search engines.More backlinks are required for Google .It pays
more attention to backlinks and site authority while Yahoo and
Bing pays more attention to title and Meta tags. Hence, a site
takes time to rank on Google as compared to Yahoo and Bing.
72) How will you treat Web standards while optimizing a
Ans: Google loves web standards hence I will apply the web
standards provided by W3C while optimizing a web site.
73) What methods would you apply for decreasing the loading
time of a website?
Ans: I would use external style sheets, less images (unless
necessary), optimize the images and decrease the file sizes of
the image without reducing the quality of the image, use CSS
sprites to reduce HTTP requests etc.
74) What are doorway pages?
Ans: These are pages that are specially created to rank high on
search engines using deceptive techniques. Doorway pages do
not provide useful content but instead redirect users to the main
75) Which is the popular search engine in Russia?
Ans: Yandex is popular in Russia.
76) Which is the popular search engine in China?
Ans: Baidu is popular in China.
77) If the meta robots tag has a value of “no index, no follow”
what does it mean?
Ans: It means the search engine crawlers would not index the
contents and would not follow the links present on the page.
78) What is a Pizza Box in terms of Google?
Ans:Google server comes in a standard case which is commonly
known as “Pizza Box”.
79) Have you heard about ASO?
Ans:ASO stands for App Store Optimization which is a process of
improving the visibility of mobile apps on app stores like iTunes
and Google Play.
80) How can you search with the exact keywords you type on
Google without using quotes?
Ans:We can use the Verbatim tool in order to search with the
exact keywords entered on Google.
81) What do you understand by Google Authorship and how
can you use it for Seo benefits?
Ans: Google Authorship allows you to link your Google Plus
Profile to the content you create. This is a way to enhance the
overall user experience and stop spamming. Results containing
content from original and reputed authors are valued highly by
Google and chances of spamming are also reduced. Hence,
implementing Google Authorship is really useful for Seo as it
helps a webpage to rank higher based on the author rank.
82) Is there a way we can tell Google that a particular webpage
contains the Adult content?
Ans: Yes, we can do it by adding one of these two meta tags to
<meta name=”rating” content=”adult” /> OR
<meta name=”rating” content=”RTA-5042-1996-1400-1577-RTA”
83) What is Pagination in SEO?
Ans: Pagination is the practice of dividing a piece of content into
different pages while at the same time allowing Google to better
understand the important pages to be indexed.
Here are some Social Media Marketing (SMM) questions you
may get asked and some tips on how to tackle them.
- What online communities have you managed in the past?
Ans: Here, you can mention how big the accounts you managed
were, the number of followers, the strategy you followed, etc.
Not enough big brand experience? No problem, you may also
talk about your personal social networks but make sure they are
job seeking friendly.
- Which social media channels do you recommend for our
Ans: Make sure you study the business you’re interviewing with,
think about their target audience, industry they work in and
possible strategies they could follow and then compare it to
what each social network offers. You’ll have no problem to
tackle this question and other similar ones if you have done
your homework and informed yourself about the
- What do you think should be the goals of our
Ans: As with the previous question, this answer depends on
each company and on the specific needs they have. Again, you
should investigate what they have done in the past on their
social networks and also what they could improve. Hint: Make
sure to share reachable and measurable goals.
- What strategies would you implement for helping
generating leads or conversions?
Ans: Share the facts! Talk about successful strategies you have
used in other projects. You may also describe strategies you
think could be useful to their company in particular.
- How can social media help create value for SEO?
Ans: SEO skills are important to have when you are working
with social media. Talk about your SEO strategies, the tools you
use and the way you measure and analyse the results.
Google Analytics is a must here. Also, provide examples and be
prepared to be tested by the recruiter.
- What social media tools do you use?
Ans: Here you will need to drop some names. It’s important you
know how to use one or more Social Media Management
platforms such as HootSuite, SproutSocial or TweetDeck. Be
prepared to explain why you use them and what features you
like from one or the other.
- What are relevant metrics for tracking social media success?
Ans: Engagement, brand reach and lead generation is what
helps show the ROI of social media to a business, these
measurements show the results of your job. Show the
interviewer that you are an expert analysing the metrics and
have solutions to improve them.
- How would you deal with negative comments or a brand
Ans: Show the hiring manager that you are able to react quickly
and face a crisis with self-confidence and efficiency. You may use
examples of famous brand reputation crises to tell what you
think was done well and what not.
- Can you describe your biggest social media failure?
Ans: Everybody makes mistakes; it’s not a big deal. Be
completely honest about this and focus on what you learned
from your bad experiences. Tell your negative stories, too. Also,
mention how you corrected it and the changes you made to
avoid it from happening again in the future.
- How do you stay updated with the latest social trends?
Ans: If you are a social networking enthusiast, you surely follow
some blogs and influencers. Let the recruiter know you are
always up to date and share your favourites!
- How does success in social media look like for you?
Ans: Try to find out what their expectations are so you are
aligned from the very beginning.
- Do you have an editorial calendar? How do you schedule
Ans: Find out how other companies organize their content in
social media. This is a good indicator of how they plan ahead.
- How is the business’ presence on social media nowadays?
Ans: Show interest on which social media channels of companies
are using and their strategy for each.
- What social media campaigns have you produced and/or
managed? Tell me about them.
Ans: Social media employers often stress conversation,
storytelling, and engagement. Give examples of how you have
conversed with clients and consumers, created interesting stories,
and increased measures of engagement such as clicks, likes,
reach, etc. Any campaign you mention should have these three
elements at the very least. Be sure to save dashboards and results
from your campaigns so you can show them off later!
- Which social media platforms are you best at using and why?
Ans: When you answer this question, spend the most time talking
about the platform you’re most skilled with and explain why this
is the case. However, you should mention all the major platforms
and details their strengths. Talk about how Twitter is best for
conversations, Facebook is great for advertising, LinkedIn is best
for recruiting and sharing career-related articles, and how
Google+ is an underrated tool that is actually valuable for creating
a social media community.
- How much SEO knowledge and experience do you have?
Ans: SEO is a desirable skill for social media marketers and
marketers in general since companies always want their content
to rank as high as possible on a Google search. Explain how
social media helps make this happen by boosting Key
Performance Indicators, making content more share-worthy and
perhaps even viral, stressing keywords, and by simply increasing
the amount of content attached to a brand. Talk about how you
always factor SEO into any social media strategy and detail
exactly how you did it in the past.
- What is a limitation you have experienced on a social media
platform? How did you overcome this?
Ans: You could just answer this by saying that you used a
different platform to cover the shortcomings of the other. This
isn’t a bad answer. In fact, it can be part of a good answer.
However, you should definitely know how to overcome or at
least deal with limitations on social media platforms. For
example, Facebook has severe limitations when it comes to
organic (non-paid) reach. One way to overcome this without
paying on Facebook is to use email marketing and subscriptionbased
methods to gently guide people to the page with links and
suggestions. If you have your own awesome anecdote already,
that’s even better!
- What are your favorite social media blogs?
Ans: This is another question where there is no right answer. Be
prepared to explain why you picked your sites though. If you
don’t follow any blogs, try browsing a few so you’ll at least be
prepared for this question.
- How active are you on social media and how many people
are you connected with?
Ans: You don’t need to have as many followers as Shakira or be
like Lady Gaga to impress your employer. However, you’re
following or at least your activity on social media channels
should reflect your passion for it and act as a sample of your
overall communication skills.
- Which social media experts and/or influencers do you
Ans: You should be fine on this one as long as you have
something to say. Interviewer are not likely to judge your
- What kinds of skills/qualities do you think you need to
possess to be a community manager?
Ans: A great community manager should be proficient in most of
the social media platforms and social media management tools.
He/she should have unrivalled communications skills and be
likeable and organized. Employers also value a background in
analytics even if those analytics were not directly related to
- How would you handle a social media crisis?
Ans: Make sure to respond promptly. The longer you take, the
bigger the blunder looks to the consumer. Make sure any
apology you give is honest and sincere. Otherwise, followers
were rip it apart even more. Respond on all channels as well
even if the incident only occurred on one.
- Are there any up-and-coming social media platforms we
should watch out for?
Ans: This one is up to you. However, people tend to talk about
Pinterest. It isn’t nearly as big as Facebook, Twitter, or
Instagram, but it is prominent and on the rise. You may have
already noticed the “Pin It” share button appear on articles or
seen the Pinterest icon on YouTube videos. Vine is another one
that has exploded lately. If your interviewer says these are too
mainstream/not up-and-coming enough, try bringing up more
budding platforms like Impossible.
- What is your opinion on Google+? How should it be used
in social media strategy?
Ans: Don’t dismiss Google+ even if it isn’t your favorite part of
social media strategy. Even if the people interviewing you don’t
perceive it as being valuable compared to Facebook and
Twitter, they don’t want to work with someone who wouldn’t
be open to integrating it into an overall strategy. Explain how
Google+ is a great resource for community building since it is a
heavily curated and moderated community. Having a thriving
community means people are talking more about your
company and sharing more content. It also increases SEO
which you already know is a supplementary part of social
- What are some of the best practices on Twitter?
Ans: Always use Hashtags and mentions! Doing this will mean
more people see your tweets and retweet. Some of these
people might have big followings or clout that will benefit
your company. Twitter is a great tool for conversing with
customers so make sure to reply to their tweets as much as
you can. Use Hashtags to connect the conversation with other
conversations in related topics.
- Which social media brand strategy has inspired you lately
Ans: Talk about why the strategy inspired you but, more
importantly, also detail how you would love to create an
original strategy of the same calibre. Explain how you would
do this and implement it in the context of the job you’re
- What are our competitors doing on social media?
Ans: It’s ok to praise the competitors here if they are
genuinely doing something good. Don’t go overboard and
make it seem like you’d rather work for these competitors but
don’t be afraid to be honest if you think they have a strategy
that the company you’re interviewing for could learn from.
Always be sure to explain why what they are doing is working
(or not working). Mention specific social media campaigns if
- What are the benefits of a LinkedIn group vs. LinkedIn
Ans: Groups tend to have a better reach and are therefore a
more worthy place for sharing content. They also offer an
excellent space for engaging with customers and other
businesses, stressing keywords, and increasing interest in your
company. A LinkedIn Page is where people go when they are
already interested in the company. Thus, it should be
informative above all else. Pages also function as a feed for
putting out content and have at least a bit of SEO value.
- How could you leverage YouTube in order to promote our
brand and increase engagement?
Ans: People love to see original video content that is fun and
sharable. It shouldn’t be so obviously promotional from the
start. People should want to share it simply because it is
amazing! This video content ultimately connects to all the
other social media platforms you are working with and benefits
strategy and marketing as a whole. It might even go viral.
1) What is CTR?
Ans: Click Through Rate. It is number of times your ad is clicked.
2) What is the maximum CPC?
Ans: The highest amount of money an advertiser is willing to pay
for a click on their ad.
3) What is the main goal of automatic Cost per Click bidding?
Ans: To generate as many clicks as possible within the advertiser’s
4) What is one main benefit of using Google Adwords?
Ans: Ads are displayed to users who search for your particular
products or services.
5) If you have a keyword with a low CTR, what can you expect?
Ans: A lower Quality Score.
6) What is one way you can increase CTRs?
Ans: Add negative keywords to the ad group to reduce irrelevant
7) What can you expect if you raise your bids?
Ans: More conversions and a higher Cost per Acquisition (CPA).
8) What can you expect if you lower your bids?
Ans: Fewer conversions and a lower Cost per Acquisition (CPA).
9) What is used to determine Quality Score on the Display
Ans: The quality of the landing page.
10) What happens when the Quality Score of a keyword is
Ans: The ad may earn a higher average position.
11) How many campaigns can you run in one Adwords
Ans: 25 Campaigns
12) How many ad groups can you run under one campaign?
Ans: 2000 ad groups
13) How many ads can you run per ad group?
Ans: 50 ads per ad group
14) How much characters can you place in one ad?
Ans: For one ad 4 rows are given
25 characters for headline
35 characters per text row (including URL)
15) How can you Improve Conversion Rates?
Ans: Creating and testing campaign with different keywords and
choosing that perform well.
16) What is Quality Score?
Ans: Quality Score is Score give to your ads that attain by
keywords. The Higher the quality score the less you need to pay
for a Top Position of your ads. It is given upon CTR.
17) Which companies are offering PPC advertisement?
Ans: Google and Microsoft Bing are among top most PPC
18) What is Page rank? Explain it?
Ans: Google page rank algorithm helps search engines to realize
the value of a page. It ranks your website on basis of quality links
it has. It is given by Google depending upon keyword, backlink
sites, and content.
19) Why I need to go for Adwords for PPC?
Ans: Because Adwords assures that 80% of internet users sees
your product or service.
20) What is the formula for ad rank on the Search Network?
Ans: Maximum Cost Per Click X Quality Score.
21) What is the best way to achieve the top position in paid
Ans: Improve the Quality Score and raise the Cost Per Click.
22) How should you check to see if your ads are still running on
Ans: Using the Ad Preview and Diagnosis tool.
23) What can a location extension do?
Ans: Assist nearby customers in finding or calling your nearest
24) Why is it a bad idea to duplicate keywords in multiple Ad
Ans: Keywords in multiple ad groups compete against each other,
and the keyword with the higher performance will trigger the ad
in that Ad Group to run.
25) How to achieve good CTR?
Ans: Here are few things that need to be kept in mind for CTR
1) Target your ads to right audience
2) Select correct keyword matching
3) See that you target your ads by location and language
Here are the General Interviews 10 best tips that
every job seeker should know
1) Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and a smile,
address your interviewer by name, and make eye contact.
2) Never sit until asked to do so.
3) Ensure you are informed about the position and the
organization before your interview. Wherever possible get a job
description or review the details of the position. Go to their web
site. You should know approximately what the salary range is for
the position (particularly if going through an agency). Research
the organization and affiliations. Be aware of all products or
4) Make sure you are familiar with all dates and information on
your resume. Be prepared to go into detail and to give examples
of various difficult work situations you have successfully
5) Make sure you know the exact location and how to get there.
Get there five to ten minutes early.
6) Dress should be appropriate, business like and conservative.
Always look successful.
7) You may be asked to talk about yourself, but keep your entire
life history for non-business situations! An interviewer is
interested in how you and your experience best suit the position
and the company. Do not take notes, and do not be concerned if
your interviewer takes notes. Never speak negatively about
present or previous work situations.
8) At the end of the interview you may have an opportunity to
ask questions. Express enthusiasm and interest in the company
and the position. Thank the interviewer for their time. You may
ask what the next step would be in their hiring process. Do not
discuss money/salary during the interview, or ask about benefits
and vacation, unless the interviewer brings these subjects up for
discussion. End the interview with a handshake.
9) A follow-up note or thank you letter sent after the interview, if
you are particularly interested in the position and organization is
a good way to keep your name visible. A follow-up call within a
week is a good idea, if you have not been contacted.
10) If an agency arranged the interview for you, call them
immediately. It is important for the agency to get your response
about the position, before they talk to the employer. A positive
response from you can often lead to a positive response from
the employer. Keep in touch with your agency.
Phone interviews are often used to screen candidates in order to
narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person
interviews. They are also used as a way to minimize the expenses
involved in interviewing out-of-town candidates. While you’re
actively job searching, it’s important to be prepared for a phone
interview on a moment’s notice. You never know when a
recruiter or a networking contact might call and ask if you have a
few minutes to talk.
Be Prepared to Interview
Prepare for a phone interview just as you would for a regular
1) Keep your resume in clear view, on the top of your desk, or
tape it to the wall near the phone, so it’s at your fingertips when
you need to answer questions.
2) Have a short list of your accomplishments available to review.
3) Have a pen and paper handy for note taking.
4) Turn call-waiting off so your call isn’t interrupted.
5) If the time isn’t convenient, ask if you could talk at another
time and suggest some alternatives.
6) Clear the room – evict the kids and the pets. Turn off the
stereo and the TV. Close the door.
7) Unless you’re sure your cell phone service is going to be
perfect, consider using a landline rather than your cell phone to
avoid a dropped call or static on the line.
Talking on the phone isn’t as easy as it seems. Have a friend or
family member conduct a mock interview and tape record it so
you can see how you sound over the phone. Any cassette
recorder will work. You’ll be able to hear your “ums” and “uhs”
and “okays” and you can practice reducing them from your
conversational speech. Also rehearse answers to those typical
questions you’ll be asked.
During the Phone Interview
1) Don’t smoke, chew gum, eat, or drink.
2) Do keep a glass of water handy, in case you need to wet your
3) Smile. Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and
will change the tone of your voice.
4) Speak slowly and enunciate clearly.
5) Use the person’s title (Mr. or Ms. and their last name.) Only
use a first name if they ask you to.
6) Don’t interrupt the interviewer.
7) Take your time – it’s perfectly acceptable to take a moment or
two to collect your thoughts.
8) Give short answers.
9) Remember your goal is to set up a face-to-face interview. After
you thank the interviewer ask if it would be possible to meet in
After the Interview
Take notes about what you were asked and how you answered.
Here are 7 essential tips for better Online
1) Look Into The Camera. Don’t fixate on yourself, or even the
person you are talking to, instead look at the camera. Looking at
the screen gives the impression you are not making eye contact
with the interviewer on the other end. When the interview
starts, take a moment to make sure you look fine on the screen,
then look into the camera.
2) Control Your Environment. Ensure the area seen by the
camera is presentable. A clean desk makes a statement about
you that will be evaluated by the interviewer. We suggest that
you Skype call a friend in advance to get their opinion of your
space. This test call also gives you a chance to test your video
connection, ensuring a good picture, lighting and sound.
3) Eliminate Distractions. You should be the only person, or pet,
in view of the camera. Close the pets out of the room, and let
the people in your life know what’s happening, and insist they
stay at the opposite side of the house/apartment. It’s
understandable that distractions cannot always be completely
eliminated, and if someone or something pops into view, just
remember that how you react to the situation will be evaluated!
React calmly, politely, and in a friendly manner to resolve the
problem, and then get back on task.
4) Keep Your Hands In View. It’s important the camera has a
good view of your head and shoulders, but also of your hands!
Studies have shown that people are more apt to trust you if they
can see your hands. At its roots, human beings have established
trust through gestures which display empty hands; the
handshake, the salute, the wave, are gestures that were all
created to communicate “friend”, not “foe”. While they may not
be consciously thinking, “I can’t see their hands, I can’t trust this
person,” it will be affecting their instincts about you as a fellow
At the very least, not seeing your hands can be a mental
distraction for the interviewers. If your shoulders are moving, but
your hands are not in view, what are you doing? Are you
multitasking while interviewing? So show them your hands, and
just like an in-person interview, pay attention to what you are
doing with them. Are you fidgety and clicking your pen, showing
nerves, or are you relaxed with your hands resting on the desk?
5) Dress Appropriately. Unless you hear otherwise, dress in
business formal attire. Just like you are going into a real
interview, which this is! It’s best to wear darker colours with
accents of colour; avoid stripes or tightly woven patterns such as
hounds tooth because they’re not easy on the eye in a computer
6) Record It, and Do Not Forget The Thank You Note. Recording
your interview is something you cannot typically do in a normal
interview, but if you’re on your computer you can use various
handy software tools to record your call. (Pretty May is a good
one). Doing so, you can review your interview later to evaluate
and learn from it. Another advantage of the Skype interview is
that you can easily send them your thank you note. Once the
call is finished, just send them a message on Skype explaining
how much you appreciate the time they spent with you and
why you are interested in the position.
7) Say Cheese! Remember, you’re on camera. Smile! Nothing
gives a warmer, more likable impression than a sincere smile.
Take advantage of this opportunity to make a great impression.
Here are the 20 Reasons why people don’t get hired.
1) Arriving late for the interview. ( The excuse does not matter.)
2) Poor personal appearance (inappropriate dress, posture, eye
contact, facial expressions, etc.)
3) Poor personal hygiene (clothes stained, shoes not shined,
personal odor, too much perfume, tobacco odor)
4) Poor communication skills (disorganized responses; using
slang. saying “like,” “you know; ” mumbling)
5) Lack of basic knowledge of field or organization: (such as
current issues like the economy)
6) Poorly formulated career goals: (not clear why interviewing
for THIS job)
7) Lack of knowledge, skills or experience needed for the job.
8) Lack of confidence. ( You must have a sense of what makes
you special and what you can contribute – even if you do not
have experience in the field)
9) appearing overly aggressive or cocky during the interview
10) Poor listening skills (such as answering a question other
than the one asked)
11) Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in the
position (e. g., not saying why you want the job)
12) Negative attitude (complaining about past employers or
13) Asking few questions about the position (or asking for
information already covered)
14) Only interested in the job for the money (not the job itself
and/or the industry)
15) Being too “me oriented” ( only talking about what the
company and/or job can do for you, not what you can
contribute to the company)
16) Using the organization as a mere stepping stone (planning to
leave to start a family or start a business)
17) Lack of tact, courtesy and/or maturity
18) Making excuses, lying or exaggerating (careful background
checks are increasingly common)
19) Expecting too much too soon (unwilling to start at the
bottom; unwilling to travel)
20) Asking about salary, benefits, vacations, etc. (Once the
employer brings it up. you may ask tactfully)
Search Engine Marketing Manager Sample Cover
Subject: Search Engine Marketing Manager – Your Name
I am sending this resume cover letter to apply for the
position of Search Engine Marketing Manager. As demanded,
I am attaching a completed job application, my resume, and
my certification. This is a very interesting opportunity for me
and I feel that my educational background and string
technical experience will make me a very suitable candidate
for this position. If you want further information on my
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further hope to discuss with you about this employment
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Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Social Media Marketing Manager Sample Cover
Subject: Social Media Marketing Manager – Your Name
I would like to express my strong interest in the Social Media
Marketing Manager position at ABC, as listed on
xyzjobs.com. I am confident that my previous success as a
social media marketing manager, as well as my strong
communication and collaboration skills, makes me an ideal
candidate for the position.
I have ten years of experience in marketing, and I have
spent the last five of those years as a social media marketing
manager. I know what it takes to manage an effective online
marketing campaign. I have expanded and/or developed
social media presences for over one dozen organizations.
My most recent campaign for XYZ Company led to an
increase of over 35% in inbound traffic for XYZ’s website.
Through a combination of creative social media marketing
strategies and thorough monitoring of success through
media analytics, KPIs, and dashboards, I can assure your
company a similar rate of success.
I have enclosed my resume, and will contact you next week to
see if we might find a time to speak together. Thank you so
much for your time and consideration.
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Online Marketing Manager Cover Letter Sample
Subject: Online Marketing Manager – Your Name
I believe that everyone needs to make the best use of
technology and not let it leave us behind. With this as a
lifelong philosophy, I decided to take up my career in Online
marketing which I believe is the future of marketing globally.
I am interested in an Online Marketing Manager position at
ABC, where I am positive of my ability to provide excellence
in devising marketing strategies that go hand in hand with
While working at XYZ, I have had many experiences in
executing and tracking online marketing campaigns on a high
level. My understanding of industry trends and the
competition make an essential basis for all marketing
activities that I plan as I work diligently on marketing
requirements. As far as online marketing is concerned, I have
the capability to plan and execute technologically savvy
marketing plans. Furthermore, I have full understanding of
directing testing opportunities and evaluating novel tactics to
understand demand and generate appropriate website
The opportunity to work at ABC is a unique one and I intend to
make the best of it in terms of providing technical
professionalism. My resume talks about my successes in Online
Marketing and I am sure that you will derive much information
from it regarding my suitability for this position. Thank you for
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Your Phone Number
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