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Seo job interview

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by turbohacker, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. turbohacker

    turbohacker Regular Member

    Jul 27, 2010
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    Hi all, need some tips/help.

    Here's the thing, I have been working in a dead end job for the last four years now whilst doing freelance Seo as a hobby on the side for the last six years. Doing so has enabled me to gain a lot of experience in Seo And generating my own leads etc etc.

    For this reason I decided to check the jobs in my area for seo. I was quite suprised that there is high demands for seo consultants in my area for seo firms. I crafted a decent CV and sent them off last night. I must of made a decent impression as I have had three callbacks and three interview offers already.

    My question is, what sort of questions am I going to be asked during the interview? I know I'll get asked questions on Basic seo and link building etc etc as I do know about the industry, but I don't want to be caught off guard. I'm trying to think of questions I would ask if I was interviewing someone, but not having much luck.

    Also, does anyone know of any decent reading material in terms of advanced seo and digital marketing/SSM etc. books, ebooks wso's etc.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. shariqcomp6

    shariqcomp6 BANNED BANNED

    Nov 29, 2009
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    Tell me the difference between a meta tag and a hash tag
  3. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

    Apr 1, 2012
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    Anyone that spends any time on this forum will now more about seo than some suit stuck in an office so be confident of your skills and dont be scared to impress with the knowledge you have and your vision of where seo is heading. Also let them know about upcoming trends of countering negative seo. You will be asked about Panda and Penguin as these are buzzwords at the moment so you should be prepared for anything about these which are thrown at you. Show your real world knowledge of building and ranking sites ...if you have a good example of a site that you have been able to rank in p1 or close this will impress....The only negative thing is that recruiters are degree reliant so it would be a help in the industry to have some formal education relating to I.T or computing in general.

    BRAIN_PAIN Junior Member

    Jan 26, 2010
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    SEO consultant, Project Manager, Designer
    Out of Space!
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    I was also interviewed for a SEO job one time and the guy that interviewed me asked some very strange questions :D

    But here is a list of some questions that he asked:

    What is Google?

    Who is Matt Cutts?

    Explain to me what is SEO?

    What are the important tags for on-page SEO?

    And he asked some stuff about what programs can I use and etc.

  5. cocococo

    cocococo Senior Member

    Mar 1, 2012
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    Here are the questions have been asked before

    Difference between 301 and 302
    Who is matt cutts: my answer was he's a dick(am been serious)
    Where did you learn SEO from (if you say you self taught, they want to know which forum, do not mention BHW, just say you read alot of blogs)
    What client report software are you familiar with (IBP the lots)
    What SEO software do you currently use(scrapebox, senuke the lots)

    and most of the interview willl be based on your past and present projects, seo interview is very relaxed. Goodluck
  6. turbohacker

    turbohacker Regular Member

    Jul 27, 2010
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    Thanks for the tips guys. Yea I'm confident that I will be fine however I just wan to make sure that I'm 110% with everything. It's a good salary and I know I could do it with my eyes closed. I want to nail the interview.

    I've thought about taking a little presentation with me, ranking reports showing how ive improved sites etc but my gf said that's too cocky and may jeopardise the interview because the interviewers like a sense of importantance by asking questions.

    What do you think ?
  7. B. Friendly

    B. Friendly BANNED BANNED

    Jun 10, 2012
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    First thing don't try to come off knowing more than you do. The guy interviewing you may no more than you. Second, be ready for the interviewer to be absolutely certain he knows everything there is to know, and be completely wrong. I run into all sorts of situations where someone learned something 3 years ago, and they still think it's valid. My biggest problem is telling people that they are wrong, and do not know what they are talking about.

    Put some effort into looking into each business's websites. Look at their SEO. See how they do it, and be prepared to say something intelligent about it.

    Show up 5 minutes early.

    SHOES. Shoes are the last trivial detail an interviewee thinks about, and they are the first thing an interviewer looks at. Dirty, scuffed shoes means you are bad at attention to detail. The shine on your shoes are your walking billboard, and they either say "I WANT A JOB" or they don't.

    Get the interviewer talking. People love to talk about themselves and interviewers are like anyone else. They get bored, etc... Ask leading questions that get the Interviewer talking.

    Get the interviewer talking. You need to know certain things about the job, i.e. pay, benefits, medical & dental insurance, vacation time, sick time, work hours, overtime, etc... Fail to ask about these and you look like you are so desperate for a job you will take anything.

    Have an idea of your minimum pay in mind, and be ready to let them know if they offer something less than that. Trying to hire someone is a two-stage process. First they want someone that can do the job and second they want someone as cheap as possible. If you've cleared hurdle "A", the next thing they are going to do is low-ball you. It takes time to find qualified applicants and most interviewers aren't going to spend an extra week sorting through unqualified applicants because you named a price that was 10% higher than what they offered. It takes a certain amount of stones to do this, so make certain to double-check your package before you walk in the door.

    Smile. Whenever I get to a point where I don't know what to say, or I don't know how the interviewer is reacting, I just paste a big, dumb (and fake) smile on my face and wait for something else to happen. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all.
  8. pokerjk

    pokerjk Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2010
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    Online Marketer
    Do you have a portfolio of websites you have ranked well for generates traffic and sales? If so take that and present it well in a clean folder, bound to impress and make you stand out. After all it's not all about knowing stuff it's about DOING stuff and they will be impressed.
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  9. ThopHayt

    ThopHayt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Jul 25, 2011
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    And make sure you are ready to answer the on-page stuff and HTML stuff as well as the off-page stuff.

    And try not to pause a lot and say "ummm" and "uuuh" a lot. Interviewers usually are not experts themselves, but they have a checklist and go off social interactions and confidence a lot.
  10. HP.Bryce

    HP.Bryce Registered Member

    Jan 9, 2012
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    Marketing Intelligence Manager
    Manila, Philippines
    Lots of great advice here. I will add my 2 cents as well. Do an SEO evaluation of their site. I have used hxxp://rapid.searchmetrics.com/ transferred the data to a word perfect document and cleaned it up a bit (and removing source info). Don't forget to look at the source code so you can relate it to the report and your ideas. This allows you to discuss the Pros and Cons of their on site SEO effort and looks very nice. Just don't blast them to bad. It amazes me how bad an SEO Companies own on site SEO can be. End the analysis with how you would improve it and offer a light at the end of the tunnel. This should be a 5 Min presentation. If they turn it into a 30 min discussion it is a great sign. This has landed me two positions and a 5 month contract. Best of luck to you!
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2012
  11. switch_2012

    switch_2012 Power Member

    Feb 28, 2010
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    get their site report before you go in mate - use seo moz or like software to generate report, on-page seo, backlinks, etc..

    they will most prob ask this question 'what do you think about our site'

    try not to give negative answers, but make sure to get the ideas across..

    good luck mate
  12. StreamlineWeb

    StreamlineWeb Junior Member

    Aug 31, 2011
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    I successfully landed a full-time SEO job with my enthusiasm, positive attitude and knowledge of SEO theory. I didn't have an amazing portfolio of results, but I did have confidence in my ability to apply the theory and obtain practical results.

    Take a deep breath, sleep well the night before, exercise, and you'll do great. You already have everything you need to land a great SEO job. You've got this!
  13. paulwilliams972

    paulwilliams972 Regular Member

    Apr 24, 2012
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    Tester World
    what is webmaster tool?
    what is Google rank?
    What is SERP?
    What is crashing and crawling ?
    what is best seo tool ?
    name of free hosting site ?
    what is keyword stiffing ?
    what is unique content ?
    what is keyword density?
    what is ON page and off page?
    what is image tag?
    what is anchor text ?
  14. hawgbert

    hawgbert Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Jun 13, 2012
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    In addition to interviewing a potential candidate for a position, many companies will use this time to get recommendations on how their SEO can be improved, i.e. it may be as much about them as it is about you. If you can think of some opportunities that they are missing out on (newer keywords, better PPC, etc.) that might help. You are the expert and they'll be looking at you for your input. Good luck!
  15. pmg2712

    pmg2712 Junior Member

    Feb 15, 2009
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    which country you are in??
    I am also looking for SEO jobs but in my city even if there is demand nobody is ready to pay 100$ per month for start.
    I am changing my career , cos I am out of the job for 2 years and tried IM so can not go back with my engineering degree too. so trying to make career in SEO.
    I met a guy from very big company (can not name here) he asked me few questions, made me open my analytics account (I could show a little because even if I know the basic I do not have hand on experience) also asked about adwords n all if I know SEM than SEO. In all it was ok.
    He asked me to send my CV but its been 3 days I did not because I could not find a good format of CV.
  16. futurestic06

    futurestic06 Supreme Member

    Apr 16, 2011
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    If they are experienced enough. then they will ask you about the updates. the latest update and what was its affects. Who to recover from them and if its possible why people are not interested in doing that. etc.
    the latest changes in the Algorithm. what to do and what not. and some example of sites that you have ranked is enough.