Thursday, May 13, 2010

Search Engine Optimizer's (SEO's) Job Complete Interview Questions - Guide

Search Engine Optimizer's interview is a very practical interview. The work of a SEO professional is something that talks for him even after someone has left working on the particular job. Take your interview seriously and keep in mind all the small things that you have done during your past job. You can be even asked like - "Name any ten directory submission sites."
Read some very important interview questions and do prepare well for the interview next time you are going for a job change. One thing is very clear about an interview is that the more you are clear in your thoughts the more likely you are going to impress the interviewer.
I am listing 35 most asked interview questions in a SEO Job interview.
1. Describe your general SEO experience.
2. On which projects you are currently working on if so name them.
3. Do you own and update any blogs of your own? 
4. Do you currently do any freelance work and do you plan on continuing it?
5. What is the future of SEO Industry.
6. What industry sites, blogs, and forums do you regularly read or keep track of?
7. What SEO tools do you regularly use and what is your opinion on them are they worth using?
8. Name SEO areas you are strong in and name those you are week in?
9. How good you are in writing and do you have any online written content published. 
10. What are link buying, link bait, and other specific backlink strategies?What is the best way to build backlinks? How effective is link building.
11. Name some big names in SEO Industry.
12. What is page segmentation?
13. What’s the difference bewtween PageRank and ToolBar PageRank?
14. What is Latent Semantic Analysis (LSI - Indexing)?
15. Describe Phrase Based Indexing and Retrieval?
16. Given a chance to work on a project implementing only one technique what will you choose and why?
17. How much time will you take to rank this site answer this question without any review and taking a look of its nature of presence on the web. Nature of presence means is the business of the site localized or globalized. Take a look at the site's overall built, navigation, quality etc.)
18. Can you write HTML code by hand?
19. Explain the PageRank algorithm?
20. What do you think of using XML sitemaps?
21. Explain what META tags matter in Google these days.
22. Explain various steps that you will take to optimize a website?
23. What is the difference between SEO and SEM?
24. What role does social media play in an SEO strategy?
25. Why might you want to use nofollow on an internal link?
26. How many target keywords should a site have?
27. What does competitive analysis mean to you and what techniques do you use?
28. How do you evaluate whether an SEO campaign is working?
29. How do you handle a client who does not implement your SEO recommendations?
30. Why are you moving from your current position and/or leaving any current projects?
31. Do you manage Google Webmaster Tool.
32. Which Tool you use for Keyword research.
33. Did you work on PPC? 
34. Have you done any Video Submissions and Video Promotions? Are they helpful?
35. Which is you best project till date that you have worked on?
I hope these questions are well enough for you to answer and checkout yourself when will you be heading for an interview for a sure shot selection in your next interview. Your comments and feedback are invited to encourage me in doing more posts like this to help SEO Professionals.