I have interviewed many people for various SEO positions within my company and I would like to use my experience to help people prepare so they can land that great job. I have never once gotten 5 correct answers to these questions I ask every applicant:
- What is Pagerank?
- What is a longtail keyword?
- Who is Matt Cutts?
- Name 5 elements of SEO that might help improve positions on the search engines.
- Explain the difference between a good link and a bad link post-penguin.
Some applicants have gone 0 for 5, only a couple have gone 4 for 5 however even wrong answers can score points if there is some evidence in the answer that the applicant has spent serious time learning the trade.
Other questions I ask:
- Why do you love SEO?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What do you like to do when you're not working?
- What changes do you see Google making in the future to improve their results pages?
- What data do you think is important to include on a client's monthly SEO report?
Also: Be 5 minutes early, wear a suit and tie for a guy, conservative, modest business attire for a female. BRING SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK ME about the job when I ask if you have any questions. Don't ask about money or benefits in the first interview. Don't apply if you can't pass a drug test. Don't tell me about days off that you need in 3 weeks because you have to go to your cousin's wedding.
Smile, be polite and engaging. Be excited about the chance and thank me for the opportunity to interview for the position. When you get home after the interview send me an email thanking me and expressing further interest in the position.
hmmmm, that's all I can think of, anyone else have tips on acing the SEO Interview?