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Interview Tips South Africa: Most Popular Interview Questions For SEO Jobs

Preparing for a job interview for a SEO position can be a bit of guessing game. As one of the top recruitment agencies for digital marketing in South Africa however, we keep a record of the most popular interview questions asked in interviews.

In terms of soft traits required in the online marketing and SEO arena, a winning mind set is crucial, a good SEO professional thrives in a competitive environment and gets a kick out of competitor analysis. While you don’t have to be the king or queen of charisma, SEO professionals are usually part of a bigger team, so social skills are absolutely crucial too. But let’s have a look at the questions interviewers may ask to test your SEO knowledge.

  • What Search engine optimization software could you not live without and why?
  • Can you tell me about one SEO problem you had to deal with and how you fixed it?
  • How would you improve the SEO of website “xy”
  • How would you quickly assess which websites are useful for link building and which ones aren’t?
  • Does page rank actually matter?
  • What is the Google Sandbox?
  • What is a canonicalization issue and how would you solve it?
  • What do you do with a .htacess file?
  • What is search engine saturation?
  • Which online marketing blogs do you use to stay up to date?
  • How do organically attract backlinks?
  • What SEO strategy would you suggest for a website affected by Penguin update?
  • What do you know about black hat SEO?
  • What would you do with a toxic link?
  • Name two possible reasons why sessions are fluctuating (interviewer might present you with a google analytics export).
  • Name two possible reasons for a high bounce rate (interviewer might present you with a google analytics export).

While this is not a complete list, it should give you an indication what South African employers are looking for in a SEO professional.

Researchig those questions will not only empower you to impress your interviewer, you will also feel more prepared and calmer as a result. If you have encountered any other interesting SEO interview questions, that took you completely by surprise, please let us know.