content writer job interview questions

If you’re looking for a job in the English content writing field, this article is a must for you. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and possible answers to them in an online or written job interview for content writers. So, read them very carefully and think about your own answers to these questions.

Do you have a resume or a cover letter? If so, please attach!

I’ve sent you my resume via the Jobinja website before. But if you need a more detailed version of my resume, please let me know.

Which position(s) are you interested in?

I sincerely believe that SEO and/or content specialist is the position that I’m most qualified for. But if possible, I’d gladly welcome a position in the digital marketing field.

What are your favorite topics to write about?

To be completely frank, I would appreciate writing about topics related to business management such as the ones that are listed below.

* Marketing, especially digital marketing

* SEO and content creation

* Entrepreneurship and startups

* Learning materials such as books and various courses

* Biography of successful and inspiring individuals

* Management and leadership

* Personal growth and self-improvement

* Any topic that would help people and businesses flourish and prosper

How much time are you available to work with us every week?

I’d like to consider our collaboration as a full-time job, so I can definitely dedicate at least 8 hours a day to this job to ensure that my work can meet the anticipated qualifications and standards set by our clients.

Of all the jobs you’ve had, which one did you like the most?

I had a brief collaboration with Iran Kala, a national TV channel in Iran, last year that I still consider to be glamorous, rewarding and worthwhile, because I had the opportunity to learn and write long and detailed articles about well-known and respected entrepreneurs in Iran.

Learning about highly motivated and strong-willed people that welcome new challenges can be quite inspiring and encouraging for everyone. Even now that some time has passed after my collaboration with Iran Kala, I can still remember the thrilling life story of those honorable entrepreneurs.

Do you have a degree in English? (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, Duolingo, etc.)

I have a T.T.C (Teacher Training Course) degree from Safir Language Academy and I’ve worked there as an English instructor for about two years, but I quit my job after the coronavirus pandemic, which caused Safir academy classes to be cancelled for a few months.

What is your desired per word rate?

To be honest, I would love to be paid about 400 to 500 Tomans per word, but I think I can make ends meet with a minimum of 300 Tomans per word if the workload is sufficient, of course.

Do you use any tools to ensure the quality of your work?

Absolutely. I’m a hardcore perfectionist and I need to make sure that my tasks have been done almost flawlessly. So, for the sake of my own peace of mind and sanity, I use tools and websites that find grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes and even plagiarism online, such as Grammarly or its alternatives.

For optimizing keyword density and other SEO factors, I usually use a WordPress website that uses Rank Math or Yoast as its SEO plugin.

How long do you think you can write a 1,000-word article?

It depends on the topic. If the topic of the article is something that I know and have written about, I need no more than 2 hours at most to write a 1,000-word article. But for newer and more complex or scientific topics I may need a little more time.

What is the optimum keyword density?

Well, based on SEO factors and Google algorithms, the optimal keyword density is about 1-2% or one or two times per 100 words.

What is keyword stuffing?

When you keyword stuff, you use a keyword repeatedly and needlessly (more than necessary and the optimal keyword density) only to deceive the search engines into thinking that your content is relevant to that specific keyword and it deserves to be shown on the first page of the SERP.

What is a backlink?

In really simple terms, a backlink is a link that connects one website to another one. Backlinks are useful for SEO goals and are usually used to increase the website’s authority and validity.

A backlink can be received by other websites (e.g., when other websites copy or quote your content and want to mention your website as the source for the sake of copyright laws and Google algorithms such as Panda that penalize duplicate content ). But in most cases, backlinks are made manually by SEO specialists.

How do you approach content writing and what factors do you think about/ask yourself when you write content? What are some of the essential characteristics of well-written content?

I prefer to research and study something thoroughly and then write about it. I love to see how other content creators (not only article writers but also podcasters and youtubers) have approached this topic.

But if I were to explain the general structure of my content, I’d say that I usually follow a simple but very effective rule for writing about something. I will try to answer three main questions about that topic. What is it? Why is it used or essential? How is it done or found?

For instance, if I want to write about email-marketing, I will explain what email-marketing is, why email-marketing is essential and beneficial for online or even traditional businesses, how professionals approach email-marketing, what the necessary tools and resources for email-marketing are, and in the end may be as a bonus or extra information I will provide the readers with some brilliant examples of email marketing campaigns.

In my opinion, well written content meets the requirements below.

* It makes the readers curious to know more and therefore read all the content.

* It is SEO friendly and can be found by readers via search engines.

* It is easy to understand and doesn’t confuse the readers.

* It is really relevant to the topic. In other words, the title of the article shouldn’t be just clickbait.

* It is written for the purpose of helping the readers and not just satisfying Google algorithms.

If you think there are other questions that are usually asked in an online or written job interview for content writers, don’t hesitate to write them in the comment section below.

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