This article provides a list of the most common questions that interviewers ask during website manager interviews. We have also provided a sample answer to each question to help you know the best way to respond and prepare adequately for your next interview.
1. Explain To Me What Is A Website Manager?
In my understanding, website managers can be referred to as the IT specialists who assist organizations and companies manage their websites. They ensure that there is consistent functionality of the organization’s website by developing, facilitating hosting, evaluating, and managing it.
2. Highlight Some Of The Duties Of A Website Manager.
The main duties of a website manager are:
- Planning, designing, managing, monitoring as well as upgrading the company’s website.
- Troubleshooting all the issues affecting a website
- Identifying website security breaches
- Ascertaining that the website is protected by putting in place the appropriate security measures
- Conducting regular test plans to ensure efficiency and quality of a website
- Creating website content as per the organization’s strategy
- Performing content audits to avoid duplicating information
- Improving the users’ interactions with the website
- Monitoring the website’s competitors and updating the company’s site regularly
- Developing tactics that can attract subscribers and web traffic
- Ascertaining that the website complies with copyright laws and regulations
- Ensuring that the website aligns with the company’s standards
3. What Qualities Should You Have To Succeed In This Role?
To succeed in this role, as a website manager I need to have strong writing, time management, analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills. I should also be a team player, keen on detail, and able to multi-task. It is also necessary that I know how to troubleshoot website issues and be passionate about knowledge. As a good website manager, I will need to be familiar with different writing styles, tone, and copywriting skills not forgetting digital and social media skills.
4. Why Do You Want To Pursue Website Management And Not Any Other Career?
My passion to work as a website manager was fueled when I was tasked with editing the HTML of a word press blog during my internship. I fell in love with front-end development. Also, being frustrated by the functionality of the company’s website made me desire to become a website manager. My love for this career has grown over the years and I have gained enough skills to solve even complex issues in the industry. I believe that working in your company will also give me more challenges to become better in this industry.
5. Why Should You Choose You Over Other Candidate?
I am a critical thinker; I possess very strong analytical, organizational, and decision-making skills. I also have a detailed understanding of content creation, Pay Per Click, and Search Engine Optimization. I hold a bachelors’ degree in information science. Previously, I have worked as a junior web developer. During this time, I gained experience working with different coding languages such as JSON, Ajax, HTML, and Python JQuery. My solid understanding of website designing and development has made me competent in this field. In addition, I have a solid understanding of content management systems and technology infrastructure such as Firewalls, CSS, web proxy, Security Audits, and IDS/IPS. I am flexible in the workplace. Should I be hired for this role, I will work to improve the user experience of your company’s website as well as troubleshoot all your website issues.
6. Describe Briefly About Your Experience
7. Define What Is Content Management System And Provide Examples
A content management system (CMS) is an application that enables the user to create and manage digital content through a human-friendly interface instead of working directly with code. A content management system enables a person to create a website without necessarily having programming skills or other technical knowledge. Some of the popular CMS include WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Wix, Drupal, Squarespace, Shopify, and Ghost.
8. Why Is Content Management Systems Important In Website Management?
Website owners need to have a content management system to enable them to have control of their content. It makes it easy for the user to update their content as well as change or delete any text, image, audio, or video. It helps to keep the website organized, updated, and looking good. With a content management system, one does not need to have programming and other technical skills to create content and upload it on a website. Besides, Content Management System supports multiple uploading of website content using different content creators. Therefore, it encourages writers who work from multiple locations to write and upload their content without having to go to a neutral place.
9. What Are The Factors Would You Consider When Choosing The Best Content Management System?
While choosing the right CMS, I will go for a content management system that allows easy content editing, with minimal security breaches, and is cost-friendly. It is also important for a content management system to have a standard content editor that will help to adjust, modify content including paragraphs and headings as desired. Having in mind that technology is evolving, I will also take into consideration how the content management system can work with the company’s overall online strategy and other software that are already in use.
10. Take Me Through How You Can Create Digital Content
I will begin by identifying the target audience to know the language, tone, and content length to use. Once I am done defining my target, I will select the social media platforms that my audience is likely to be actively using. At this stage, I would choose keywords and selling topics that are relevant to my audience. After that, I will then create unique content for each platform as I ensure to maintain a distinctive presentation. I will then proofread my posts to ensure that it is free from any run-on sentences, extra-verbal structures, typos, and grammatical errors. To ensure that my work is unique, I will make use of Grammarly and plagiarism tools. These tools help me to quickly identify errors in my text. After making sure that my content is ready, I will then go ahead and upload it across the selected social media platforms.
11. As Content Manager, Are You Aware Of How You Can Reduce Page Load Time?
Some of the ways a user can reduce the page load time include reducing the image size, removing unnecessary widgets, reducing lookups, minimizing redirects, caching, HTTP compression, and placing the script at the bottom/ external files or placing CSS at the top.
12. Kindly Tell Me Why Websites Break And How To Fix Them.
A website can break due to a wide range of reasons such as code errors, traffic Surges, multiple plugins, software updates, hacking, virus attacks, service provider error, and domain DNS Error. Identifying the cause of the website break determines how to fix the issues. However, some of the ways of fixing the issues include restoring it from the backup, fixing plugins by manual code adjustment, and cleaning out viruses. It is also important to contact the web hosting service provider should the fixing becomes challenging. The important thing when handling a website crash is to get the website back up immediately. It is wrong to keep users unable to access the website.
13. Highlight Some Common Website Errors You Have Experienced During Technical Audits
I regularly conduct a technical audit on the website. In the course of performing this role, I experience errors such as HTTP errors, long metadata, lack of ALT text on Images, expired domain names, duplicated content pages, and long forms. Sometimes I also find either spammy pages with too much text or sparse pages with low word count. Some organizations ignore analytics and that is what can help them maximize their conversion rates and website traffic.
14. Define The Term “Search Engine Optimization”
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process that enables a site to rank high on search engines such as Google, yahoo, bing, etc. There are two main types of search engine optimization. These include off-page search engine optimization and on-page search engine optimization. On-page SEO regards any optimization that is performed on the web page perhaps by a writer or website manager. On the other hand, off-page SEO is a technical aspect regarding optimizations that are mainly require programming knowledge and skills. Sites with better visibility in search results pages will get attention quickly and attract new potential customers as well as enhance maintenance of existing customers to an organization’s business.
15. Kindly Highlight The Difference Between HTTP And T3 Protocols
HTTP refers to the hypertext transfer protocol that is found within the internet protocol suite. It primarily facilitates Web browsers to communicate data across collaborative and distributed systems on the Web. HTTP is a client-server protocol that allows users to exchange when resources like HTML documents by exchanging hypertext messages between servers and clients. On the other hand, T3 is a protocol that helps WebLogic servers to transport information. Java programs also use T3 to transport information. For a WebLogic server to pass some information to a Java virtual machine, it creates a T3 connection. The T3 protocol also improves efficiency and speed by minimizing packet sizes.
16. As A Website Manager, Do You Know The Relationship Between A Domain And A Cluster?
A cluster is usually a portion of a specific server domain, which is a set of interrelated resources of a server that are often managed as a single unit. A single domain constitutes one or multiple server instances that can be non-clustered or clustered. A domain can also contain non-clustered or clustered server instances.
17. Tell Me How You Organize, Plan, And Prioritize Your Work.
I prioritize my work as per the objectives of the company. I organize my tasks in the order of their priority. However, I also create room for any urgent change that may arise. This enables me to manage my workflow as well as keep me on track with what is expected of me every day.
18. How Will You Maintain Accuracy In Your Work?
I am a person who values accuracy in my work. After researching and writing information, I always make sure that I have proofread my work before uploading it on the website. This is to verify that the information that I have written is original and free from grammar mistakes. In addition, to enhance accuracy further, I use grammar and spelling tools that help to quickly identify and correct errors. These tools also provide suggestions that ease my writing. I also make use of tools such as copy scape to help me maintain the originality of my work.
19. What Are Some Of The Essential WordPress Plugins For A New Client’s Website?
Plugins help in extending or adding functionality to a website. However, Instead of devoting a lot of time building out every feature from scratch, installing plugins can help in lifting work for the website manager. Some of the important plugins that every website should have to include Yoast SEO, MonsterInsights, WP-Optimize, UpdraftPlus, iThemes Security, WP AutoTerms, and WPForms.
21. What Kind Of Strategies And Mindset Is Required For This Role?
A website manager needs to have a clear vision and purpose for this role. He or she should support the vision of the company. It is absolutely necessary to set achievable and measurable goals and targets and then work towards achieving those goals. Being passionate in this role is a great recipe for success. When a website manager is passionate, his or her job becomes something that he really loves to do.
22. Share With Me About Your Major Strengths And Weaknesses.
One of my strengths is that I pay so much attention to details to ensure that my articles are free from errors. I proofread and review every post before uploading it on the website. Even though I consume a lot of time doing this, I always enjoy that I don’t miss any deadline. On the other hand, my weakness is that I tend to put a lot of time into one task. However, I have begun making a timesheet allocating time for every activity to enable me to focus on the task in the order of their urgency.
23. How Do You Stay Motivated In Your Work?
I read a lot about the developments that are taking place in my field. In particular, I like reading about content creating, copywriting, digital marketing, and social media marketing. This kind of information inspires me to continue doing what I do. Most importantly, I’m always excited and eager to learn and implement new ways of doing things.
24. How Do You Keep Your Website Management Knowledge And Skills Up To Date?
I work hard to keep myself up to date with the recent website management tools and techniques. This enables me to perform my job well and with ease. I frequently read the relevant information, industry blogs, and publications to know what is happening in this industry. I’m also an active member of several professional organizations related to website management and we learn new techniques from each other. I also have access to online resources that helps me remain updated concerning any new developments within this field.
25. Have You Ever Had A Conflict With A Boss? How Was It Resolved?
Well, I cannot remember having a conflict with my boss. However, if one occurs in the course of working, I would seek an appointment with my boss to discuss the conflict. I am a person who admits mistakes and apologizes for my failures. I believe that respect, strong interpersonal, problem solving, and communication skills can help us solve any disagreements.
The above website manager interview questions and answers will equip you with the knowledge you need to ace your next interview. Preview them to know the most common questions and the best ways to respond to them. Customize the answers provided to fit your particular context and situation.