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25 Questions and Answers by Helen Lee
Published January 21st, 2019 | Helen Lee is a freelance data analyst and writer with over 15 years of experience in marketing.
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Tell me about your experience working with databases, specifically as it relates to email marketing platforms.

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1.

Tell me about your experience working with databases, specifically as it relates to email marketing platforms.

Databases are an integral part of email marketing platforms. Data stored in these databases are responsible for personalization and segmentation of email communications. Detail your database experience while working with email marketing platforms. If for some reason your database experience is limited, make sure you are able to communicate your understanding of the vital relationship between a company's customer database and its email marketing platform.

Helen's Answer #1

"Without a reliable connection between a company's customer data and its email marketing platform, customer emails would be significantly less impactful. However, it is important to understand that it is important that there is a two-way connection between a company's databases and the platform as data should be fed back into a database storing data such as open rates and click-through rates. I have experience working with database connections in both situations, ensuring data is correctly transferred and stored in databases. My experience includes troubleshooting issues that lead to incorrect personalization of emails and corrupt data being transferred back to the company."

Helen's Answer #2

"My extensive experience working with data as it relates to email marketing campaigns has exposed me to database issues that may emerge unexpectedly. I have seen the effects of having errors in database connections or corrupt data and the importance of ensuring customer data is stored properly in databases. It not only affects a company's ability to send appropriate messages to its customers, but it also can prevent companies from conducting meaningful analyses of their email marketing efforts."

2.

To help SendGrid remain a strong competitor in marketing automation, it is important to have some knowledge of our competitors. Have you had experience working on or with any other marketing automation platforms or software?

Having some knowledge or experience with marketing automation tools offered by other companies helps team members have a better understanding of SendGrid's position in the marketplace. Awareness of industry players' competitive advantages, as well as market opportunities, will help SendGrid position itself to increase its market share.

Talk about your experience with Marketing Automation tools or platforms, whether as a user or a developer. If you do not have direct experience working with them, share your knowledge of the industry and the major players. Be prepared by conducting competitive research before your interview.

Helen's Answer #1

"I have experience managing the launch of Hubspot Marketing at the last company for which I worked. The Marketing team in our company had chosen to use this Marketing Automation platform for the management of its marketing campaigns, and I was tasked with the technical implementation. Based on my observations, Hubspot Marketing helped the Marketing team plan for and launch integrated campaigns in an organized and efficient manner, allowing for customized messages based on the target population. The interface also makes it user-friendly allowing new users to be trained quickly. Based on my knowledge and experience of these types of platforms, there seem to be opportunities to develop the analytical and AI capabilities to help marketers make smarter decisions."

Helen's Answer #2

"Although I have not worked directly with Marketing Automation platforms or tools from a technical perspective, I am aware of some of the major players in the industry. Marketo has become a successful competitor, offering a tool that is user friendly and covers all of a marketer's digital marketing needs at different stages of the customer relationship development process. My technical background tells me that Marketo offers a platform that is easily integratable into most companies' systems as it works with Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, among many others. User friendliness and the expansion of digital marketing capabilities seem to be two areas that Marketing Automation companies are continually expanding on. I believe that analytics and tracking of marketing campaigns needs continual improvement and is an area that SendGrid could concentrate its product efforts on."

3.

Do you have experience in cold calling? If so, tell me about your targets and results.

Cold calling, warm calling, prospecting, and building a sales pipeline - these are all tasks generally associated with most financial services roles. Assure the interviewer that you are capable and willing to do what it takes to get the sales results you need!

Helen's Answer #1

"I have experience in cold calling and all other forms of generating new and repeat business. I took a workshop last year on the art of cold calling as well. In my most recent position I made approximately 100 cold calls per week."

Helen's Answer #2

"I am new to my career in financial services and sales; however, I have taken an online course focused on cold calling. This course was incredibly helpful and I look forward to meeting and exceeding my targets with SendGrid."

4.

As SendGrid continues to develop and offer new social media marketing products and services, what skills do you provide that you believe would provide value to our efforts?

Begin your response by sharing your general knowledge of the types of products/services offered by SendGrid. When you talk about your skills, mention how they may align with future products/services offered.

As part of your response, you may choose to indicate any particular types of products/services you believe SendGrid should focus on. Another option would be to identify particular social media platforms SendGrid's new products/services should target.

Helen's Answer #1

"Based on my research and previous knowledge, I know SendGrid offers products that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of marketers' social media marketing efforts. I believe my experience in the industry coupled with my programming skills will be helpful in identifying and developing future products offered by SendGrid. My Java and Ruby on Rails programming skills will be helpful in the development of new applications. In addition, my project management skills will also be useful as a product is taken from development to market release. A data integration and analysis tool for social media platforms will be helpful as more and more companies look to make informed data driven marketing decisions."

Helen's Answer #2

"I am very familiar with SendGrid's social media marketing tools. I know that all of them provide marketers a way to seamlessly connect with a variety of social media platforms, expanding their overall capabilities. I believe my database skills will be beneficial to product creation efforts at SendGrid. The most valuable social media marketing tools aggregate data allowing marketers to monitor their social media efforts and improve their strategies within different platforms. I am confident my database programming skills will help find and evaluate the data value created by future tools. My experience will ensure the tools' data analytics capabilities run efficiently and maximize return on marketing investments. As marketers look to make and implement decisions quickly, a tool that combines analysis and execution would provide great value. This would require a thorough analysis of available tools and strategic planning to improve on current industry offerings."

5.

How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

We all like to be recognized in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would like to be recognized for your hard work. Through gifts? Financial perks? Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?

Helen's Answer #1

"I am very much an over-achiever and find that the best way for me to be recognized for a job well done is to be given words of kindness and recognition. I am easily encouraged and the best reward for me is to know that my hard work is being noticed."

Helen's Answer #2

"I am definitely driven by some friendly competition! I like internally driven contests where I have the ability to win small financial incentives."

6.

As a team member in our technical department, what do you believe will be the most valuable skill you have to offer SendGrid as we continue to strive to be a competitive player in marketing automation and various other marketing tools?

Hiring managers would like to see which technical skills you find to be your strongest assets and if those skills match with the needs of SendGrid. Be sure to select the technical expertise you are most confident about as they may ask more specific follow-up questions about your experience with that particular skill.

As you formulate your response, consider how your specific skill will help SendGrid remain competitive with its marketing automation platform and other online marketing tools. If possible, highlight how your ability may differentiate you from other candidates.

Helen's Answer #1

"I believe my web development skills would be an asset as SendGrid strives to reach its competitive goals. I have had years of experience developing websites with a vast array of capabilities for a variety of large companies. An important aspect of good web development is the ability to make the site user-friendly, and being able to balance that with the robust capabilities of the site. This is important when developing online marketing tools where many core users may have a non-technical background."

Helen's Answer #2

"Based on my knowledge and experience with Marketing Automation platforms, I am confident that my database programming skills would make valuable contributions to SendGrid's continuous efforts to remain relevant in the industry. As more companies look to make intelligent business decisions with a growing amount of data, analytical and tracking capabilities of Marketing Automation platforms will be a capability they will seek. I believe they will be looking for tools that offer powerful analytical capabilities. My database programming skills will help SendGrid improve its platform with increased efficiency."

7.

As an active contributor to the development of SendGrid's products, it is helpful for technical team members to have some knowledge of or experience with digital marketing. What experience have you had with digital marketing?

Having some knowledge of digital marketing is helpful in the development of marketing automation platforms along with the various other marketing tools SendGrid may offer. Having a strong digital marketing background will allow you to understand better which product specifications and capabilities would be important for marketers managing digital campaigns. It is essential to, at least on a general level, understand the process marketers go through from planning to launching to tracking.

As part of your response, talk about why you think it might be essential to have this digital marketing knowledge. If you have not had digital marketing experience in a work setting, talk about what you know from your research and how having this knowledge helps you become a better online marketing platform/tool developer.

Helen's Answer #1

"Through my prior work experience, I had the opportunity to work with a few marketing teams tasked with the launch and management of digital marketing campaigns. My role was to ensure, from a technical perspective, that they had the necessary tools to launch and evaluate their campaigns successfully. Although this was not specifically a developer role, I learned a great deal about the needs of a digital marketer, and I believe, with the combination of this knowledge and my technical skills, I can make major contributions to SendGrid's marketing tools."

Helen's Answer #2

"Although I do not have direct experience working with a digital marketing team, I have an in-depth understanding of how digital campaigns are planned and executed. This knowledge is based on my experience as a customer receiving digital marketing pieces as well as research I have conducted. My understanding of the process digital marketers undergo to successfully plan and execute a campaign gives me a clear perspective on what capabilities they look for in a Marketing Automation tool or platform. My research included informational interviews with digital marketers in my professional network."

8.

To be a valuable contributor to the product development process at SendGrid, team members need to keep up with the evolving social media trends. How do you plan to do so if hired by SendGrid?

To gain a deep understanding of the social media industry, it is important to familiarize yourself with the social media platforms available - particularly the most popular ones such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Most likely this would require that you be a user of these platforms whether in a social or professional capacity.

Talk about your familiarity and experience with some of the social media platforms available. Include ways that you would try to stay abreast of new features and capabilities offered by the platforms. Be sure to also mention how you stay current about the industry overall, whether that is through online forums/communities, conferences, professional networks, or through any other means.

Helen's Answer #1

"As a fairly regular user of Facebook and Instagram, I am able to remain updated on new features of these social media platforms. Any other updates I may have missed I learn about through industry news feeds I subscribe to. Once I learn about them through online resources, I visit the platforms to test out the new features. In doing so, I try to view it from a personal and business perspective to better understand how the changes affect different types of users. Any overall industry updates I learn about through online forums that I check regularly. I have a great interest in the social media industry, and therefore am proactive about remaining informed about technological advances in tools and platforms. My knowledge will be an asset to the product development process at SendGrid, Inc.."

Helen's Answer #2

"I am a frequent user of the major social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Because I am a frequent user, I am able to learn from my social media connections about new platform features and capabilities. I believe being a user is the best way to understand these platforms and to strategically build new products plans that complement them from a marketing perspective. In addition, I subscribe to many online social media newsletters that share upcoming trends in the industry and am diligent about setting aside time weekly to review the news. Over the years, I have also expanded my professional network of industry experts. My knowledge and user experience provide a strong foundation from which I can provide valuable insight to product development projects at SendGrid."

9.

More third party apps are being developed for specific social media platforms. What third party apps are you aware of that provide added value in increasing the effectiveness of a particular platform?

Knowledge and experience with third party apps in this area is valuable as a team member at SendGrid, as it is always looking for ways to broaden its product offerings. This is particularly the case as marketers are looking to get a higher return on their social media marketing dollars.

As you mention particular third party apps, be sure to discuss how it improves on a particular social media platform feature. Also point out how this app can provide value to social media marketing efforts.

Helen's Answer #1

"Through my work experience with social media marketing technology, I am familiar with SocialDrift and Grytics. SocialDrift is a third party app for Instagram that automates Instagram interactions using machine learning. This app increases engagement with Instagram users through likes, comments and follows, ultimately increasing a brand's exposure on this social media platform. Grytics is an app that gathers data on Facebook groups that help businesses make better decisions on messaging and targeting to these populations. The app consolidates this information so marketers do not have to spend the time reading every post."

Helen's Answer #2

"My app development work has given me the opportunity to learn about a few third party apps associated with social media platforms. The companies developing the apps understand the need to make these apps more efficient and effective for marketers. Yotpo is an app used with Instagram that allows it to aggregate all posts with pictures related to a certain brand or product. Once aggregated, the app takes care of contacting these Instagram users to see if their posts can be used through its company account. This app saves marketers time and money by conducting this task efficiently. TweetDeck is another app of value to marketers, particularly those using Twitter as it allows them to schedule, monitor and queue up tweets in one place. This save marketers time and allows them control over targeting and the timing of their messages."

10.

Tell me about your greatest work accomplishment.

Talking about your greatest accomplishment will give the interviewer a strong idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Helen's Answer #1

"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I am able to dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."

Helen's Answer #2

"I have many accomplishments that I am very proud of. Overall, I would say that my greatest work accomplishment is the positive reputation that I have in this industry."

11.

Social media messaging is becoming a frequently used tool for online marketers. SendGrid has clients using this channel to market their products/services. Describe your experience or knowledge with these types of apps, particularly as a developer.

Social media messaging allows marketers to more easily connect with their audience, because they are meeting them where they 'hang out'. This is particularly true with the younger population. It is important for SendGrid to offer tools that will allow its clients to easily create and deliver social media messages.

Any experience you may have working on these types of apps will be helpful in developing SendGrid's social media messaging tools, whether as a developer or in a different capacity. If you do not have direct experience working on social media messaging apps, talk about your personal social media messaging experience and additional knowledge you may have on the subject from a marketing perspective.

Helen's Answer #1

"Through my previous two developer positions, I had the opportunity to learn and work on social media messaging tools. As a developer, I used client feedback to improve these tools and develop new capabilities. I was able to witness firsthand how marketers were able to target their marketing communications to the appropriate populations, thereby allowing for a higher return on their marketing spends. Some issues I have dealt with in the troubleshooting phase of development include the collection of data from these social media messaging apps."

Helen's Answer #2

"In my previous developer roles, I have not had the opportunity to work with social media messaging tools. However, as a user of social media, I understand the capabilities these tools may provide to online marketers. Through social media messaging apps, I have received very targeted messages based on my demographics, interests and search histories. I understand that it is through the collection of data and use of algorithms that online marketers are able to do this. My work with artificial intelligence and database development can provide valuable insight to these aspects of social media messaging tools and I am confident that I can contribute to SendGrid's efforts to reach its product goals."

12.

What do you know about our clients at SendGrid?

Getting to know SendGrid before your interview is a very important step. In addition to reviewing the company history, you also want to have a good understanding of who SendGrid services, collaborates with, and does the bulk of their business with. A thorough read through their website, online reviews, and a Google search can tell you a lot.

Helen's Answer #1

"From the research that I have conducted, it appears that the bulk of your clients are within the consumer services sector. It is apparent, after reading through your website and online reviews, that you have a strong client base and a very faithful client following. I would love to learn more about your biggest clients and the work you do for them."

Helen's Answer #2

"I understand that the majority of your client are owners of small to medium business"

13.

Which email marketing platforms have you worked with in the past and which is your favorite?

By sharing your experience with email marketing platforms (also called ESP - Email Service Providers), hiring managers will get to know your knowledge of the competition and overall industry. Selecting a 'favorite' platform will let them know which aspects you find important when evaluating an email marketing platform. Include reasons you find a specific platform superior over others in the industry. If you have not worked with many, be sure to mention the ones you are at least aware of to showcase your industry knowledge.

Helen's Answer #1

"Although I am aware of many of the email marketing platforms currently available, I have experience working with Drip and Constant Contact. Although Constant Contact is one of the most well-known platforms, I find that Drip offers more powerful intelligent tools that allow users to make more strategic communication decisions when it comes to segmentation and automation. "

Helen's Answer #2

"My experience with email marketing platforms has been primarily with Constant Contact, but I am familiar with several others including Drip, ConvertKit and MailChimp. I have enough knowledge with these tools to understand that each of them have their pro's and con's. For example, MailChimp has excellent support which may come in handy when dealing with the language they use which is less than straightforward. ConvertKit makes segmentation easy for users, but its automation workflow capabilities are limited compared to other platforms."

14.

SendGrid understands that managing social media marketing efforts can be difficult and time consuming for its clients. What are some different social media marketing tools or technology available to marketers?

SendGrid's hiring managers are interested in candidates with some knowledge or experience with social media marketing technology or tools. Knowledge of current offerings in the industry will help SendGrid better address unmet needs of current and future clients.

Begin by talking about some general categories of tools and offer up specific examples of each. Remember to touch upon the benefits these tools may offer marketers.

Helen's Answer #1

"As a developer, my work with corporate marketing departments gave me an understanding of different tools available to marketers to help them manage social media marketing efforts. There are platforms that help them track and manage their marketing on different social media channels in one place. A popular product in this category is Buffer - a tool which supported by many third party applications. Another type of tool is related to social media content management. Buzzsumo is an example of this type of tool as it, using data, helps determine worthy content topics and identifies the best social media channels to post the content on."

Helen's Answer #2

"Working in the marketing technology industry, I have been exposed to many different tools marketers use to manage their social media marketing. There are tools that help marketers create content including Canva which is a user friendly graphic design application allowing the quick creation of visuals for their social media channels. Other tools help with the scheduling of social media content. Edgar is an example of this type of tool as it allows marketers to schedule content on different channels and redistribute it at scheduled intervals to followers who may not have viewed it earlier."

15.

What is your experience with email marketing automation as it relates to SendGrid's product and service offerings?

In your answer, be sure to include your understanding of the definition and importance of email marketing automation for businesses and SendGrid's product and service offerings. It will be helpful to also outline your technical and analytical knowledge/experience working with email marketing automation. If your experience in this area is limited, be sure to at least educate yourself on the definition of email marketing automation, different tools available and some of the benefits to using them.

Helen's Answer #1

"Recently email marketing automation has increased in importance for companies as they look to streamline the process of communicating to their customers and prospects. Email marketing automation tools help them have the right message ready to send at the click of a button, allowing them to communicate in a timely manner. I have worked with companies to improve their email marketing automation processes. Through my experiences, I have learned ways to improve automation tools to better meet the communication needs of companies. I have gained much knowledge in using data analytics to improve email marketing automation processes and tools."

Helen's Answer #2

"Email marketing automation helps companies concentrate on less repetitive tasks. I also believe it helps them plan communications and react more quickly to events through triggers that send customers and prospects the most impactful message at the appropriate time. Although my experience with email marketing automation is limited, I have learned about the benefits of tools available in the industry and have made efforts to remain informed of new technologies in this area."

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  1. Tell me about your experience working with databases, specifically as it relates to email marketing platforms.
  2. To help SendGrid remain a strong competitor in marketing automation, it is important to have some knowledge of our competitors. Have you had experience working on or with any other marketing automation platforms or software?
  3. Do you have experience in cold calling? If so, tell me about your targets and results.
  4. As SendGrid continues to develop and offer new social media marketing products and services, what skills do you provide that you believe would provide value to our efforts?
  5. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  6. As a team member in our technical department, what do you believe will be the most valuable skill you have to offer SendGrid as we continue to strive to be a competitive player in marketing automation and various other marketing tools?
  7. As an active contributor to the development of SendGrid's products, it is helpful for technical team members to have some knowledge of or experience with digital marketing. What experience have you had with digital marketing?
  8. To be a valuable contributor to the product development process at SendGrid, team members need to keep up with the evolving social media trends. How do you plan to do so if hired by SendGrid?
  9. More third party apps are being developed for specific social media platforms. What third party apps are you aware of that provide added value in increasing the effectiveness of a particular platform?
  10. Tell me about your greatest work accomplishment.
  11. Social media messaging is becoming a frequently used tool for online marketers. SendGrid has clients using this channel to market their products/services. Describe your experience or knowledge with these types of apps, particularly as a developer.
  12. What do you know about our clients at SendGrid?
  13. Which email marketing platforms have you worked with in the past and which is your favorite?
  14. SendGrid understands that managing social media marketing efforts can be difficult and time consuming for its clients. What are some different social media marketing tools or technology available to marketers?
  15. What is your experience with email marketing automation as it relates to SendGrid's product and service offerings?
  16. At SendGrid, we find product development experience to be valuable as a member of the technical team. Talk about your product development experience and what stages of the process you find to be the most challenging.
  17. Customization is an important aspect of email marketing as a company's goal is to get the right message to a customer or prospect. Tell me about a time when you worked with the customization aspect of email marketing.
  18. The technical team at SendGrid is made up of people with a wide variety of technical skills, some of who are highly specialized. How would you manage a technical team like this in order to successfully build competitive online marketing tools?
  19. What is your experience with the analytical capabilities of email marketing tools?
  20. Tell me about yourself.
  21. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  22. How does data drive a business' success?
  23. Do you prefer doing work on a routine day-to-day basis or do you prefer mixing up your routine occasionally?
  24. What type of work environment allows you to be the most productive?
  25. Social media marketing continues to change and evolve over time as new trends develop. What skills do you have to offer that would help SendGrid stay current with the tools it offers?
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