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Marketing Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Marketing interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 30

Tell me about the best metrics you've achieved from a marketing campaign.

How to Answer

The interviewer wants to know that you are more than a creative mind and understand the importance of a campaign's performance. Marketers are expected to know how to perform specific marketing tasks while carefully tracking their work metrics.

Discuss one of your most successful marketing campaigns, and provide the interviewer with specific numbers and results that you found impressive. It's important to note that most marketing agencies will collect data for their client but will usually not guarantee any specific ROI.

Things to consider when discussing the metrics of a campaign:

- What was the traffic increase to the clients' website?
- What was the cost per lead?
- What is the average customer value?
- What is the traffic-to-lead ratio or lead-to-customer ratio?
- What was the organic search traffic rate?
- What percentage of traffic came from social media channels?
- What were the bounce rates from mobile devices?

Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

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30 Marketing Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. Tell me about the best metrics you've achieved from a marketing campaign.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are more than a creative mind and understand the importance of a campaign's performance. Marketers are expected to know how to perform specific marketing tasks while carefully tracking their work metrics.

      Discuss one of your most successful marketing campaigns, and provide the interviewer with specific numbers and results that you found impressive. It's important to note that most marketing agencies will collect data for their client but will usually not guarantee any specific ROI.

      Things to consider when discussing the metrics of a campaign:

      - What was the traffic increase to the clients' website?
      - What was the cost per lead?
      - What is the average customer value?
      - What is the traffic-to-lead ratio or lead-to-customer ratio?
      - What was the organic search traffic rate?
      - What percentage of traffic came from social media channels?
      - What were the bounce rates from mobile devices?

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "When I was working on a case in university, we partnered with a local floral business that was struggling. The project was to makeover their website, track any increase in traffic, and find the bulk of their traffic source. We worked on the website and then created a Facebook and Instagram account for the business, with a lead and sales funnel to the website. Our group earned accolades for the top-performing project of the entire class. We increased traffic to the florists' website by X%, which increased the sales by X%."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "The greatest metrics I have seen recently was on a makeup brush campaign that we did for a company targeting Instagram users. We created ads that led to a sales page. We had to keep mobile bounce rates top of mind since all Instagram users seeing ads are mobile. We achieved a bounce rate of 26%, which was great compared to our clients' previous 70% bounce rate. I believe we were successful because we created clearer call-to-actions and streamlined the checkout."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Experienced

      "My most successful marketing campaign was for a shoe store that wanted to increase the value of their average customer. At the time, their average customer value was under $100, and they wanted to be aggressive, reaching nearly double that in under one year. My team worked on a variety of approaches, including paid social media campaigns. We also took advantage of their extensive email list by adding segmentation and creating an email funnel. After 90 days, we were able to increase their customer value to just under $140, and it continues to climb. I have no doubt they will reach their goal well before the end of the year."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

  • Career Goals

    2. Marketing is an expansive term. What area of marketing are you most passionate about?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know, if you had to pick one area of marketing to focus on for the rest of your career, what you would choose. The way you respond will show the interviewer more about your core passions. Your response will also help the interviewer to determine if you are a fit for the future direction and vision of the hiring company. If you are not sure of the organization's course when it comes to their future marketing efforts, you should certainly ask.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "At the moment, I am studying social media marketing and have found a deep passion for it. Understanding social media trends one thing, but these platforms are ever-changing, which is a challenge that I enjoy most. To compliment my interest in social media marketing I have also been studying influencer marketing. It's remarkable the impact a micro-influencer can have and this technique is often very affordable for emerging brands and start-ups."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "There are so many facets to marketing that interest me; however, if I had to choose one particular area of passion, I would say that it is copywriting. I am highly interested in the way words work to create emotive appeal, and drive sales. I appreciate that your company is so highly focused on your copy across all marketing platforms. Your ads are clever and I am eager to grow my copywriting skills alongside your talented team."

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      Experienced

      "I have seen marketing evolve a great deal over the years and will say that my passions have continued to shift and evolve as new techniques and approaches arise in the industry. Right now, my biggest passion has been in performance-based marketing, specifically affiliate marketing. It's fascinating how companies can benefit from affiliate marketing while maintaining a mutually beneficial result with the other party. I have done a deep-dive into this type of performance-based marketing for the past 8 months and I look forward to using this knowledge to benefit your team."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

  • Career Goals

    3. We value continued education. If you could choose any marketing related course to attend, what would you choose?

      How to Answer

      Many employers look to hire employees who have a penchant for knowledge and growth. Express your interest in continued education by passionately discussing a marketing topic you would love to learn more about. Be sure to keep your answer relative to the job for which you are interviewing.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I love the idea of expanding my knowledge every chance I get. I have had my eye on a course from the University of California called Transmedia Marketing Through Storytelling. This is the first action I would take. Next, I would learn more about SEO. Both of these topics run deep and continue to change, which is a challenge that excites me."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

  • Career Goals

    4. Why did you choose a career in Marketing?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know what initially drew you to a career in marketing. Perhaps you have a significant interest in consumer behavior, or maybe you have a strong penchant for marketing research or growth hacking. Whatever your response, show the interviewer where your strengths land. Give an honest answer that showcases your passions. Be sure to avoid cliche responses such as, 'I have wanted to work in marketing since I was a small child.'

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I chose a career in marketing after developing an interest in the creative side of business success including copywriting and design. Since the age of 16, I helped my parents with the marketing and sales aspects of our family business. I started and managed our social media accounts. I also helped write ads for the paper and eventually Facebook ads when we could afford a bit of ad spend. I decided to expand my knowledge by obtaining my degree in business marketing. Now that I have graduated, I am very eager to get my career off the ground and show my first employer what I can do!"

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I initially chose a career path in sales and landed in marketing after completing a business development contract for a client who was heavily involved in the influencer marketing sector. I loved the idea of helping a business put together a strategy for branding and development. From there, I enrolled in online classes with ABC University and completed my Degree in Digital Marketing and Communications"

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  • Communication

    5. How do you show your co-workers the importance of communication in the workplace?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see that you lead by example when it comes to communication in the workplace. Communication breakdown in a business setting can have a dire impact on a company's productivity and profitability. This is why it is essential, as a leader, to understand that 'telling' and 'showing' are two very different things when it comes to proper workplace communication. Give examples of how you put dialogue into action in the workplace.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I show my co-workers the importance of communication through my willingness to ask questions if I do not understand the first time. I do not pretend to know something to save face. By creating an environment where questions are encouraged, my current employer has greatly increased the quality of team communication. We have seen a positive impact on our marketing efforts as a result."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

  • Communication

    6. Do you enjoy networking? Why is networking important to you as a marketer?

      How to Answer

      Networking, sales, marketing, oh my! As a talented marketer, you know the importance of having a secure network to rely on for new clients, helpful resources, deals you can pass onto your clients, and more. Briefly discuss with the interviewer how well networked you are in your industry, and what you do to remain relevant in the marketing space. If you attend related events, conferences, or are part of any associations or masterminds; be sure to mention this involvement. If you are new to your career you can discuss the ways you plan to network and build a strong foundation as you enter this profession.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "As a recent marketing graduate, I am fully aware of the importance of networking and getting my name out there in the industry. I plan to attend more Chamber of Commerce meetings this year and just purchased a personal annual membership. I believe that once I land a great job, I should be networking on behalf of my new company as often as possible."

      1st Answer Example

      "I fully understand the importance of networking and getting to know others in the industry, primarily in this region. I am part of the Chicago American Marketing Association Chapter and have been so for a couple of years. This association is actually how I heard about this job opportunity so the networking has certainly benefitted me already!"

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  • Compatibility

    7. We have a culture of collaboration and high energy. Describe your workplace personality in 3 words.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants you to describe your personality to ensure that you will be a positive and beneficial addition to their team. If you aren't sure how to express your personality, start by writing down some descriptor words that people have said about you in the past. These personality descriptors could come from co-workers, your leaders, or even your classmates.

      Next, visit the company website, read their job posting, and see if you can uncover a few descriptive words that the company seems to repeat. Incorporate those particular descriptors if they apply to you. Remember - your answer needs to be honest and genuine so only use this approach if it truly resonates with who you are. Avoid giving generic, run-of-the-mill answers like 'team-player' or 'hard-working.'

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "If I could describe my personality in 3 words, I would say that I am motivated, positive, and helpful. Through the research that I have done on the company and my overall candidate experience, I can see that this company has amazing energy and a genuine heart for collaboration and community giving. I am confident that my personality will add nicely to the culture that the company has worked so hard to achieve."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

  • Competency

    8. We seek to hire those who can think on their feet. Choose a popular brand and tell me one thing you would do to improve its branding.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see evidence that you keep up-to-date on current branding trends. The more you know, the most evident it is that you have a genuine interest in marketing. To an interviewer, a robust answer to this type of question is assurance that you are dedicated to your career and industry. Briefly discuss a well-known brand. You will want to avoid speaking negatively about or bashing many aspects of the brand. For a balanced and professional approach, share your opinion on one particular marketing aspect this brand could improve on and how you believe they could improve this one aspect.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "It's no secret that United Airlines has been trapped in a public relations nightmare as of late. When I look at their brand and messaging, I think they would benefit by spinning their mishaps through messaging that resembles an accusation audit. To perform an accusations audit, the United marketing team could create an exhaustive list of all the negative things their customers think, say, and feel about their brand. Next, they should transparently address these and share with the public how they plan to make amends with their customers. This approach will allow United to get ahead of objections that are hindering their sales at this time."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

  • Competency

    9. What makes an effective marketing team, in your opinion?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see that you are aware of the factors that make a great marketing team. Perhaps you believe it's teamwork or a diverse range of skills and abilities. There are many ways for a marketing team to work effectively and succeed. If you have been part of a talented marketing team, take the time to explain to the interviewer what made your experience so enjoyable and what made the team effective, as a whole.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I believe that having a firm sense of purpose, which the entire team has bought into, is the foundation to an effective marketing team. Everyone on the team must agree on the common goal so that the vision of each marketing campaign remains clear every step of the way."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "In my opinion, an effective marketing team is full of individuals with unique skill sets and varying levels of experience. I like to know that I can learn from those around me and that I will also have the opportunity to teach my skills to someone else. When this diversity is present, very creative ideas flow and effective marketing campaigns are executed with excitement."

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  • Competency

    10. Are you comfortable giving presentations? What was the most challenging presentation you have been a part of?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see that you are comfortable with public speaking and giving presentations. Depending on your marketing expertise and level of experience you may be presenting ideas to company executives, your team, clients, or other stakeholders.

      Discuss your confidence level when making presentations and how you have built this confidence. Talk about any formal training you have in public speaking, if applicable. If you have delivered a challenging presentations recently, this question is a great opportunity to give a brief story-based example. Discuss what made the presentation challenging and how ensured that your ideas were well-received.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I have some experience delivering presentations to my class; however, my public speaking experience is limited. When I know the content that I am presenting, my confidence level is high. You can certainly throw me into challenging situations, even ones that involve presenting to stakeholders, as I am confident I will represent the company in a very positive and profesisonal light."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I would say that my comfort level in giving presentations is intermediate. I have a lot of experience participating in the execution of important presentations, but less experience leading the presentation first-hand. The most challenging presentation I recall was my very first! I was incredibly nervous, did not set up in time, had technical difficulties, and some tough questions came my way. Due to the technical challenges, I had to forego the PowerPoint I had prepared and presented from memory alone. Overall, I recall getting the correct information to the right people, but it could have been smoother. Lesson learned! I am always early for presentations and much better prepared with my tech set up now."

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  • Creative Thinking

    11. What do you consider to be the most effective marketing campaign, you have seen?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know the type of campaigns that catch your eye and the marketing style that speaks the loudest to you. The way you respond will also show the interviewer how closely you keep up-to-date on marketing trends. If there is a marketing campaign from this agency or company that you have a keen interest in, this question is a great time to express your interest and ask insightful questions.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "One campaign that stands out the most to me was from Google. The 'Building a Better Bay Area' campaign, which we studied in one of my marketing courses. Google made philanthropy feel exciting, unconventional, and, best of all - accessible. The interactive posters placed around the Bay area were an amazing idea and caused people who would normally remain complacent to the issue, to become involved."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I have seen some amazing digital campaigns come from your agency, which is what prompted me to apply. I am referring specifically to Campaign ABC and XYZ. What I enjoyed most was the creative copy mixed with bold imagery. The collision between the copy and compelling images is unforgettable. I look forward to learning more about this agency's approach to digital campaigns and am eager to learn from your talented team."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "When a marketing campaign blends into pop culture is what I consider to be the goal of any campaign. The best example I can think of is the Old Spice campaign, which has fun visuals, a snappy copy, and a dynamic hook. You get a campaign that can exist in any format and even today you mention Old Spice Man and people instantly know who you're talking about."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Marcie Wilmot

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      Nice! You're right that the Old Spice marketing campaign was/is an effective one. Can you give more details about why you think it's effective? In other words, describe more vividly the fun visuals, snappy copy, and dynamic hook. For example, what exactly was/is the hook? The more details you give, the stronger your response will be. Great job!

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  • Creative Thinking

    12. Being able to think creatively is important to us. If you had a very small budget to work with, what marketing technique would you use first?

      How to Answer

      Marketing efforts can be much more comfortable when you are working with a large budget. For that reason, the interviewer wants to know what you are made of when a marketing budget is tight. Discuss some of your favorite marketing methods on a small budget. Show that you can be creative and inventive with financial resources when working with a budget-minded client.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "In my opinion, social media marketing is the absolute best solution for any project that has a tight budget. I can reach many of my clients' goals through increased engagement and a broader audience reach through Snapchat, Instagram Reels, TikTok, or even Facebook Live. All of these platforms have robust features that are free. These efforts may take extra prep time to organize; for instance, creating video content can be time-consuming. However, these social platforms do not demand perfection when it comes to production so we can take an approach that feels real and approachable. If my client has more time than money, this is the approach I would take first."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

  • Creative Thinking

    13. We have a new product coming out in three months. What would you do to ensure a successful launch?

      How to Answer

      As a marketer, you should always be prepared to attend your interview with a clear strategy for a specific product or service launch. A great marketer knows that you have to show your skill vs. only tell others that you have the chops to make it in this fast-moving career. Take your time studying the hiring company and any products or services they have recently launched, are testing, or are teasing. Walk the interviewer through your strategy for ensuring its features and benefits become 100% irresistible to the target audience.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I have been learning the importance of email marketing funnels, segmentation, and lead magnets. If I were to contribute to a new product launch for Company ABC, I would start by creating hype through your existing email list, which I imagine is quite significant in numbers. I would create three lead magnets, each one to target a different customer avatar. Then, the lead magnet would draw the target customer in a compelling email marketing funnel. I believe, executed correctly, this strategy would create a sense of exclusivity that consumers respond well to."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I noticed on your website that you have Product ABC as 'coming soon.' The hype for the release seems to be very strong so far. If I were to contribute to the launch of this product, I would utilize existing efforts, create a custom hashtag, and produce short teaser videos, to encourage more social sharing. Other than that, I believe your strategy is golden, and I look forward to contributing my launch-strategy knowledge."

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  • Creative Thinking

    14. What is the most creative marketing campaign or project you completed? What made it unique?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know more about your creative portfolio, and they also want to hear the passion in your voice regarding some of your favorite projects. Walk the interviewer through a project that you are most proud of, highlighting the efforts you put in and any big wins and proud accomplishments along the way. Express any new skills that you learned while completing this unique project.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "While attending university, I worked on a group project for a local art house that supported a lot of our school's exceptional art students. We created a campaign to bridge the gap between students and the more established and affluent crowd in our city. My responsibilities included designing the Instagram grid, creating unique hashtags for the event, and finding local partners to spread the word about the project. I learned a great deal about the importance of team collaboration and leveraging community for marketing events."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I recently completed a campaign for a non-profit organization. This project was a unique challenge because the client was incredibly open to fresh marketing ideas, but they had a tight budget. We focused on social sharing to gain organic momentum without the use of paid ads. We also engaged micro-influencers targeted by their audience and reach. I loved this particular project because it caused me to elevate my creativity without leaning on extensive paid efforts."

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  • Diligence

    15. What steps do you take to ensure marketing communications are consistent across all channels?

      How to Answer

      To build an integrated marketing communications strategy, you must ensure that your content writing, advertising, promotions, and social media posts tell a cohesive message. The interviewer wants to know what steps you take to ensure that all communication conveys the same message in your marketing efforts. Discuss your process, assuring the hiring authority that you understand the importance of consistent messaging across all channels and platforms.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "A strong marketing campaign must tell the same message everywhere, from traditional advertising efforts all the way to social media messaging. I first ensure a cohesive message by identifying the core message that needs to be told along with the correct tone. Next, I will map out a rough communications plan, including a brand voice document for all parties to refer to. This way, my marketing team and I are sure that we are all on the same page regarding the messages we put out."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

  • Diligence

    16. What are your favorite ways of measuring website performance? Such as conversions, leads, etc.

      How to Answer

      There are many ways that a marketer can measure website performance, and there is a massive range of tools available to help you view and analyze a variety of web metrics. Mention to the interviewer which methods you prefer when it comes to measuring website performance. If particular tools or techniques show up in the company job description, be sure to refer to those and talk about your level of expertise with each.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I have been learning a lot recently about bounce rates and techniques to minimize bounces while increasing conversions. Bounce rate measurement is crucial because it shows the number of people repelled by the initial page view that they leave without taking any action whatsoever. As a marketer, I feel that bounce rates should always be a top metric to assess and measure. In school we used a tool called Pingdom, which helped me to understand page load times and the impact it has on the user experience."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I recall in your job posting that you mentioned Click-Through-Rate (CTR) a few times. I am a big fan of tracking actions taken on individual web pages and am sure to keep a close eye on each link's performance. If a page is not performing well, I quickly tweak the copy, imagery, or call-to-action. At the moment, my favorite tool for gauging CTR is Optimizely, a fast-acting and easy to use experimentation platform."

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  • Diligence

    17. Once implementing a new marketing strategy, how do you measure the results?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about your experience and willingness regarding tracking metrics, KPIs, looking at ROI, and accurately reporting your findings. The more organized your thoughts are when answering this question, the more impressed the interviewer will be with your answer. Give a clear, concise explanation of exactly how you measure the successes of your marketing efforts.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I have learned from my marketing education that the best way to measure the results of a marketing strategy is first to ensure that I have the campaign planned out very well from the beginning. Then, I believe it is important to identify the metrics that I want to measure. This tracking can include lead conversion, visitors, returning visitors, click-through rate, and more. Of course, this all depends on the campaign type and where the budget is being allocated. Once KPIs are established, it is easy to track the performance of those actions against the goals I initially set."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "When I have a new client or a new campaign, I measure the starting point against the desired result. I track progress daily, every seven days, 14 days, and 30. I use spreadsheets and tracking tools such as Google Analytics, Ahrefs, and Semrush. I also measure the growth compared to the clients' timeline. This way, I can more easily estimate if we are going to need an extra push to reach our goals or if we are on track to meet and exceed targets."

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  • Diligence

    18. What makes an effective marketing campaign, in your opinion?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is testing your overall marketing knowledge. When you answer this question, focus your response on marketing elements and approaches you know the hiring company would utilize. You can also drop a teaser to the interviewer by describing a hot trend that you know well, if applicable.

      An effective marketing campaign requires a solid foundation, and a strong focus on metrics. You could discuss that it's important to hash out the theme of your campaign before committing to any ideas. Perhaps you believe that an effective marketing campaign begins with setting clear goals. Or, maybe you believe that identifying the core audience is the most important first step to an effective marketing campaign. Many marketers will create an avatar of their ideal client and speak directly to that avatar when forming an effective campaign. Alternatively, you may believe that working with a team of people who possess a wide variety of skills and knowledge is the key to an effective marketing campaign. A campaign will not be diverse if everyone thinks the same, after all!

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I think that the backbone of an effective marketing campaign is proper research. Setting a solid foundation for any project, big or small, will make the entire campaign run a lot smoother. This research includes running A/B tests before blindly committing to only one approach. From there, a marketing team can collect data on what efforts are working, which need tweaking, and then pivot to ensure a successful campaign. I have been teaching myself about A/B testing and am coming to understand more every day exactly how important it is, especially when running an ad budget."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "Many components go into an effective marketing campaign; however, I believe that the most important is to have a team with diverse skills and a broad range of ideas. I have worked in smaller groups where creativity can become stale if the team members are not continually educating themselves and bringing fresh ideas for consideration. For these reasons, believe that a well-educated and diverse creative group is the foundation to an effective marketing campaign."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "The most effective marketing campaigns are composed of 4 elements: concise, clear, presented with conviction & are branded well."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Marcie Wilmot

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      This is a great answer because you clearly outline four elements that definitely play a part in ensuring that a marketing campaign is effective. However, you might want to consider adding some more details about each of these elements to make your answer more in-depth and memorable to the interviewer. You might also consider mentioning that a marketing campaign should fit its target audience because even if it's concise, clear, presented with conviction, and branded well if it doesn't appeal to the right audience it won't be very effective at all.

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  • Direct

    19. Have you researched our competitors marketing campaigns? If so, what were your most significant findings?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to better understand the work you have done to compare their company offering with that of their competitors. As you prepare for your interview, take notice of the most prominent differences and the most substantial similarities between marketing approaches. Discuss with the interviewer what you have seen when it comes to their competitor's campaigns vs. that of the hiring company.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "From my understanding, your competitors are Company DEF and Company XYZ. Both of these companies utilize scarcity-style marketing, which leads consumers' to fear that they will lose out on a sale or access to a limited product if they do not purchase immediately. I much prefer your company's approach because it's friendly and welcoming. Rather than acting in a fear-based manner, your brand messaging creates a sense of security and partnership. I believe this approach develops a consumers' trust much more effectively."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I have taken care to research your competitor's marketing campaigns and noticed that they rely more heavily on traditional media such as broadcast, print marketing, and billboard advertising. Although these marketing methods could be effective for the target audience, I tell there are more impactful strategies that focus on digital. I would love to do a deeper dive into a variety of metrics. Do you have specific information regarding your competitors' marketing strategies and how they stack up against your own?"

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  • Direct

    20. Who are our competitors? What products do they have that compete with ours?

      How to Answer

      Researching the company before your interview is a crucial step. Discussing best selling products, company growth, news or public accolades, as well as competitors, are all excellent places for you to start your research. Make a pros and cons list of competitor products and be prepared to discuss areas where you think competition may be the most fierce.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "Before coming here today, I was sure to research your competitors thoroughly. What I understand is that your more significant competitor is Company XYZ and their Product A. I know that their social media-based reviews are not nearly as strong, and you have a much more engaged following on Instagram and TikTok."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "From my research, I believe that your biggest competitor is Company XYZ, primarily because they have been around for many years and their reputation for delivering quality products is strong. They have similar products, such as Product A and Product B. I have used products from Company XYZ and believe that your company's product is easier to use. The price point is more accessible for the average consumer, and I have found your customer service much better."

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  • Direct

    21. What are the top performing products at our company?

      How to Answer

      The way you respond to this question will show your interviewer the amount of research you have performed on their company before your interview. Show the interviewer that you are well-prepared for your meeting by discussing the products offered at their company in as much detail as possible. Talk about your personal experience with these products if applicable.

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      Entry Level

      "I would suggest, from reviewing your website and online reviews, that Product A is your top product. It has primary placement on the e-commerce website, and it's featured on the website's main page, which is a strong indicator that it is a top seller. I just ordered Product A for myself and am looking forward a first-hand experience."

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      "From my understanding, your top products are A, B, and C. I have tried all three of these products and enjoy them all; however, Product A is the one I enjoy the most because I find it to be (describe). I would love to know which products are your favorite, from an insiders' perspective."

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  • Direct

    22. Which of our products or brands do you believe have the most marketing potential?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is checking to see if you have done your homework on their company and its offering. Take a look at the company website, its products, services, and brands. Take note of the offers that appeal to you the most. If you have the time before your interview, think up a quick marketing plan that you could pitch in your interview. By showing the interviewer how you would pitch the company's products, you are taking action and positioning yourself as an engaged team member right from the start.

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      Entry Level

      "In university, I completed a case study on a product similar to Product ABC, which I see you started offering this year. This product has huge potential because the need spans a wide range of ages, all genders, and regions. I brought some highlights from this case study with me if you'd like to have a look at my work and findings."

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      "The fact that Company ABC has so many incredible products is one of the reasons why I felt compelled to apply. If I had to choose just one product, it would be Product ABC because I see a growing need for its features in the market, and not a lot of other companies are delivering on this product in the most optimized manner. I have already thought up a slogan and a sharable ad campaign for social media if you have the time for me to share my ideas with you today."

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  • Diversity

    23. How do you demonstrate sensitivity to others?

      How to Answer

      Respect and sensitivity towards others are common topics in the corporate landscape. If you have ever heard of an executive mandated to take 'sensitivity training,' you may be aware that sensitivity towards others is a common issue for leaders and employees. Show the interviewer that you are a professional individual who acts and reacts with correct behavioral and emotional responses in the workplace. The interviewer would like to know specifics on your approach to demonstrating sensitivity to others.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Sensitivity in the workplace is incredibly important. I demonstrate sensitivity to others by respecting the needs, emotions, and beliefs of everyone on my team. I can adapt to the concerns and needs of various groups, no matter how different they are from me. I work very hard to cultivate healthy and trusting relationships with members of my team and while also being a consistent example to my co-workers when it comes to team member relationships."

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  • Experience

    24. Discuss any experience you have dealing with the media as part of a marketing project or campaign.

      How to Answer

      Dealing with the media can be an enjoyable part of your job in marketing; and, it can also be a significant challenge. Your experience will depend on the marketing sector in which you work and your specific job title. Be ready to discuss the exposure you have had working alongside the media. This exposure could include giving interviews, press briefs, offering comments for publications, or being spotlighted in an article due to your expertise!

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      1st Answer Example

      "Working as a marketer in a smaller city, I have built great relationships with most of the media outlets, including local television and radio stations. Often, I comment on stories surrounding marketing, branding, communications, and online business strategy. I am happy to contribute to the media outlets and their efforts in hopes of maintaining a relationship of trust while building my public reputation as a trusted voice in marketing."

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  • Experience

    25. Have you been in control of a company's Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social account?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like further detail on the experience you bring in social media management. There is no way around it these days - if you want to be in marketing, you need to understand and embrace social media. Discuss your experience with a variety of social media platforms, and be sure to highlight any notable results you have achieved along the way.

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      Entry Level

      "I am well educated, both formally and through my independent research, on what it takes to develop exceptional social media accounts and campaigns. I have run A/B tests during class projects and have a successful visual blog on Instagram. I am confident that I would be instrumental in helping your company grow its social media success."

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      1st Answer Example

      "Yes, I have approximately four years of experience managing a variety of social media content for my agency and their clients. I have taken coursework in Instagram and Facebook ads and plan to learn more about the TikTok algorithm. When I first took over my company's Instagram account, we had just 345 followers. We are now at over 8,000 due to my engaging content and visual strategies."

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    26. What mediums do you have the most experience using in your marketing campaigns?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know the types of marketing mediums in which you are most experienced. Discuss the bulk of your experience and, if you can, rate yourself as a beginner, intermediate, or expert level user in each of the mediums that you mention. Be sure to refer to the job description and discuss those must-have and nice-to-have skills, assuring the interviewer that you are the right fit!

      Some mediums that you could mention:

      - Traditional Marketing, including direct mail, print advertising, broadcasting, billboard and outdoor advertising, or point of sale.

      - Field Marketing, whether that be B2B or B2C. These could include event and sponsorship efforts, buzz marketing, guerilla marketing, or street teams.

      - Online Marketing, including web ads, banner ads, SEO, SEM, email marketing, website optimization, blogging, content creation, Google Ads, or social media avenues such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and more.

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      Entry Level

      "I just completed my degree in Marketing with a focus on online marketing efforts including Google Ads, SEO, SEM, and all social media outlets. I would say that I am an intermediate level in most areas, with social media being my true expertise. I see that you are looking for someone who can create amazing social media campaigns which I am very confident that I can do!"

      1st Answer Example

      "The bulk of my experience is in B2C field marketing efforts. When you mentioned in your job posting that you were looking for someone experienced in developing street teams, I knew I had to apply. I have performed this type of marketing for many F&B companies include street teams for Excel gum and Red Bull."

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  • Performance

    27. How have you improved your company's website conversion rates?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to hear more about the results that you have been able to generate for your current employer (or client, if you work in an agency setting). The more substantial and specific the numbers and achievements you can share, the more memorable your response will be.

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      Entry Level

      "Working directly on a company or client website is new to me; however, I have run a small marketing blog for a year or so. I generate a small monthly increase in traffic, around 2% per month. I achieve this by updating older articles and including relevant backlinks as often as possible. I am eager to learn more about website optimization, specifically how to attract more visitors and convert them into customers and loyal fans."

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      1st Answer Example

      "I have improved my current company's website conversion rates by 15% in the last 45 days from a couple of simple tweaks. First, I optimized the copy on the call-to-action buttons. Then, I added simpler language to the home page copy. I look forward to seeing more results come in as I make further changes. Next, I plan to comb through the site to ensure everything is keyword optimized and all tags are used correctly."

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  • Problem Solving

    28. When change occurs in the workplace, it can create new challenges. Do you see these as inconvenient problems, or opportunities to learn?

      How to Answer

      When changes occur in the workplace, problems can arise, and unforeseen roadblocks need to be worked out. The interviewer wants to know if you approach these changes with a positive learning-based mindset or if you resist the situation and consider a change to be an inconvenience. When you answer this question, include a story-based example of a time when you faced a significant change in the workplace, and you adapted well.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I understand that when the change occurs in the workplace, some new problems may arise as a result. I embrace workplace change because it often allows me to learn a new skill or be a positive example to my colleagues. Recently my employer acquired a small marketing agency. As a result, we had some turnover, layoffs, and many procedural changes. I took this situation as an opportunity to learn how acquisitions work. I also took the opportunity to encourage my colleagues to grow from the experience. Overall, the situation has not been ideal for our work environment, but I have learned so much about teamwork and deep collaboration, which will certainly serve me in my next opportunity."

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  • Scenario Based

    29. Think about a past project that resulted in a less than desirable outcome. What did you learn from that experience and how will you apply that lesson in the future?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is well aware that you have likely experienced some unwanted outcomes in your career. Nobody is perfect, after all! Most importantly, you want to show an ability to move forward and learn lessons from those perceived failures. Share with the interviewer a time when you did not achieve your desired results. Talk about what you learned from the experience. Last, make a connection between this lesson and how it will ensure a strong performance in this new role, should you be hired.

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      1st Answer Example

      "After weeks of working on a new ad campaign for our agency, the launch was a total flop. Our marketing team is a very creative group, but sometimes this means that research does not get the attention it deserves, as everyone wants to jump in and start creating. The campaign would have been more successful had we devoted more time to learning about the consumer we were attempting to attract. I learned from this experience that we needed to lay down the stronger groundwork, despite our excitement to get up and go. We could have even hired an outside research team or conducted some simple surveys before we began. The great news is that from this experience, I made connections with a few strong marketing researchers, and I uncovered marketing research tools that are highly useful for future projects."

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  • Scenario Based

    30. What was your least effective marketing campaign? What went wrong?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like further details on a marketing project that went sideways. This interview question is not meant to solely highlight what you did wrong, but to see how you react when things do not go your way in the workplace. Give an overview of the problem while focusing primarily on the action you took to make corrections. Be sure to express what you learned from the situation.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I studied many marketing cases when attending university. The takeaways I gained from this research will be highly beneficial as I enter my career in marketing. When a campaign goes awry, I believe it often stems from a misunderstanding of the brand voice, the ideal customer avatar, or both. This misunderstanding is usually a result of a lack of research and data before the project begins. I am sure that by studying these cases so closely, I am prepared to lay the necessary groundwork to ensure successful, well-thought-out campaigns."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on February 10th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "My least effective marketing campaign was a social media-driven hashtag campaign that initially flopped. I believe that the tagline was not catchy enough, and the copy was too wordy for assets that were meant to be shareable. I have solid skills in data analysis and reporting so luckily I did catch the issue early on. I worked with my team to change the campaign's course and re-executed it. Although the results picked up, we did not ever gain the momentum we had hoped. After that situation, I took additional coursework in social campaigns and am much stronger in that area now."

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