Four Common Web Developer Interview Questions to Ask Candidates

Web development is a rapidly expanding field, and web developers are in high demand as more and more companies establish an online presence. When interviewing candidates for the web developer position in your company, you want to know if they are up to snuff on the technical level and if they will fit in well with your existing team and your company culture. It can be tricky to get a complete handle on someone based on a short interview, but you can get at least an inkling if you start by asking the right questions.

Here are four common web developer interview questions that may help you gauge potential candidates and pick the most promising ones for your company:

What Are the Responsibilities That a Web Developer Shoulders?

The answer to this very basic question allows you to assess if the candidate has a clear understanding of the web development process and the web developer’s role in it. Given the collaborative nature of web development, it is essential that each member knows what he or she are supposed to do for the work to progress smoothly. Web developers may research, design, and develop user-friendly web applications. They may test and debug these applications. They may build and maintain websites, and ensure that these websites follow current best practices.

Why are Web Standards Important?

The World Wide Web Consortium developed and established web standards to bring about a design consistency in web development. All web developers must be acquainted with these standards if they are going to design workable websites. Web standards are important for cross-browser compatibility. That is, if you want your website to work equally well in different browsers, it must follow the correct web standards. The candidate must be able to explain this to you. If they profess total ignorance of web standards, they probably don’t know much about web development and they didn’t take the time to get informed either prior to the interview. It is not a good sign. You will be better off interviewing another candidate.

What Developmental Tools Do You Use and Why?

You want to gauge their competence level and find out if they know the developmental tools that you currently use. They should be familiar with commonly used developmental tools in browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Edge. There are many more tools like Integrated Development Environments, Text Editors, Task Runners, Package Managers, Testing Tools, CSS Preprocessors, Markdown Editors, Collaboration Tools, Website Speed Test Tools, Version Control Systems, and others. New web development tools crop up practically every month, however, so you can’t reasonably expect a candidate to know all of them.

What Kind of Websites Have You Worked on Previously?

You want to know if the candidate has had a varied work experience that can translate well to working on your company projects. If the candidate has worked on a large website project previously, he or she will have the experience of project planning that is crucial for tying together all the information, content, and coding that goes into building a website. Without proper project planning, setting up a large website would be chaotic and difficult. Since large websites generally have more traffic than small websites, the web developer will also know how to optimize web servers and database connections to handle the traffic. They will also understand how to visually design the site so that it is easily accessible to a wide variety of people.

If the candidate has only worked on small website projects previously, you may want to consider their enthusiasm and willingness to learn. That is as important as experience.

When posing the above four questions to candidates, be prepared to receive a wide range of responses and watch out too for cookie cutter answers. If you want originality and innovativeness in your web design projects, take the time to find the right talent for your project and organization.

Keep in mind too that some of the best web developers may not necessarily be the most articulate people on the planet. Judge their answers in conjunction with their previous professional and personal work and with a practical test to verify their knowledge of web development.

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