For a recruiter or hiring manager looking for a web development software specialist, the task of finding one is potentially an expensive hire. Serious research must be done, both in terms of search and candidate selection, as hiring the wrong person could potentially be very costly.
One of the best ways to ensure that you maximize your chances of hiring the right person is to tailor the interview process to best suit the position you want to fill. To fully utilize this short time to determine if the candidate is the right fit for the position, great care is taken to find the right questions.
So if you are looking to hire a web development software specialist, what should you pay attention to?
The science behind good interviews delves into psychological and sociological analysis and there is little evidence to show that a single method has been conclusively shown to give consistent results. Recruiters traditionally use a combination of various techniques to get the most out of the interview process. The very basics of interviewing structure are covered by The Inc.com Guide to How to Conduct an Interview, which also has great general tips for a good interview.
A good interview should include:
- Questions of fact or general
- Situational or hypothetical questions
- Questions about stress
- Behavioral questions (we have covered behavioral questions in great detail before so in this article we will focus on questions from other areas).
For a web development software specialist, remember to test for:
- Other possible technologies
Testing thoroughly and efficiently is the key to making sure you are hiring the best web development software specialist for your business. Always think about trying them in a practical way.
They are hired for a job to do, and think about what they will have at their disposal on their first day on the job: don’t take away their tools or put them in a dark room waiting for a miracle to occur to them.
Offer them the first day of work experience to determine their overall skill level. And give yourself the time to focus on all other aspects of the interview process.
It’s still important to get an idea of how a person thinks about problem solving, work ethic, and culture matching. To be sure, you have to cover all the bases. Some of the questions below can help you get a good idea of the person’s character, their thought process, and whether or not they are fit for the role and environment.
- 1 The 59 Most Important Interview Questions About Web Development
The 59 Most Important Interview Questions About Web Development
General interview questions about web development
- Have you recently learned something new or interesting?
- What made you interested in programming?
- In which programming environment are you most comfortable?
- What is the piece of code you are most proud of? Are you working on a personal project right now?
- What industry sites and blogs do you read regularly?
- Do you prefer to work alone or in a team?
- What size website have you worked on before?
- From the perspective of a web software developer, what sites do you admire and why?
- What is your favorite development language and why? What other features (if any) do you wish you could add to this language?
- Do you find any particular language or technology intimidating?
Interview questions about web development
- What is the difference between HTML tags and elements?
- What is “semantic HTML”?
- How are website assets optimized?
- What are the three ways to reduce page load time?
- What kinds of things do you have to watch out for when designing or developing for multilingual sites?
- What does DOCTYPE mean?
- What is the difference between standard mode and extravagant mode?
- What are the limitations when serving XHTML pages?
- What is the syntactic difference between a bulleted list and a numbered list?
- How to make comments without the text being picked up by the browser?
- What is the difference between linking an image, a website, and an email address?
- What is the difference between the HTML page model and the HTML5 page model?
- What is the real difference between HTML and HTML5?
- What are some of the main new APIs that come standard with HTML5?
- What is the difference in caching between HTML5 and old HTML?
- What is the new DOCTYPE?
- What are some of the new HTML5 markup elements?
- What elements have disappeared?
- What are the new media-related elements in HTML5?
- What are the new image elements in HTML5?
- What is the difference between SVG and
- What are some of the new input attributes in HTML5?
- What are data attributes for?
- What purpose do workers of the job serve and what are some of its benefits?
- Describe the difference between cookies, sessionStorage, and localStorage.
- How do you optimize your web pages for printing?
- What existing CSS frameworks have you used locally, or in production? How would you change / improve them?
- How is responsive design different from adaptive design?
- Explains how a browser determines which elements match a CSS selector.
- What is the difference between classes and ids in the CSS?
- What is the difference between “resetting” and “normalizing” the CSS? Which one would you choose and why?
- Explain to Ajax in as much detail as possible.
- What is the difference between .call and .apply?
- What is the difference between an “attribute” and a “property”?
- What are the advantages of jQuery?
- What is the fastest jQuery selector? What is the slowest?
- Where is the jQuery code running?
Hypothetical or situational web development interview questions
- I just viewed the website you built and the browser displays a blank page. Guide me through the steps you would take to fix the problem.
- The website is not playing properly on different devices. What are the first steps you would take to correct it?
- We are developing a Shopify Product Review App for a small store. Give me a list of requirements and a deadline to deliver the entire project.
- A project needs to be deployed in a month but the code, written by a previous developer, is messy and non-functional. Do you rewrite or do you start from scratch? Why and what does it depend on?
- We have a need to use a technology that you are not familiar with. Would you start learning it or would you outsource / ask for outside help?
Interview Questions About Stress Web Development
- Could you repeat your answer? I felt that it was not complete.
- Why did you get fired from your last job?
- If you and your boss had a disagreement, how would you handle it?
- What would you do if someone falsely received credit for your work?
- If one of your colleagues or team members was loafing around and delaying team work, how would you handle it?
We have previously covered the behavioral questions in great detail in 45 sample questions to use during the non-technical interview with promoters. For a quick overview of the different types of these questions be sure to consider:
- Action oriented / self-motivated
- Goal orientation
- Influence / persuasion
- Planning, prioritization, time management
- Problem solving skills
- Conflict management
- Decision making
- Working under pressure
For more proven examples of good questions to ask in an interview, check out our The Definitive Book of Developer Interview Questions for Savvy Recruiters.