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Web Architect Interview Questions

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

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How would you describe the difference between a web architect and a web developer?

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

The terms web architect and web developer are often used interchangeably. However, each job has distinct duties and responsibilities. The interviewer will ask this question to determine if you are aware of these and can clearly define each role. This is important since professionals performing each of these jobs need to collaborate in order to produce an effective and efficient website.

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30 Web Architect Interview Questions & Answers

  • General

    1. How would you describe the difference between a web architect and a web developer?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The terms web architect and web developer are often used interchangeably. However, each job has distinct duties and responsibilities. The interviewer will ask this question to determine if you are aware of these and can clearly define each role. This is important since professionals performing each of these jobs need to collaborate in order to produce an effective and efficient website.

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      How to Answer

      When asked to compare any two items during an interview, your response should be the same. You start by defining each item and then discuss their differences or similarities. As with any technical or operational question, keep your answer brief and to the point and anticipate a follow-up question.

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      1st Answer Example

      "While both web architects and web developers play key roles in creating a website, their duties and responsibilities differ. Web developers create the website's core structure using coding languages. Web architects and designers are more visually creative and user-focused. We focus on the look and functionality of the website and provide the general parameters the developers need to create code for. You can think of developers as builders who create a home using the architect's plans and specifications."

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  • Operational

    2. How does CORS work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Cross-origin resource sharing, or CORS, is a key operational component of websites. Interviewers will ask you about this and other technologies to confirm that you have an in-depth knowledge of website architectures and can incorporate these technologies into your designs. They are likely to ask many technical questions like this throughout the interview.

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      How to Answer

      Since this is a technical question, you need to keep your answer brief and to the point. Elaborating on the answer or providing too much information could actually work against you. The interviewer may begin to lose interest in your response, or worse, you may give them information that will enable them to proceed in a different direction in which you may not be as knowledgeable. The interviewer can always ask a follow-up question if they need additional information.

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      1st Answer Example

      "CORS, which stands for cross-origin resource sharing, allows resources on a web page to request resources from another domain outside the domain from which the resource was originally obtained. These resources can include cross-origin images, stylesheets, scripts, iframes, and videos. CORS defines how a browser and server can interact to determine whether it is safe to allow the cross-origin request. Some cross-domain requests may be blocked if the website has a same-origin security policy."

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      "CORS, which stands for cross-origin resource sharing, allows resources on a web page to request resources from another domain outside the domain from which the resource was originally obtained. These resources can include cross-origin images, stylesheets, scripts, iframes, and videos. CORS defines how a browser and server can interact to determine whether it is safe to allow the cross-origin request. Some cross-domain requests may be blocked if the website has a same-origin security policy."

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  • Operational

    3. What is Javascript prototyping, and how do you incorporate it into your web design plans?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Not all websites are architected linearly. Often, architects need to try new methodologies in website features they have not used before. This is known as prototyping. Interviewers will ask you how you use prototyping to better understand your development methodologies. They also want to make sure you are open to innovation and trying new things. Being flexible and willing to learn are characteristics interviewers look for in job applicants.

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      How to Answer

      As an experienced web architect, you've probably used prototyping methodologies in your work. Therefore, answering this question should be easy. When responding, make sure you follow the structure of the question. First, define JavaScript prototyping and then describe how you use it. This will make it easier for the interviewer to follow your answer.

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      1st Answer Example

      "A Javascript prototype is an object associated with the corresponding Javascript functions and objects. The function's prototype property is accessible and adaptable but not visible to visitors to the site. This enables developers to create and test new features of the site in a production environment. A prototype's purpose is to create a sample, model, or release of a website feature to test the concept or process. I use Javascript prototypes for a variety of purposes, including semantics, design, and links to external resources."

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  • Operational

    4. What are some of the tools do you use to architect a website?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      It is highly likely that you will be asked about the tools you use in every single interview you attend. And if you're as well as those for two reasons. First, they want to ensure that you are familiar with common web architecture tools and know how to use them. They are also interested in whether you use the same tools as their current web design team. This is important since it will accelerate your integration into the team.

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      How to Answer

      Before an interview, you should spend a great deal of time researching the organization, its operations, and the type of websites it develops. This will give you insight into their processes, the tools they use, and the technologies you will need to be familiar with to be qualified for this position. The better prepared you are before the interview the more likely you will have a successful interview and be offered the job.

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  • Operational

    5. How do you use a Traffic Manager, and how does this differ from a load balancer?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      You are being interviewed for a web architect's position to help the organization optimize its website and provide its resources to the targeted clients. An interviewer will ask you about traffic management and load balancing to confirm that you understand these concepts and know how to include them in your web designs. Since both are fundamental functions necessary to provide both a good user experience and prevent overloading portions of the website, you should be able to discuss these in great detail.

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      How to Answer

      When presented with a question that asks you to compare two technical features of a website, you should first respond by explaining what each of these does. You can then proceed to discuss their differences. Your response should indicate that while both technical features are useful, they need to be employed for a specific purpose. Your answer may also include all of these features complement each other and can be used to achieve a common objective.

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  • Operational

    6. Please tell me about how you address disaster recovery in your web designs.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The worst thing that can happen to a website is for it to crash. Not only will this make the site unavailable to the clients, but it could also result in a loss of data or other information critical to the organization. Interviewers will ask many questions about your ability to prevent this during an interview for a web architects position. They want to ensure that your designs include disaster recovery plans and steps to help prevent a disaster from occurring.

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      How to Answer

      As an experienced web architect, you should be able to easily discuss how to implement disaster recovery plans for the websites you design. Your answer should include how you architect DR plans and what resources you use to respond to a website disaster. You may also want to include examples of how you implemented this in your previous roles.

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  • Operational

    7. Can you describe common web security attacks and how your web designs protect against them?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Second only to a website crashing is the threat of security attacks against the site. Malicious individuals and organizations continually attack websites to gain access to proprietary company information and personal data they can use to enrich themselves. Interviewers want to ensure that you have concrete methodologies to prevent this from happening. They are also looking to learn about your experience in this area and how you reacted to cyber security threats in your previous jobs.

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      How to Answer

      The best way to answer this question is to provide a brief overview of your understanding of the importance of defending a site against cyber security threats and then describe the measures you take to prevent this. Keep your answer brief and to the point, as with any operational question. Due to the importance of this issue, the interviewer is likely to ask use several follow-up questions to explore your qualifications in more depth. You should also prepare several examples of how you prevented or responded to cyber-attacks in your previous jobs before attending the interview.

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  • Operational

    8. Do you use Domain-Driven Design when architecting a website? Can you describe what this is?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is asking you an operational question to determine how you go about performing this job. When asking you about a specific website design methodology, they may be curious whether you use processes and procedures similar to those used by their organization. They either want you to comply with their current operations or be able to bring some innovative new ideas to the organization.

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      How to Answer

      Your research into the company, its operations, and the tools they use will provide you with the background needed to respond to this question. You can find the information you need to prepare for the interview from the company's website, industry publications, and blogs and from speaking with current and former members of the company's website architecture team.

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  • Technical

    9. What is meant by lower latency interactions?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Organizations expect you to architect websites that are both functional and perform as well as possible. Interviewers will ask you about latency since it is a key element of the website's performance. Your ability to reduce latency will give the interviewer insight into how proficient you are and architecting well-performing websites.

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      How to Answer

      Since this is a technical question, your response should be brief and to the point. Since the interviewer only asks for a definition of this term, you do not need to detail how you accomplish low latency. Just ensure that your answer demonstrates your understanding of the concept.

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  • Technical

    10. Can you describe what SOLID stands for in the context of web architecture and discuss some of its principles?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers can ask a variety of questions throughout the interview. These can include technical, operational, situational, behavioral, or general questions. Normally, interviewers will start with general questions and work toward more specific technical and operational questions. They will then finish up with either behavioral or situational questions. However, since there is no set script for an interview, you need to prepare for any question at any time.

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      How to Answer

      When preparing for an interview, you should carefully review the concepts, terminology, operations, and procedures used in this role. While you can't be expected to know all of these, being familiar with the most popular ones will help prepare you for the interview. This review will also keep the information top of mind. You may even want to develop some notes you can use during the interview. If you plan to do this, always ask for permission from the interviewer before using your notes.

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  • Technical

    11. What is scalability?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      During an interview for a web of architects position, you will be asked many questions about the technologies involved with developing a website. Interviewers want to ensure that you have the background and experience for this job. They will explore this by asking you technical questions and evaluating how well you respond to them. While nobody can know every single technology involved in creating websites, they expect you to be familiar with the major ones and be able to describe them in simple, easy-to-understand language.

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      How to Answer

      When responding to a technical question, you should keep your answer brief and to the point. Embellishing your answer or adding additional details not relevant to the original question may make it seem like you're making up the answer or not answering truthfully. Interviewers prefer direct and simple answers to their questions. They will ask a follow-up question if they need more information or want to explore the topic in more detail.

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  • Technical

    12. What is a cluster? Why do you need clustering?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers expect you to be aware of and able to employ the most recent developments in web technologies. While clustering is not a web technology per se, it does support websites and web applications. It can be used to increase these capabilities and performance. Interviewers will ask you questions not directly related to web architecture but which address technologies and techniques web architects can use to optimize their designs.

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      How to Answer

      When preparing for an interview as a web architect, make sure to review not only technologies directly related to web design but also other information technologies which support websites. These can be applications, storage-related, networking and communication technologies, or anything else that enables users to access websites and utilize their resources. Being familiar with these and keeping them front of mind will help you perform better during the interview.

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  • Technical

    13. What is HTTP session replication?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      One of the key concerns of organizations is that their websites provide 100% availability and uptime. Interviewers will ask you questions like this to ensure that you know how to architect the website to achieve this goal. Since this functionality is critical to the organization, the interviewer will likely ask you follow-up questions about the topic and explore it in more detail. They may also ask related questions such as different approaches to achieving this goal and what features you can design into their website to ensure that it is always available.

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      How to Answer

      As an experienced web architect, responding to this type of question should be no problem. However, if you're new to the profession and haven't used session replication in your previous roles, this may be a challenging question. Whenever you are unfamiliar with the topic or don't know the answer to an interviewer's question, the best response is to admit this and then describe how you would locate the information. Interviewers will appreciate your honesty.

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  • Technical

    14. Please describe the ACID properties of a database used in web architecture.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers will frequently ask you about acronyms commonly used in this profession. Acronyms enable people to communicate more efficiently and effectively in any profession or industry. The interviewer is interested in learning about your understanding of the acronyms as an indicator that you have experience in the industry and the qualifications needed for this job.

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      How to Answer

      When responding to an interviewer's question about an acronym, you can format your answer by breaking down the acronym into its individual components and defining each one of these. Since you can't assume that the interviewer has a strong technical background or understanding of this job, you should use easy-to-understand language when defining the acronym. As with any technical question, be prepared for a follow-up in case the interviewer needs more information or wants to explore this topic in more detail.

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  • Technical

    15. What is the Single Responsibility Principle (SRP), and how do you use this in your designs?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Throughout the interview, the interviewer will ask you questions related to how you perform this job. Some of these will be technical, asking you about concepts, tools, and technologies you use. Others will be operational, which explore the methodologies, processes, and procedures you use to complete your assigned tasks. Your answer to these questions provides the interviewer with a complete picture of your capabilities and qualifications.

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      How to Answer

      You may have already recognized this is a technical question inquiring about a concept used by web architects. This indicates that you should keep your answer brief and to the point, anticipating a follow-up question from the interviewer. Also, make sure your answer corresponds to the operations and technologies used by the organization. This will help the interviewer begin to picture you in the role.

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  • Technical

    16. What are some of the differences between a binary semaphore and a mutex?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer will ask you more complex and ethical questions as the interview progresses. This is a natural progression and indicates that the interviewer is gaining confidence in your capabilities and is willing to challenge you more. Regardless of the difficulty of the question, continue to answer it in a similar manner. This will demonstrate your ability to be consistent throughout the interview.

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      How to Answer

      When faced with a difficult question, you may or may not have all the information necessary to answer it. If you know part of the answer but not the complete answer, the best way to respond is to provide the information you already know and then describe how you would find the information you don't know. This is a better strategy than not answering the question or fabricating the information you are not aware of.

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  • Technical

    17. What is sticky session load balancing, and how does this relate to the concept of session affinity?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      One of the key elements of an effective website is its ability to engage users and encourage them to stay on the site, exploring its resources, offerings, and other elements. This is how organizations generate revenues through their websites. Your understanding of this and your ability to incorporate these principles into our web architectures is of great interest to the interviewer. They are likely to ask you several questions similar to this one about this concept.

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      How to Answer

      This is a complex question since it asks you about one technology and then requests that you compare it to another similar one. You can frame your response by first defining sticky session load balancing and then briefly defining session affinity. You can follow this by pointing out how these two concepts relate to each other and their differences.

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  • Technical

    18. What are some of the issues related to a sticky session?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      This can either be a standalone or a follow-up question. Interviewers ask follow-up questions to explore a topic in more detail or collect more information. Follow-up questions can be asked immediately after a question they relate to or at any point later in the interview. If asked later in the interview, it either indicates that the topic is important to the interviewer, or they are trying to correlate your answers and making sure you are consistent throughout the interview. Keeping your answers brief and to the point will help you achieve consistency.

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      How to Answer

      Follow-up questions should be responded to the same way the initial question was. If it's a technical or operational question, keep your answer brief and to the point. If it is a behavioral or situational question, you can use the STAR methodology to formulate your answer.

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  • Technical

    19. Can you describe a microservice architecture and discuss its advantages?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      When interviewing for the role of a web architect, the interviewer seeks to learn as much as they can about your approach to designing websites. The purpose of this question is to determine if you use microservices as one of your architectural development styles. Your answer to the question will help the interviewer determine if you have the qualifications necessary for this role.

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      How to Answer

      Even if you don't use the microservices architectural development methodology, you should still be able to describe what it is and discuss some of its advantages. If you prefer other methods, be prepared to discuss why you don't use this style and the advantages of the methodologies you use. Interviewers appreciate your ability to describe and defend your choices and confirm that you use the methodology they are inquiring about.

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  • Technical

    20. Does serialization break singleton property in Java?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is asking you a question about a technology that you do not use as a web architect but that you need to be familiar with when designing websites. No matter how talented you are or how impressive your website design is, it still needs to be practical to be able to be created by web developers. This requires you to be familiar with the technology developers use and how it impacts your website designs.

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      How to Answer

      The more familiar you are with the technology used to create your designs, the more effective your web of architectures will be. Therefore, it is in your best interest to learn as much about these as you can. As you gain experience in this area, you will better understand how to implement these technologies within your designs to improve their functionality and appearance. This will also help you prepare for the interviewer's questions, which will, in turn, make it more likely that you'll be hired for this job.

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  • Technical

    21. What is a clustered index?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Even though the primary function of a web architect is to create the overall concept and design for the website, you still need to be familiar with the technologies a web developer incorporates into their work to create their design. Interviewers are likely to ask you about a wide variety of technologies used to build websites. This demonstrates that you understand how the developers will ultimately create the site you have designed.

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      How to Answer

      Even though you may be familiar with the technologies used in website development, it is still a good idea to review these before the interview, so they are fresh in your mind. If, for some reason, you are not familiar with a technology the interviewer asks you about, feel comfortable admitting this to them, and then describe how you would learn about the technologies you will be using in this job.

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  • Technical

    22. Please describe a tech stack and discuss what it is used for.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers are only likely to ask this question if you are interviewing for an entry-level web architect role. However, they may also use it as an opening question early in the interview to start a conversation, learn more about your background, and collect information they can use later in the interview. During the interview, interviewers will ask questions ranging from very basic to very complex. They typically will move from the easy to the more difficult questions as the interview progresses, and they become more confident in your capabilities.

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      How to Answer

      Regardless of whether the questions are easy or difficult, you should always structure your answers in the same manner. Keep them short and to the point, and use simple, easy-to-understand language. This will ensure that the interviewer will understand your answer. They will ask follow-up questions if they require additional information or want to explore the topic in more detail.

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  • Technical

    23. Can you tell me what an XML market data service is and how it interacts with outside entities?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers will ask you this question if you are interviewing for a role to create transactional-based websites. These can include eCommerce sites, stock trading services, or other applications where the website's function depends on feeds from external sources. The interviewer is interested in whether you have experience in this area and can discuss the relationship between the services and external data sources.

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      How to Answer

      If you have experience developing transactional websites, this should be an easy question for you to answer. If your experience is limited and you know you're applying for a role that will require this, you should conduct a great deal of research before the interview. You may even want to create some practice sites that leverage this technology so you will be familiar with the processes and the challenges you are likely to encounter.

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  • Technical

    24. Please discuss the pros and cons of REST vs. SOAP.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      During an interview, some of the questions you are asked may sound similar to ones you are asked earlier in the interview. Interviewers will ask similar questions about the topic in more depth to correlate your answers. The more questions the interviewer asks about a specific topic, the more likely it is critical to the organization's operations. They want to make sure that you can address this issue appropriately if hired.

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      How to Answer

      Even though some questions may sound similar to each other, they may, in fact, be different. This is why it is critically important for you to carefully listen to the interviewer's questions completely before starting to respond or even constructing a response to your mind. A good practice is to mindfully pause for at least two seconds before beginning to answer the interviewer's question. This will help you be a better listener and ensure that you are answering that question the interviewer asked.

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  • Technical

    25. Can you explain how OAuth works?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      During an interview, interviewers constantly seek to understand your talents, knowledge, experience, and competencies. Hiring new employees is an expensive process, so interviewers will take a great deal of time to ensure that the candidate is the most appropriate person for this job. This is why you are likely to interview with several different interviewers within an organization before being offered a position.

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      How to Answer

      Since you are likely to be interviewed by several different individuals within an organization when applying for a position, it is recommended that you keep your answers brief, to the point, and use simple and easy-to-understand language. Some interviewers will be using a script provided by the hiring manager to determine your qualifications. They may not understand the technology they are inquiring about but rather are looking to gauge how confident you are and how easily you answer the question. Keep this in mind when responding to an interviewer's questions.

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  • Technical

    26. Please discuss the difference as well as pros and cons of compiled vs. interpreted languages.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewer is likely to ask you to compare similar but different technologies throughout the interview. This helps them better understand your knowledge and competencies. It also provides them with information about the technologies you are likely to use or advocate for if hired for this position. While organizations tend to look for candidates familiar with and employ technologies they currently use, they may also be interested in alternatives to these that the candidate can bring with them.

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      How to Answer

      When preparing for an interview, you should thoroughly research the organization, the technologies they employ, and the products they use to architect and implement their web designs. This will provide you with a context within which you can frame your answers. You should not hesitate to advocate a technology different from what the organization currently uses since they may be looking to bring in somebody who can innovate and update their web design operations.

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    27. Which do you prefer, SOAP or JMS?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      When an interviewer asks you about two similar technologies used in website architecture, it may be for several reasons. The first is to determine which of these you prefer and are likely to use in your web design. The second is to determine what your preferences align with those of their organization. Finally, they may be looking for someone who can bring new ideas and innovations to their organization.

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      How to Answer

      Since you don't know the motivation behind this question, the best strategy is to respond truthfully and accurately. This enables the interviewer to evaluate your response in the context of their operations. You can confirm this by asking a clarifying question after you provide your answer. This may lead to a discussion about the suitability of the methodology their organization currently uses vs. incorporating some new ideas into their web designs in order to improve their operations.

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  • Technical

    28. What is an API gateway?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Once the interviewer begins to ask questions about a certain topic, they may proceed to ask similar questions. These can be a standalone question or a follow-up of their original inquiry. By doing this, the interviewer indicates that the topic they are asking about is important to the organization. They seek to confirm your understanding of the topic and explore your knowledge in this area. It is not unusual for an interviewer to remain on a single topic for a long time or even for a large portion of the interview. This may occur if the hiring manager has indicated that the person who previously held this job had a problem in this area.

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      How to Answer

      Regardless of how many times an interviewer asks you about the same topic, you should continue to answer in a calm, consistent manner. Keep your answer direct and to the point, and anticipate a follow-up question. Always remember to use simple, easy-to-understand language during an interview since you are not aware of the technical competence of all the interviewers. If you sense that the interviewer does not understand your responses, you can ask a clarifying question or offer to explain the answer differently.

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    29. Can you compare WebAPI vs. Microservices?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      During an interview, the interviewer will often ask several different questions about the same topic. This indicates they have a special interest in this topic because it is either important to the work they do, or they've encountered some challenges with it. Questions about the same subject do not necessarily occur sequentially and may be disbursed throughout the interview. This enables the interviewer to raise other issues during the interview with which these questions may be related.

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      How to Answer

      If you notice that an interviewer continues to ask questions about the same topic, you should conclude that this is important to the organization. You may want to confirm this by asking the interviewer a clarifying question. Once you have identified a topic important to the interviewer, you can begin to provide more information in your answers than you normally would. Asking clarifying questions during an interview will also help to demonstrate your interest in the organization and passion for this position.

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    30. Please discuss eventual consistency.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Interviewers will sometimes ask you about concepts related to the job for which you are interviewing but not exclusively. They expect you to answer in the context of the job and to limit your answer to this. If you respond to their question by defining the concept in a different context, it will raise a red flag and indicate that you may not be qualified for this position. This is one of the key reasons they ask this type of question.

      Written by William Swansen on March 4th, 2022

      How to Answer

      When responding to an ambiguous question about a term that is not exclusive to the role of a web architect, be sure to limit your answer to how the concept or phrase is used in this job. The interviewer is only interested in your knowledge and experience related to the role for which you are interviewing. Expanding your answer to other uses of the concept will dilute your answer and prompt the interviewer to wonder if your understanding of the concept is not sufficient for this role.

      Written by William Swansen on March 4th, 2022

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