Typical Web Developer Interview Questions
1. Tell me some considerations in selecting a font size for an adaptive web site?Show Answer
This is a technical question for a web developer role. Interviewers ask technical questions in order to qualify your knowledge and skills for the position for which you are interviewing. Technical questions are best answered using brief explanations of the term or concept, with little embellishment. The interviewer will request additional details if they require them.View Our Answer Example
"There are four considerations when selecting a font for an adaptable web page. The first is readability. The font must be clear and easy to read. The second criteria is mood and message. An example of this is using bold or all caps, which can be interpreted as shouting. A third consideration is font metrics. This refers to how the font interacts with itself and its surroundings. Finally, the web developer must consider how the font looks in various browsers and devices."
2. What are the possible values for the display attributes that are supported by all browsers?Show Answer
This is another technical question which the interviewer is using to determine your qualifications for this job. You can anticipate that most of the questions you will be asked in an interview for a web developer position will be technical. The best way to prepare for this is to read these questions out loud and then answer them using your own language, again out loud. This will help you build muscle memory and will prepare you to answer these questions when asked by the interviewer.View Our Answer Example
"There are several display property values for each element in a CSS layout. These define how the element will appear on the web page. Values include div, default, p, and section. The default display value for most elements is either block or inline."
3. How would you write an SQL statement that would select only customers who made multiple orders within a single week?Show Answer
This is a very specific technical question, in which the interviewer is asking you how to structure a piece of code. As a web developer, you may be asked actually to write code during the interview. This rarely occurs during a live interview, but you may be given a sign and liked this either before after or as a separate element of the interview process. You should be prepared for this and may want to bring some materials to the interview that will help you comply with this request.View Our Answer Example
"To write the code for the query that you have just described, I would need to know the names of the tables, the fields, and other details of the information you are seeking. I would then structure an SQL quarry using a Select, From, and Where statements."
4. Tell me about the most challenging website you created from start to finish?Show Answer
While this may look like a technical question, it is actually an operational question. Rather than ask you about a specific element of web development and design, the interviewer is asking you about a process you use to develop a website. Their objective in asking this question is to determine if you have done work similar to the job for which they are hiring you. Based on your pre-interview research, you should describe a project similar to the type of work you will be doing with this organization.View Our Answer Example
"The most challenging website I have developed from start to finish is very similar to the main one your company uses. This involved online transactions and forms that users fill out to apply for the services the organization I was working for provided. The challenge was to make the website adaptive across multiple browsers and devices. I achieved this using a standard format and several different plugins available for that format."
5. What was your least favorite website you've created? Why did you feel this way?Show Answer
This is an example of a behavioral question. Interviewers ask behavioral questions by presenting you with a scenario and then asking about how you would respond to it. The purpose of these types of questions is to get a preview of your behavior when you encounter situations typical in the job for which you are applying. Behavioral questions are best answered using the STAR format. You first describe the Situation, state the Task you must achieve, talk about the actions you take, and then discuss the results.View Our Answer Example
For exampl: "My least favorite website was one for an organization with views and policies I didn't agree with. Regardless of my beliefs, I still had to create the website which they ordered from the company for which I was working. I put my personal feelings aside and put forth my best efforts to create the website they expected. The result was that we delivered the website to their specifications on time and within budget. I learned to put the job first and my personal feelings second."
"My least favorite website was one for an organization with views and policies I didn't agree with. Regardless of my beliefs, I still had to create the website which they ordered from the company for which I was working. I put my personal feelings aside and put forth my best efforts to create the website they expected. The result was that we delivered the website to their specifications on time and within budget. I learned to put the job first and my personal feelings second."
6. What was your most successful website ever created? Why did it go so well?Show Answer
This is another behavioral question that is similar, but opposite of the previous one. Asking this question after the last one about your least favorite web site provides the interviewer with a clear idea of what you like and dislike. This enables them to determine if you are suited for the type of projects they will be assigning you. Again, use your pre-interview research to identify projects that align with those the employer will likely assign you to work on.View Our Answer Example
"My most successful website was for a project in which I was allowed a complete creative license. The customer described what they would like to achieve with the website and gave me the freedom to develop it anyway I chose. This released my creative abilities and resulted in a website that not only looked good but functioned well and achieved the customer's objectives."
7. Do you enjoy working long hours on projects?Show Answer
An interviewer will ask this type of question seeking the information the question requests but also testing your integrity. While they may be genuinely interested in whether you enjoy working long hours were willing to do it, they also want to see all honestly you will respond to this question. Working long hours may or may not be a requirement for this job. You should respond with an honest answer, but more importantly, be able to justify your response.View Our Answer Example
"While I don't necessarily enjoy working long hours on a project, I am more than willing to do this if the situation requires it. I understand that sometimes it is necessary to put in extra time to complete a project on schedule. If I have to do this, I balance it out by taking some personal time off to make up for the additional time I had to work."
8. Name several reasons why a website is not performing well or is slow to respond to user prompts?Show Answer
During an interview, the hiring manager is seeking to fully understand your competencies and abilities related to the position for which they are interviewing you. This particular question seeks to determine your ability to diagnose and address the poor performance of a web site. Since the question is rather general, the best way to respond is by citing 2 to 3 examples of reasons why a website is performing badly and what you would do to fix them.View Our Answer Example
9. How does the browser determine where to place positioned elements?Show Answer
This is another technical question which the interviewer will ask to determine your knowledge of web development technologies and practices. As we've mentioned before, technical questions are best answered straightforwardly and succinctly. There's no need to embellish or provide detailed answers. The interviewer will follow up if they require additional information.View Our Answer Example
"Browsers use the CSS property known as position to determine where to place elements on the web page. There are several position and commands which CSS uses. These include static, relative, absolute, and sticky. Static refers to a position command in which the element is in the same place regardless of the browser. Relative will position the element as an offset to one of the edges of the page. Absolute is similar to static but can be adjusted to more accurately position the element. Sticky is the command used to move an element relative to a single offset point within the page."
10. What are the five possible values for position for elements in a web page?Show Answer
This technical question is similar to the previous one. Interviewers will often ask about topics in several different ways to confirm your understanding of the topic about which they are curious. You may also encounter multiple interviews or group interviews in which each person you speak with will ask you the same question but in a different manner. If this occurs, it indicates that the topic they are asking about is important to the job you will be doing. This also gives you clues as to follow-up or subsequent questions you can expect.View Our Answer Example
"The position properties in CSS dictate how the browser arranges the elements on a webpage. Five different values dictate the page layout. These are static, relative, fixed, absolute, and inherit. Some of the values allow the elements to reposition themselves depending on changes within the webpage or the use of different browsers or platforms. These fix their positions relative to the borders of the page."
11. What is the default value for the display attribute for the image element?Show Answer
An interviewer will ask this technical question to confirm your web development skills and to ensure that you know some of the basic commands used in this profession. By reviewing these questions, you should be prepared for this as well as any related questions. The best way to be ready for an interview is to review these questions and practice them out loud. If possible, record yourself so you can hear how you sound and make any improvements you feel are necessary.View Our Answer Example
"The display property will specify how an element is displayed within a web page. Every HTML element has a default display value, which depends on the type of element it is. The two most common display values are block or inline."
12. Which responsive frameworks do you work with or recommend?Show Answer
When an interviewer asks this type of question, they are seeking to learn whether you are familiar with the tools and processes that they already use in their operations. Additionally, they may want to see if you're capable of recommending new tools or processes which they may consider adopting. One of the most desired soft skills employers look for is creativity. You can use your answer to this question to demonstrate your creativity and innovation skills.View Our Answer Example
"I have done quite a bit of research into HTML5 frameworks. The ones that I prefer include Foundation, Skeleton, HTML5 Boilerplate, KickStart, and Montage. These are very similar but have unique features that I use depending on the type of website I'm developing."
13. Do you know the programming language we primarily use?Show Answer
By asking this question, the interviewer is seeking to understand two things. The first is whether you are familiar with the tools and languages they currently use for their web development efforts. The second thing they want to understand is whether you took the time to research their company and learn about their processes. Interviews are often won or lost before you even arrive, based on the amount of research you do and what you learn about the job and the company. The better you understand their operations, the more successful your interview will be, and the more likely they will offer you the job. You can answer those in either a positive or negative manner.View Our Answer Example
14. Can you list some of the input types that are new to HTML5?Show Answer
An interviewer will ask this type of question to determine if you stay abreast of new developments in the web development industry. Technology changes very quickly and to be an effective web developer you need to stay current on evolving developments in this field. You should also be prepared to describe how you do this, such as reading blogs, attending training, watching videos and working with your peers to improve your skills and knowledge.View Our Answer Example
"Since I've been working with HTML5 for several years now, I am very familiar with the input types which have been added to this programming language. Some of these include color, date, datetime, e-mail, month, and number."
15. Explain to me briefly what the hide function is actually doing in jQuery withi the CSS.Show Answer
This is a very specific technical question. The interviewer is asking you to define the function of a single command within the cascading style sheet, or CSS. As the interview progresses, the technical questions will become more specific and more difficult. This is a positive sign that the interviewer is gaining confidence in your skills and is willing to dig deeper to determine just how much you know. It is advisable to review the commands you typically use when developing a web page before the interview.View Our Answer Example
For exampl: "The hide function within jQuery will first store the previously displayed image and then set the property to 'none' so the image is no longer displayed. Using hide keeps the image available in the cache in case it is needed again."
"The hide function within jQuery will first store the previously displayed image and then set the property to 'none' so the image is no longer displayed. Using hide keeps the image available in the cache in case it is needed again."
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Front End Developer Interview Questions
1. What methodologies do you use to ensure that your web application is user-friendly?Show Answer
One of the key elements front end developers need to include in their web designs is ease of use. It doesn't matter what content the web site contains or how robustly it performs if users can't easily access and navigate it. Incorporating ease of use and user-friendliness in your design will encourage the users to explore the site and take advantage of its features.View Our Answer Example
"Once I decide on a web site's basic structure, I turn my attention to how the users will navigate it. I design elements that make it easy to find your way around my site and locate the information you are searching for. I also access the site using various web browsers to determine what the user experience will be."
2. Please discuss CSS float and give me an example of how you use it when developing web sites.Show Answer
This is an example of a technical question. When interviewing for a front end developer's role, most of the questions you will be asked will be technical. Technical questions usually ask you to define a term, concept, process or operation used in this job. You then will be asked to describe how it is used, compare it to another similar term, or give an example. When answering this type of question, first define the term or concept and then respond to the interviewer's specific question.View Our Answer Example
"A CSS float instructs the browser to place an element in a specific position within the container. This is a useful tool because it allows me to develop web pages that resize dynamically depending on the user's browser's resolution. The alternative uses fixed-position elements, which may not be properly rendered if the browser resolution is different from what I have designed for."
3. How do you increase the performance of a new web site you develop?Show Answer
This is an example of an operational question. Operational questions help the interviewer understand the techniques and processes you use to accomplish your work. When responding to an operational question, keep your answer brief and to the point. Anticipate that the interviewer will ask a follow-up question to explore the topic in more detail.View Our Answer Example
4. What features of HTML5 have you implemented in your front end development projects?Show Answer
Since front end developers use HTML5 quite a bit, you should be able to talk extensively on this topic. When preparing for an interview, you should research the company, the software it develops, and the projects you anticipate working on. You can find this information on their website and within the job description. This will allow you to frame your answer within the context of the job they are seeking to fill and the tasks they expect you to perform.View Our Answer Example
"One of the key features of HTML5 which I've implemented in projects I worked on include its robust support of multimedia, and the ability to embed both video and audio seamlessly. I also take advantage of the vast libraries associated with the language, its built-in debugging features, and the ability to code in natural language."
5. How do you go about addressing browser-specific rendering challenges?Show Answer
One of the challenges front end developers must overcome is that users employ several different browsers when accessing web pages. Each of these browsers renders the webpage differently. Therefore, code must be written so that it adapts to each browser and renders the page correctly. Knowing the answer to this question demonstrates your ability to accomplish this and your familiarity with the various web browsers.View Our Answer Example
"Developing web pages that are rendered correctly by various browsers is one of the greatest challenges in this job. While Chrome and Firefox are easy to work with, Microsoft Edge often poses problems. I pay special attention to the CSS, ensuring that it is either inline, embedded or external so that the CSSOM Tree is constructed appropriately. If done correctly, both of the DOM Tree and the Render-Tree are constructed by the browser so that the webpage displays as it is intended to."
Back End Developer Interview Questions
1. Can you describe the software lifecycle methodology used in your current position?Show Answer
An interviewer will ask this question to determine if your current practices align with those used by their organization. When preparing for an interview, you should research the company to determine the programming languages and development practices they use. This will help you prepare to answer these questions. You could either confirm that you're using similar languages and methodologies or state that you use different ones. If you choose the latter option, make sure you can justify your answer and provide evidence as to why your methodologies may benefit the organization.View Our Answer Example
"Currently, my organization uses the Agile methodology for software development. The benefit of this is that issues are identified and addressed in real time before impacting our team's work later in the software development lifecycle. It also allows for iterative improvements in the processes, which results in more efficient practices later in the project."
2. What is the largest software project you have ever worked on? What was your role in the project?Show Answer
The purpose of this question is to determine the scope of responsibility you had on previous projects and the capabilities you will bring to this position. The interviewer assumes that larger projects are more complex and require greater skills, including organization, collaboration, and attention to detail. By understanding this, you can answer that question to address these concerns. Again, try to provide an answer the aligns with the type of software development work the organization currently does.View Our Answer Example
"The largest software development project I have worked on was creating a database of automotive parts for a car manufacturing company. The challenge was to inventory each part used by the manufacturer and cross-reference them with the vehicles they could be used on since many parts could be applied to multiple vehicles. My role was to create the SQL worries, so the workers could find the correct part by using common terminology they were familiar with."
3. What experience do you have working with object-oriented programming (OOP) languages?Show Answer
This may seem like an odd question since you probably provided this information on your resume or may have addressed it in a previous answer to one of the interviewer's questions. However, it is common for interviewers to ask questions like this to confirm your resume's content or calibrate the answers you provide to similar questions throughout the interview. As long as your answers are consistent and address your actual experience and knowledge, you should have no problem with this.View Our Answer Example
"I have a great deal of experience with object-oriented programming, as noted in my resume. I prefer working with programming languages that use OOP since they make it easier to organize the code and objectify code groups. I can also repurpose my code for various tasks. I can also use procedural programming, which addresses rather than objects."
4. What Is CAP Theorem? How do you use it in your work?Show Answer
This is an example of a technical question. Technical questions will ask you about concepts, processes, or elements used in your work as a back end developer. The appropriate way to respond to a technical question is first defining the term and then describing how it is used. When answering technical questions, keep your answer brief and to the point, and anticipate a follow-up question.View Our Answer Example
"The CAP Theorem was developed by Eric Brewer. It states that a distributed computer system cannot provide Consistency, Availability, and Partition tolerances at the same time. The programmer's role is to determine which of these three qualities are the most important for the program they are creating. Then, they optimize one or two of the three to match the program's requirements. The CAP Theorem is used by major computer service providers to optimize the services they provide to users."
5. Can you describe a NoSQL database and how it differs from a relational database?Show Answer
Technical questions are defined as questions that ask you to discuss a term, process, or other aspects used in the work you perform. Technical questions will often ask you to compare one concept to another one. When answering this type of question, first define the term or concept, and then make the comparison. Keep your answer direct and to the point, and anticipate a follow-up question which the interviewer will ask to explore the topic in more detail.View Our Answer Example
"A NoSQL database is a mechanism that allows for the storage and retrieval of data and information. It is similar to a relational database, except a NoSQL database does not depend on tabular relations. A NoSQL database's common elements include key values, graphs, and both column and document orientation."
Python Developer Interview Questions
1. Can you describe the major features of the Python programming language?Show Answer
This is a general question which the interviewer will ask early in the interview to begin the conversation, learn more about your background, and collect information they can use throughout the interview. Your answer to this question will allow you to direct the interview towards a specific area or topic you are comfortable with.View Our Answer Example
"Pythion offers developers several advantages when writing code. First, like PHP and Ruby, Python does not have to be compiled before it is run. Also, Python is well suited to object-oriented programming and allows for the definition of classes, composition, and inheritance. Finally, Python allows for the inclusion of C-based extensions, which helps to avoid bottlenecks. This is important since Python typically runs slower than languages which are compiled."
2. Why is Python described as an 'Interpreted' programming language?Show Answer
This is a technical question the interviewer will ask to determine your knowledge of Python. While interviewing for the role of a Python Developer, you can anticipate that most of the questions will be technical. The best way to prepare for this is to review the terms, concepts, and processes used in your profession. You should also review the job description and the programs the company produces to understand the work they expect you to do. This allows you to respond to questions correctly and make your answers relevant to the job opportunity.View Our Answer Example
"Python is considered an interpreted language because it runs without having to be compiled to machine-level code. Any language that runs in native mode as opposed to machine code is considered interpreted. The downside of this is that Python runs slower than compiled languages."
3. How does Python manage memory?Show Answer
This technical question asks about a specific feature of the Python programming language. You can recognize technical questions because of their structure. They will typically ask you about a specific item and then ask you to describe how it is used or compare it to a similar item. When responding to a technical question, you should first define the concept and then describe how it is used or compare it to another item, as requested by the interviewer. You may also want to provide an example to illustrate your answer.View Our Answer Example
"Memory is managed in Python using what is known as the Python private heap space. This is an automatic process that the Python interpreter manages. Python will allocate heap space using its memory manager. Additionally, Python has a feature which recycles any unused memory and makes it available to the heap space."
4. Can you describe some of the type conversions used with writing code in Python?Show Answer
This technical question asks you to describe some specific items used within the Python programming language. Like operational questions, your answers to technical questions should be brief and to the point. Responding in this manner encourages the interviewer to either ask additional questions about this topic or move on to a new subject. If they ask additional questions, they are indicating that this topic is important to the work they do.View Our Answer Example
"As you probably know, type conversions are operations which convert one type of data into another. Some specific type conversions used by Python include:
5. In your opinion, what are the benefits of writing code in Python?Show Answer
An interviewer will ask this question to help them understand your knowledge of Python, how you typically use it, and why you feel it is optimal compared to other languages. It also helps them confirm that your approach to coding in Python is similar to that of their organization. Make sure you research the company and the position you are interviewing for so you can align your answer to the type of programming they expect you to do once hired.View Our Answer Example
"One of the key benefits of Python is that it is easy to learn, therefore it is accessible to coders who have a wide range of skills and experience. Another benefit is that it is structured so that when a bug or issue occurs, there are several ways to resolve it. Additionally, it does not need to be compiled, so developing in Python is faster than some other languages."
Java Developer Interview Questions
1. What are the key elements of the Java programming language?Show Answer
This is the type of question an interviewer will use to begin the conversation, learn more about your background, and collect information they can use throughout the interview. This question also provides you the opportunity to direct the interview towards a subject area that you are familiar with and comfortable responding to questions about. Throughout the interview, keep your answers brief and to the point. This will encourage the interviewer to ask follow-up questions about the same topic or move on to a new subject.View Our Answer Example
"There are several key features of the Java programming language. First, it is simple to learn. Next, Java is somewhat object-oriented and enables programmers to manage their code using objects. Several other key features of Java include its portability, platform independence, security, and the large library of code available to programmers."
2. Talk about what a Java timer class is and how you schedule a task to run after a specific interval?Show Answer
Another classically formatted technical question. You are being asked to define a concept and then discuss how it is used in your work. Remember to keep your answer brief and to the point, and provide an example if you think it will enhance your response. Always be prepared for follow-up questions when you provide an answer.View Our Answer Example
"A Java timer class is a subclass of a java.util package. It is used to schedule a thread that is executed in the future. An example of one use is for scheduling a task which will be run at regular intervals."
3. What is a marker interface, and how do you use it when writing Java code?Show Answer
The fact that this is a technical question is obvious since it asks you to define a term and then discuss how it is used. Make sure you answer each part of the question in the order asked. This will help the interviewer follow your answer and confirm that you are listening to their questions during the interview.View Our Answer Example
"A marker interface, as it is used in Java, is a design pattern which provides runtime information about the objects within the program. It also enables the addition of metadata with a class even though the Java language doesn't implicitly support metadata. When coding in Java, the marker interface is used as an interface which doesn't specify a method."
4. How is a volatile keyword used in Java?Show Answer
This technical question assumes you know the definition of the term the interviewer is asking about and only requests that you describe how it is used. By carefully listening to the interview's questions, you will provide the answer they are expecting. If you begin to think about your answer while the interviewer is still talking, you may miss the question's essence and give an answer which is not related to the question.View Our Answer Example
"A volatile keyword is used in Java with variable and threads which read its value directly from its memory location. This ensures the value is read exactly as it is contained in the memory location, and that the threads or variables do not cache it in case it changes."
5. What are some examples of JDBC drivers?Show Answer
This is a follow-up to a previous question. Any time you provide an interviewer with the answer, you should anticipate a follow-up question. This indicates that they either need more information or have a specific interest in this topic. If there are several follow-up questions about the same topic, they indicate that the subject is important to their operations. You should use it as a clue to talk more about the subject when answering their questions. Your answer to this question may sound something like this: "There are four basic types of JDBC drivers. The drivers work in conjunction with the JDBC API to connect with and extract information from databases. The four drivers are ODBC, Native API, Pure Java driver for Database Middleware, and Direct-to-Database Pure Java Driver."View Our Answer Example
"There are four basic types of JDBC drivers. The drivers work in conjunction with the JDBC API to connect with and extract information from databases. The four drivers are ODBC, Native API, Pure Java driver for Database Middleware, and Direct-to-Database Pure Java Driver."
Web Developer Position Summary
Businesses and other organizations have incorporated websites and web applications into their operations in a number of different ways. They serve to attract customers, execute transactions, provide access to information and create portals used by clients, suppliers, partners and employees to interact with the organization and gain access to services. Web Developers perform a critical role in developing and maintaining commercial and proprietary websites and applications which perform the functions organizations use every day. A Web Developer must have a detailed understanding of an organizations operations, customers, products and services, stakeholder community and other aspects of their business. They need to be aware of how these individual entities interact with each other and how websites and web applications and facilitate the numerous interactions and transactions conducted daily. Finally, Web Developers should be knowledgeable in the organization’s IT infrastructure, including hardware, operating systems, software, and network so they can optimize their web sites and applications for the environment.
The Web Developer's main functions are creating websites and applications to help an organization manage its business. Components of these functions include:
- Analyzing User Needs
- Design, Test and Development of the Websites and Applications
- Maintenance and Updates
- End-of-life and Transition to a New Sites & Application
Web Developer Duties and Responsibilities
The specific responsibilities of Web Developers vary widely, depending on the type of websites and applications they are developing, the organization they work for and their role on the web development team. In general, they need to understand the needs of the users, develop websites and applications through the use of programming languages, graphic designs user interfaces, and algorithms, document the process using manuals, diagrams and flowcharts, and testing the functionality of the websites and applications before releasing them for use.
The responsibilities of a Web Developer include:
- Collaborating with colleagues, suppliers, designers, hardware support teams, other parts of the organizations and end-users to develop technical designs
- Enhancing websites and applications through user feedback and performance measurement, seeking opportunities for improvement
- Maintaining and improving existing designs, content, and codebases for reuse and performing peer reviews of any changes in these elements
- Improving web development processes through quality initiatives and by developing standard operating procedures
- Maintaining knowledge of industry developments and new technologies that may impact their designs
- Sharing information with their peers and educating junior web developers
The minimum requirements you will need to apply for a position as a Web Developer include a degree in software engineering, computer science, mathematics, or a related field. You will also need to demonstrate expertise in popular programming languages such as C++, Pearl, Python or Ruby. Understanding of design principals, e-commerce, business operations and end-user experiences is also essential. For advanced Web Developer positions, employers expect you to have several years of development experience, be able to provide examples of websites and web-based applications you have developed, and possibly show experience leading a team of web developers.
Soft Skills for Web Developers
In addition to the hard skills directly related to the work a Web Developer performs, you will likely be asked about several soft skills during an interview. Examples of these are:
- Strong analytical and reasoning skills and the ability to picture processes and their outcomes
- A knack for solving problems and developing solutions to complex issues
- The ability to work collaboratively across the organization
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail
Web Developer Interview Process
When preparing for an interview as a Web Developer, you can anticipate that the interview will occur in 3 Phases:
- Phone or Video Interview
- Onsite Interview
Each of these will involve various types of questions and some hands-on exercises.
Screening in Response to a Referral or Online Application
The initial screening is used to validate your resume and learn more about your experience, skills and background. You may also be asked about your salary expectations, availability and other employment-related issues. Finally, they will discuss the next step in the process and offer to answer any questions you may have. This takes about 15-30 minutes.
The onsite interview is the last phase of the interview process. This involves meeting with one or more contacts from different parts of the prospective organization. The people you interview with may include HR representatives, the Hiring Manager, Managers from other departments such as Quality, Product, Operations, Finance, and Sales, and possibly other Web Developers who are members of the team you will be working on. Onsite interviews can last from a few hours to over several days, depending on the organization and the type of job you are interviewing for. You are likely to be asked a wide range of questions from every category. These include:
Technical Phone or Video Interview
The next step in the process is a phone or video interview. This will be more in-depth than the initial screening and explores your qualifications more extensively. This part of the interview will include several different types of questions. These include general, technical, and operational. The purpose of these questions is to explore your web development skills and experience in more detail. You may also be asked to solve a web design or development challenge, either in real-time or as a take-home exercise. Usually, the interviewer will allow you to do the exercise in a language you are comfortable programming in. The phone or video interview will take from 1-2 hours, depending on whether there is a live development requirement.
Being prepared for these types of questions and practicing your responses before the interview will help you to be ready to respond to them during the onsite phase of the interview process.
- General - Meant to get to know you, start you talking, learn more about your background and collect information to use throughout the rest of the interview.
- Technical - These questions explore your technical skills, knowledge and expertise. They ask about terminology, concepts, processes, and other Web Development issues.
- Operational - Operational questions investigate how you perform your job and go about creating websites and applications. They ask you to describe the steps you take to complete a task or to walk the interviewer through the processes you use in your job.
- Behavioral - Behavioral questions seek to understand how you react to specific situations such as conflict, challenges, change and similar occurrences on the job site. They do this by asking about your past experiences with these types of situations and t
- Situational - Situational questions are similar to behavioral ones, except they create future scenarios to discover your methods for resolving issues. This requires you to project what you would do when confronted with a situation described by the intervi
- Cultural- These questions help the interviewer determine how well you will fit into the organization and contribute to its culture or conflict with it. Questions will explore your work style, preferences, ability to collaborate and other personal traits.
The interview typically concludes with either an immediate job offer or a brief description of how the overall interview process is being conducted and when you can expect to hear about the organization's decision. Additional steps in the process may include asking you to provide references the employer can contact or participating in online or live tests to determine your personality type, such as Myers-Briggs.