Young web developers are trying to make an impression on a hiring manager in a group interviewEven a ten year old kid can build a website today, with the help of a free website builder or content management system.

Every kid can make a website. But just very few people can build a website that actually converts visitors to customers, and brings money to the website owner.

And this is exactly where the website developer interviews are heading. Instead of an extensive test of your coding skills, your knowledge of PHP and HTML (job interviews consisted mainly in this ten years ago), the recruiters try to understand other things while talking to you. Namely:

  • Do you understand the connection of website development and business goals?
  • Do you have a knowledge of visitors behavior, color psychology, landing pages, etc?
  • Can you bring an actual value to the development project, or do you just wait for the orders of your boss, or your client?


Good portfolio can win you a job contract

A work portfolio can be a decisive factor in this interview. If you can demonstrate (with the help of your former websites and projects) that you can actually develop websites, that you understand the business part of the equation, and that you actually bring some value with your work, they will hire you (at least most of the time).

Still, some HR managers prefer asking questions, and they won’t even look at your portfolio unless you convince them with your interview answers. Let’s have a look at some questions they use.

A programmer is angry, gesticulating in front of his computer. We can see a grey keyboard on the pictureWhat programming languages do you know?

HTML, CSS, and PHP is a bare minimum, unless the company works primarily with CMS environment (in such a case, HTML and CSS will suffice). Try to elaborate on your answer, describing how you benefited from the knowledgein your latest design projects, or saying how long you have been working with each language.

What web browser do you prefer?

A good developer understands how crucial it is to design a website that looks good in all browsers (including mobile browsers). This is exactly what you should focus on, saying that you prefer one of the browsers (perhaps Chrome for their tools for Web Developers), but design websites that work well with all browsers and screens.

What is the first thing you thing you do when assigned a website development project?

This is your chance to show them that you understand business, that you can work independently, that you actually think about the website from the point of a final user, and the client. Tell them that you always analyze the project, trying to understand the final goal of a website (sell goods, bring customer to a shop, improve reputation, etc), and plan your development accordingly.


Three people in a competency based interview, for web developer job. Two hiring managers and one job applicantOther questions for web developers

  • Which tool do you use for analyzing website traffic?
  • What is the trend in website development right now?
  • Describe a time when you had to meet a tight deadline.
  • Describe a time when you felt pressure in work.
  • How can we improve website load time?
  • Have you heard about AMP? Do you know how to make a website AMP friendly?
  • What is your knowledge of SEO? How do you implement this knowledge in your website development?
  • Why should we hire you, and not one of the other applicants for this job?



Interviewing for a position of a website developer, you will have to answer both technical and non-technical questions. Companies try to hire developers with good soft skills, people they can trust in a communication with client, and also people they can rely on.

Prepare a work portfolio, and demonstrate both your soft skills and technical skills in your interview answers. If you manage to do that, they will hire you.

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