Web Developers Interview Preparation Guide
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Web Developers Interview Questions and Answers will guide you that Web development is a broad term for any activity related to developing a web site for the World Wide Web or an intranet. Web Development interview questions and answers can include e-commerce business development, web design, web content development, client-side/server-side scripting, and web server configuration tips, tutorials and interview preparation.

28 Web Developers Questions and Answers:

1 :: What industry sites and blogs do you read regularly?

This question can give you an idea of how in-tune they are with the latest industry trends and technologies, as well as how passionate they are about web development. It will help separate the people who do it as a career AS WELL as a hobby from those who might simply be in it for the big developer paychecks.
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2 :: Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?

This is an important question to ask depending on the work environment. If your project is going to require close interaction with other developers it's very handy to have someone who has had that kind of experience. On the other hand, many developers thrive while going solo. Try to find a developer that fits your needs.
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3 :: How comfortable are you with writing HTML entirely by hand? (+exercise)

Although their resume may state that they are an HTML expert, often times many developers ca not actually write an HTML document from top to bottom. They rely on an external publisher or have to constantly flip back to a reference manual. Any developer worth a damn should at least be able to write a simple HTML document without relying on external resources. A possible exercise is to draw up a fake website and ask them to write the HTML for it. Keep it simple and just make sure they have the basics down - watch for mistakes like forgetting the tags or serious misuse of certain elements. If they write something like: , it might be a good hint to wrap things up and call the next interviewee.
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4 :: What is the w3c?

Standards compliance in web development is where everything is (hopefully?) going. Don't ask them to recite the w3c's mission statement or anything, but they should at least have a general idea of who they are.
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5 :: Can you write table-less XHTML? Do you validate your code?

Weed out the old-school table-driven design junkies! Find a developer who uses HTML elements for what they were actually intended. Also, many developers will say they can go table-less, but when actually building sites they still use tables out of habit and/or convenience. Possibly draw up a quick navigation menu or article and have them write the markup for it. To be tricky, you could draw up tabular data - give them bonus points if they point out that a table should be used in that scenario :)
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6 :: What are a few of your favorite development tools and why?

If they say notepad you've obviously got the wrong person for the job. Not only can this help you gauge their level of competence, but it'll also see if they match the tools everyone else uses in-house.
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7 :: Describe/demonstrate your level of competence in a *nix shell environment?

See how well they work without their precious GUI. Ask some basic questions like how they would recursively copy a directory from one place to another, or how you'd make a file only readable by the owner. Find out what OSs they have experience with.
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8 :: What skills and technologies are you the most interested in improving upon or learning?

Find out if their future interests match the direction of the position (or the company in general).
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9 :: Show me your portfolio!

A portfolio can say a lot about a developer. Do they have an eye for aesthetics? Are they more creatively or logically oriented? The most important thing is to look for is solid, extensive, COMPLETED projects. A half dozen mockups and/or hacked-out scripts is a sign of inexperience or incompetence.
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10 :: What sized websites have you worked on in the past?

Find a developer that has experience similar in size to the project you're putting together. Developers with high traffic, large scale site expertise may offer skills that smaller-sized developers don't, such as fine tuning apache or optimizing heavily hit SQL queries. On the other hand, developers who typically build smaller sites may have an eye for things that large scale developers don't, such as offering a greater level of visual creativity.
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