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Web Developer Interview Questions

A web developer is a professional programmer with specialization in developing World Wide Web (www) applications or distributed network applications. Web developer interview questions are not specific to any particular type of developmental position, but rather focus on the design/html/usability and back-end/database/programming. The key responsibilities of a developer are multidisciplinary, since they have to deal with various technologies sent to the customers such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, server side frameworks such as Python, Ruby, Pearl, Java, PHP, ASP, NET, and NET MVC. Let us have a look at the guideline of some top questions asked in the web developer interviews.

Question 1: How comfortable are you with writing HTML manually (entirely by hand)?

Even though your resume indicates that you are an expert in HTML, the interviewer wants to check whether you are really able to write an HTML document or not. The reason for this is many web developers cannot actually write an HTML document by hand from top to bottom. If you are not able to do so, then you would have to depend on the external publisher or continuously flip back to the reference manual. Thus, any web developer must be able to write a simple HTML document on own. You can tell the interviewer that you follow an exercise of drawing up a fake website and asking for an HTML document. If you are asked to demonstrate writing an HTML document, then make sure that it is simple and has its basics jotted down. It is advisable to look for mistakes such as failing to put the tags and serious misuse of some specific elements.

Question 2: Can you write a table-less XHTML? How would you validate your code?

Writing by using tables is easier and convenient and thus, most of the developers follow a habit of using tables. However, the interviewer wants to check if you really know how to build sites without using tables. Many developers say that they can go ahead table-less, but while working, they cannot. Thus, your honest answer is expected here. It is better to do your home work and practice for the same before you appear for the interview.

Sometimes, you might be asked to write a markup for a quick navigation menu or article. It is a tricky one, but if you are prepared for the markup, then you need not worry. If a tabular data is drawn in front of you, then you must mention that using a table is inevitable here. This answer would tend to earn you bonus points from the interviewer.

Question 3: What different industry sites and blogs do you read?

This question is meant to check whether you are updated with the latest industrial trends and technologies. Your interest in reading sites and blogs regularly signifies how passionate are you about working in this industry. Some of the interviewers might also check if you are working just for paychecks or you have chosen this career because of your interest and passion for the same. This makes a difference. Mention all the industry sites as well as blogs that you read regularly and the events, workshops, seminars, and trainings in the relevant field that you have attended till now.

Question 4: Tell me something that you know and explain about w3c.

Since you are an aspiring web developer and wish to pursue a long career in this field, you are expected to know about the w3c. The w3c stands for World Wide Web Consortium which is the main international standard organization for the World Wide Web. This consortium is comprised of some member organizations that serve to maintain the staff to work full time for working in the development of standards for the World Wide Web. It is also involved in education and outreach, software development, and open discussion forum about the Web.

Question 5: What browser do you prefer to use?

Although this question seems to be a generalized one, keep this in mind that the correct answer to this question is 'all of the browsers'. This is because a competent and efficient web developer must always be ready for working with all the browsers. You are required to be familiar with testing the cross-browser compatibility by using all the major browsers. Your answer would give an idea to the interviewer who wants to know how extensively you can test the cross-browser issues.

Question 6: Fix this code ..

Some broken code would be given to you to fix. The broken code is usually written in the development language that they expect proficiency in, for the position of a web developer. Thus, this is a test of your technical knowledge and the correct answer would take you one step ahead towards the web developer's position in the company. Fix the code in a step by step manner so that the interviewer can check it by going down line after line.

Question 7: How would you describe your level of competence in a Unix shell environment.

This question demands your good talent in graphical user interface (GUI). The interviewer wants to know how would you copy a directory from one place to another again and again, and how would you make a 'Read Only File' for the user. If time permits, do not forget to mention the operating systems that you have been working with.

Question 8: What development tools are you familiar with?

This is an opportunity for you to exhibit different techniques and tools that you have been exposed to. Do not forget to mention all the tools and technologies that you have come across till now and are getting to know about currently. You can tell that you are familiar with most of the commonly used tools while developing sites such as CSS Sprite Generator, Venkaman, Pingdom, Firebug, CSS Fly, Cuzillion, Applet, and Google Sitemap Generator. If asked by the interviewer, you can elaborate about each of the tools in brief.

Question 9: Explain the difference between the JavaScript operators =, ==, and ===

This is purely a technical question and you can either be right or wrong here. Thus, be precise and to the point while mentioning the differences. A majority of professionals would know that the first in the list is an assignment operator and the second one is the comparison operator. However, === is a strict comparison operator that considers the type of the operands, rather than just their value.

Question 10: What skills and technologies are you the most interested in improving on or learning?

Think for a while about the position's requirements and the company's future requirements. Try and relate your answer to them This would be the best way in which you can answer this question.

Just 10 or more top interview questions are not enough to test a web developer, but they can reveal a snapshot of a web developer's talent and skill sets within a short time. If the time span scheduled for the interview is longer, then you might face some more insightful questions. These web developer interview questions will definitely help you crack the interview round and get employed as a web developer in the company.

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