For most business owners, web development is a tricky, slippery slope that you need to understand if you want to survive today’s digital era.
In the U.S. alone, more than 88.5% of the population (around 162 million people) is certified Internet users. That’s a lot of potential consumers that you can miss out if your business doesn’t have a website. The best course of action for technologically-challenged company owners is to hire a web development team. Still, the question remains: what web development interview questions should you ask to determine the best team for your business?
It’s hard to formulate queries when you don’t have a firm grasp of the basics. Fortunately, these web development interview questions cover the essentials to find the best fit for your business. Here are the top 10 web development interview questions you should ask a web development team:
1. Can you show me your portfolio?
All web development interview questions should start with this. A portfolio would give you a clear insight into the developer’s level of expertise and creativity. If the portfolio is full of half-finished projects, then it would be better to focus your energies interviewing another developer.
2. Can you tell us what web projects you’ve worked on in the past?
Being the creative type, most web developers categorize their projects into two: money-makers and hobbies. This is your chance to check whether a developer puts the same amount of effort and creativity on both projects. As a follow up question, you should also ask which of those projects the developer is most proud of and which ones they think still have room for improvement.
3. What’s your preferred work environment?
It doesn’t really matter if your developer prefers to work alone or with a team. This question is designed to gauge your applicant’s adaptability to different work circumstances.
4. Have you ever worked directly with a client before? If not, are you willing to do so?
This question should gauge your developer’s ability to deal with another person’s feedback on their work. Obviously, you want your website or web app to successfully bring in the clients, so there’s a huge probability that you’ll be dishing out some tough comments that you think would be best for business. You can’t have a developer that would walk out in the middle of a project just because of a few constructive criticisms.
5. What are your favorite development tools and language? Why?
If they can explain their favorite development tools and development language in a way that even a non-expert can understand, then it is safe to assume that the developer knows what he/she is talking about.
6. How do you describe your workflow when working on a web page or app?
Just like any productive employee, a good developer has an established work flow or procedure in tackling projects, regardless of its size. It’s a good way to weed out the diligent from the time punchers.
7. In a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult is coding for you?
According to Techopedia, coding is the basic method in creating computer programs. It is a complex process that can even boggle the minds of professionals in the field so this question measures how much of a self-proclaimed expert your developer is.
8. What are the things that you usually do when you have a coding problem that you cannot solve?
As mentioned, even experts can find coding difficult. It will be interesting to find out how the developer chooses to deal with a challenging situation. Do they ask for help or do they keep on working on it until they can personally solve it?
9. What is your QA process for web development?
Quality assurance is not limited to manufacturing. It is a systematic way to determine whether a process meets the specified requirement. A web development without quality assurance produces a web site or app full of technical issues (i.e. bugs). It is also one way to find out how well the developer’s support skills are. Thus, the QA process should be fully integrated in the developer’s methodology.
10. How do you keep yourself updated with the latest in web development?
In short, is your applicant passionate about improving himself and his web developing skills? The digital world evolves so fast that there’s always something new to learn. Ask your applicant if there are any web development publications they follow or other web developers that they admire.
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