Web Developer Interview Questions

Ready to hire your next awesome Web Developer? These sample interview questions will help you find the right candidates during the interview process.

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Web Developer qualifications to look for

Web developers design, code and revamp web pages and online applications. They have a passion for software development and are constantly looking for ways to improve their skills. 

Your top candidates will have an extensive portfolio and may have a computer science background (though that’s not a make-or-break requirement).

It’s a good idea to test your candidates’ skills to better evaluate how they would handle their role in your company. 

Keep an eye out for candidates who have:

  • A solid technical background
  • Strong communication skills
  • A knack for collaboration  
  • Practical skills

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Role-specific interview questions

  • What is your workflow when you create a web page from a blank canvas?
  • What features would you like to see added to your favorite programming language?
  • What’s the best way to decrease page load times?
  • What user interface and security principles do you consider when working on the design?
  • Tell men how to mobile-specific layouts/CSS. Give an example of when you’ve done this. 
  • How do you debug JavaScript code?
  • Have you designed a single page app? What was the process? 
  • How do you create SEO-friendly web pages?
  • Explain  ‘MIME type’ and provide an example.
  • What is the difference between CSS animations and JavaScript animations? When would you use either? 
  • What’s the difference between HTML and XHTML? When would you use either? 
  • Why should you position CSS <link>s between <head></head> and JS <script>s just before </body>? Do you know any exceptions?

Behavioral interview questions

  • How do you troubleshoot code when a page won’t run?
  • What are you currently learning? 
  • Are you working on any side projects? If so, what are they? 
  • What resources do you follow to stay current with the latest technology developments?

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