4 Tips To Prepare For Your Upcoming Web Development Interview
Interviewing as a web developer isn’t the same as other job interviews.
Most coding-based interviews follow a similar format that tests your knowledge. And these may be a bit more in-depth than what you are used to.
Here’s four tips to help you get ready for your web development interview.
Interview Tip #1: Brush up on your HTML/CSS/JS knowledge
No, it’s not a test...but it sort of is at the same time.
Employers want people are who are confident in their knowledge of various web development languages. If you feel shaky in certain aspects of your given language, study, study, study.
Make sure you’ve got a few good responses for common coding interview questions, like a few below from this Web Development GitHub:
• What does a doctype do?
• The 'C' in CSS stands for Cascading. How is priority determined in assigning styles (a few examples)? How can you use this system to your advantage?
Interview Tip #2: Provide a solution, then optimize it
Oftentimes in interviews you are asked tricky questions. When you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry about the first answer being perfect.
Instead, provide your solution, and then continually improve it to make up for the problems you encounter along the way.
No job interviewers seek perfection on the first try; you shouldn’t either.
An example question that could come up, related to this, (again, from GitHub):
What are some ways you may improve your website's scrolling performance?
Interview Tip #3: Make sure your portfolio is up to snuff
Check your portfolio before meeting your interviewer:
Is it usable by the widest possible audience?
• Less than ideally abled persons
• Non-English speaking persons
• Tech newbies
Employers like to see people who can design visually appealing, but usable websites. By thinking ahead and adapting designs accordingly for different users, you show your potential employer that you can think of all possible users instead of just one small group.
Possible questions involving your portfolio (from Interview Questions to Ask Web Designers):
• Which project are you most proud of?
• What would you like to show off?How did you know when this was finished?
Interview Tip #4: Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Just like the second tip: a job interview is basically like a test meeting at this job.
No one expects you to completely understand everything that is being asked of you from the start, so don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. You would be asking these sorts of questions every day, anyway.
Which is perfectly acceptable!
If you brush up on your knowledge and follow these tips, you will feel confident in your interview.
And confidence is what truly matters. Employers want to hire a candidate who feels at ease talking about their work. Meaning you should be one of those people.
In the end, relax. Let your knowledge and training do the talking, and you’ll do it just fine.
Author: Laurence Bradford
Original article found at: jobsearchtech.about.com