+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16
Web Development Thread, Questions To Ask At Interview For A Web Designer in Coding and Web Development; I'm going to be interviewing candidates for a role in the IT department next week and part of that role ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    372
    Thank Post
    14
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    20

    Questions To Ask At Interview For A Web Designer

    I'm going to be interviewing candidates for a role in the IT department next week and part of that role is to take on the school website and front end part of the VLE. Therefore we are looking for people with good web design skills and experience.

    I'm not particualrly strong on Web Design (hence the job oppurtunity) and wondered if anyone could help me out with a few questions i could ask during the interview in order to try and get an idea of how good they are.

    We are going to invite them to bring along any examples of their work but in case they dont i'd like to have some good questions to put to them.

  2. #2

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,668
    Thank Post
    1,614
    Thanked 1,867 Times in 1,385 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    400
    Ask their background, references for work that has been done, where there focus is (ASP, Java, flash, php etc).

  3. #3

    Hightower's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Cloud 9
    Posts
    4,920
    Thank Post
    494
    Thanked 690 Times in 444 Posts
    Rep Power
    241
    Where is this role?! Why do no jobs for similar roles come up in my area?

  4. #4
    mossj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Leicester
    Posts
    1,466
    Thank Post
    157
    Thanked 189 Times in 174 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    What is the most important thing about web design?

    Answer should be "Information! and getting it across to stake holders" this is what a website is for, answers from people with less experience will be "Standard Complience" or "DDA Complience" or making it look pretty

    Name one difficulty during a web project, and how you overcame it/would overcome it

    Answers around getting the information to them are good (this is the hardest part) and focusing on communication, if anyone mentions code or design shoot them then and there.

    I'll come up with more later...

    Communication skills are very important in web jobs as you may be asked to communicate on behalf of someone, and without good communication it's a bit like playing chinese whispers.
    Last edited by mossj; 6th July 2010 at 04:04 PM.

  5. #5


    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    In the server room, with the lead pipe.
    Posts
    4,619
    Thank Post
    275
    Thanked 777 Times in 604 Posts
    Rep Power
    223
    Sample code tests?

    i.e:
    Code:
    1. If $text = ‘Content-Type: text/xml’; Which of the following prints ‘text/xml’?
    
    A. print substr($text, strchr($text, ':')); 
    B. print substr($text, strchr($text, ':') + 1); 
    C. print substr($text, strpos($text, ':') + 1); 
    D. print substr($text, strpos($text, ':') + 2); 
    E. print substr($text, 0, strchr($text, ':'));

  6. #6


    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1,748
    Thank Post
    320
    Thanked 258 Times in 211 Posts
    Rep Power
    119
    Quote Originally Posted by mossj View Post
    What is the most important thing about web design?

    Answer should be "Information! and getting it across to stake holders" this is what a website is for, answers from people with less experience will be "Standard Complience" or "DDA Complience" or making it look pretty
    Doesn't getting information across mean that you need complience? Otherwise you are reducing your userbase and the usefullness of your website.

  7. #7

    webman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    North East England
    Posts
    8,400
    Thank Post
    636
    Thanked 961 Times in 661 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    319
    pete: I would say that code question is more targeted towards developers rather than designers.

  8. #8

    beeswax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    2,285
    Thank Post
    285
    Thanked 225 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    131

    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    pete: I would say that code question is more targeted towards developers rather than designers.
    I'd agree with that.

  9. #9
    mossj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Leicester
    Posts
    1,466
    Thank Post
    157
    Thanked 189 Times in 174 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    Quote Originally Posted by penfold View Post
    Doesn't getting information across mean that you need complience? Otherwise you are reducing your userbase and the usefullness of your website.
    It depends, also note I said MOST important....

    Big names aren't I.E Google or facebook...

    However DDA is important (just not most) and easy to achieve but sometimes there are features of websites that just won't work with it, so bottom line it shouldn't be the be all and end all. Most of the time if you come across one of these you just write something that is the equivilent but you can't offer a blind person a google map can you?
    Last edited by mossj; 6th July 2010 at 04:53 PM.

  10. #10


    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    In the server room, with the lead pipe.
    Posts
    4,619
    Thank Post
    275
    Thanked 777 Times in 604 Posts
    Rep Power
    223
    Quote Originally Posted by webman View Post
    pete: I would say that code question is more targeted towards developers rather than designers.
    Yeah - we were hiring someone who had to know php.

    Maybe "Have you ever used Comic Sans in any situation other than at gunpoint?"

  11. #11

    webman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    North East England
    Posts
    8,400
    Thank Post
    636
    Thanked 961 Times in 661 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    319
    Yeah it's a good question for developers. And I definitely agree with the Comic Sans one!

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    45
    Thank Post
    1
    Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
    Rep Power
    11

    just a few thoughts

    Try to get a sense from them about how they would go about organising your information into your site

    Take a look at
    http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/files/websitesguide.pdf
    from
    Plain English Campaign free guides

    Do you know what information needs to go into your site -- will they have to discover this themselves (they might not like chasing around after people - trying to find who knows about what) - how might they handle this

    Have they done Template designs for your chosen
    Joomla/Drupal/ASP/...
    HTML/XHTML/CSS/JavaScript - how well do they know these

    Will they need to install/patch/update the LAMP/WAMP/IIS - is this something they've done before (not just on their Home PC)

    Will you want them to design/build any Flash components/widgets

    Do they know how to publish for SEO - Google sitemaps etc


    What about maintaining the website after it's gone live
    Will it be their job to hunt down new content - how might they manage/schedule this

    Does such content need to go through an approvals process before it is allowed to go public

  13. #13

    Hightower's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Cloud 9
    Posts
    4,920
    Thank Post
    494
    Thanked 690 Times in 444 Posts
    Rep Power
    241
    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    Sample code tests?

    i.e:
    Code:
    1. If $text = ‘Content-Type: text/xml’; Which of the following prints ‘text/xml’?
    
    A. print substr($text, strchr($text, ':')); 
    B. print substr($text, strchr($text, ':') + 1); 
    C. print substr($text, strpos($text, ':') + 1); 
    D. print substr($text, strpos($text, ':') + 2); 
    E. print substr($text, 0, strchr($text, ':'));
    I disagree with this question. I think it's more important for a developer to know how the language works, its rules, structure etc etc than to know little snippets of code. I develop quite regularly with PHP, yet the amount of times I have to check the manual is unreal. As long as I know where to find the answer, and how it should be structured (based on learning the rules etc) I can solve any problem with a little searching.

    Our first project at Uni was with C++. We questioned this and the lecturer quite simply said "what I teach you with C++ you will be able to transfer to any language", and he was right. The skills he taught us have been transferrable. For example:

    $j = 1 - $j;

    Doesn't look so obvious at first, and not everyone will know this line off by heart. But if you know the rules it can be quite simple to discover what it does.

  14. #14
    p858snake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Queensland
    Posts
    1,490
    Thank Post
    37
    Thanked 175 Times in 151 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    51
    Ask them for their view on flash websites, and on w3c web standards.

  15. #15


    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1,748
    Thank Post
    320
    Thanked 258 Times in 211 Posts
    Rep Power
    119
    Quote Originally Posted by mossj View Post
    It depends, also note I said MOST important....

    Big names aren't I.E Google or facebook...

    However DDA is important (just not most) and easy to achieve but sometimes there are features of websites that just won't work with it, so bottom line it shouldn't be the be all and end all. Most of the time if you come across one of these you just write something that is the equivilent but you can't offer a blind person a google map can you?
    I'm not arguing with you here, I'm not a web developer but I was just asking the question. I've worked closely with users with a disability and the amount times we came across information which wasn't designed with a disability in mind was unreal. Although sometimes (as in your example) you cant make everything accessible. But you can try, and failing that provide the information in alternative formats to give users the option. Because ultimately isn't that trying to obtain your original goal of making the information available to your user base?...But this is going off topic so apologies to OP.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Web Developer and Web designer (2 posts) - Kent
    By elsiegee40 in forum Educational IT Jobs
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 28th May 2010, 07:04 AM
  2. [Pics] Can You Be A Web Designer?
    By DaveP in forum Jokes/Interweb Things
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 2nd November 2009, 11:07 PM
  3. interview questions
    By peterpan in forum Educational IT Jobs
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 3rd March 2009, 01:58 PM
  4. IT interview questions
    By Chuckster in forum Educational IT Jobs
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 11th November 2008, 03:46 PM
  5. Help with interview questions.
    By lill in forum Educational IT Jobs
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11th December 2007, 11:44 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •