The Vital Guide to Interviewing Web Developers

This guide offers a sampling of effective questions to help evaluate the breadth and depth of a candidate's mastery of web development, including client-side, server-side, transport, and database related topics.

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A back-end web developer is responsible for server-side web application logic and integration of the work front-end web developers do. Back-end developers usually write web services and APIs used by front-end developers and mobile application developers.

Writing a good job description and a job ad for a back-end developer requires proper separation of concerns. Posting a generic web developer description in your job ad, when you are looking for an advanced back-end web developer, will bring numerous applications from people who are specialized in building front-end user interface, or web designers who have absolutely no knowledge about programming.

There are technologies and knowledge that are common to all web developers, and some that are specific to back-end developers. This article will provide you with a sample back-end web developer job description that will help you write a perfect job ad and assure that you easily find and hire the person that matches your specific criteria.

Back-End Web Developer - Job Description and Ad Template

Company Introduction

{{Write a short and catchy paragraph about your company. Make sure to provide information about the company culture, perks, and benefits. Mention office hours, remote working possibilities, and everything else you think makes your company interesting.}}

Job Description

We are looking for a Back-End Web Developer responsible for managing the interchange of data between the server and the users. Your primary focus will be development of all server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end. You will also be responsible for integrating the front-end elements built by your coworkers into the application. A basic understanding of front-end technologies is therefore necessary as well.

Responsibilities

  • Integration of user-facing elements developed by a front-end developers with server side logic
  • Building reusable code and libraries for future use
  • Optimization of the application for maximum speed and scalability
  • Implementation of security and data protection
  • Design and implementation of data storage solutions
  • {{Add other responsibilities that are relevant}}

Skills And Qualifications

  • Basic understanding of front-end technologies and platforms, such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3
  • Good understanding of server-side CSS preprocessors, such as LESS and SASS
  • Understanding accessibility and security compliance {{Depending on a specific project}}
  • User authentication and authorization between multiple systems, servers, and environments
  • Integration of multiple data sources and databases into one system
  • Management of hosting environment, including database administration and scaling an application to support load changes
  • Data migration, transformation, and scripting
  • Setup and administration of backups
  • Outputting data in different formats
  • Understanding differences between multiple delivery platforms such as mobile vs desktop, and optimizing output to match the specific platform
  • Creating database schemas that represent and support business processes
  • Implementing automated testing platforms and unit tests
  • Proficient knowledge of a back-end programming language {{Depending on the specific case, a developer should have the knowledge of one or more of PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, .NET, JavaScript etc.}}
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools, such as Git
  • Proficient understanding of OWASP security principles
  • Understanding of “session management” in a distributed server environment
  • {{Make sure to mention any other framework, libraries, or any other technology related to your development stack}}
  • {{List education level or certification you require}}
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