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 web developer (unless specified otherwise) is usually responsible for both server-side logic and front-end logic. They are usually tasked with the implementation of the visual elements that the users see and interact with in a web application, as well as the web services and APIs powering the front-end. In case you want web developers who specialize in either front-end or back-end development, please refer to the corresponding job description template.

Writing a good job description and job advertisement for a full-stack web developer may not be as straight-forward as it seems. When you are looking for an advanced full-stack web developer, posting a generic web developer description in your job ad, will invite a large number of applications from people who are specialized in only either front-end or back-end development.

Since “full-stack web developer” is a fairly generic concept, not every advanced full-stack developer knows the exact same set of technologies. It is important to write a job description tuned to specific projects and requirements. This article will provide you with a sample full-stack 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.

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’s culture, perks, and benefits. Mention office hours, remote working possibilities, and everything else you think of that makes your company interesting.}}

Job Description

We are looking for a Web Developer responsible for managing the interchange of data between the server and the users, as well as translating the UI/UX design wireframes to actual code that will produce the visual elements of the application. You will also design the overall architecture of the web application and evolve it to ensure maximum performance and stability.

Responsibilities

  • Design of the overall architecture of the web application
  • Implementation of a robust set of services and APIs to power the web application
  • Building reusable code and libraries for future use
  • Optimization of the application for maximum speed and scalability
  • Implementation of security and data protection
  • Translation of UI/UX wireframes to visual elements
  • Integration of the front-end and back-end aspects of the web application
  • {{Add other responsibilities here that are relevant}}

Skills and Qualifications

  • Proficient knowledge of a back-end programming language {{Depending on the specific case, a developer should have the knowledge of one or more: PHP, Python, Ruby, Java, .NET, JavaScript etc.}}
  • Understanding differences between multiple delivery platforms (such as mobile vs, desktop), and optimizing output to match the specific platform
  • Good understanding of server-side templating languages {{such as Jade, EJS, Jinja, etc. depending on your technology stack}}
  • Good understanding of server-side CSS preprocessors {{such as Stylus, Less, Sass etc. depending on your technology stack}}
  • Creating database schemas that represent and support business processes
  • Data migration, transformation, and scripting
  • Management of hosting environment, including database administration and scaling an application to support load changes
  • Understanding of fundamental design principles behind a scalable application
  • Ability to implement automated testing platforms and unit tests
  • Good understanding of {{Depending on the specific case, a developer should have knowledge of advanced JavaScript libraries and frameworks such as AngularJS, KnockoutJS, BackboneJS, ReactJS, DurandalJS etc.}}
  • Proficient understanding of client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks, including jQuery {{or other frameworks such as Zepto, MooTools, etc. depending on project requirements}}
  • Basic knowledge of image authoring tools, ability to crop, resize, or perform small adjustments on an image. Familiarity with tools such as as Gimp or Photoshop is a plus.
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools {{e.g. Git, Mercurial or SVN}}
  • Familiarity with development aiding tools {{such as Bower, Bundler, Rake, Gulp, etc. depending on the technology stack}}
  • {{Make sure to mention other frameworks, libraries, or any other technology related to your development stack}}
  • {{List education level or certification you require}}
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