“A web designer/developer is responsible for the design, layout and coding of a website. They are involved with the technical and graphical aspects of a website – how the site works and how it looks. They can also be involved with the maintenance and update of an existing site” – Creativepool says.
In no particular order, here is your top six interview questions with answers appropriated from the now-employed web designers
1.“What particular trends in the IT industry are affecting web designers (like you)?”
Please, avoid enumerating very general trends. Rather, stick to those that really affected you in the past, or at present. And take keen note that you can’t just drop some sort of trend and get away from elaborating it.
Roy’s answer: “Well, top of my list is fluid layouts. With tablets and Smartphones becoming increasingly staple among all kinds of users, my clients were more expectant of the layout’s ability to get there – from the website, into these devices. In response, I took online courses and spend a good number of my downtime to achieve such layout fluidity. I would routinely spread my new layouts and ask for substantial feedback among my peers to improve the layouts.”
2. “In a general overview, how do you make your websites?”
This question expects from you a list of chores that you naturally run into every single time you start the creation of a website. And because it requires a ‘general overview,’ you are advised to come up with a few list entries.
Jacob’s answer: “Websites are created through three major key phases. The first phase requires me to settle in knowing who the intended audience of the site are. In the second phase, I’m most likely to attempt paralleling the content with the type of audience. Lastly, I would have to consider the functionality of the website: is it educational, conversational or transactional? In all of these phases, I’d be referring back and fro to the client’s specifications.”
3.“Which do you work best – independently or in a team?”
Don’t play safe by saying yes to both. Yet, don’t cut yourself short of opportunities by hanging in your preference. The best balance is in by proffering your ideal choice, and then sealing your statement by implicating how cognisant you are of the advantages of each option.
Lilac’s answer: “My bosses and peers say I’m a great asset in every project-based team I joined in. And while it’s exciting to do collaborations, I’m equally confident working on website projects by myself.”
4.“How do you feel about doing overtimes?”
Be careful as this question is invariably too tricky. If you don’t, you might sound ranting or whining – and that would be the last of it.
Nicola’s answer: “OT’s are almost inevitable and I don’t really mind taking them if that’s what it requires to get the job done. However, I’m confident that my time management skills can work a great deal around it. I aspire to finish everything on-time.
5.“Are you adaptable with different website software?”
Don’t be fooled by the question’s succinctness. You can’t just say yes and not specify those you’ve tried. And, of course, express your excitement in trying something else.
Ed’s answer: “I think I am. In the past, I’ve tried four of the most highly recommended packages: the WebPlus, SiteSpinner, Web Page Maker and the WebEasy Professional. I’m practically, looking forward trying new software.”
6.“Can you recall a time wherein you were having a hard time communicating something technical to the other person, say a client?”
Again, take keen note that this is not just some recalling and storytelling exercise. The interviewer is obviously, after your view – how you see or saw that situation, as well as, how you choose to solve it.
Pippa’s answer: “One time, there’s this pastry shop owner I’m working with. She wanted to add those (Facebook) like buttons and other social media icons in the right side of the site. And she told me all that after (I) finishing the whole website. I said okay and told her it’ll be ready after 24 hours but she was reluctant. I had to explain that to add those buttons I would have to reconfigure the codes. She wasn’t amused; I figured I’d have to get better in explaining stuff like this next time.”
Ultimately, exude the right attitude for the kind of interviewer you have. If the interviewer is stiff, go formal. Otherwise, speak naturally and with flair of confidence.