Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Interview Questions

This blog is about if I was an interviewer and have to employ a new web designer what questions would I ask them and why.

Below is a list of 7 questions that I would ask if I was in this situation.

1. What Skills do you have?
This question is vital question because if somebody came to me with only basic skills of XHTML and CSS. I would have to say no because they would require to much learning to get up to the standard that I would expect.

Ideal answer: High standard of XHTML and CSS and knows how to use JavaScript to an intermediate level. As well understanding the use of Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator

2. What Skills do you want to learn in the future?
The skills that I would be expecting for them to learn would be Flash, PHP and MYSQL this would be because in the future it would be great to know that I have one person who can do all the things I want without having to employee multiple people to do it.

3. Why do you want this job?

This question is pretty hard to answer I would say but there needs to be a reason why they want the job which isn’t just the moneys good. I would like to think that they would have an interest in the company and feel that their style of designing is at the same standard as what is already been produced.

4. What can you bring to the company, which we don’t already have?
If they can bring fresh ideas, a high level of creativity and make fully functional websites that would be what I’m looking for.

5. Can you work in a team?

This should just be a yes straight away as if they can’t work in a team or have little communication skills. I wouldn’t be interested; I would want somebody who can justify their idea in a team and help others achieve what they want. I would want them to be more of an all rounder.

6. What are XHTML and CSS?
This should be an easy question to answer but is something that needs to be asked. Do you actually know what it is and its uses? I wouldn’t want to end up with somebody that needs training from basics because it would cost too much money to do and would in turn make me lose money. They would need to have a high level of understanding of this.

7. How do you handle pressure?
Working under pressure would be a must because if there’s 3 job all running at the same time. I want somebody who gets it done. No complaints just do it. This is a vital skill for me.

These question if answered true-fully should lead me to somebody who knows how to design to a good standard using Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator and have the ability to code the website using well structured XHTML and CSS as well JavaScript but is keen to learn Flash, PHP and MYSQL. Also this would give me somebody who can work in a team and can handle working under pressure.