What are the most common interview questions?

Okay, let’s say that you’re well established and you’re looking for interns to hire with beginning/intermediate experience. For example they’ve actually created a website for someone…and not a Wordpress blog site.

What would be some of the specific technical questions you would ask these interns during the interview?
What do you want to find out about their creative/technical skills?

There are unfortunately no interview questions which are tailored specifically for the web industry…I’ve searched in the bookstores and libraries.

Your goals when hiring:

  1. You want the person to be a good “fit” for your company.
  2. You want the person’s previous job not to have ended with a lawsuit.
  3. You want the person to be self-directed, since you’re small and can’t spend too much time managing the person closely.
  4. You want the person to be able to really think through a problem.
  5. You want the person’s skill level to be close enough to what you want that they aren’t spending all day running the CS4 tutorials.

My interviews tend to cover their resume, let the person talk about their experiences at each previous job, why they left, what they liked and disliked about the company, just to get a feel for the person’s values and communications skills. Then I give the person a test to see how they think under pressure. The test is a single problem to design something on the back of a napkin or blank sheet of paper. I want to see them think about the problem and how they approach it and walk through the problem and how the solution will work to solve the problem. I really don’t care what they come up with, but whether they can at least take a stab at the problem without freezing up and whether they can think logically about the task in a short time to organize a back-of-the-napkin solution.

It’s not always the questions that are interesting, but the answers that you really have to listen to what’s being said and how it’s being said.

And then check references from their resume to ensure that their resume is indeed theirs and not someone else’s.

I’ve been asked many “good questions” about what I want, who I am, where I fit which I’ll list below but ultimately my advice is always to stay away from q&a rapid fire and instead get a conversation going. By creating a good conversation which is guided by a series of questions you can get a much better feel for the candidate as well as more insight into their experience than you would with just a cold and dry ask and answer format.

Some open-ended questions:

  • What is your dream role? What if experience/ work history weren’t an issue, what would it be then?
  • If you had $X to start a web business what would you do (follow this up with specifics that relate to the role)?
  • What sites do you like? Why do you like them?
  • [Show a site] What do you think about this site? Why?
  • What attracted you to this role in particular? What attracts you to the web?
  • What sort of experience do you have in driving traffic?
  • What sites do you use in your daily life? Name one, how would you change it to make it more usable?
  • What experience, skills or knowledge do you hope to gain while here?
  • In your past roles how would you say you’ve worked with others
  • What sort of a coder/designer/dev do you consider yourself? Do you look to create designs, make things work, bring the latest tools, etc…?
  • How do you make a site that’s usable and converts traffic versus one that just looks good?
  • What blogs, books, and other materials do you use to learn?

The reality is most questions won’t be about the web. You can dive into skills, tools and technology in a few quick questions, see a portfolio and talk through it but the bulk if your interview will really be able the person, about the role and their fit within your team.

I would have to say that most employer, actually every employer would ask you about your previous job. Because they all want to know how good your are or were.

I like to offer up a scenario and ask them how they would handle it. This gives you some insight into their problem solving skills, experience, and if they can function independently.

I found some useful questions at [B]oDesk[/B]
Hope that it will help.

Common interview questions about new jobs

• What are you looking for in a job?
• What kind of people do you like to work with?
• What type of work environment do you prefer?
• Do you have any questions for me?
• What do you know about this position?
• What do you know about this company?
• Explain why you are qualified for this job.
• Are you looking for a permanent or temporary job? Why?


At one place Warren Buffet, the greatest investor of all times, mentioned that for hiring a person he looks for three qualities :

  1. Hard Working

  2. Intelligent

  3. Honest

But, the most important is honesty (integerity). Because, if it is not there than you don’t require other two qualities !!!

Of course, this is with basic assumption that the person has requisite skill set.

From various research sources, here are some of the most common interview questions job-seekers should expect in a job interview:

* Tell me about yourself.
* Why did you leave your last job?
* What do you see yourself doing five years from now? Ten years from now?
* What are your long-range career objectives?
* Why did you choose this career?
* How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
* How would a good friend describe you?
* What would your last boss say about your work performance?
* Why should I hire you?
* What makes you qualified for this position?
* What do you think it takes to be successful in a company like ours?
* In what ways do you think you can make a contribution to our company?
* What's the most recent book you've read?
* What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
* Describe the most rewarding experience of your career thus far.
* Why did you decide to seek a position in this company?
* What can you tell us about our company?
* What do you know about our competitors?
* What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
* Are you willing to travel for the job?

Resources that will help you with job interview questions:

* (quintcareers.com/interview_question_collections)Interview Question Collections

The Biggest Three.–

+ Why do you want to work here, what do you see that brings you here, what can you provide for us in our enviorment?

Common interview questions include types as follows:

Last job
Education and knowledge
New jobs
Personal object


This is good to know, in case I ever find myself in the napkin test.

I think many questions are actually to test for something else than what they appear to be testing for. For instance, if you are asked whether you like to have regular check-up meetings, or be left alone to do your work, then what the person is looking for depends on the work environment. It may be that either method will work, and they are just trying to see if you know your own work habits well enough to articulate them.

Common question

**why do you think we need to hire you?

For me most common question during the interview was the “work experienced”, “your strength & weaknesses”

Focus on behavioral interview questions as opposed to the basics - you’ll get much more out of them and you can decide which is the best personality fit for your business.

For instance:

Tell me about a site you have created for a client, what was the purpose of the site and what ground work did you need to undertake (assess research, analysis and creativity skills)

Have you ever created a site where the final outcome did not meet the needs of the client? How did you deal with this and what was the end solution (excellent for finding out their ability to act correctly when something goes wrong)

What are some of the biggest responsibilities you have had in the past (assess this answer to ask more direct questions)

There’s a whole batch of behavior questions that can be asked which are fantastic for getting to understand what goes on between the ears and the way they will react to specific situations.

Here are some common interview questions

  1. Tell me something about yourself?
  2. What are your strength and weaknesses?
  3. Why should we hire you?
  4. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
  5. How much salary do you want?
  6. Why do you want to join this company?
  7. Do you have any questions for us?
  8. Why do you wish to leave your current employer? /Why did you leave your last job?
  9. What are your hobbies?
  10. What are your biggest accomplishments?

All good questions to get at the core issue. +1 on honesty and passion. I’ve been hired several times and interviewed plenty. The B.S. walks out my door and if they’re not excited about what they and we do then there’s no point in continuing. btw, cool thing happens when you cross a threshold of experience. You get to give interviewers who offer up a test the finger. :slight_smile:

Why do you think we need to hire you?

usual interview questions that can help you assess the applicant should be related to their previous jobs or their portfolio… it will give you a good idea on the quality of their work

I will ask him about designs which he created in past and also what all components and templates he used to check whether he is complete knowledged or a beginer