What You Should Know on Your First Front-End Job Interview…

Kristof Konings
Sep 4, 2020 · 4 min read
Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

You are going to start a carrier as a front-end developer, which is awesome. There a lot of job opportunities where you can train your development skills on the job, which is perfectly OK if you are a junior developer.

But first… you have to pass that job interview. And indeed it is hard to prove your skills if you are new on the job.

No panic, if you are facing me as the software manager in your job interview for junior front-end developer, the chances are high that I am going to ask you one of the following questions.

Do you have side projects?

What did you learn in your internship?

I’m probably going to ask about how you experienced the coaching from your team. I would like to know how independent you can work and when you are going to ask for help. There is no good or bad answer to this, it is just good to know. Of course, you can count on the coaching from our team.

What is Agile?

How the agile methodology is implemented at the company, it is different everywhere. It needs to fit in the DNA of the company to make it work. And it needs to work for the team too.

This way of working will changes through the time by input by the team, it would be a big plus if I can feel you are going to actively contribute with your ideas on this too.

What is the benefit of writing tests?

About your technical skills…

I’m going to ask you the simple question: please explain <your experience> to our HR — manager ( sitting next to me ) so she can easily understand it. As you may have guessed, the HR — manager isn’t a technical person.

If you give yourself a 5 / 5 rating on Angular for example, the chance is high that I’m going to ask you what is the difference between Angular/React or JavaScript / TypeScript.

Clean code

You should have read a lot about “clean code” already, and you should understand the benefit of it. However, sometimes it is also influenced by a matter of taste. So an honest answer would be awesome.

Btw, I’m going to ask you 2 times “and what else?”.

Do you have a question for me?

Isn’t frightening to jump into a new team where you are going to spend a lot of your time?

I am sitting on that team already! I can tell you everything about it…

Technical interview

So you made a good impression and we believe you are a good candidate for the job.
But first, we are going to program a little bit together to see how it works.

I prepared a technical test, which we will solve together. You are free to ask me any questions and you are free to use the internet too. ( Because that is what every developer does )

For me, it is more important to see how you find your way to the solution, rather than the solution itself.

We will address some basic functional programming by using the platform we use in the project. I will let you review a piece of code to check your insights on clean code. And I will end with some basic JavaScript questions about the quirks the language has.

Good luck!

The Startup

Get smarter at building your thing. Join The Startup’s +785K followers.

Sign up for Top 10 Stories

By The Startup

Get smarter at building your thing. Subscribe to receive The Startup's top 10 most read stories — delivered straight into your inbox, once a week. Take a look.

By signing up, you will create a Medium account if you don’t already have one. Review our Privacy Policy for more information about our privacy practices.

Check your inbox
Medium sent you an email at to complete your subscription.

Kristof Konings

Written by

It once started with: “right-click, view source” in IE6 … now I am a software manager in web applications :D

The Startup

Get smarter at building your thing. Follow to join The Startup’s +8 million monthly readers & +785K followers.

Kristof Konings

Written by

It once started with: “right-click, view source” in IE6 … now I am a software manager in web applications :D

The Startup

Get smarter at building your thing. Follow to join The Startup’s +8 million monthly readers & +785K followers.

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store