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Paula Mourad
Paula Mourad
5,154 Points

Front End - Interview!! Help :)

Hello everyone, I'm a multimedia graphic designer, and ad far as coding goes I know the basics of html and css. I applied for a job as a UI Designer and I did well on the first interview. Tomorrow I'll have the second interview and it will have to do with front-end. Now, I'm really lost here. I've read about it and I believe that I might have been doing this without knowing.

I wonder if anyone can narrow it down, and maybe tell me what sort of questions to expect! :)


Good luck paula just be clear and honest on your strengths and weaknesses

10 Answers

Hey Paula, I have the perfect resource for you. It was taken from Career Foundations course in the notes section under Applying & Interviewing - Selling Yourself:

Front-end Job Interview Questions

I've went ahead and changed the topic to business. Hope this helps you on the interview. I'd also recommend taking the whole course. :smiley:

Paula Mourad
Paula Mourad
5,154 Points

Hi Dustin, Thank you very much for your reply. Let me tell you that I read the article and yes it is very good but it freaked me out! I see it is 99% coding stuff and 1% design. I'm speechless! LOL!! Thanks anyways!! :)

Would you be able to post the full job description? That would definitely give us a better idea of what they're looking for. Sometimes interface designers do only that, but it doesn't sound like that may be the case for this position.

Paula Mourad
Paula Mourad
5,154 Points

Hi Dusting, here is the job description:

Our design team is growing and we’re looking for a young designer with chops to run with the big kids. Do you dream about design and UX / UI? we want to hire you!

Design simple web, mobile and apps experiences that delight users Understanding flux diagrams and storyboards Follow user interface style guides, standards & design specifications Maintaining quality, efficiency and consistency HTML CSS Grids Responsive Framework knowledges Offline Experience English

It sounds like they want you to know web design. Here's what I would do. Be completely honest with them. Let them know you're familiar with the basics, and are willing to learn. If you're good at UI work, they'll appreciate you for that much, and for being honest with them. You might even let them know you are a student at Treehouse. You could provide them with your profile link so they can track your progress.

Mostly things such as

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • PHP sometimes
  • Responsive Design

Check out this track is shows some of the skills needed for front end development: http://teamtreehouse.com/tracks/front-end-web-development


As the interview is tomorrow there is not much you can do to change your knowledge of front-end development overnight. Be confident in your strengths and when it comes to any perceived weaknesses you need to let the interviewer know what you are doing to patch those ups.

Good luck on the interview!


Paula Mourad
Paula Mourad
5,154 Points

Thanks Luke!!! :)

Paula Mourad
Paula Mourad
5,154 Points

Hi Tunde, Thanks for replying. I had seen that link before, and I started it but, but it starts from 0, and my interview is tomorrow LOL!!! Thanks anyways!! :) Cheers!!!


There are endless fed interview questions so my advice is to just remain calm. There are many different answers to the same questiosn but you are there to see if you are a good fit for the work and vice versa. If you are totally lost in the interview it simply wasn't the one for you. I wouldn't try to learn anything new before the interview but it's good to review the concepts of frontend development or even just the flow of a website project.

  1. Planning, Content Strategy, Wireframes/Sitemaps
  2. Prototype in Balsamic(static - low fidelity) or Axure (interactive - hi fidelity)
  3. Visual Design - Photoshop mockup or conceptual styletiles
  4. Frontend Development - HTML5/CSS2&3/JS in Sublime or IDE of choice
  5. Frontend Dev Build Tools - Terminal(Node.js+Gulp) or using Applications(Codekit + LiveReload)
  6. Frontend Source Control System - Terminal/Git+Github or using Applications(Github Mac, Cornerstone, Tower),
  7. Frontend Dev Environment - Mac locally running Apache/ web server and MySQL database using MAMP (WAMP for PC)
  8. Testing - JSHint, CSSLint with User Testing and BrowserStack testing responsive design on different devices/browsers/platforms
  9. Feedback loop - analytics data, support issues and testing influence fixes and features
  10. Tools - always evolving tooling discussions. Sass vs Less, Bootstrap or Foundation, BEM vs SMACSS, Gulp.js vs Grunt etc.

It's likely you will run into using an API + JSON data to display content instead of using database so just understand the difference at least. I don't think you should have to worry too much about backend concepts or languages such as Python, Ruby, PHP etc.That said, it doesn't hurt to understand what happens after a form is submitted or how a dynamic page gets content from a database.

Best of luck!

Paula Mourad
Paula Mourad
5,154 Points

Dustin Matlock Thanks once again. I agree with you. I already had the first interview and it went really smooth. They asked me if I had ever worked with mobile apps, I said I had only worked with the design of the app (the look - illustrator); and as far as web design, yes I design and develop sites. I tend to use native softwares from mac like iWeb (now it's everweb) since you don't need to know codes. I took an HTML and CSS basic course and it helped me a lot. All of this was said in the interview. When she asked me if I worked with front-end, (I didn't even know what that was), I was honest and said "No, but I can learn". Now I have my second and final interview tomorrow.

What triggers my curiosity is that I'm a graphic designer, I work with photoshop, illustrator, indesign, after effects, premiere.

Anyways....let's see what happens tomorrow :) Thanks!!! And best regards! paula

Paula Mourad
Paula Mourad
5,154 Points

Christy Zimmer Coyle Dustin Matlock Tony Jessup Tunde Adegoroye

Hey everyone! I just wanted to thank you all for the replies and best wishes! I wanted to update you on the interview! I went there today, and they explained that they need a UI Designer with some coding knowledge. They mentioned "front-end", but nothing too serious.
Now I have to wait to hear back from them. It will be probably 1 or 2 weeks.

In the meantime I'll keep studying :) Thank you all once again! :))

Cheers! Paula

No problem its always nice too see a fellow student do well :)

Did you get the job?

Hey Dustin Matlock Is there a repository of answers to all those questions?