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Pauline Orr
Pauline Orr
15,321 Points

I have an interview for entry web developer job. Help!

I have an interview in a week for a website development job. Its going to have a lot of wordpress work- mainly theme development and customization. There's going to be a test so I need to study- but what should I focus my study on?

I'd love to make a custom wordpress theme to show them. I can pull some all nighters if need be. I just want to impress them. Any ideas of what kind of theme/site I should make?

7 Answers

Why not try making an ECommerce website?

Pauline Orr
Pauline Orr
15,321 Points

That's a thought. Thanks :)

You could also look at some other Wordpress sites and explain to them how they've been built. What you would change to improve it and how. Sometimes the hardest jobs are un-picking what someone else has built....or generally for me, fixing something someone else has done ;-).

Either way, Good Luck!

Pauline Orr
Pauline Orr
15,321 Points

Thanks. I'm incredibly nervous. I'll definitely take a look around, maybe review my old projects.

Nerves are good. It means you care.

This is what you need to know if you are working with WordPress:

  1. know the template hierarchy,

  2. know how to create a custom template

  3. know a Wordpress framework like sage.

  4. know git and version control

  5. express that you are always learning*****

  6. know how to pull/push a site using Migrate DB pro

  7. understand what a modular approach to dev is

  8. know WP_Query The Loop********

  9. know what gulp/grunt is

  10. Show a solid understanding of Sass, a little javascript.

  11. know some basic WP functions like the_excerpt(), and what function you need to change the word count, the_title(), what does this mean:

  $args = [
    'post_type'      => 'type_careers',
    'posts_per_page' => - 1
  ];


******************

<div class="description">
            <?php the_excerpt(); ?>
 </div>
          <footer>
            <a class="btn btn-primary" href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>">Apply Now</a>
          </footer>

Just be yourself and be honest****. if you don't know the answer say so, no one likes a know it all who doesn't know. They can teach you what $query->have_posts() means, they can't teach you drive and a willingness to learn and be open. I'm a developer who works a lot with Wordpress and these things are what I deal with everyday. I hope this helps. Good Luck!!

*You don't need to know all of this but at least have a basic understand of what they are, and you need to know the basics of command line. oh and lastly, culture is a big thing, its important that you're a fit, which basically means your a nice guy.

Pauline Orr
Pauline Orr
15,321 Points

I am literally saving this one. Thanks a bunch- you really help me focus on what I need to do.

Not a problem! If there is anything else let us know!! Good Luck!!

PS know Advanced Custom Fields, and just honest and yourself, and it will be cool. If they are giving you a test, be prepared for questions like this: if you have three divs all different height, and you don't know the height just that they are all different, how would you go about making all three divs have the same height.

regina cachuela
regina cachuela
3,796 Points

great thread. let us know how you go. how did you get your job lead anyway?

Pauline Orr
Pauline Orr
15,321 Points

I will Thursday! I heard about the opening through the local Advertising Federation group. I also know a few of the people working there through school and Addy Award ceremony so I'm hoping that helps me. They apparently got a lot of applications so me calling them to follow up is what really got me the interview. So knowing the names, who to call, and following up is what I have to thank.

Pauline Orr
Pauline Orr
15,321 Points

I did want to update ya'll. The interview when great!! I think I did a great job and I think I really meshed with everyone. The 'test' was a .psd file mock up for a webpage that I was supposed to code in flat html, css, jQuery and PHP. They expected it in a week but I turned it in several days early. That day they asked me when I can start. :)

So I am waiting for the official job offer- I am a recipient of Vocational Rehab so they are meeting with them tomorrow to figure out paper work side. Looks like I'm in, I am over the moon. And I am so appreciative of everyone who's given me advice here and to Treehouse because its been one of my best resources for my continual education. Any tips for job negotiation or what kind of salary to ask for? I am looking at what is competitive in my area but still unsure.

That's awesome!!! so far as job salary and such goes it really depends on two things your role and location. I'm assuming you are starting out as Jr. level which is great!! IT really just depends on where you live, major cities are more likely to receive more. There are two ways of going about it, first you start the bidding of the salary, or they start, rule of thumb if you're not really sure after googling salary's have them start the bid them raise them by 10K then try and settle for 5K more then what was offered. They, just like you will start the bid higher or lower then that they are willing to do. So go with that and you should be good to go. Once Again congrats!!

regina cachuela
regina cachuela
3,796 Points

so badass. congrats! i dont know much about salaries in this field but all i can say is never take the first offer. =)

Great news Pauline Gonzalez .