More often than not, employers have a tough time filling tech positions as it is difficult to find someone with the best qualifications. This is especially true when it comes to finding front-end developers; people who have skills in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), HTML, and JacaScript. CSS is becoming increasingly important, and it’s very difficult to land a job if you are weak in the CSS department. When interviewing for a job, employers will want to assess your skills by focusing on CSS questions. Our IT recruiters at Atlas Consulting have compiled a list of the top CSS-related interview questions asked by employers.
What is the different between display block, block-inline, and inline? Employers are asking this question to test your knowledge of the CSS box model. This question should start a discussion leading to more advanced concepts such as margins vs. padding.
In what order to CSS style definitions take priority? To answer this question successfully, you’ll need to know all of the places where CSS can be defined. You will also need to understand CSS selectors and their effect on priority. The “!important” keyword will naturally be part of the discussion leading to best practices.
As a whole, what is your web design experience? Your answer should give the employer a feel for how well you understand CSS as applied to both a layout framework and a styling mechanism for HTML elements.
Are you familiar with web standards? This question is designed to test whether or not you are continually educating yourself. It’s important to understand design standards, but it’s also important to show that you are always learning.
How do you test your CSS layouts? As you know, not everyone uses the same browser. The employer wants to know that your work will adapt with a variety of browsers. It’s important to have a solid testing regime, so make sure you stress that in your answer.
How would you design a grid system using a CSS language like SASS or Stylus? Using language like SASS or LESS generates CSS code for you and allows you to do a lot of shorthand things. It’s important to employers that you can use this language effectively, and that the design would still be fully responsive. Show that you understand these languages and your ability to understand basic programming.
Even those these questions are all CSS focused, keep in mind the interviewer will probably ask more general, company-related questions. For more interview preparation, including tips on how to ace your next interview, contact us today!