Front End Developer

Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles, and interview templates. Use this Front End Developer hiring guide to help you make the right decisions, fast.

HOW TO HIRE A Front End Developer

What does a Front End Developer do?

Front End Developers are responsible for designing and implementing the look, feel, and usability of websites. As this is often the first contact potential customers have with an organisation. They will mix a combination of design, coding, and technology in order to create a product which is easy to use and appealing to customers.

Day to day tasks of a Front End Developer

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Front End Developer definition

The primary responsibility of a front end developer is to create and maintain the visual aspects of either a piece of software, an application or a website. They will create elements which follow design documents and ensure there is the best user experience possible.

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HIRING PROCESS

Front End Developer Hiring Process

Step 1: Understand the role
Step 2: Source Applicants
Step 3: Skills Assessment
Step 4: Interview
Step 5: Hire

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile​

To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, its contribution, and the skills needed.

Write A Job Description Based On Skills

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Selecting The Ideal Candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customize one for your organization.

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.

Making An Offer

Once you assess your candidates against these skills, you’re ready to offer the top performer(s). You should base your offer on the value that the candidate would bring to your team and your business as a whole. It is also important to ensure your compensation and benefits packages are competitive in the industry and help you attract and retain the top talent.
Build the ideal candidate profile

Skills needed for a Front End Developer

The skills needed for a Front End Developer to succeed include some of the following, have a strong proficiency with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. They will need good design skills which are underpinned by a mixture of functional and esthetic design.

Pro Tip

Ask to see the candidate’s work portfolio so you can gain an understanding of their style and technical capabilities.

WRITE A JOB DESCRIPTION BASED ON SKILLS

How to write a Front End Developer job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. Here’s what to include in your Front End Developer job description:

Job Title: What position are you hiring for?

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organization

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully

Benefits: Details of compensation, benefits, and any perks on offer

Pro Tip

In building your candidate profile, remember you’ve already identified what skills are needed to succeed in the role. Here’s where to list your “must-have” skills and maybe a couple of “nice-to-have” skills. For example, a Front End Developer must be skilled in SEO as it will help boost your organisations websites ranking on search engines like Google.

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SELECTING THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

Sample skill tests for a Front End Developer

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Question 1

Front End

Question Type: Multiple Choice

In your web application, you have a table, and you want to set the spacing between the rows of the table. Which of the following codes will help you set this spacing?

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Question 2

HTML

Question Type: Code

You are creating a web application to verify if the browser supports html5 history or not. Can you provide a one-line if statement that can help you verify this?

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Question 3

Adaptable

Question Type: Audio

Describe a time where you have learned something new and then applied it to your work.

INTERVIEW TOP PERFORMERS

How to interview a Front End Developer

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The interview should focus on any skills that require development that were highlighted from the skills assessment.

Now you know that candidates can do the job, the interview becomes more of a relationship building exercise where you can get to know the candidate on a more personal level, understand their motivations, and how they would fit in with the team.

Making An Offer

How much does it cost to hire a Front End Developer?

In the United States the salary of a Front End Developer is reported to be $74,000 by Daxx.com, whereas Glassdoor USA reports it as $86,305. The lowest ten percent of Front End Developer are paid $49,000, whereas the top ninety percent earn up to $114,000 with the median of these salaries coming in at $75,000 according to Payscale.com.

Front End Developer Salary United States

As a Front End Developer the salary within the United States comes out to a value of $75,000 USD a year. The factors which make this salary come down to a couple of main factors, location of the organisation and skill of the developer.

Front End Developer Salary United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom the median salary for a Front End Developer is £41,370. This salary will be heavily dependent on the skill of the employee and the type of work they will be working on.

Front End Developer Salary Australia

In Australia a Front End Developer can expect to have a salary around $95,000 AUD. There will be a few factors which affect this number, which include seniority, location of the organisation and the industry the organisation operates within.