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Hiring kit: JavaScript developer

Originally Published:
Jul 2017

JavaScript programming is a core competency vital to the development of modern interactive websites. This hiring kit includes a job description that outlines the skills, experience, and knowledge to look for when hiring a JavaScript developer, along with sample interview questions and a basic want ad to help narrow your search.

From the job description:

Introduction
JavaScript is one of the three primary languages required to create and develop content for the World Wide Web. It is a core competency that all web developers should know and it is vital to modern interactive websites. Without JavaScript and its nearly universal support built into most web browsers, websites would not be able to perform event-driven activities so common in modern website design.

Those applying for JavaScript developer positions will often distinguish themselves from other candidates by highlighting their collaborative and social skills in addition to their technical expertise. A certain level of JavaScript knowledge can be assumed for any candidate with even minimum experience, so the determining hiring factor may come down to soft-skill characteristics, such as the ability to work well in a team environment.

Job description
The JavaScript developer will generally work with a team of developers to maintain, enhance, and/or build an interactive website using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS components. The successful candidate will be familiar with all three core programming languages, but will primarily focus energies on the development of the JavaScript component for the site.

Proven experience and success working with a team of skilled programming professionals is of paramount importance. Candidates must be able to collaborate with team members in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and demonstrate an affinity for effective communication and social interaction.

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