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Top Interview Questions to Ask Before Hiring HubSpot Developers

Posted by Simranjeet Singh

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Computan has already helped you find where HubSpot Developers are.  This article breaks down HubSpot Developer interview questions.

You’ve collected resumes online or through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), whichever you use, took a phone interview of each candidate and now locking a time slot for a face to face, or a video interview round. How would you separate the real HubSpot developers from a bunch of wannabes?

 

It’s simple, you explore their talent and potential by asking questions relevant to the job description and the role you have an opening for.

 

As important as these questions might sound, the response to these questions is the deciding factor for their selection and rejection. So, pay close attention. 

 

Here’s a list of interview questions one must ask candidates for a HubSpot developer position. 

  1. What are thecore skills and additional skills a HubSpot developer should have? 

First off, the candidate should be able to differentiate the core skills and the additional skills that any good HubSpot developer needs.

 

Core Skills: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, C++ 

Additional Skills: Joomla, Magento, Drupal, WordPress – Wait, what? Why does it matter that a potential HubSpot developer has knowledge of Joomla, Magento, Drupal or WordPress? Those are competing CMS’ and HubSpot is its own CMS, but a good web developer should have sound knowledge of at least one other popular open-source CMS.  This is important as many marketers choosing to use HubSpot will be comparing it with another CMS or discussing the migration from one to another.

   

This sets the foundation for further questions and you get to know the technologies the candidate can play around in. 

  1. What’s theeasy way to structure the code for other team members to understand? 

Why this question is important: This tells you whether the candidate is a stubborn developer who wants everybody to understand his/her structure or works his/her way around for easy understanding for everyone in the team. 

  1. Coffee Script or JavaScript - What do you prefer and why?

Why this question is important: There can be many variations of this question if you replace the technologies asked here. This shows the candidate’s preferences. Your organization might have more work based on any one of these technologies. 

  1. What's a Mixin?

Why this question is important: It’s a question based on a specific technology to explore the candidate’s knowledge base. You can replace the technology as per your requirements. Again, additional work is a boon here. 

  1. Which Frameworks have you worked on? Describe the pros and cons of those.

Why this question is important: Asking merely the names of frameworks might not do the job. However, asking the pros and cons of each will confirm that the candidate has actually worked on the frameworks that he/she knows about them in-depth. 

  1. What's your approach to making a user-friendly web design?

Why this question important: This question tells you about the candidate’s approach, the method of working, how the candidate proceeds in a web designing task. Will he/she be able to cope up with the approach that your company follows? 

  1. Explain when is CSS float utilized?

Why this question important: CSS3 is one of the core technologies a HubSpot developer must possess. Any question that revolves around these technologies tests the candidate’s knowledge of the core skills required to be a HubSpot developer. 

  1. What were your key responsibilities in your previous job?

Why this question is important: Exploring the key responsibilities in the previous job tells you the scope of growth of the employee and additional skills the candidate has such as team management skills and adaptability. If client-chat is included in the responsibilities, it directs toward good communication skills. It is up to the interviewer to identify the additional skills in the answer. 

  1. Give an example of Closure in JavaScript

Why this question is important: Similar to CSS, JavaScript is also one of the core skills in a HubSpot developer’s profile.  A Closure is used to combine the inner functions with the outer functions in a lexical environment. 

  1. What is CSS clear?

Why this question is important: One of the core skills for HubSpot Developers. It is used to define which sides of the floating elements are not allowed to float. 

HubSpot developer Interview questions

  1. What was your approach in this project (based on the project mentioned in the portfolio)

Why this question is important: How the candidate proceeds in a project? How he/she involves other team members? How does he/she solve challenges that come with a project? and many other topics are touched through this question. The interviewer must listen to the answer carefully for better evaluation. 

  1. How are JavaScript and jQuery different from each other?

Why this question is important: One of the core technologies HubSpot Developers work around. 

  1. What’s new in HTML 5?

Why this question is important: It tells whether the candidate is aware of the latest technological advancements in his/her own field of work. 

  1. How is HubL convenient? 

Why this question is important: If the candidate has worked on HubL, he/she must know why it is convenient and what it does. 

  1. Why is jQuery used so widely?

Why this question is important: If the candidate has hands-on experience on JQuery, he/she must know what can be achieved through jQuery and so its popularity. 

  1. What customizations could be done to a CRM?

 Why this question is important: As HubSpot is a CRM, COS, and CMS combined, the knowledge of the CRM will be helpful for this role.  

  1. What are the technologies used to develop CRM?

Why this question is important: This question explores the candidate’s knowledge of functionalities required in CRM and technologies used in building those functionalities. 

  1. How long does it take to build custom CRM solutions?

Why this question is important: CRMs have the basic functionalities that help the marketers manage the leads from each stage of the sales cycle. HubSpot is a complete platform of CRM software, customer service, marketing, sales. If the applicant had worked around HubSpot platform before, then you can expect a strategical approximate answer. 

  1. HubDBcloud is said to be relatively in beta, right? 
  2. Could you predict or suggest what the upcoming changes toHubDBwould be? 
  3. Could you briefly go over how you have used or would useHubDBfor website-building projects? 

Why thquestions (19, 20, and 21) are important: HubDB allows the developers to create and manage the databases within the HubSpot interface and use the information within the marketing assets. Any questions around HubDB tell whether the applicant has the experience with HubDB or not. 

  1. What rules of offline marketing apply to online marketing?

Why this question is important:  Best use of available space/spot for advertisement just like in Adwords PPC. Use of branding colors and guidelines, appropriate CTAs, not everyone is your customer – you know these are the basics of offline marketing used in online marketing as well. Being a developer of the platform that focuses on inbound marketing, knowing these come under additional skills as the designing and developing do revolve around these rules. 

  1. In what ways do you think a HubSpot website can improve? 

Why this question is important: Improving Your Website’s User Experience is a good read on this. Once the applicant answers the question, you can further ask the ‘how’ part of the question to know the best practices according to the applicant. 

  1. How could you describe React JS in one line? 

Why this question is important: It’s a fun question that tests the creativity of the candidate. Look what the candidate covers in one line for React JS.  

  1. What are some of the most common uses for HubSpot APIs? Share examples from your experience.

Why this question is important: The examples will let you know the kind of projects the candidate has done.  

  1. As a developer, why would you prefer to work on HubSpot Development projects?

Why this question is important: This might take back to the applicant story on why he/she chose to become a HubSpot developer. Look for the bits and pieces of applicant’s love for the platform in the answer. 

Now, let’s look at some of the non-technical questions to see how well the candidate will cope up in your company culture, work well with other employees, and show the scope of growth. 

Work Culture Questions 

  1. What would be the ideal work culture for you?

Why this question is important: It tells you how close your company culture is to the work culture the candidate is expecting and what adjustments the candidate has to do to work in your organization. 

  1. What did you love about the last organization that made you show up at the workplace daily?

Why this question is important: This will open more on his choice of workplace and what motivates the candidate to work. 

  1. One thing that you would want to change in the previous company's work environment?

Why this question is important: Knowing the dislikes of the candidate is as important as knowing the likes. There might be some things similar in your company culture that he/she might dislike. 

  1. What do you expect from your subordinates and your managers?

Why this question is important: Carefully hearing the answer will allow you to understand candidate’s position when leading a project with subordinates and when working as part of the team and under several seniors.

 

By the end of the interview, you would know who the real HubSpot developer is among the bunch of wannabes. 

It’s not necessary that you ask 30 questions. You know your company’s requirements better than I do. Filter out the questions that don’t cover the HubSpot developer’s position that you want to fill.

 

Stay tuned as we will be covering topics such as ‘Hiring local or Remote, which one is better?’ and other related topics in future blogs.

 

Simranjeet Singh

Written by Simranjeet Singh

Writer | HubSpot Certified Inbound Marketer and Content Marketer