Web Developer Test

If you are looking to hire a web developer, a skills test can help you assess candidates' knowledge of building websites and web applications.

  • What is a web developer test?

    A web developer builds website applications, as well as maintaining and troubleshooting existing websites and web pages. They typically have both front-end and back-end knowledge (also known as full-stack), as well as an eye for user interface design (UI) and user experience (UX).

    Although web portfolios and resumes are useful, it's often difficult to tell how much contribution a web developer had towards different web projects, and if they are truly competent. You might also have difficulty choosing between candidates. A web developer test can help you narrow them down.

    Typically tests are sent during the early stages of the recruitment process. The assessment provides insight into the core skills of a web developer and automatically compares this data with other candidates, allowing you to make bias-free shortlisting decisions.

    A high score in a web developer test indicates that a candidate has the level of experience and skills needed to succeed in the role of a web developer.

About the Web Developer Test

Web developers are essential for building web applications. A web developer test provides critical evaluation of an individual's knowledge and skills in web applications, which can help recruiters make more informed hiring decisions.

Skills like front-end and back-end knowledge, problem-solving, programming language skills and technical knowledge are critical to assess how a web developer test will perform.

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  • Why should you use a web developer test for recruiting?

    The web developer test assesses a range of skills and competencies, including a personality assessment for cultural fit, technical skills, communication (particularly translating problems into non-technical layman's terms) and problem-solving. It is presented in the form of multiple-choice questions.

    From a recruitment perspective, it can be difficult to know if a web developer will be a good fit or not, and even more challenging to know if they have the competencies required to succeed in the role.

    Using a web developer test makes this decision process easier when shortlisting, by allowing you to evaluate relevant skills a developer would require for the position. Recruiters can then use this data to rank the talent pool in order of the top-performing candidates.

    Job roles you might find the web developer test relevant for include:

    • Full-Stack Developer
    • Web Application Developer
    • Front-End Developer
    • Back-End Developer
    • Computer Programmer
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Results for the Web Developer Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses web developer skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable (e.g. HTML5), soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. error checking) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. independence). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a web developer were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our web developer test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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    All our Web Developer tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    We offer Web Developer tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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Written by a Web Developer Test expert

Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Web Developer Test FAQs

What are the key skills for a web developer?

Key skills for a web developer might include:

  • Programming skills and technical knowledge
  • Problem-solving (fixing coding errors, debugging)
  • Attention to detail (error checking)
  • Analytical skills
  • UX and UI (visual design)
What programming languages might a web developer need to be tested for?

Typical programming languages within web development include HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, PHP and Python. It's important for recruiters to understand the difference between front-end languages and back-end languages when hiring for programming roles.

What is the cost for Picked's web developer test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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