Let's create a list of interview questions for a SharePoint developer role.
Please provide one question per entry and the answer (if known). Vote on the entries that you think are the best!
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Here's my favorite.
"Here is a VM box with SharePoint and Visual Studio installed. You have full access to the internet, so please research and download any tool that you would like that can help you. Now, create me a simple web part that has a label, a textbox, and a button on it. When you click the button on the web part, change the text of the label to whatever text has been typed into the textbox."
Part 2 (which should be done along with part 1): "Deploy the web part as a SharePoint Feature using either STSADM or the UI in central administration, your choice."
I usually give them one hour.
What is SharePoint? How does it enable collaboration across the enterprise?
I would posit that we don't need SharePoint developers, we need people who have great understanding of the collaboration space who happen to be good coders (or not). There's so much that you can do through the UI or with SharePoint Designer that, most of the time, you don't need a "developer" per se.
I typically ask about their experiences with different types of "development" such as:
I then ask follow up questions similar based on their responses above:
I will often kick off with:
Nice way to relax the interview and get people talking. It also helps you get a feel for the passion they have for the product, and also if they have thought critically about the platform.
I also like to ask:
I like this because I want to avoid the "Hammer and Nail" problem that platforms like SharePoint always fall into. that is, when all you have is a Hammer, everything looks like a nail. The number 1 reason SharePoint project fail, is that it was the wrong platform in the first place.
You can see a bunch of them over the internet.
Here is a four Part sereis of sharepoint developer interview questions @