I have interview coming up and it will be a interview for magento first time,i search SE and i could find one question, but it was for developer. I been working online for magento project but this time i am nervous and want to get the job, so gotta have a good interview.
So as a magento front end developer, what question should i expect? How much php i should know or should i know,as i am following this tutorials and see a lot of php getting changed so should i only know where to find a template and copy it from, while using jQuery, javascript etc.
Insight would be helpful

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For a Magento front-end dev position I would looking these skills:


  • Basic:

    • Basic Syntax
    • Print/Echo Variables
    • Call Functions
    • Understand / Handle Controls (if, for, foreach, while etc..)
  • Pro (nice to have)

    • Understand Clases (OOP, Hierarchy, Scopes, etc)
    • Basic Knowledge for Blocks Creation/Handling
    • Basic Knowledge to deal with Models / Collections


  • Basic:

    • Basic Syntax and Concepts
    • jQuery
  • Pro:

    • Performance Related Concepts (DOM Processing, Rendering etc)
    • Understanding of Scopes and Encapsulation
    • jQuery Plugins Creation/Modifications
    • Prototype
    • Understanding of Objects Patterns

CSS/HTML (must be strong here)

  • CSS 2/3
  • HTML 4/5 Markup
  • Media Query
  • Responsive Concepts
  • Sass / Compass (4 RWD)


  • Full Understanding of layouts
  • M(B)VC Magento Implementation
  • Block/View Concepts
  • Module Configuration - Setup/Data Installs (good for scripting pages)
  • CMS Pages and Blocks
  • Cache Handling
  • Dev Mode / Logging Tools
  • Mysql Basic Concepts (to deal with dumps and some queries)

Magento 2

  • Less
  • Require.js
  • Grunt
  • Composer
  • Hi Yoga/Zen/Ninja level to support the pain and drive the rage for the time lost in every change deployment


  • VCS: Git/Svn
  • OS: Minimun Linux Notions (ssh, bash, services etc)
  • Some Scrum/Agile Concepts
  • Mysql Basic Concepts

Just for reference you always have the certification guide.

All other items are relative and personal of each one, and are "position" and seniority dependants.

My two Cents :)

  • That's, that is a long list. But isn't front end developer limited to js, html and css rather then knowing MVC framework or editing the code of OOP PHP
    – localhost
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 14:00
  • 1
    Yes but note that I made a separation between basic & pro, with basic should be enough, anyway it depend on the seniority required. Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 14:11
  • What would u think, is it a standard of front end developer day to day job to edit and create themes [like] this (code.tutsplus.com/articles/…)
    – localhost
    Commented Feb 10, 2016 at 14:14
  • if the changes put on server do not reflect. What steps should i take?
    – localhost
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 18:22

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