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About the test:

The Azure DevOps Test is a scenario-based online test designed to assess a candidate's proficiency in working with Azure and implementing DevOps best practices. The test evaluates the candidate's understanding of key concepts, such as cloud computing, infrastructure as code, continuous integration and delivery, configuration management, containerization, and monitoring and logging. The test is used to identify the right candidates for DevOps roles in organizations that rely on Azure technologies.

Covered skills:

  • Python Syntax
  • Linux File System
  • Basics of Cloud Computing
  • Azure Virtual Machines
  • Azure databases
  • Python Scripting
  • Shell Scripting
  • Azure Storage
  • Networking in Azure

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Azure DevOps Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Azure DevOps Engineers



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Azure DevOps Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Able to write Python code using correct syntax and indentation
  • Proficient in Python scripting for automation purposes
  • Able to navigate and manipulate the Linux file system using command line interface
  • Skilled in writing shell scripts to automate tasks in Linux
  • Understanding of the basics of Cloud Computing and its key concepts
  • Knowledge of Azure Storage services and their usage
  • Ability to deploy and manage Azure Virtual Machines
  • Understanding of networking concepts in Azure
  • Familiarity with Azure databases and their functionalities
Reason #2

No trick questions

no trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

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The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

Why we started Adaface
Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

How we design questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Azure DevOps Test (Azure, Linux, Python) will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

Backup and Restore Strategy
Databases
Backup
Recovery
Solve
You are a database administrator for an organization that uses Azure SQL Database for its operations. The organization has a strict data retention policy and has set up the following backup strategy:

1. Full backups are taken every Sunday at midnight.
2. Differential backups are taken every day at midnight, excluding Sunday.
3. Transaction log backups are taken every hour on the hour.

On Wednesday at 2:30 PM, a failure occurred, and the latest backup files available are: full backup from the previous Sunday, differential backups for Monday and Tuesday, and transaction log backups up to Wednesday 2 PM.

In order to restore the database to the most recent point in time with the minimum amount of data loss, in what order should you restore the backups?
A: Restore the full backup, then the differential backup for Tuesday, then the differential backup for Wednesday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Wednesday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

B: Restore the full backup, then the differential backup for Wednesday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Wednesday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

C: Restore the full backup, then each differential backup from Monday and Tuesday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Wednesday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

D: Restore the full backup, then the differential backup for Monday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Monday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

E: Restore the full backup, then the differential backup for Tuesday, then each transaction log backup from midnight on Tuesday to 2 PM on Wednesday.

Medium

Resolving Connection Issues
Virtual Machines
Networking
Security
Solve
You are an Azure Administrator and you manage a Linux VM running an internal web application in Azure. The web application communicates with a database server hosted on another VM in the same Virtual Network (VNet).

Recently, users have reported that the web application is not accessible. After initial troubleshooting, you have identified that the web application VM is unable to establish a connection with the database server VM on port 5432.

You have checked and confirmed the following:

1. Both VMs are up and running without any issues.
2. Both VMs are located in the same VNet and subnet.
3. Both VMs can successfully ping each other.
4. A Network Security Group (NSG) is associated with the subnet, and it has a rule allowing all outbound traffic from the web application VM.
5. The NSG rule for inbound traffic to the database VM on port 5432 has a higher priority than the default deny all rule.

Given the information provided, what could be the most likely reason for the issue and the appropriate resolution?
A: Add a route table to the subnet to enable communication between the VMs.

B: The NSG rule priority for the inbound traffic to the database VM is not set correctly. Adjust the priority to be lower than the default rule.

C: Check if a firewall is enabled on the database VM that might be blocking the port. If so, configure it to allow connections on port 5432.

D: The issue is related to the DNS resolution. Update the DNS settings in the VNet to enable name resolution between the VMs.

E: The web application is not correctly configured to connect to the database. Update the connection string in the web application configuration.

Medium

Resolving NSG Configuration Issues
Virtual Machines
Security
Solve
You are an Azure Administrator in a software development company. A Linux VM is deployed on Azure, hosting an application server running on port 5000, set to start whenever the VM is booted up.

The VM is associated with a Network Security Group (NSG) having the following inbound security rules:

- Rule 100 (Priority: 100): Allow SSH (port 22) from any source
- Rule 200 (Priority: 200): Allow HTTP (port 80) from any source
- Rule 400 (Priority: 400): Allow TCP traffic on port 5000 from any source
- Rule 300 (Priority: 300): Deny all inbound traffic from any source

The outbound security rules are configured to allow all traffic to any destination.

Internal users have been attempting to connect to the application server on port 5000 but they are consistently facing connection timeouts. You've confirmed the application server is up and running, and you can connect to the server locally on the VM.

What is the most probable cause of the problem and how would you fix it?
A: The inbound rule to allow TCP traffic on port 5000 is conflicting with the rule to allow HTTP on port 80. Remove Rule 200.

B: Rule 300 to deny all inbound traffic is being processed before Rule 400 to allow traffic on port 5000. Modify the priority of Rule 400 to a value less than 300.

C: The application server should be configured to listen on a well-known port instead of port 5000. Change the server settings.

D: The NSG is missing an inbound rule to allow ICMP traffic. Add a new rule with a lower priority.

E: The NSG needs to have an outbound rule specifically allowing traffic to port 5000. Add a new outbound rule.

Medium

ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions
Solve
What will the following Python code output?
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Medium

Session
File Handling
Dictionary
Solve
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The function high_sess should compute the highest number of events per session of each user in the database by reading a comma-separated value input file of session data. The result should be returned from the function as a dictionary. The first column of each line in the input file is expected to contain the user’s name represented as a string. The second column is expected to contain an integer representing the events in a session. Here is an example input file:
Tony,10
Stark,12
Black,25
Your program should ignore a non-conforming line like this one.
Stark,3
Widow,6
Widow,14
The resulting return value for this file should be the following dictionary: { 'Stark':12, 'Black':25, 'Tony':10, 'Widow':14 }
What should replace the CODE TO FILL line to complete the function?
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Medium

Max Code
Arrays
Solve
Below are code lines to create a Python function. Ignoring indentation, what lines should be used and in what order for the following function to be complete:
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Medium

Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists
Solve
Consider the following Python code:
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In the above code, recursive_search is a function that takes a dictionary (data) and a target key (target) as arguments. It searches for the target key within the dictionary, which could potentially have nested dictionaries and lists as values, and returns the value associated with the target key. If the target key is not found, it returns None.

nested_dict is a dictionary that contains multiple levels of nested dictionaries and lists. The recursive_search function is then called with nested_dict as the data and 'target_key' as the target.

What will the output be after executing the above code?

Medium

Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist
Solve
What does the below function ‘fun’ does?
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A: Sum of digits of the number passed to fun.
B: Number of digits of the number passed to fun.
C: 0 if the number passed to fun is divisible by 10. 1 otherwise.
D: Sum of all digits number passed to fun except for the last digit.

Medium

Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging
Solve
You are working on a Linux system and have recently installed a new program named myprogram. The executable is located in /opt/myprogram/bin/. You want to be able to run this program from any directory in your shell without specifying the full path.
You executed the following command:
export PATH="/opt/myprogram/bin"
However, when you try to run the program using myprogram, you get the following error message:
-bash: myprogram: command not found

Which of the following commands can fix this issue and allow you to run the program?
A: export PATH=$PATH:/opt/myprogram/bin/
B: export PATH="/opt/myprogram:$PATH"
C: export PATH="/opt/myprogram/bin:$PATH"
D: ln -s /opt/myprogram/bin/myprogram /usr/local/bin/myprogram

Easy

File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands
Solve
Consider the following directory structure:
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You start at /home/user and execute the following commands:
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What will be the resulting directory structure?
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Medium

Fork mellow yellow
Solve
How many times will the following code will print "Mellow Yellow"?
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Medium

Remote server connection
SSH
Solve
Our software engineering intern, Wu is looking to use port 4545 on localhost to connect to a remote server called woot.bananas.com on port 80. Which command would you recommend for this?
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🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

Backup and Restore Strategy
Databases
Backup
Recovery

2 mins

Azure
Solve

Medium

Resolving Connection Issues
Virtual Machines
Networking
Security

2 mins

Azure
Solve

Medium

Resolving NSG Configuration Issues
Virtual Machines
Security

2 mins

Azure
Solve

Medium

ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Session
File Handling
Dictionary

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Max Code
Arrays

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists

3 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist

4 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Easy

File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Medium

Fork mellow yellow

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Medium

Remote server connection
SSH

2 mins

Linux
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Backup and Restore Strategy
Databases
Backup
Recovery
Azure
Medium2 mins
Solve
Resolving Connection Issues
Virtual Machines
Networking
Security
Azure
Medium2 mins
Solve
Resolving NSG Configuration Issues
Virtual Machines
Security
Azure
Medium2 mins
Solve
ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Session
File Handling
Dictionary
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Max Code
Arrays
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists
Python
Medium3 mins
Solve
Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist
Python
Medium4 mins
Solve
Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands
Linux
Easy2 mins
Solve
Fork mellow yellow
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
Remote server connection
SSH
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries
Brandon

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!


Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Azure DevOps Test (Azure, Linux, Python) in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Science behind Adaface tests
Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Azure DevOps Test (Azure, Linux, Python) from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

invite candidates
Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

View sample scorecard
Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


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About the Azure DevOps Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Azure DevOps Test?

The Azure DevOps Test (Azure, Linux, Python) makes use of scenario-based questions to test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge, ensuring that candidates who do well on this screening test have the relavant skills. The questions are designed to covered following on-the-job aspects:

  • Python Syntax understanding and implementation.
  • Python Scripting for automation and task automation.
  • Linux File System and management for system administration.
  • Shell Scripting for automation and task automation.
  • Basics of Cloud Computing and its fundamental concepts.
  • Azure Storage for managing and storing data in the cloud.
  • Azure Virtual Machines for creating and managing virtual machines in Azure.
  • Networking in Azure for configuring and managing network resources.
  • Azure databases for managing and querying cloud-based databases.
  • Python Object-Oriented Programming concepts and implementation.

Once the test is sent to a candidate, the candidate receives a link in email to take the test. For each candidate, you will receive a detailed report with skills breakdown and benchmarks to shortlist the top candidates from your pool.

What topics are covered in the Azure DevOps Test?

  • Python Syntax

    Python Syntax refers to the set of rules and conventions that dictate how Python code should be written. It encompasses guidelines for writing statements, expressions, variables, functions, and other constructs in the Python programming language. Testing this skill is crucial as it ensures that candidates are proficient in writing syntactically correct code, which is essential for developing efficient and error-free Python applications.

  • Python Scripting

    Python Scripting involves writing scripts using the Python programming language to automate tasks, manipulate data, or perform specific actions. Assessing this skill allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's ability to write efficient and effective Python scripts, showcasing their knowledge of libraries, modules, and functions that enable them to accomplish various automation and data processing tasks.

  • Linux File System

    Linux File System refers to the hierarchical structure used by Linux operating systems to organize and store files and directories. Measurement of this skill ensures that candidates possess a deep understanding of how the Linux file system works, including concepts such as file permissions, directory navigation, file manipulation, and managing file system hierarchy, critical for working with Linux-based environments.

  • Shell Scripting

    Shell Scripting involves writing scripts that utilize a command-line shell to automate tasks in Linux or Unix-like operating systems. Testing this skill helps recruiters assess a candidate's ability to write efficient shell scripts, use shell commands and utilities, and automate repetitive tasks, thereby demonstrating their proficiency in working with the command-line interface in Linux environments.

  • Basics of Cloud Computing

    The Basics of Cloud Computing encompass fundamental concepts related to cloud-based services, including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS). Evaluating this skill allows recruiters to gauge candidates' understanding of the cloud computing model, its benefits, deployment models, and the extent to which they comprehend the principles that underpin cloud computing environments.

  • Azure Storage

    Azure Storage refers to the cloud-based storage service offered by Microsoft Azure. Measuring this skill ensures that candidates possess the knowledge and expertise to work with Azure Storage components such as Blob Storage, Table Storage, Queue Storage, and File Storage. This skill evaluation enables recruiters to identify candidates who are proficient in utilizing and managing storage services within the Azure cloud environment.

  • Azure Virtual Machines

    Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are virtualized computing instances provided by Microsoft Azure. Testing this skill enables recruiters to assess candidates' ability to create, manage, and deploy virtual machines in the Azure cloud environment. This assessment helps identify candidates with proficiency in provisioning resources, configuring settings, and ensuring optimal performance of Azure VMs.

  • Networking in Azure

    Networking in Azure encompasses a range of network-related services and features offered by Microsoft Azure, including virtual networks, subnets, IP addressing, load balancers, and network security groups. Evaluating this skill helps recruiters determine candidates' abilities to design, implement, and troubleshoot network architectures within Azure, ensuring seamless and secure communication between various Azure resources.

  • Azure Databases

    Azure Databases include various managed database services provided by Microsoft Azure, such as Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, and Azure Database for MySQL, among others. Assessing this skill enables recruiters to evaluate candidates' expertise in working with Azure databases, including their ability to create, query, manage, and optimize databases in the Azure cloud environment, which is crucial for developing scalable and efficient cloud-based applications.

  • Full list of covered topics

    The actual topics of the questions in the final test will depend on your job description and requirements. However, here's a list of topics you can expect the questions for Azure DevOps Test (Azure, Linux, Python) to be based on.

    Python Syntax
    Python Scripting
    File Permissions
    File Manipulation
    Processes and Services
    Shell Variables
    Conditional Statements
    Loops and Iteration
    Regular Expressions
    Cloud Service Models
    Cloud Deployment Models
    Azure Blob Storage
    Azure File Storage
    Azure Queue Storage
    Azure Table Storage
    Azure Virtual Machines
    Virtual Network
    Subnetting
    Load Balancer in Azure
    Azure DNS
    Azure SQL Database
    Azure Cosmos DB
    Azure Database for MySQL
    Azure Database for PostgreSQL
    Azure Database Migration Service
    Azure SQL Data Warehouse
    Azure Virtual Network Gateway
    Azure ExpressRoute
    Azure Traffic Manager
    Azure Firewall
    Azure Content Delivery Network

What roles can I use the Azure DevOps Test for?

  • Azure DevOps Engineer
  • Azure Cloud Architect
  • Senior Azure DevOps Engineer
  • Microsoft Azure DevOps Application Developer

How is the Azure DevOps Test customized for senior candidates?

For intermediate/ experienced candidates, we customize the assessment questions to include advanced topics and increase the difficulty level of the questions. This might include adding questions on topics like

  • Error handling and exception management in Python programming.
  • Understanding and utilizing Linux command line tools and utilities.
  • Version control systems like Git and Azure Repos for source code management.
  • Continuous integration and continuous deployment processes using Azure DevOps.
  • Writing and executing test cases and automated tests for software quality assurance.
  • Debugging and troubleshooting production issues in Python applications.
  • Optimizing and tuning performance of Python applications in different scenarios.
  • Designing and implementing scalable and distributed systems using cloud platforms.
  • Managing and monitoring cloud resources using Azure management tools.
  • Understanding and implementing security best practices in cloud environments.
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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.


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Azure DevOps Hiring Test FAQs

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Screen proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser
  • Copy paste protection

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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