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About the test:

The Azure Online Test evaluates a candidate's ability to create and scale virtual machines, storage options and virtual networks with Azure. The test uses scenario-based MCQ questions to screen for the understanding of Azure compute (Virtual machines, App services, Functions), Azure Storage (SQL, Blob, SQL), Azure Networking (Virtual networks, Gateway, NSG) and Azure security.

Covered skills:

  • Basics of Cloud Computing (IaaS; PaaS)
  • Hosting and developing Web and Mobile Apps
  • Azure Storage (Blob; Files; Table)
  • Azure data warehousing
  • Azure Virtual Machines (Scaling; Backup Strategy)
  • Networking in Azure (Virtual Networks; Subnet; Network Security Group; DNS)
  • Azure databases (SQL; NoSQL; in-memory)
  • Azure security and monitoring

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Microsoft Azure Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Azure Developers



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Microsoft Azure Online 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:

  • Understanding the fundamentals of cloud computing
  • Ability to scale and manage Azure Virtual Machines
  • Knowledge of hosting and developing web and mobile apps on Azure
  • Proficiency in networking principles in Azure
  • Ability to work with Azure Storage (Blob, Files, Table)
  • Understanding of Azure databases (SQL, NoSQL, in-memory)
  • Knowledge of Azure data warehousing
  • Ability to ensure security and monitoring in Azure
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 Microsoft Azure Online Test 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.
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ 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
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ SkillπŸ’ͺ DifficultyβŒ› 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
Reason #4

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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!


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Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Microsoft Azure Online Test 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 Microsoft Azure Online Test 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 Microsoft Azure Assessment Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Microsoft Azure Online Test?

The Microsoft Azure Online Test 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:

  • Basics of Cloud Computing (IaaS; PaaS)
  • Azure Virtual Machines (Scaling; Backup Strategy)
  • Hosting and developing Web and Mobile Apps
  • Networking in Azure (Virtual Networks; Subnet; Network Security Group; DNS)
  • Azure Storage (Blob; Files; Table)
  • Azure databases (SQL; NoSQL; in-memory)
  • Azure data warehousing
  • Azure security and monitoring
  • Scripting with PowerShell
  • Deploying and managing Virtual Machines in Azure

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 Microsoft Azure Online Test?

  • Basics of Cloud Computing (IaaS; PaaS)

    Understanding the basics of cloud computing, specifically Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), is essential in today's technology landscape. IaaS allows users to access virtualized computing resources over the internet, while PaaS provides a platform for developing, testing, and managing applications without the need for infrastructure management. This skill is measured in the test to evaluate the candidates' foundational knowledge of cloud computing and their ability to differentiate between IaaS and PaaS.

  • Azure Virtual Machines (Scaling; Backup Strategy)

    Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) are one of the most common and versatile services in Microsoft Azure. This skill is measured in the test to assess the candidates' understanding of scaling Azure VMs to meet changing workload demands and their ability to design and implement effective backup strategies for VMs. Both scaling and backup strategies are crucial aspects of VM management and ensuring smooth operations in the Azure environment.

  • Hosting and developing Web and Mobile Apps

    With the increasing demand for web and mobile applications, hosting and developing such apps on Azure is essential. This skill is measured in the test to evaluate candidates' proficiency in deploying and managing web and mobile apps on Azure, including tasks like setting up application environments, configuring databases, and deploying updates. Strong skills in hosting and developing these apps demonstrate the ability to leverage Azure's capabilities and provide scalable and reliable applications.

  • Networking in Azure (Virtual Networks; Subnet; Network Security Group; DNS)

    Networking is a fundamental aspect of any cloud infrastructure, and Azure offers several features to configure and secure networks. This skill is measured in the test to assess candidates' knowledge and practical skills in setting up and managing virtual networks, subnets, network security groups, and DNS in the Azure environment. Proficiency in networking ensures efficient communication between different components and enhances the security and performance of Azure deployments.

  • Azure Storage (Blob; Files; Table)

    Azure Storage provides scalable and highly available storage options for various data types. This skill is measured in the test to evaluate candidates' understanding and ability to use Azure Storage services, including Blob, Files, and Table storage. Proficiency in working with these storage services demonstrates the ability to efficiently store, retrieve, and manage different types of data in Azure deployments.

  • Azure databases (SQL; NoSQL; in-memory)

    Azure offers a wide range of database services to support different application needs. This skill is measured in the test to assess candidates' knowledge and practical skills in working with Azure databases, including SQL databases, NoSQL databases, and in-memory databases. Proficiency in these database technologies showcases the ability to design, implement, and optimize database solutions in the Azure environment.

  • Azure data warehousing

    Data warehousing is a critical component in modern data-driven organizations. This skill is measured in the test to evaluate candidates' understanding of Azure data warehousing concepts and their ability to set up and manage data warehousing solutions in Azure. Proficiency in Azure data warehousing allows organizations to efficiently store and analyze large volumes of data for reporting, analytics, and business intelligence purposes.

  • Azure security and monitoring

    Ensuring the security and monitoring of Azure environments is crucial for maintaining the integrity and availability of data and applications. This skill is measured in the test to assess candidates' knowledge of Azure security features and their ability to implement robust security measures and monitor Azure deployments. Proficiency in Azure security and monitoring helps organizations mitigate risks, detect anomalies, and respond to security incidents effectively.

  • 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 Microsoft Azure Online Test to be based on.

    IaaS
    PaaS
    Azure Virtual Machines
    Scaling
    Backup Strategy
    Hosting Web Apps
    Hosting Mobile Apps
    Networking in Azure
    Virtual Networks
    Subnet
    Network Security Group
    DNS
    Azure Storage
    Blob
    Files
    Table
    Azure databases
    SQL
    NoSQL
    In-memory
    Azure data warehousing
    Azure security
    Monitoring

What roles can I use the Microsoft Azure Online Test for?

  • Azure Developer
  • Senior Azure Developer
  • Azure Solutions Architect
  • Azure Administrator
  • Azure Data Engineer
  • Senior Azure Data Engineer
  • Azure Infrastructure Engineer
  • Azure DevOps Engineer

How is the Microsoft Azure Online 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

  • Understanding Azure Resource Manager and Resource Groups
  • Configuring and managing Azure Virtual Networks
  • Implementing Azure Load Balancer and Traffic Manager
  • Designing and implementing Azure Storage solutions
  • Deploying and managing Azure SQL databases
  • Implementing Azure App Service and Web Apps
  • Building and deploying Azure Functions
  • Implementing Azure Active Directory and managing identity access
  • Monitoring Azure resources with Azure Monitor
  • Optimizing costs and performance in Azure
  • Utilizing Azure DevOps for CI/CD pipelines
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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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Microsoft Azure Hiring Test FAQs

How is the test customized for Senior Azure Data Engineers?

Azure Data Engineers are primarily assessed on three verticals:

  • Azure Databases: SQL Database, CosmosDB, Data Warehouse
  • Azure Analytics: Stream Analytics, HDInsight, Lake Analytics, Data Explorer, Databricks, Power BI, Data Factory
  • Azure Migration: Site Recovery, Database Migration, Migrate, Migration Project, DataBox

Questions for Senior Azure Data Engineers will be of higher difficulty levels and are focused on intermediate/ advanced topics like:

  • Core data concepts: Relational, non-relational, big data and analytics
  • Creating, scheduling and monitoring Azure Data Factory pipelines
  • Deploying Elastic Pool Database and adding/removing databases from the pool
  • Deploying Managed Instance Databases
  • Ingesting, managing, and serving data with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics Service
  • Differences between Traditional vs Modern vs Synapse Architecture
  • Understanding of Azure MPP (Massive Parallel Processing) architecture
  • Deep understanding of internal concepts like Data Distribution, Sharding, and partitioning
  • Advanced migration methods and best practices
  • Migrating data to Azure SQL Data warehouse using SSIS, Data Factory and PolyBase
  • Creating Azure Data Lake Gen1 storage accounts, populating and analyzing with U-SQL Language
  • Securing Data on Blob Storage using SAS URLs and Lifecycle Policies to archive data with auto tier change
  • Designing and managing End to End Data load pipeline

What questions should be used to evaluate Junior Azure developers?

The questions for fresher/ junior Azure developers will be of lower difficulty levels. The topics will be based on the basics of Azure services like-

  • Working with Azure Compute - Virtual Machines, App Services, AKS, Functions and more
  • Implementing networking in Azure - VNets, Subnets, NSG, App Gateway
  • Managing data resources in Azure - Azure SQL, MySQL, CosmosDB, Storage
  • Managing authentication using Azure AD
  • Basics of Azure pricing and costing

How are Azure and SQL skills assessed?

We support assessing multiple skills in the same test. If the role requires candidates to have an understanding of SQL and experience managing SQL databases on Azure, the questions will focus on SQL and Azure skills. The exact proportion of SQL, Azure and subtopics are chosen based on your job description. Here are the relevant topics the questions will be based on-

  • SQL fundamentals (databases, tables)
  • SQL CRUD queries
  • Creating and managing Azure database for MySQL server
  • Migrating on-premise databases to SQL Azure
  • Exporting and importing databases
  • Managing enterprise-grade databases in Azure SQL (Backups, restoring, securing, and scaling)
  • Configuring SQL Database Auditing
  • Deployment of Azure SQL Database Elastic Pools
  • Accessing Azure SQL Server VM using RDP, SSMS and Azure Data Studio

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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