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About the test:

The Cryptography Test evaluates a candidate's knowledge of cryptography concepts, network engineering and cyber security.

Covered skills:

  • Digital Signatures
  • Hashing techniques
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Cryptography Algortihms (like RSA)
  • Encoding and Decoding

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Cryptography Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Cryptographers

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Cryptography 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 generate and verify digital signatures using cryptographic algorithms
  • Knowledge of various cryptographic algorithms such as RSA, AES, and DES
  • Familiarity with different hashing techniques like MD5, SHA-1, and SHA-256
  • Proficiency in encoding and decoding techniques such as Base64 and ASCII
  • Understanding of cyber security fundamentals and best practices
  • Ability to identify and prevent common cryptographic attacks
  • Knowledge of key management and distribution
  • Understanding of symmetric and asymmetric encryption
  • Ability to implement secure communication protocols
  • Experience in secure key exchange mechanisms
  • Understanding of digital certificates and PKI infrastructure
  • Knowledge of steganography and watermarking techniques
  • Familiarity with blockchain technology and its cryptographic principles
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate the strength of cryptographic algorithms
  • Understanding of the role of randomness in cryptography
  • Proficiency in using cryptographic libraries and tools
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.

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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.

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Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

customers in 75 countries

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 Cryptography 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.

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Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Cryptography 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.

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Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

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.

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Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring

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About the Cryptography Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Cryptography Test?

The Cryptography 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:

  • Implementing digital signatures for secure authentication
  • Applying cryptography algorithms like RSA for secure data transmission
  • Utilizing hashing techniques for data integrity and password storage
  • Performing encoding and decoding operations for secure data exchange
  • Understanding the fundamentals of cyber security and its importance
  • Applying encryption techniques to protect sensitive information
  • Analyzing cryptographic protocols and identifying vulnerabilities
  • Implementing secure key management practices
  • Understanding the principles of public key infrastructure (PKI)
  • Integrating secure authentication mechanisms into applications

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 Cryptography Test?

  • Digital Signatures

    Digital signatures are a cryptographic mechanism used to verify the authenticity and integrity of digital information. By using public key cryptography, a digital signature ensures that a document or message has not been tampered with and originated from a specific sender. This skill is measured in the test to assess a candidate's understanding of secure communication protocols and their ability to verify the integrity of digital data.

  • Cryptography Algorithms (like RSA)

    Cryptography algorithms, such as RSA (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman), are fundamental building blocks for secure communication and data protection. RSA is a widely used encryption algorithm that relies on the mathematical properties of large prime numbers. Testing a candidate's knowledge of cryptography algorithms in this assessment helps evaluate their proficiency in designing secure systems and protecting sensitive data.

  • Hashing Techniques

    Hashing techniques are essential for ensuring data integrity and quick data retrieval. Hash functions convert input data into a fixed-size hash value, which can be used to uniquely identify the original data. Measuring a candidate's knowledge of hashing techniques in this test allows recruiters to assess their understanding of data integrity check mechanisms and their ability to efficiently retrieve data in a secure manner.

  • Encoding and Decoding

    Encoding and decoding involve transforming data from one form to another, often necessary for secure transmission or storage. Encoded data is typically unreadable without the decoding process and can involve various techniques like base64 encoding. Evaluating a candidate's understanding of encoding and decoding techniques in this assessment helps gauge their ability to safeguard data during transit and ensure compatibility between systems.

  • Cyber Security Fundamentals

    Cybersecurity fundamentals cover foundational knowledge about security protocols, threat management, risk assessment, and defense mechanisms. By including this skill in the assessment, recruiters can gauge a candidate's knowledge of security best practices and their ability to recognize and mitigate common cyber threats, making them valuable assets in protecting a company's digital assets and infrastructure.

  • 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 Cryptography Test to be based on.

    Digital Signatures
    Base64 Encoding
    ASCII Encoding
    Cyber Security
    Cryptographic Attacks
    Key Management
    Symmetric Encryption
    Asymmetric Encryption
    Secure Communication Protocols
    Secure Key Exchange
    Digital Certificates
    PKI Infrastructure
    Blockchain Cryptography
    Algorithm Strength Evaluation
    Randomness in Cryptography
    Cryptography Libraries
    Cryptographic Tools

What roles can I use the Cryptography Test for?

  • Cryptographer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • Blockchain Developer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cloud Architect
  • DevOps Engineer

How is the Cryptography 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

  • Applying secure protocols for secure data transfer
  • Implementing secure algorithms for secure password hashing
  • Analyzing and testing the security of cryptographic systems
  • Utilizing cryptographic libraries and APIs for secure development
  • Implementing secure digital certificate management
  • Understanding the concepts of public and private keys
  • Applying secure encryption algorithms for data protection
  • Implementing secure data storage techniques
  • Analyzing network security protocols and mitigating risks
  • Evaluating and implementing secure cryptographic standards
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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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Cryptography 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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