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The Hive Online Test assesses candidates on their knowledge of Hive architecture, data modeling, query optimization, and troubleshooting. The test evaluates candidates' ability to create and manage Hive databases and tables, write efficient Hive queries, use Hive functions, and work with data stored in Hive.

Covered skills:

  • Tables
  • Metastore
  • OLTP Systems
  • Apache Hive Metastore Database
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Hive Online Test is the most accurate way to shortlist IT Hive Virtual Administrators

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Hive 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.

The Adaface Hive Online Test screens candidates for the typical skills recruiters look for Hive Developer roles:

  • Experience with data integration tools to analyse root cause and provide a fix for production and development issues
  • Understanding of Hive, Spark, Hadoop architecture and optimization
  • Expertise in SQL
  • Experience in Shell Scripting (Unix/Linux)
  • Experience in RDBMS
  • Knowledge of on any of the Programming Languages Java/Python/Scala

The insights generated from this assessment can be used by recruiters and hiring managers to identify the best candidates for Hive Developer roles. Anti-cheating features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online. The Hive Online Test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the skills to do well on the job.

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.

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.

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this Hive Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question


Analyzing Hive Join
Consider the following two Hive tables in a space adventure context:
Assume that the astronauts table is small and can fit in memory. Which of the following queries will take full advantage of a map-side join?


Hive Archive
You have a partitioned Hive table sales_data with the following schema:
You want to archive the oldest partition (date='2023-01-01', region='North America') and store it in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) at /archive/sales_data. Which of the following steps is the correct approach to perform the archiving operation?
A: Enable archiving on the table, and then issue an ALTER TABLE statement to move the partition to the archive directory.

B: Issue an ALTER TABLE statement to move the partition to the archive directory, and then lock the partition to prevent further modifications.

C: Enable archiving on the table, and then use the EXPORT command to export the partition to the archive directory.

D: Use the EXPORT command to export the partition to the archive directory, and then lock the partition to prevent further modifications.

E: Use the EXPORT command to export the partition to the archive directory, and then drop the partition from the sales_data table.


Jobs file
Assuming the following Hive statements execute successfully, choose the correct statements that describe the result:
A. Hive reformats JobsFile2 into a structure that Hive can access and moves into to /user/steve/fenty/
B. The file named JobsFile2 is moved to to/user/steve/fenty/
C. The contents of JobsFile2 are parsed as comma-delimited rows and loaded into /user/steve/fenty/
D. The contents of JobsFile2 are parsed as comma-delimited rows and stored in a database
🧐 Question🔧 Skill


Analyzing Hive Join
3 mins


Hive Archive
3 mins


Jobs file
2 mins
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Analyzing Hive Join
Medium3 mins
Hive Archive
Medium3 mins
Jobs file
Hard2 mins
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 Hive 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.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

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

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

About Hive Developer Roles

Apache Hive is an open source data warehouse programme that reads, writes, and manages massive data set files stored directly in the Apache Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) or other data storage systems such as Apache HBase.

Hive developers are in charge of creating and coding programmes. Hive is an open-source platform for managing and storing large data applications that operate within clusters. A Hive developer, in essence, produces apps to handle and preserve a company's huge data.

Typical Hive Developer responsibilities include:

  • Designing, building and integrating data from various sources
  • Analyzing client requirements and designing solutions
  • Working with team members to build analytics solutions
  • Executing on data management and data analytics engagements
  • Interacting with clients and engagement teams to coordinate project work
  • Working on practicing development activities, such as proposals, eminence, innovation

What roles can I use the Hive Test for?

  • IT Hive Virtual Administrator
  • Big Data Developer

What topics are covered in the Hive Online Test?

External and Managed Tables

OLTP Systems

Local and Remote Meta Stores

Apache Hive Metastore Database
Collection Data Types
UNIX Shell Commands
Table Generating
Hive ObjectInspector
ORC Format Tables
Hive Architecture
Dynamic Partitioning
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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.

reduction in screening time


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.

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
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser

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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