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The IBM FOCUS Test is preferred by recruiters to assess on-the-job skills of candidates before an interview. It reduces technical screening time by 80% by enabling employers to identify qualified candidates.

Covered skills:

  • Database I/O
  • Variables
  • File Handling
  • Reporting
  • Data Sources
  • Basic Components

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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface IBM FOCUS Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist FOCUS Developers

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The IBM FOCUS 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:

  • Efficiently perform database I/O operations
  • Generate accurate and informative reports
  • Effectively use variables in a program
  • Retrieve and manipulate data from various data sources
  • Handle files efficiently in a program
  • Understand and utilize basic components of IBM FOCUS
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

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Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment IBM FOCUS 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 IBM FOCUS 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

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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 IBM FOCUS Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment IBM FOCUS Test?

The IBM FOCUS 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 Database I/O operations
  • Generating reports using IBM FOCUS
  • Manipulating variables in IBM FOCUS
  • Working with different data sources in IBM FOCUS
  • Handling file input/output in IBM FOCUS
  • Understanding the basic components of IBM FOCUS
  • Analyzing and optimizing database performance
  • Designing efficient reporting solutions
  • Applying advanced variable manipulation techniques
  • Integrating data from multiple sources

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 IBM FOCUS Test?

  • Database I/O

    Database I/O refers to the input and output operations performed on a database. It involves tasks such as retrieving data from the database, updating or inserting new data, and deleting data. This skill is measured in the test to assess the candidate's ability to effectively interact with and manage databases, which is crucial in many software development and data analysis roles.

  • Reporting

    Reporting involves generating and presenting data in a structured format, often using charts, graphs, or tables. It includes gathering relevant data, aggregating it into meaningful insights, and creating reports that communicate these insights to stakeholders. Measuring this skill in the test helps evaluate the candidate's proficiency in analyzing, organizing, and visualizing data, which is essential for making data-driven decisions.

  • Variables

    Variables are used to store and manipulate data within a program. They can hold different types of values, such as numbers, strings, or Boolean values, and are used to store and track information needed for calculations, comparisons, or other operations. Assessing the candidate's knowledge of variables in the test allows for determining their ability to correctly declare, assign, and utilize variables in program logic and problem-solving scenarios.

  • Data Sources

    Data sources refer to the various origins or repositories of data that can be accessed and used in an application or system. These can include databases, files, external APIs, web services, or other data storage systems. Measuring the candidate's understanding of data sources in the test helps assess their familiarity with different data retrieval methods and their ability to effectively extract, transform, and load data from multiple sources for use in software applications.

  • File Handling

    File handling involves operations and manipulations performed on files, such as reading from or writing to files, creating or deleting files, or modifying file attributes. This skill is essential in various programming and system administration tasks that involve working with files, such as processing data from log files, generating reports, or managing file storage. Measuring file handling abilities in the test allows for evaluating the candidate's competency in file I/O operations and their understanding of file management concepts.

  • Basic Components

    Basic components encompass the fundamental building blocks of a system, application, or programming language. These components can include user interfaces, data structures, control structures, functions, or libraries that are commonly used in software development. Evaluating the candidate's comprehension of basic components in the test helps assess their proficiency in utilizing these essential elements to design, develop, and maintain efficient and robust software solutions.

  • 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 IBM FOCUS Test to be based on.

    Database connection
    SQL queries
    Data retrieval
    Query optimization
    Report formatting
    Report generation
    Variables declaration
    Variable types
    Variable scope
    Data source integration
    File manipulation
    File input/output
    FOCUS language basics
    FOCUS code execution
    FOCUS functions
    FOCUS procedures
    Data modeling
    Data dictionaries
    Sorting and filtering
    Date and time manipulation
    Data validation
    Error handling
    User interface design
    Table creation
    Table modification
    Data aggregation
    Charting and graphing
    Data exports
    Dashboard creation
    Numeric operations
    String operations
    Conditional statements
    Looping structures
    Input/output handling
    User authentication
    Report scheduling
    Data backup and recovery
    Data import/export
    Data conversion
    File permissions
    Data encryption
    Automation scripting
    Debugging techniques
    Version control
    Error tracking
    Data integrity
    Performance optimization
    API integration
    Testing and debugging
    Security measures
    Documentation practices
    Code refactoring
    Data visualization
    System integration
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What roles can I use the IBM FOCUS Test for?

  • FOCUS Developer
  • Business Analyst

How is the IBM FOCUS 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

  • Managing large dataset handling and optimization
  • Utilizing advanced file handling methods
  • Implementing complex components in IBM FOCUS
  • Implementing database security and access controls
  • Creating advanced reports with complex requirements
  • Optimizing variable usage and memory utilization
  • Integrating IBM FOCUS with external systems
  • Implementing advanced file validation and error handling
  • Customizing and extending IBM FOCUS functionality
  • Implementing advanced data transformation and cleansing
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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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IBM FOCUS 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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