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About the test:

The MS SQL Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their ability to design and implement database objects, write SQL queries, perform database maintenance tasks, managing security, and troubleshoot common database issues. Other important topics that are covered in the test include backup and recovery, data migration, and data warehousing.

Covered skills:

  • SQL queries
  • Normalization
  • Joins
  • Views
  • Triggers
  • Performance tuning
  • Data definition
  • Database design
  • Indexes
  • Subqueries
  • Stored procedures
  • Transactions
  • Data manipulation

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface MS SQL Test is the most accurate way to shortlist MS SQL Database Administrators



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The MS SQL 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:

  • Ability to write complex SQL queries
  • Understanding of database design principles
  • Knowledge of normalization techniques
  • Experience with creating and managing indexes
  • Proficiency in joining tables
  • Capability to use subqueries in SQL
  • Understanding of views in database
  • Familiarity with stored procedures
  • Knowledge of triggers
  • Understanding of transactions in SQL
  • Ability to optimize performance of SQL queries
  • Experience with data manipulation
  • Understanding of data definition in SQL
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.

View sample questions

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 MS SQL Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

MS SQL: enterpriseDB, GROUP BY
Solve
The following T-SQL statements are run on enterpriseDB database:
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uamMembers with MemberPaid as 1 implies that the member payment is complete. We want to find number of paid users for each uamGroup. (If a uamGroup does not have any paid members, we want to have 0 as paid members count). Of the following T-SQL statements, what should we run to achieve this?
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Medium

MS SQL: Most recurring errors
Solve
Check out following MS SQL tables:
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We have a status monitoring page to display most recurring errors for each user. Here's the T-SQL statement to achieve this:
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How would you fill the empty blocks to finish the T-SQL statement from following options?
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Medium

Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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How many rows does the following SQL query return?
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Medium

nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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Which of the following SQL commands will find the ‘nth highest Sales’ if it exists (returns null otherwise)?
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Medium

Select & IN
Nested queries
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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Which of the following SQL queries would return the year when neither a football or cricket winner was chosen?
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Medium

Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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What will be the first two tuples resulting from the following SQL command?
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Hard

With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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How many tuples does the following query return?
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🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

MS SQL: enterpriseDB, GROUP BY

4 mins

MS SQL
Solve

Medium

MS SQL: Most recurring errors

4 mins

MS SQL
Solve

Medium

Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY

2 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

Select & IN
Nested queries

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Medium

Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators

3 mins

SQL
Solve

Hard

With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions

2 mins

SQL
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
MS SQL: enterpriseDB, GROUP BY
MS SQL
Medium4 mins
Solve
MS SQL: Most recurring errors
MS SQL
Medium4 mins
Solve
Multi Select
JOIN
GROUP BY
SQL
Medium2 mins
Solve
nth highest sales
Nested queries
User Defined Functions
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
Select & IN
Nested queries
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
Sorting Ubers
Nested queries
Join
Comparison operators
SQL
Medium3 mins
Solve
With, AVG & SUM
MAX() MIN()
Aggregate functions
SQL
Hard2 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 MS SQL 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 MS SQL 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 MS SQL Assessment Test

Why you should use Pre-employment MS SQL Online Test?

The MS SQL 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:

  • Writing complex SQL queries
  • Designing efficient databases
  • Applying normalization techniques
  • Optimizing database performance
  • Using indexes effectively
  • Utilizing various types of joins
  • Creating and working with subqueries
  • Understanding and working with views
  • Implementing and managing stored procedures
  • Working with triggers for automated actions

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 MS SQL Online Test?

  • SQL queries

    SQL queries are statements used to retrieve data from a database. They are crucial for extracting specific information and performing operations on the database, such as filtering, sorting, and aggregating data. Measuring this skill in the test ensures candidates have a strong understanding of SQL syntax and the ability to write efficient queries.

  • Database design

    Database design involves creating the structure and organization of a database, including tables, relationships, and constraints. It is essential to assess this skill to determine if candidates can design efficient and scalable databases that meet business requirements.

  • Normalization

    Normalization is the process of organizing data in a database to eliminate redundancy and improve data integrity. Evaluating this skill helps identify candidates who can design databases that are properly normalized, reducing data duplication and improving data consistency.

  • Indexes

    Indexes are database structures that improve query performance by enabling faster data retrieval. Measuring this skill ensures candidates understand the importance of choosing and creating appropriate indexes to optimize query execution.

  • Joins

    Joins are used to combine data from multiple tables based on related columns. This skill is crucial for candidates to demonstrate proficiency in writing join statements and efficiently retrieving data from multiple tables.

  • Subqueries

    Subqueries are nested queries within a SQL statement. Assessing this skill helps identify candidates who can write complex queries and leverage subqueries to retrieve data from multiple levels and achieve desired results.

  • Views

    Views are virtual tables created from the result of a query. Measuring this skill ensures candidates can create, modify, and use views effectively to simplify complex queries, enhance data security, and improve query performance.

  • Stored procedures

    Stored procedures are precompiled SQL code stored in a database, providing a way to execute complex operations. Evaluating this skill helps determine if candidates can design and write efficient stored procedures for implementing complex business logic in the database.

  • Triggers

    Triggers are special types of stored procedures that are automatically executed in response to specific events, such as INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE operations. This skill assessment helps identify candidates who can design and utilize triggers to enforce data integrity, implement validations, or automate certain database actions.

  • Transactions

    Transactions are logical units of work that consist of multiple database operations, ensuring data consistency and reliability. Evaluating this skill helps determine if candidates understand the concept of transactions and can effectively manage them to maintain data integrity.

  • Performance tuning

    Performance tuning involves optimizing the performance of a database by adjusting configurations, indexes, queries, and other factors. Assessing this skill helps identify candidates who can analyze and improve the performance of a database in terms of query speed, resource utilization, and overall efficiency.

  • Data manipulation

    Data manipulation involves modifying the contents of a database using INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and similar operations. Measuring this skill ensures candidates can effectively manipulate data in a database, ensuring accurate and efficient data updates and modifications.

  • Data definition

    Data definition involves defining the structure, organization, and attributes of data in a database using CREATE, ALTER, and DROP statements. Evaluating this skill helps determine if candidates can accurately define database objects, such as tables, columns, constraints, and indexes.

  • 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 MS SQL Test to be based on.

    SELECT statement
    INSERT statement
    UPDATE statement
    DELETE statement
    Aggregate functions
    JOINs
    Subqueries
    View creation
    Stored procedure creation
    Trigger creation
    Transaction management
    Performance tuning techniques
    Normalization forms (1NF, 2NF, 3NF)
    Primary keys
    Foreign keys
    Indexes
    Data types
    Table creation
    Table alteration
    Data aggregation
    Data sorting
    Data filtering
    Data grouping
    Table relationships
    Data integrity
    Views manipulation
    Stored procedure execution
    Trigger events
    Isolation levels
    ACID properties
    Data rollback
    Data commit
    Data locking
    Data unlocking
    Data insertion
    Data deletion
    Data updation
    Data retrieval
    Null values handling
    Data backup
    Data restore
    Table indexing
    Query optimization
    Query performance
    Query execution plans
    Data stored procedures
    Data triggers
    Data integrity constraints
    Data normalization
    Database relationships
    Query debugging
    Query profiling
    SQL injections
    View access permissions
    Stored procedure security

What roles can I use the MS SQL Online Test for?

  • MS SQL Database Administrator
  • MS SQL Developer
  • MS SQL Data Warehouse Specialist

How is the MS SQL 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 and managing database transactions
  • Performance tuning for improving query execution
  • Manipulating data using INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE statements
  • Defining tables, constraints, and relationships
  • Utilizing database indexing strategies
  • Analyzing query execution plans for optimization
  • Implementing resource locking mechanisms
  • Writing complex data manipulation scripts
  • Understanding data integrity principles
  • Designing effective database backup and recovery plans
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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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reduction in screening time

MS SQL 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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