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About the test:

The Penetration Testing Test evaluates a candidate's knowledge and skills in the field of penetration testing, network security, vulnerability assessment, ethical hacking, and web application security. It assesses the ability to identify vulnerabilities, exploit them ethically, and provide recommendations for improving the security posture of systems and applications.

Covered skills:

  • Penetration Testing
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Network Security
  • Web Application Security

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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Penetration Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Penetration Testers

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Penetration Testing 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:

  • Conducting thorough penetration tests to identify vulnerabilities
  • Applying comprehensive knowledge of network security principles
  • Performing vulnerability assessments to identify weaknesses
  • Implementing effective web application security measures
  • Utilizing industry-standard penetration testing tools
  • Analyzing and interpreting test results to provide actionable recommendations
  • Demonstrating proficiency in investigating and exploiting security flaws
  • Understanding and applying various attack vectors and techniques
  • Identifying and mitigating security risks in network infrastructure
  • Knowledge of common security vulnerabilities and countermeasures
  • Strong understanding of encryption algorithms and protocols
  • Experience in social engineering techniques
  • Knowledge of secure coding practices
  • Ability to effectively communicate technical findings to non-technical stakeholders
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Continuous enthusiasm for learning and staying updated with the latest security threats and trends
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 Penetration Testing 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 Penetration Testing 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 Penetration Assessment Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Penetration Testing Test?

The Penetration Testing 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:

  • Performing penetration testing on systems
  • Identifying and exploiting network vulnerabilities
  • Conducting vulnerability assessments
  • Testing web applications for security weaknesses
  • Analyzing security risks and recommending solutions
  • Implementing secure coding practices
  • Evaluating network security configurations
  • Developing and executing security testing plans
  • Configuring and managing firewalls
  • Performing forensic analysis on compromised systems

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 Penetration Testing Test?

  • Penetration Testing

    Penetration testing is a method of assessing the security of computer systems or networks by actively simulating an attacker's techniques and identifying vulnerabilities. This skill should be measured in this test to ensure candidates possess the ability to identify and exploit weaknesses in a system's defenses, allowing organizations to proactively address security risks.

  • Network Security

    Network security refers to measures taken to protect a computer network from unauthorized access, misuse, or disruption. Measuring this skill in the test ensures candidates have a strong understanding of network security protocols, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and various encryption methods.

  • Vulnerability Assessment

    Vulnerability assessment involves identifying, quantifying, and prioritizing potential weaknesses in a system or network. Measuring this skill in the test allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's ability to proactively scan and assess systems for vulnerabilities, enabling organizations to mitigate potential risks before they can be exploited.

  • Web Application Security

    Web application security focuses on securing websites and web applications from unauthorized access, code injection attacks, and data breaches. Measuring this skill in the test ensures candidates possess knowledge of web vulnerabilities, secure coding practices, and protection against common threats, thus helping organizations safeguard their online presence and sensitive information.

  • 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 Penetration Testing Test to be based on.

    Remote Code Execution
    SQL Injection
    Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
    Authentication Bypass
    Session Hijacking
    Buffer Overflow
    Wireless Network Security
    Firewall Bypass
    Malware Analysis
    Secure File Transfer Protocols
    Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
    Hashing and Salting
    Web Application Firewalls
    Digital Forensics
    Secure Shell (SSH)
    Social Engineering
    Secure Software Development Life Cycle
    Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems
    Web Server Hardening
    API Security
    Network Mapping
    Brute Force Attacks
    Phishing Attacks
    Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
    Physical Security
    Penetration Testing Methodologies
    Vulnerability Scanning
    Wireless Penetration Testing
    Secure Coding Practices
    Mobile Application Security
    Web Application Vulnerabilities
    Network Traffic Analysis
    Rootkit Detection
    Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks
    Operating System Hardening
    Social Engineering Tactics
    Network Protocol Analysis
    Reverse Engineering
    Network Penetration Testing
    Secure Network Design Principles
    Incident Response
    Web Application Exploitation Techniques
    Risk Assessment and Management
    Fuzz Testing
    Network Sniffing
    Data Encryption
    Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
    Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
    Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
    Network Traffic Monitoring
    Security Standards and Frameworks
    Insecure Direct Object References
    Security Awareness Training
    Software Vulnerability Analysis
    Endpoint Security
    Security Incident Response
    Security Risk Assessment
    Security Auditing
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What roles can I use the Penetration Testing Test for?

  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • IT Auditor
  • Security Consultant

How is the Penetration Testing 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

  • Designing and implementing secure network architectures
  • Conducting security audits and assessments
  • Reverse engineering malware and exploits
  • Developing and deploying intrusion detection systems
  • Creating and maintaining incident response plans
  • Evaluating and remediating cloud security risks
  • Conducting source code reviews
  • Administering access controls and permissions
  • Performing network traffic analysis
  • Implementing secure web application architectures
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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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Penetration Online 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

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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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