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About the test:

The PowerShell Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their proficiency in creating and running PowerShell scripts, managing Windows-based systems, automating system tasks, and working with .NET Framework. Other important topics that are covered in the test include security management, error handling, object manipulation, and remote server management.

Covered skills:

  • PowerShell Basics
  • Modules and Functions
  • File and Folder Management
  • PowerShell Scripting
  • Control Flow and Error Handling
  • Security and Permissions

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface PowerShell Test is the most accurate way to shortlist PowerShell Developers



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The PowerShell 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 effectively use PowerShell for automation tasks
  • Ability to write PowerShell scripts to automate system administration tasks
  • Ability to create and use PowerShell modules and functions
  • Ability to handle control flow and error handling in PowerShell scripts
  • Ability to manage files and folders using PowerShell commands
  • Understanding of security and permissions in PowerShell
  • Ability to leverage PowerShell for basic system administration tasks
  • Ability to troubleshoot and debug PowerShell scripts
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.

How we design questions

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

🧐 Question

Medium

Dynamic Function Invocation
Dynamic Expressions
Array Manipulation
Function Invocation
Solve
You're tasked with dynamically invoking functions based on their names stored in an array. Additionally, you're required to filter out functions that have the term "Admin" in their name. Your colleague suggests the following approach:
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Assuming no other functions are defined in the session, which of the following will $results contain after executing the script?

Medium

Error Handling with Try-Catch-Finally
Error Handling
Exceptions
Script Flow
Solve
You're analyzing a script designed to interact with a remote API. The script fetches data, processes it, and then ensures that all temporary files are deleted. You come across the following code block:
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After a successful data fetch, the script occasionally throws the custom error. When this happens, what will be the output and state of the system?
A: The output will display "Network error
B: The output will display "General error
C: The script will exit without any output due to the custom error, but the temporary file will be deleted.
D: The output will display "General error
E: The script will terminate prematurely, not executing the finally block.

Hard

Execution Policy Bypass
Execution Policy
Security
Script Invocation
Solve
A server you are working on has the PowerShell execution policy set to "Restricted", preventing scripts from running. You need to execute a script named "Deploy.ps1". You recall a technique to bypass the execution policy without changing it permanently. Which of the following methods would allow you to run "Deploy.ps1" without permanently altering the execution policy?
A: Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Scope Process; .\Deploy.ps1
B: PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File .\Deploy.ps1
C: Invoke-Command -ScriptBlock { .\Deploy.ps1 }
D: Start-Process PowerShell -ArgumentList "-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted", "-File .\Deploy.ps1"
E: Import-Module .\Deploy.ps1

Medium

Logging with Transcript
Logging
Transcription
Error Handling
Solve
You're reviewing a script designed to automate server maintenance tasks. One requirement is to log every action and potential error for auditing purposes. The script utilizes Start-Transcript and Stop-Transcript cmdlets to capture the session. Here's a snippet:
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After several successful runs, you notice that some logs are missing crucial information regarding errors. Which of the following could be a reason for the missing error details?
A: The -Append parameter is causing overwritten logs.
B: Not all errors are displayed in the console, hence not captured by the transcript.
C: The Stop-Transcript cmdlet needs to be invoked with an -ErrorAction Continue parameter.
D: Transcription only captures standard output, not error streams.
E: The log file path should be specified again in Stop-Transcript.

Medium

Nested Runspaces
Runspaces
Variable Scoping
Concurrency
Solve
You're optimizing a script for performance by leveraging runspaces to execute tasks concurrently. Each runspace is supposed to increment a shared counter object. Here's your setup:
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You expect the $global:counter to be 5 after all runspaces complete. However, it's not consistently reaching that value. What's the most probable reason for this behavior?
A: Runspaces can't access global variables.
B: The counter increment operation is not thread-safe, leading to race conditions.
C: The runspace pool size is limiting the number of concurrent operations.
D: The $global:counter initialization should be inside the script block.
E: The runspace pool's Close and Dispose methods are prematurely terminating the runspaces.

Easy

Registration Queue
Logic
Queues
Solve
We want to register students for the next semester. All students have a receipt which shows the amount pending for the previous semester. A positive amount (or zero) represents that the student has paid extra fees, and a negative amount represents that they have pending fees to be paid. The students are in a queue for the registration. We want to arrange the students in a way such that the students who have a positive amount on the receipt get registered first as compared to the students who have a negative amount. We are given a queue in the form of an array containing the pending amount.
For example, if the initial queue is [20, 70, -40, 30, -10], then the final queue will be [20, 70, 30, -40, -10]. Note that the sequence of students should not be changed while arranging them unless required to meet the condition.
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Note:
- The first line of the input is the length of the array. The second line contains all the elements of the array.
- The input is already parsed into an array of "strings" and passed to a function. You will need to convert string to integer/number type inside the function.
- You need to "print" the final result (not return it) to pass the test cases.

For the example discussed above, the input will be:
5
20 70 -40 30 -10

Your code needs to print the following to the standard output:
20 70 30 -40 -10

Medium

Visitors Count
Strings
Logic
Solve
A manager hires a staff member to keep a record of the number of men, women, and children visiting the museum daily. The staff will note W if any women visit, M for men, and C for children. You need to write code that takes the string that represents the visits and prints the count of men, woman and children. The sequencing should be in decreasing order. 
Example:

Input:
WWMMWWCCC

Expected Output: 
4W3C2M

Explanation: 
‘W’ has the highest count, then ‘C’, then ‘M’. 
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Note:
- The input is already parsed and passed to a function.
- You need to "print" the final result (not return it) to pass the test cases.
- If the input is- “MMW”, then the expected output is "2M1W" since there is no ‘C’.
- If any of them have the same count, the output should follow this order - M, W, C.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

Dynamic Function Invocation
Dynamic Expressions
Array Manipulation
Function Invocation

2 mins

PowerShell
Solve

Medium

Error Handling with Try-Catch-Finally
Error Handling
Exceptions
Script Flow

2 mins

PowerShell
Solve

Hard

Execution Policy Bypass
Execution Policy
Security
Script Invocation

3 mins

PowerShell
Solve

Medium

Logging with Transcript
Logging
Transcription
Error Handling

2 mins

PowerShell
Solve

Medium

Nested Runspaces
Runspaces
Variable Scoping
Concurrency

3 mins

PowerShell
Solve

Easy

Registration Queue
Logic
Queues

30 mins

Coding
Solve

Medium

Visitors Count
Strings
Logic

30 mins

Coding
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Dynamic Function Invocation
Dynamic Expressions
Array Manipulation
Function Invocation
PowerShell
Medium2 mins
Solve
Error Handling with Try-Catch-Finally
Error Handling
Exceptions
Script Flow
PowerShell
Medium2 mins
Solve
Execution Policy Bypass
Execution Policy
Security
Script Invocation
PowerShell
Hard3 mins
Solve
Logging with Transcript
Logging
Transcription
Error Handling
PowerShell
Medium2 mins
Solve
Nested Runspaces
Runspaces
Variable Scoping
Concurrency
PowerShell
Medium3 mins
Solve
Registration Queue
Logic
Queues
Coding
Easy30 minsSolve
Visitors Count
Strings
Logic
Coding
Medium30 minsSolve
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 PowerShell Online 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 PowerShell Online 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

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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.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


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About the PowerShell Assessment Test

Why you should use Pre-employment PowerShell Online Test?

The PowerShell Online 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:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of PowerShell basics, including variables, data types, operators, and command syntax.
  • Apply PowerShell scripting techniques such as loops, conditions, and functions to solve complex problems.
  • Utilize modules and functions effectively to manage and reuse code.
  • Implement control flow structures and error handling mechanisms in PowerShell scripts to ensure reliable and robust execution.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in file and folder management, including creating, modifying, and deleting files and directories using PowerShell commands.
  • Exhibit knowledge of security and permissions in PowerShell, including setting file permissions, managing access control lists (ACLs), and handling authentication.
  • Understand and apply best practices for PowerShell scripting, including code readability, maintainability, and performance optimization.
  • Utilize PowerShell's object-oriented capabilities, such as manipulating objects and working with object pipelines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in working with remote systems and executing PowerShell commands remotely.
  • Integrate PowerShell scripts with other technologies and tools, such as REST APIs, databases, and cloud platforms.

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 PowerShell Online Test?

  • PowerShell Basics

    PowerShell Basics refers to the foundational knowledge and understanding of the PowerShell scripting language. It covers topics such as cmdlets, variables, data types, and pipeline usage. This skill is important to measure as it assesses an individual's proficiency in utilizing the core concepts of PowerShell.

  • PowerShell Scripting

    PowerShell Scripting involves writing scripts using PowerShell to automate tasks and perform complex operations. It focuses on topics like functions, loop structures, conditional statements, and input/output operations. Measuring this skill helps evaluate an individual's ability to create efficient and reusable scripts using PowerShell.

  • Modules and Functions

    Modules and Functions in PowerShell pertain to the creation, management, and utilization of reusable code blocks and external libraries. This skill evaluates an individual's understanding of module import/export, function creation and usage, and parameter handling. Measuring this skill helps gauge an individual's proficiency in building modular and efficient PowerShell solutions.

  • Control Flow and Error Handling

    Control Flow and Error Handling in PowerShell involves managing the flow of execution in scripts and effectively handling errors and exceptions. This skill covers topics like if/else statements, try/catch blocks, and error handling cmdlets. Measuring this skill assesses an individual's ability to handle unexpected scenarios and ensure proper flow control in PowerShell scripts.

  • File and Folder Management

    File and Folder Management in PowerShell refers to the ability to manipulate and manage files and directories using PowerShell commands. This skill covers tasks such as file creation, deletion, copying, moving, and folder traversal. Measuring this skill helps determine an individual's proficiency in automating file and folder operations using PowerShell.

  • Security and Permissions

    Security and Permissions in PowerShell involve managing access rights, permissions, and security settings for files, folders, and systems. This skill evaluates an individual's knowledge of commands and techniques used for user management, access control lists (ACLs), and encryption. Measuring this skill assesses an individual's ability to implement secure practices within PowerShell scripts and systems.

  • 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 PowerShell Online Test to be based on.

    PowerShell variables
    PowerShell operators
    PowerShell arrays
    PowerShell strings
    PowerShell conditionals
    PowerShell loops
    PowerShell functions
    PowerShell parameters
    PowerShell error handling
    PowerShell script debugging
    PowerShell modules
    PowerShell script execution policies
    PowerShell working with files
    PowerShell working with folders
    PowerShell security and permissions
    PowerShell remoting
    PowerShell pipeline
    PowerShell objects
    PowerShell environment variables
    PowerShell script input and output
    PowerShell regular expressions
    PowerShell date and time
    PowerShell WMI and CIM
    PowerShell registry manipulation
    PowerShell Active Directory management
    PowerShell SharePoint management
    PowerShell Exchange management
    PowerShell DSC (Desired State Configuration)
    PowerShell remoting with SSH
    PowerShell web scraping
    PowerShell RESTful API integration
    PowerShell XML processing
    PowerShell JSON processing
    PowerShell logging and reporting
    PowerShell GUI development
    PowerShell SQL Server management
    PowerShell Azure management
    PowerShell AWS management
    PowerShell VMware management
    PowerShell Hyper-V management
    PowerShell Team Foundation Server integration
    PowerShell Git integration
    PowerShell Docker management
    PowerShell IIS management
    PowerShell SharePoint Online management
    PowerShell Microsoft 365 management
    PowerShell SharePoint Online PowerShell PnP
    PowerShell Azure AD management
    PowerShell network administration
    PowerShell printer management
    PowerShell event logging
    PowerShell system performance monitoring
    PowerShell user and group management
    PowerShell service management
    PowerShell software installation and management
    PowerShell file compression and decompression
    PowerShell encryption and decryption
    PowerShell hashing
    PowerShell secure password management
    PowerShell remote desktop administration
    PowerShell backup and restore
    PowerShell task scheduling
    PowerShell Active Directory Federation Services
    PowerShell certificate management

What roles can I use the PowerShell Online Test for?

  • PowerShell Developer
  • Windows System Administrator
  • Windows Server Engineer
  • BI Analyst- PowerShell
  • Microsoft Exchange Administrator

How is the PowerShell 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

  • Implement advanced scripting techniques, such as script parameterization, script reusability, and script modularization.
  • Effectively use PowerShell cmdlets and scripting constructs for managing Active Directory, including user accounts, groups, and organizational units.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and its application in infrastructure and configuration management.
  • Understand and utilize PowerShell workflows for running parallel and long-running tasks efficiently.
  • Apply PowerShell for automating administrative tasks, such as system maintenance, log analysis, and software deployments.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in working with XML and JSON data formats in PowerShell scripting.
  • Utilize PowerShell for managing and querying database systems, such as SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle.
  • Apply PowerShell for working with cloud platforms and services, such as Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud.
  • Implement advanced error handling mechanisms in PowerShell scripts, including logging, reporting, and notifications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of PowerShell security best practices, including script signing, execution policy settings, and script encryption.
  • Apply PowerShell for managing virtualization technologies, such as Hyper-V and VMware.

The coding question for experienced candidates will be of a higher difficulty level to evaluate more hands-on experience.

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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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PowerShell 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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