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About the test:

The Puppet & Chef Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates' proficiency in deploying, configuring, and maintaining infrastructure, managing configuration files, automating system tasks, and scripting using Puppet and Chef. Other important topics that are covered in the test include testing and troubleshooting, security management, and version control.

Covered skills:

  • Node Objects
  • Configuring Nodes
  • Chef Client-Server configuration
  • Knife plugins
  • Run lists
  • Recipe
  • Recipe and attributes
  • Authentication and Security
  • Chef server
  • Relationships and ordering

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface Puppet & Chef Test is the most accurate way to shortlist DevOps Engineers

Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Puppet & Chef 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:

  • Creating and managing Node Objects
  • Writing and maintaining Chef Recipes
  • Configuring Nodes using Chef
  • Utilizing Recipes and attributes effectively
  • Configuring Chef Client-Server communication
  • Understanding Authentication and Security in Chef
  • Working with Knife plugins
  • Managing and configuring Chef server
  • Understanding and utilizing Run lists
  • Managing Relationships and ordering in Chef
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

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment Puppet & Chef 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 Puppet & Chef 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 Puppet & Chef Assessment Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Puppet & Chef Online Test?

The Puppet & Chef 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:

  • Creating and managing Node Objects
  • Writing and maintaining Recipes
  • Configuring Nodes for efficient deployment
  • Handling Recipe and attribute interactions
  • Configuring Chef Client-Server communication
  • Implementing Authentication and Security features
  • Working with Knife plugins
  • Setting up and managing Chef server
  • Defining and managing Run lists
  • Understanding Relationships and ordering of resources

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 Puppet & Chef Online Test?

  • Node Objects

    Node Objects refer to the configuration nodes that are used in Puppet and Chef to define the desired state of a system. These objects contain information on how a specific node should be configured, including package installations, files to be managed, and service configurations.

  • Recipe

    A recipe is a script or set of instructions written in a domain-specific language (DSL) used in Puppet and Chef. It defines the steps and resources required to achieve a desired configuration state on a node. In this test, measuring knowledge of recipes ensures that candidates understand the fundamental building blocks of Puppet and Chef configurations.

  • Configuring Nodes

    Configuring nodes involves setting up and managing the desired state of individual systems using Puppet and Chef. It includes tasks such as configuring network settings, managing packages and services, and applying security policies. Assessing this skill helps determine a candidate's ability to effectively leverage Puppet and Chef for system configuration.

  • Recipe and Attributes

    Recipes and attributes are closely related concepts in Puppet and Chef. A recipe defines what needs to be done, while attributes provide the necessary data or parameters for the recipe to execute correctly. Testing knowledge of recipe and attribute usage ensures candidates can properly define and utilize these core components of Puppet and Chef.

  • Chef Client-Server Configuration

    Chef Client-Server configuration involves setting up the communication and interaction between the Chef server and the clients (nodes) it manages. It includes tasks such as configuring client authentication, defining the Chef server URL, and establishing secure communication channels. Evaluating this skill helps assess a candidate's ability to configure and maintain the Chef Client-Server architecture.

  • Authentication and Security

    Authentication and security in Puppet and Chef are crucial aspects to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of configuration management. This skill measures a candidate's knowledge of securely accessing and authenticating with Puppet and Chef servers, as well as implementing security measures such as SSL certificates, encryption, and access controls.

  • Knife Plugins

    Knife is a command-line tool in Chef that provides various functionalities for managing and interacting with Chef servers and nodes. Knife plugins extend the functionality of Knife by adding custom commands and features. Evaluating knowledge of Knife plugins ensures candidates are proficient in leveraging this powerful tool for Chef management and automation tasks.

  • Chef Server

    Chef Server is a central component in the Chef ecosystem that stores and manages cookbooks, environments, roles, and other configuration data. Assessing knowledge of Chef Server measures a candidate's understanding of how to set up and administer a Chef Server, including managing users, permissions, and data synchronization.

  • Run Lists

    Run lists play a critical role in Puppet and Chef by defining the order in which recipes should be applied to nodes during configuration. They determine the sequence of steps and ensure proper dependency resolution. Measuring knowledge of run lists helps assess a candidate's ability to effectively organize and manage the execution of recipes.

  • Relationships and Ordering

    In Puppet and Chef, relationships and ordering refer to the dependencies between resources and ensuring they are applied in the correct sequence. Resources can depend on other resources, and specifying the correct order is crucial for proper system configuration. Assessing this skill helps evaluate a candidate's understanding of resource relationships and the ability to define and manage ordering in Puppet and Chef configurations.

  • 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 Puppet & Chef Test to be based on.

    Node Objects
    Configuring Nodes
    Recipe and attributes
    Chef Client-Server configuration
    Authentication and Security
    Knife plugins
    Chef server
    Run lists
    Relationships and ordering
    Environment Variables
    Data Bags
    Chef Resources
    Chef Cookbooks
    Chef Solo
    Chef Workstation
    Chef Supermarket
    Chef Roles
    Chef Attributes
    Test Kitchen
    Different types of Nodes
    Linux and Windows Nodes
    Chef-solo vs Chef-client
    Node Attributes
    Using Chef data bags
    Bootstrap a Node
    Using Chef environments
    Installing Chef Client
    Chef Automate
    Managing Dependencies in Chef
    Chef Test Suites
    Managing Secrets in Chef
    Using Chef LWRPs
    Chef Handlers
    Cookbook Versioning
    Managing Chef Run Lists
    Using Chef Supermarket
    Chef for Windows
    Managing Chef Roles
    Custom Knife Plugins
    Creating and Applying Chef Templates
    Chef Audit Mode
    Troubleshooting Chef
    Using Chef Zero
    Using Chef Vault
    Berksfile and Berkshelf
    Chef Infra Client
    Chef Infra Server
    Encrypted Data Bags
    Using Chef Analytics
    Chef Policyfile
    Managing Chef Nodes
    Using Chef Habitat
    Chef Development Kit (CDK)
    Using Chef Community Resources
    Managing Cookbooks Versions
    Chef Compliance
    Executing Chef Recipes Remotely
    Using ChefSpec for Testing
    Chef Search
    Using Chef Automate Compliance
    Chef Infra Repeater
    Using Chef with AWS
    ChefDK Extensions
    Managing Chef Environments
    Cookbook Uploading
    Using Chef with Azure
    Chef Push Jobs
    Extending Chef Workstation
    Using Chef with Docker
    Chef Configuration Management

What roles can I use the Puppet & Chef Online Test for?

  • DevOps Engineer
  • Automation Engineer (Puppet/ Chef)
  • Principal DevOps Engineer - Puppet/ Chef
  • Senior DevOps Engineer - Chef/Puppet
  • DevOps Engineer - Ansible/Puppet/Chef

How is the Puppet & Chef 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

  • Designing and implementing Role-based access control
  • Performing Continuous Integration and Delivery with Chef
  • Creating and managing Highly available Chef infrastructures
  • Troubleshooting Chef deployments and configurations
  • Implementing Continuous Monitoring and Alerting
  • Managing Configuration drift and Compliance
  • Automating Disaster Recovery procedures
  • Optimizing Chef Infrastructure for scalability
  • Implementing Chef Analytics for performance analysis
  • Implementing Chef Audit for compliance tracking
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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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Puppet & Chef 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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