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About the test:

The Microsoft SQL Server 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:

  • Transactional and relational Database
  • Database & Database Objects
  • Configurations
  • Installation
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9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface SQL Server Online Test is the most accurate way to shortlist SQL Server DBAs



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The SQL Server 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.

Non-googleable questions & proctoring features enable you to be comfortable with conducting assessments online. The SQL Server Online Test is ideal for helping recruiters identify which candidates have the skills to do well on the job.

Reason #2

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.

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.

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

🧐 Question

Medium

Merge data sources
Solve
Teylor Swift is a developer at your company and is setting up a data flow transformation to merge 2 data sources. 1 source contains item data and the other source contains data regarding the company which made the item.

The 2 data sources use SQL Server and have a 3-character CompanyCode column. Both data sources contain an ORDER BY clause to sort the data by CompanyCode in ascending order. 

Teylor wants to make sure that the Merge Join transformation works without additional transformations. What would you recommend?
A: Change the ORDER BY clause on the item source to order by ItemName.
B: Set the appropriate SortKeyPosition properties on the data sources.
C: Set the IsSorted property on both data sources.
D: Change the Merge Join transformation to a Merge transformation.

Medium

Multi Select
Solve
Consider the following SQL table:
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How many rows does the following SQL query return?
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Easy

Select & IN
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

With, AVG & SUM
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

Merge data sources
2 mins
SQL Server
Solve

Medium

Multi Select
2 mins
SQL
Solve

Easy

Select & IN
3 mins
SQL
Solve

Medium

With, AVG & SUM
2 mins
SQL
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
Merge data sources
SQL Server
Medium2 mins
Solve
Multi Select
SQL
Medium2 mins
Solve
Select & IN
SQL
Easy3 mins
Solve
With, AVG & SUM
SQL
Medium2 mins
Solve
Reason #4

1200+ 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 Microsoft SQL Server 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.

Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the Microsoft SQL Server 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.

Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & comparative results

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.

Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


What topics are covered in the SQL Server Online Test?

Windows Mode, Mixed Mode

Two Authentication Modes
SQL Profiler
Recursive Stored Procedure
Local and Global Temporary Tables
CHECK Constraint
Sub Query
SQL Server Agent
Scheduled Tasks
COALESCE
FLOOR Function
Locks
SIGN Function

Used to execute a batch of SQL code when insert or update or delete commands are executed against a table

Trigger
IDENTITY Column
Bulkcopy
UNION
UNION ALL
Stored Procedure
Dynamic SQL
Collation
SET NOCOUNT ON/OFF Statement

SQL Server creates magic tables to hold the values during the DML operations

Magic Tables
SUBSTR
CHARINDEX
FOR Clause
Varchar and Nvarchar Types
GETDATE and SYSDATETIME

Used to extract sample of rows randomly that are all necessary for the application

TABLESAMPLE

Used to store XML documents in the SQL Server database

XML Datatype

Change Data Capture

CDC

An attack by malicious users in which malicious code can be inserted into strings that can be passed to an instance of SQL server for parsing and execution

SQL Injection
Filtered Index
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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.


85%
reduction in screening time

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.

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
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser

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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