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About the test:

The Terraform Online Test uses scenario-based MCQ questions to evaluate Terraform's core concepts and components. The test evaluates a candidate's ability to define infrastructure as code to create, deploy and scale Web Apps, Databases, Virtual Machines, Storage, Kubernetes clusters etc.

Covered skills:

  • Terraform basics (Creating; Changing; Destroying resources)
  • Provision services using Terraform
  • Parameterising configuration
  • Create Terraform templates
  • DevOps for Terraform
  • Using Terraform for multi-cloud deployments (AWS; Azure; GCP)
  • Writing Terraform configuration
  • Terraform state management
  • Deploying services (containers; PaaS; IaaS; ARM templates)

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

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



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The Terraform 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, changing, and destroying resources using Terraform
  • Using Terraform for multi-cloud deployments on AWS, Azure, and GCP
  • Provisioning services using Terraform
  • Writing Terraform configuration files
  • Parameterizing Terraform configurations
  • Managing Terraform state
  • Creating Terraform templates
  • Deploying services using Terraform (containers, PaaS, IaaS, ARM templates)
  • Implementing DevOps practices for Terraform
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.

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 Terraform Online Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

Dependencies and conditionals
Resources
Tags
Solve
Given the following Terraform code:
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What would be the value of the extra_security_group_id output when create_security_group is set to true, project_environment is set to "staging", and enable_additional_security_group is set to false?

Easy

Instance Security Group
AWS
Resources
Solve
Consider the following Terraform code:
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Which statement is true about this Terraform code?

A. The code creates an EC2 instance and assigns an EIP to it within a VPC.
B. The code creates an EC2 instance, but it is not associated with the specified security group.
C. The code creates an EC2 instance and an EIP, but does not associate the EIP with the instance.
D. The code creates a security group that allows SSH access to the EC2 instance from anywhere.
E. The code creates an EC2 instance with the specified security group, but does not assign an EIP to it.

Medium

Resource Attributes
Resource Dependencies
Resource Attributes
Solve
Consider the following Terraform code snippet, which represents a simplified infrastructure for a web application:
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In the above code, a security group (`web`) and a web server (`web`) are being created. An Elastic IP (`web`) is also being created and associated with the web server. The `web` Elastic IP has a lifecycle policy that prevents it from being destroyed.

Which of the following statements is true?
A: The Elastic IP (`web`) will not be associated with the `web` instance if the security group fails to create.
B: The Elastic IP (`web`) can be disassociated manually in the AWS console without affecting the Terraform state.
C: The Elastic IP (`web`) will be released when the `web` instance is destroyed.
D: A Terraform destroy operation will fail due to the lifecycle policy of the `web` Elastic IP.
E: The `web` instance must be manually terminated before the security group can be deleted.

Medium

Resource Lifecycle and Provisioners
Resource Lifecycle
Provisioners
Solve
Consider the following Terraform code snippet:
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This code creates a Google Compute Engine instance and uses a local-exec provisioner to print a message when the instance is created. It also has a lifecycle block that sets create_before_destroy to true.

What will happen if you update the machine_type parameter for the google_compute_instance resource and execute terraform apply?
A: Terraform will fail to apply the changes due to the create_before_destroy lifecycle rule.

B: Terraform will destroy the existing instance, create a new one, and the provisioner will print the message once.

C: Terraform will create a new instance before destroying the old one, and the provisioner will print the message twice.

D: Terraform will update the existing instance without creating a new one or destroying the old one, and the provisioner will print the message once.

E: Terraform will create a new instance before destroying the old one, but the provisioner will print the message only once.
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ Skill

Medium

Dependencies and conditionals
Resources
Tags

3 mins

Terraform
Solve

Easy

Instance Security Group
AWS
Resources

2 mins

Terraform
Solve

Medium

Resource Attributes
Resource Dependencies
Resource Attributes

3 mins

Terraform
Solve

Medium

Resource Lifecycle and Provisioners
Resource Lifecycle
Provisioners

2 mins

Terraform
Solve
🧐 QuestionπŸ”§ SkillπŸ’ͺ DifficultyβŒ› Time
Dependencies and conditionals
Resources
Tags
Terraform
Medium3 mins
Solve
Instance Security Group
AWS
Resources
Terraform
Easy2 mins
Solve
Resource Attributes
Resource Dependencies
Resource Attributes
Terraform
Medium3 mins
Solve
Resource Lifecycle and Provisioners
Resource Lifecycle
Provisioners
Terraform
Medium2 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 Terraform 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 Terraform 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

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 Terraform Assessment Test

Why you should use Pre-employment Terraform Online Test?

The Terraform 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:

  • Creating, changing, and destroying resources in Terraform
  • Using Terraform for multi-cloud deployments with AWS, Azure, and GCP
  • Provisioning services using Terraform
  • Writing Terraform configuration
  • Parameterizing configuration in Terraform
  • Managing Terraform state
  • Creating Terraform templates
  • Deploying services with Terraform, including containers, PaaS, IaaS, and ARM templates
  • Implementing DevOps practices for Terraform
  • Troubleshooting and debugging Terraform configurations

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 Terraform Online Test?

  • Terraform Basics

    Terraform basics covers the foundational concepts of creating, changing, and destroying resources using Terraform. This skill is important to measure in the test as it assesses a candidate's understanding of Terraform's core functionality.

  • Using Terraform for Multi-Cloud Deployments

    This skill evaluates a candidate's ability to utilize Terraform for provisioning and managing resources across multiple cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, and GCP. It is crucial to measure this skill as multi-cloud deployments are becoming increasingly common in today's cloud computing landscape.

  • Provisioning Services Using Terraform

    This skill assesses a candidate's proficiency in provisioning services using Terraform. It involves the ability to use Terraform to define and deploy infrastructure resources, ensuring efficient and reliable service provisioning.

  • Writing Terraform Configuration

    Writing Terraform configuration involves creating declarative code using HashiCorp Configuration Language (HCL). This skill measures a candidate's ability to write reusable, modular, and maintainable Terraform configurations for infrastructure provisioning.

  • Parameterizing Configuration

    Parameterizing configuration is the practice of using variables in Terraform to enable flexible and customizable infrastructure deployments. This skill evaluates a candidate's understanding of how to define and use variables in Terraform configurations for improved configurability.

  • Terraform State Management

    Terraform state management encompasses the management and tracking of the state of infrastructure resources across different Terraform runs. This skill is important to measure as it evaluates a candidate's ability to effectively manage and maintain the state of resources to ensure accurate infrastructure deployment and updates.

  • Create Terraform Templates

    This skill assesses a candidate's ability to create reusable and parameterizable Terraform templates. It involves designing templates that can be easily adapted to different environments, reducing duplication of effort and ensuring consistency in infrastructure provisioning.

  • Deploying Services

    This skill measures a candidate's capability to deploy various services using Terraform, including containers, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. It evaluates their knowledge and proficiency in leveraging Terraform for different types of service deployments.

  • DevOps for Terraform

    DevOps for Terraform encompasses the integration of Terraform into a DevOps workflow, enabling automated infrastructure provisioning and management. This skill evaluates a candidate's understanding of DevOps principles and practices related to Terraform, highlighting their ability to streamline and automate infrastructure processes.

  • 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 Terraform Online Test to be based on.

    Terraform syntax
    Terraform commands
    Terraform variables
    Terraform data sources
    Terraform providers
    Terraform modules
    Terraform outputs
    Terraform remote state
    Terraform workspaces
    Terraform state locking
    Terraform resource dependencies
    Terraform conditional expressions
    Terraform loops
    Terraform functions
    Terraform plan
    Terraform apply
    Terraform destroy
    AWS Terraform resources
    Azure Terraform resources
    GCP Terraform resources
    Terraform backend configuration
    Terraform template rendering
    Terraform dynamic blocks
    Terraform provider configuration
    Terraform local-exec provisioner
    Terraform null_resource
    Terraform count and for_each
    Terraform input variables
    Terraform output variables
    Terraform remote-exec provisioner
    Terraform file provisioner
    Terraform local state
    Terraform remote state backend
    Terraform state migration
    Terraform state encryption
    Terraform state versioning
    Terraform state import
    Terraform state locking
    Terraform initialization
    Terraform plan
    Terraform apply
    Terraform destroy
    Terraform module registry
    Terraform module sources
    Docker with Terraform
    Kubernetes with Terraform
    PaaS deployment with Terraform
    IaaS deployment with Terraform
    ARM template deployment with Terraform
    Terraform cloud and remote operations
    CI/CD pipelines with Terraform
    Terraform linting and formatting
    Infrastructure as Code (IaC) concepts
    Terraform security best practices
    Terraform configuration management
    Terraform troubleshooting and debugging
    Terraform version control
    Terraform infrastructure design
    Testing Terraform configurations
    Terraform scalability and performance optimization
    Terraform monitoring and logging
    Terraform backup and recovery
    Terraform disaster recovery

What roles can I use the Terraform Online Test for?

  • Terraform Developer
  • AWS Terraform Engineer
  • Azure Terraform Engineer
  • Cloud Engineer (Terraform)
  • Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
  • DevOps Engineer (Terraform)
  • Senior DevOps Engineer

How is the Terraform 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

  • Implementing infrastructure as code principles with Terraform
  • Collaborating and versioning Terraform configurations using version control systems
  • Integrating Terraform with CI/CD pipelines
  • Implementing security best practices for Terraform deployments
  • Managing secrets and sensitive data in Terraform
  • Monitoring and logging Terraform deployments
  • Automating infrastructure workflows with Terraform
  • Optimizing infrastructure provisioning using Terraform
  • Designing scalable and resilient infrastructure with Terraform
  • Performing impact assessments and risk analysis for Terraform changes
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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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Terraform Hiring Test FAQs

Can I evaluate AWS and Terraform in the same test?

Yes. You can review our standard AWS online test to get a sense of how AWS skills are evaluated. The final assessment would have questions to evaluate AWS and Terraform skills.

Can I evaluate Azure and Terraform in the same test?

Yes. You can review our standard Azure online test to get a sense of how Azure skills are evaluated. The final assessment would have questions to evaluate Azure and Terraform skills.

Can I evaluate GCP and Terraform in the same test?

Yes. You can review our standard GCP online test to get a sense of how GCP skills are evaluated. The final assessment would have questions to evaluate GCP and Terraform skills.

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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