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PowerShell Assessment Test: How it is structured and how it can help you hire your best candidate

This test will help anyone with their needs when it comes to hiring the perfect candidate for any position that involves the qualification for the PowerShell programming language.

The PowerShell assessment test helps you make an informed decision when it comes to screening your candidates. Whether you’re hiring full-time, part-time, freelance, or third party agencies, you can be confident that before you move any candidate forward in your hiring process, you have filtered out those who do not fit your qualifications on PowerShell competency.

The chapters covered in this PowerShell assessment test were carefully structured in a way that it gives you a broad overview of any candidate’s proficiency in the PowerShell programming language. Not all developers are the same and this assessment test will help you pinpoint the strong and weak points of any candidate. Our PowerShell assessment test reports will help you filter your candidates efficiently according to their PowerShell proficiency.

Using the PowerShell assessment test will help you arrive at an informed hiring decision, despite the number of candidates that you need to screen.

Which use cases can customers have for this test? / Who can users use the test?

PowerShell is a widely-used framework from Microsoft. It is most valued for its capacity to automate administrative tasks. Other than that, it has a wide range of uses when it comes to your requirements.

This test was designed to help you understand the scope and depth of any candidate’s knowledge of PowerShell even if you don’t have a comprehensive background on the subject. Any hiring manager can rely on this assessment test regardless of their knowledge of the subject matter.

The PowerShell assessment test will give you the confidence for moving qualified candidates within your hiring process.

Which areas (chapters) will be covered in the test, and why was it chosen that way?

PowerShell Fundamentals
Demonstrates whether the candidate has a basic understanding of PowerShell as a scripting language. Candidate will be tested on how to discover and use cmdlets, how to utilize various operators to complete tasks, identifying proper statement syntax and how to extend PowerShell’s capability through the usage of PowerShell modules.

Advanced Functions and Scripting
Advanced functions and scripting is a natural progression from using PowerShell purely as a command-line interface. Knowledge in this area is a sign of someone who is competent with PowerShell as a language. Within this chapter, the candidate is tested on their ability to provide an automated solution to a complex problem by writing either a script or an advanced function in PowerShell.

Module Development
PowerShell uses modules bundle and distributed custom functionality, making PowerShell a very extensible scripting language. Utilizing modules makes it possible to write automation that interacts with several technologies simultaneously. A candidate achieving a high score in module development showcases an advanced understanding of solving complicated business challenges with PowerShell by creating custom PowerShell modules.

Desired State Configuration
DSC (Desired State Configuration) is a management platform in PowerShell that enables the management of infrastructure through configuration as code. DSC provides a way of writing declarative idempotent configurations, making the creation and management of infrastructure automated, repeatable, and faster. Candidates are best tested on their ability to author, apply, and manage DSC configurations as well as DSC configuration resources.

PowerShell Remoting
Knowledge of PowerShell remoting is critical when tasked with managing infrastructure at scale. It is essential knowledge that an engineer, administrator, or developer needs in order to effectively run PowerShell cmdlet, scripts, functions, and or configurations against infrastructure endpoints. Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to configure, diagnose, and execute PowerShell code running against remote endpoints.





Maximum completion time

34 minutes

Chapter(s) 5
  • PowerShell Remoting
  • Desired State Configuration
  • Module Development
  • Advanced Functions and Scripting
  • PowerShell Fundamentals
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  • 2018
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  • 2017
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  • 2014
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