Bash Test

Bash is a programming language used in Unix and Linux operating systems. The Bash test is designed to demonstrate which candidates have the appropriate knowledge to apply Bash shells and scripts in the workplace.

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What is a Bash test?

The Bash test is a pre-employment screening assessment that is used to determine a candidate's level of proficiency in using Bash.

The test asks each candidate to complete tasks and demonstrate their knowledge of Bash, including an understanding of the different ways Bash can be used. Employers want Bash developers to make things smoother in a Linux or Unix system. The Bash programming language is also used for scripting in the Apple Mac operating system.

Tests like the Bash test are becoming more commonly used because they give recruiters a data-driven way to filter out candidates; the best-performing candidates in the test will be the ones that not only have the knowledge of the language, but also the experience of applying it to different uses in the workplace.

To do well in this assessment, the candidate needs to show that they understand how to use Bash, the types of workplace applications that it is most suitable for, and the best way to document it so that others can follow what has been done.

About the Bash Test

The Bash test is simple for the recruitment team to administer to a large group of applicants at the same time, giving every single candidate the same opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in using Bash in workplace situations.

Recruiters who use the Bash test will get a report that details the performance of every candidate, so only the best will be taken further in the recruitment process.

Sample Bash Test question Test your knowledge!

Which of the given options is a valid variable name in Bash?

  • my_var
  • my var
  • my-var
  • my#var

Why should you use a Bash test?

Commonly, programmers and developers are expected to have a degree in computer science, information technology, or similar - and some job descriptions will also ask for a specific amount of experience too. However, gauging the level of ability that a candidate has in applying the knowledge that they have gained in education can be tricky with just the basic screening process.

A candidate might say that they are proficient with Bash, but when there are several similarly qualified candidates that have made it through the initial sifting against the degree and experience criteria, extra steps in the recruitment funnel can ensure that only the best are taken through to interview.

In the Bash test, the candidates are given questions relating to custom scripting and shells, as well as to test their understanding of command-line tools. They will also be given an opportunity to show that they can design and deploy custom scripts, perform troubleshooting and debugging, and provide end-user support with processes for documenting the code that they are using.

This test might also be useful for:

  • Linux Systems Administrators

  • DevOps Engineers

  • Automation Engineers

  • MacOS Developers

For the candidate, the test is simple to access and straightforward - a link is sent via email and the candidate will complete the test at home in their own time. Every candidate has the opportunity to answer the same number of questions within the same time limit - so they can demonstrate that they have what it takes to be successful.

For the recruiter, the Bash test can be administered to a large number of applicants at the same time, and the parity between test takers means that the results are unbiased and quantifiable. Recruiters receive a full report about each candidate and their results. The applicants who score the highest will be the ones that should be chosen to move forward in the recruitment process.

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Results for the Bash Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report.

The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

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How our test assesses Bash skills

In Neuroworx’s Bash test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions targeting an intermediate level of proficiency, from demonstrating knowledge about the programming language to interpreting code to solve common issues.

The test is designed to indicate how well a candidate understands Bash based on a final test score, which can then be compared to the scores of other applicants.

The multiple-choice questions consist of one correct answer and two to four distractors. The distractors are mostly generic mistakes or misconceptions, which makes the test challenging and helps measure a candidate’s proficiency more accurately.

During the development process, the test was rigorously analyzed to maximize reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was created and tested by programmers and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying Bash experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each programmer has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of Bash proficiency and feels the test is of high quality.

Our programming tests are monitored to ensure they are up-to-date and optimized for performance.

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Our platform offers an extensive library of hundreds of tests, giving you the flexibility to select and combine them in any way that suits your hiring needs. From understanding specific role requirements to assessing general cognitive abilities, our diverse library ensures you can tailor your assessment process precisely.

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Frequently asked questions

When in the application process is it best to use a Bash test?

The Bash test works best when it is used as an early step in the recruitment funnel, and most hiring teams will use it immediately after the resume or application form screening. It is designed to help with the filtering process before an interview, to reduce the cost and time to hire.

Is Bash an important skill to assess?

Bash is an important skill to assess if you need a developer that is confident in using the Bash language to create custom scripts and automation in Linux, Unix, or Mac operating systems.

Using this test, each candidate is given the same opportunity to demonstrate that they have the right level of skills in Bash scripting.

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Yes, sign up (no credit card required) and we'll give you a 7-day trial completely free. You'll get unlimited access to create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you like. You can cancel any time and you won't be charged anything.

What is the cost for Neuroworx's Bash test?

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