Amazon Web Services Test

The Amazon Web Services test measures a candidate's ability to design, deploy and manage fully optimised and effective solutions through the [Amazon cloud platform](https://aws.amazon.com/).

  • What is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) test?

    An AWS test is a pre-employment assessment that helps to identify applicants of the highest quality when recruiting for cloud-based technical roles.

    Designed around best practices as described by Amazon's Well-Architected Framework, the test uses a series of multiple-choice questions and simulation exercises, all devised by AWS experts. Skills covered throughout the test include security, performance efficiency, reliability and cost optimisation.

    An applicant that achieves a high score on the AWS test demonstrates both the theoretical knowledge and the practical understanding required to use Amazon's cloud services with a systematic, results-driven approach.

About the Amazon Web Services Test

As a leading name in cloud-based solutions, Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to grow in popularity with businesses of all shapes and sizes. As a consequence, the need for highly skilled AWS professionals also continues to grow.

Picked's AWS test is designed to help inform the recruitment process, giving an accurate picture of each applicant's skill level, resulting in better quality hires for your business.

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  • Why should you use an Amazon Web Services test for recruiting?

    Traditional IT infrastructure is slowly becoming a thing of the past, as more and more businesses discover the flexibility and versatility of cloud-based services like AWS. To make the most of these services, however, businesses need to source and recruit technical experts that understand how to maximise functionality.

    The difficulty lies in establishing who those experts are. You can gain some indication from an applicant's CV and work history, but technical skills are hard to evidence on paper. What's more, the candidates you attract are likely to have similar levels of experience, so creating a shortlist becomes increasingly difficult.

    You can simplify the process by administering Picked's Amazon Web Services test in the screening stages of recruitment. Simply ask each appropriately qualified candidate to complete the test, and you'll receive a detailed report of the skill levels that exist in your applicant pool.

    You can then use this to make well informed, data-driven and objective decisions about who to progress through to interview, and who to let go.

    Whether your business is new to the cloud, or already running tried and tested solutions, the Amazon Web Services test is a valuable tool when hiring for roles including:

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Results for the Amazon Web Services 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.

How our test assesses AWS skills

In Picked's AWS test, candidates will need to answer a variety of questions targeting an intermediate level of proficiency. Candidates will need to demonstrate knowledge about the framework, building infrastructure and application designs using AWS, and show an ability to provide a high level of support for applications running on the service.

The test is designed to indicate how well a candidate understands AWS 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 analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was created and tested by AWS and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have AWS 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 candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of AWS proficiency and feels the test is high quality.

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

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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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    We offer Amazon Web Services tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.

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    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
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Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

FAQs

What jobs require AWS skills?

AWS skills are in such high demand due to the sheer number of roles that exist within cloud computing. These cover cloud professions like development, system integration, cloud architecture, big data, networking and cloud administration.

What other skills are required for AWS?

Along with technical know-how relating to AWS and its architectural best practices, talented applicants will also be proficient in a number of coding languages and be able to demonstrate core soft skills like critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, decision making and communication.

What is the cost for Picked's Amazon Web Services (AWS) test?

We believe in simple, transparent pricing. We operate monthly and annual subscriptions so you can pick the perfect plan for you. Don't worry if you're not sure: you can always upgrade or downgrade later, or speak to us to discuss the option of a custom made plan to fit your needs. This is all you ever pay – no set-up or hidden fees.

Can I try the test for free?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we’ll give you unlimited access for 7 days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won’t be charged a penny.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
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Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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