The right COBOL online tests to screen COBOL developers
Recommended roles for our COBOL online tests and coding questions
- System analyst
- COBOL developer
- Database administrator
- Software engineer
- Network engineer
- Computer systems engineer
How our COBOL online tests and coding questions work
The RealLifeTesting™ methodology powers all of our COBOL online tests and coding questions. This methodology is the very basis of all DevSkiller online tests and works by simulating real problems that your candidates are likely to face on the first day of the job. DevSkiller COBOL online tests will go further than testing candidates’ academic knowledge by providing insight into their coding skills, critical thinking, and time-management.
- Garner a clear understanding of candidates’ coding skills, not just their academic knowledge
- Remote testing that is both convenient and cost-effective
- The RealLifeTesting™ methodology offers a greater user experience where candidates can use their own IDE, clone to GIT, run unit tests, and access Stack Overflow/Github/Google for research.
- Anti-plagiarism tools that ensure test scores are accurate
- Observe candidates’ tests in real-time
- Automated tests that non-technical professionals can understand
- Tests available for a variety of positions
What to look for in COBOL developers
COBOL was first developed back in 1959 and was one of the first high-level programming languages. Despite its age, COBOL remains one of the most prominent programming languages today. It’s used in everything from ATMs to healthcare prescriptions, and even in POS systems.
When assessing the skills of a COBOL developer, the should possess sufficient knowledge of COBOL programming and the ability to work with the COBOL mainframe. Additionally, high-level mainframe programming skills and an in-depth understanding of project management are both of equal importance. COBOL developers should also have knowledge of business procedures in the banking, healthcare, and finance sector. Finally, it is essential that your COBOL developers are familiar with the most up-to-date debugging tools.
Like what you see but want more?
- You’re ready to start testing with our range of COBOL online tests and coding questions. Our range of predefined tests are ready and waiting but did you know that you can create your own custom tests? The DevSkiller online task wizard allows you to create unique custom tests so you can find the perfect candidate. You can customize everything from the number of questions, test duration, and even upload your own codebase. Finding your next COBOL developer is easy with DevSkiller and our COBOL online tests and interview questions.
Still not sold on our COBOL online tests?
Like the look of our COBOL online tests but need a little extra nudge? Then listen to what one of our happy customers has to say:
Ada is a global health company founded by doctors, scientists, and industry pioneers to create new possibilities for personal health. Before implementing DevSkiller, Ada health screened tech skills with an on-site task followed by a team interview. The process was time-consuming and meant Ada’s team had limited ability to ensure candidate fit for the role. Ada needed to optimize this process to save precious time during the screening process.
The result? Since automating their technical screening process, Ada was able to save time on every candidate.
“DevSkiller helped us to save precious on-site time for applicants that are already likely to be a fit. We’re saving 3 hours per candidate – that was the time we spent with applicants on a technical task before.” Micha Gerwig – Engineering Manager at Ada Health
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to set up DevSkiller?
It takes as little as 5 minutes to set up DevSkiller and send your first COBOL coding test invite. DevSkiller’s extensive library of predefined COBOL coding tests means that you can start testing your candidates right when you set up your account, no other work required.
What do candidates think of DevSkiller COBOL online tests?
At DevSkiller we’re continually looking to improve so regularly seek feedback from the candidates who undertake our tests including COBOL online tests. They like that they have a chance to prove their actual software development skills rather than having to remember algorithms they haven’t touched since getting their degree. They also like the fact that DevSkiller tests use normal coding tools and conventions like unit testing, and cloning to GIT from a personal IDE. If they are apprehensive, it is because developers are suspicious of academic algorithmic tests These tests don’t test the actual skills that developers use day to day and require them to dredge up academic work they have used in years. When they are given a DevSkiller test though they appreciate the difference and the fact that they can prove their skills in a fair setting.
How are COBOL online tests evaluated?
Once the candidate finishes their test, the platform gets to work automatically evaluating the solution. The result is a report even a non-technical recruiter can understand. Candidates are evaluated on whether the solution would run (an essential factor in all software development), whether there are any errors in the code, the quality of the code, and how it works in edge cases. There are also robust plagiarism features that show you how similar the results are to previous solutions.
Do I need to be a programmer to use DevSkiller?
We made DevSkiller as simple and as automated as it can possibly be. Our ready-to-use COBOL coding tests, prepared by IT experts, allow non-technical users to verify the technical skills of the candidates screened. If you have a technical person on-site, you can prepare a test from scratch.