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Bash interview questions

At DevSkiller we are pushing the boundaries when it comes to developer recruitment. We prepare Bash interview questions to help recruiters looking to hire Bash developers in junior, middle, and senior-level positions. Through a series of challenges and interview questions, we make it easier than ever to find the right candidate for your business.

DevSkiller Bash interview questions are powered by RealLifeTesting™. This new methodology for testing developers works by creating a simulation of a developer’s real-world and then testing them on scenarios within that simulation to measure their responses. This offers recruiters insight into their candidates that was previously not achievable from standard developer testing. The result is that DevSkiller can offer a quicker more effective screening solution to your company’s developer recruitment.

Docker
JUNIOR
Tested skills
Duration
20 minutes max.
Evaluation
Automatic
Test overview

Choice questions

assessing knowledge of Bash, Linux

DevOps task - Level: Easy

DevOps | Ubuntu | Persistent storage for dockerized application - The purpose of this task is to check if a candidate knows how to create and use Docker volumes.

Docker
JUNIOR
Tested skills
Duration
20 minutes max.
Evaluation
Automatic
Test overview

Choice questions

assessing knowledge of Bash, Linux

DevOps task - Level: Easy

DevOps | CentOs | Persistent storage for dockerized application - The purpose of this task is to check if a candidate knows how to create and use Docker volumes.

DevOps
MIDDLE
Tested skills
Duration
45 minutes max.
Evaluation
Automatic
Test overview

Choice questions

assessing knowledge of Bash, Linux, DevOps, Docker

DevOps task - Level: Medium

DevOps | Filesystem troubles (CentOS) - This task tests candidate's familiarity with basic concepts of Linux/Unix filesystems, like inodes and tests his/her ability to use command line tools like: find, df, lsof, rm, mount, kill to debug problems with the filesystem.

Linux
MIDDLE
Tested skills
Duration
47 minutes max.
Evaluation
Automatic
Test overview

Choice questions

assessing knowledge of Bash, Linux, DevOps

DevOps task - Level: Medium

DevOps | Filesystem troubles (Ubuntu) - This task tests candidate's familiarity with basic concepts of Linux/Unix filesystems, like inodes and tests his/her ability to use command line tools like: find, df, lsof, rm, mount, kill to debug problems with the filesystem.

DevOps
MIDDLE
Tested skills
Duration
70 minutes max.
Evaluation
Automatic
Test overview

Choice questions

assessing knowledge of Bash, Linux, Docker

DevOps task - Level: Medium

Docker Configuration and Operations (Ubuntu) - Install and configure the Docker Engine on a test server.

Linux
MIDDLE
Tested skills
Duration
77 minutes max.
Evaluation
Automatic
Test overview

Choice questions

assessing knowledge of Bash argument expansion, determining free space, Linux namespaces, DNS SOA records, Linux IO streams, and CIDR broadcast calculation

Code gaps

evaluates candidate's familiarity of Shell utilities, GNU/Linux networking

DevOps task

LAMP stack setup (CentOS)

Recommended roles for Bash interview questions

  • Junior DevOps engineer
  • Middle DevOps engineer
  • Senior DevOps engineer
  • Linux engineer
  • Software engineer
  • DevSecOps engineer

How DevSkiller Bash interview questions work

Traditional developer testing involves algorithmic tests and challenges that don’t really reflect the day-to-day work that developers do. Thanks to RealLifeTesting™, DevSkiller is changing that. The RealLifeTesting™ methodology is the driving force behind our developer tests. It allows recruiters to gain a detailed view of each applicant; their skills and strengths, as well as their weaknesses. By implementing RealLifeTesting™ into our Bash interview questions we can now actively analyze each applicant’s knowledge of Bash in a controlled way. Assess the knowledge, time-management, and coding ability of each of your candidates with DevSkiller Bash interview questions.

Key features

  • Analyze coding ability and not just academic knowledge
  • Save time and money with remote testing
  • 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.
  • Implemented anti-plagiarism tools to ensure test accuracy
  • Observe Bash interview questions in real-time
  • Automated results that non-technical recruiters can understand
  • Tests available for junior, middle, and senior-level positions

Skills covered in our Bash online tests

  • Bash
  • DevOps
  • Linux
  • SHELL
  • Docker
  • System Administration
  • Networking
  • Puppet

What you should know about Bash

Bash, or ‘Bourne-Again Shell,’ is the command language interpreter for the GNU operating system. ‘Bourne’ being a technological nod to Stephen Bourne, the man behind the direct ancestor of the current Unix shell, ‘sh’.

Bash is the default shell provided by the GNU operating system. Bash currently runs on almost every version of Unix and a few other operating systems. There are independently-supported ports for Bash in MS-DOS, OS/2, and Windows.

Bash is largely compatible with sh shell. However, it also incorporates useful aspects from other shells including the Korn shell ksh and the C shell csh.

Bash is intended to be a conformant implementation of the IEEE POSIX Shell and Tools portion of the IEEE POSIX specification (IEEE Standard 1003.1). It offers functional improvements over sh for both interactive and programming use.

Like what you see but want more?

Sometimes our clients are thrilled with DevSkiller testing but wonder if they can get even more from our developer tests. That’s why our expert team has designed DevSkiller interview questions that are completely customizable.

The DevSkiller online task wizard allows you to build your own Bash interview questions. You can choose the difficulty level being assessed, the length of each question, and the length of the tests overall, plus loads more. Did we mention that you can even monitor tests in real-time?

All of our tests are carried out online, but recruiters can choose to observe tests in real-time to monitor a candidate’s progress should they like. Recruiters also needn’t worry about any candidates gaining an unfair advantage, as our task wizard also has automated plagiarism detectors that search for repeated answers and duplicated code.

Find your next Bash engineer today with our range of Bash interview questions.

Want proof that our Bash online tests work?

You might think our Bash interview questions sound like just what your company’s recruitment process needs. Nonetheless, it is understandable to want assurances. Check out what our past clients have had to say:

Ivana Nikolic – HR Manager at Impac Tech

“The greatest advantage for the candidates is that they can proceed with the tests at their own convenience. In case you have a candidate who is already working and is thinking about changing the career or moving to another company, it is also a time saver for them, as they do not have to take time off in order to attend numerous interviews in the search for a new position.”

Olga Berger – Lead Recruiter & Sourcing Specialist at CodeValue

“DevSkiller is easy to use and friendly.”

Michael Gerwig – Engineering manager at Ada Health

“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.”

Frequently asked questions

What is RealLifeTestingTM?

The RealLifeTestingTM methodology is the foundation of all DevSkiller Bash interview questions. It is based on the principle that the best way to monitor a developer’s skills is by asking them to do actual development work. RealLifeTestingTM produces a replicated version of reality, complete with challenges and tasks that each candidate is expected to succeed in. This kind of testing provides recruiters with a detailed and comprehensive understanding of each applicant’s skill level. Recruiters are able to break down the exact skills the candidate possesses and those in which they are lacking.

The best candidates need to demonstrate a clear knowledge of Bash, to utilize resources like Stack Overflow, and to possess the critical thinking needed to determine the most efficient solution to problems they encounter.

What’s the test duration?

The DevSkiller task wizard comes with default settings for all of our online tests, including duration. However, these settings can be easily amended to suit the needs of each company. It might be that you require your tests to be longer or shorter than the default setting. That’s down to the needs of your company.

How do candidates take Bash interview questions?

The main plus point of DevSkiller is that all of our tests are taken remotely and are accessed completely online. Despite the obvious convenience for candidates, being tested in their own homes, this is extremely convenient for recruiters as well. With no-in house testing required, recruiters are able to save countless hours on testing and evaluation. Assessment for our interview questions happens automatically, with test results then being presented in a simple, automated report.

For the tests themselves, candidates work on their own favorite IDE and then clone the project to GIT. If they prefer they can use DevSkiller’s state of the art in-browser IDE. The tests are complete once the candidate is finished or the designated time has expired.