Penetration testing assessment: Pre-employment screening test to hire the best candidates

Summary of the Penetration testing test

This penetration testing test evaluates a candidate’s ability to conduct pentesting. This hiring test will help you hire penetration testing experts who can discover and report critical security vulnerabilities.

Covered skills

  • Applying basic security concepts

  • Discovering and exploiting vulnerabilities

  • Working professionally with clients

Use the Penetration testing test to hire

Pentesters, ethical hackers, red teamers, security consultants, security auditors, security engineers, and other roles that require strong penetration testing skills.


Role specific skills


10 min





About the Penetration testing test

Recent years have seen a rapidly increasing rise in data breaches and cyberattacks, making it more important than ever to ensure your systems contain no vulnerabilities that attackers can use to gain access to sensitive data or to shut down your network. Working with a good penetration tester is like having a hacker on your side; using the same skill set as potential attackers, they look for ways to find and exploit any vulnerabilities you may have. But, instead of using these vulnerabilities for gain, they work with you to help eliminate those vulnerabilities. Hiring candidates with strong penetration testing skills will make your systems safer, as they will be able to track down and report vulnerabilities before attackers find them.

This penetration testing test evaluates candidate’s overall pentesting skills, including their ability to apply basic security concepts, ethically discover and exploit vulnerabilities, and work professionally with clients.

This screening test will help you identify penetration testers who can uncover attack vectors that can threaten your businesses. Candidates who do well on this test will competently identify vulnerabilities, contributing effectively to the security of your organization.

The test is made by a subject-matter expert

Maria V.

Maria is a pentester, developer, and Judo champion from Mexico. She began her cybersecurity journey in the Mexican Navy and has been hacking ever since. Currently, Maria works as a Chief Security Officer and does bug bounties and small pentesting campaigns in her free time.

As someone who's managed several security teams and loves recruiting and hiring, she's been on both sides of the interview table enough times to understand the skills and aptitudes that define the best pentesters.

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