Situational Judgement Tests: The Basics

quiz-1373314_960_720A situational judgement test (SJT) forms part of the recruitment process for many graduate schemes. From an employer’s perspective, they are an efficient way to sift through high volumes of candidates. Candidates are presented with a multiple choice test that consists of short descriptions of job-related situations, and for each, several actions are listed that could be taken in response.

The task could include:

~ ranking a list of 4 or 5 responses in order of merit

~ choosing the best answer from several possibilities

~ deciding on the most effective and least effective answers

The tests measure your ability to make the right decision in a difficult situation and scenarios may range from ethical dilemmas to difficulties with workload, colleagues or clients. See WikiJob for some example questions, with explanations for each answer. For some detailed information about each question type and what they look like, see this excellent resource from Assessment Day. You can also find a free situational judgement test to practise.

When you are choosing your response:

  • Think about the qualities and skills the employer has said they are looking for. Which response demonstrates these?
  • Make sure you read each response carefully before choosing, so that you have understood the full information. Don’t panic and rush into answering.
  • Think about the long term consequences of each of the actions. Which would lead to the best outcomes for the organisation in the long run?
  • Consider how actions would affect different stakeholders, and which stakeholders are most important. For example, if you have to let someone down or miss a deadline, it is probably better to let a colleague down than a client.

Where can you practise?

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