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What is a Situational Judgement Test?

What do Situational Judgement Tests Involve?

There has been an increasing use of Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) within recruitment and selection processes over the last 15 years, particularly by large employers offering competitive graduate schemes.  Typically, SJTs are computer-based and consist of multiple-choice questions drawn from real-life job scenarios which have been designed by experts in the relevant field. Candidates are required to evaluate or rank different response options according to their effectiveness. SJTs are often combined with aptitude tests (e.g. numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and inductive reasoning), personality questionnaires and other job-simulation tasks (e.g. in-tray or e-tray exercises).

What do SJTs Show Employers?

SJTs are multi-dimensional, psychological assessment tools. Candidates’ responses are believed to reflect many different facets; such as their general knowledge, common-sense, previous life experience, decision-making and problem-solving skills. SJTs are also believed to tap non-cognitive skills, such as personality traits, professional attitudes and ethics.  Unlike aptitude tests, SJTs are said to provide employers with an insight into how candidates would function practically on the job.

Tackling your Situational Judgement Test

SJTs vary according to the specific job role and the competencies required for that position. Therefore, in preparing for the test it is useful to establish what core skills the recruiter is likely to be looking for and to have these in your mind when answering the questions.

Unlike aptitude tests, SJTs are rarely timed. Take advantage of this by ensuring that you read all the information carefully before answering, whilst being mindful not to spend too much time over-thinking each item.  Practicing these tests will enhance your familiarity with the SJT format and enable you to develop your own test technique. With this in mind, we at AssessmentDay have designed practice tests to help get you ready for your Situational Judgement Test.

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