What is a Situational Judgement Test?
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A Situational Judgement Test—otherwise known as an SJT or Situational Strengths Test—is a kind of psychometric test that measures the skills and behaviours of prospective employees, such as their soft skills, common sense, non-academic behaviours and practical intelligence.
SJTs produce this information by presenting individuals with a variety of different work-related situations which they may experience when performing the functions of the job for which they are applying. For each situation put forward, a respondent will need to select one of the four answer options available, basing their answer on which they believe to be the most effective course of action to take if they were faced with the situation in a professional setting. This type of reasoning test always uses multiple-choice questions – individuals are unable to submit personalised responses.
When assessing SJTs, employers will be looking for correct answers, as undoubtedly, they will have a preferred course of action in mind. However, irrespective of a test-taker’s choice, the ability to see which course of action a prospective employee would take in a situation of your choosing will offer unique insight into their decision-making processes, competencies and personality traits. Additionally, you will learn more about their values and behaviours when faced with a work-based task.
Off-the-shelf SJTs can be an effective general practice for employers. However, to gain maximum value, we can create bespoke Situational Judgement Tests to the specifications of your organisation and its unique challenges. By working closely with you, we create SJT questions custom-built to the characteristics, values and culture of your company.
Situational Judgement Tests are engaging psychometric tests, they allow candidates to learn more about the requirements of the position for which they are applying.