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Assess a candidate’s ability to choose the most appropriate action in workplace situations.


A form of aptitude test that assesses how a candidate may approach specific situations encountered in the workplace by providing them with realistic workplace scenarios and a variety of ways in which they could respond to them. They help to identify if the individual is likely to react to trying situations in the most effective manner.

Benefit from bespoke tests for your organisation & the role

With Skillsarena SJTs you can 

Sift out 50% – 70% of applicants by utilising as a recruitment selection tool.

Predict your future candidate(s) job performance

Situational Judgement Test

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What do Situational Judgement Tests measure?

Situational Judgement Tests measure the skills and behaviours of individuals in work-related situations such as their soft-skills, common sense, non-academic behaviours and practical intelligence.

As SJT’s are created bespoke for the company needs, the specific characteristics measured will vary, however this allows you to assess all those that are considered essential for the candidate to possess in order to be successful in the job role.

When to use a Situational Judgement Test?

These tests are ideal during the recruitment process to help sift candidates from a large pool of applicants or if you recruit for a particular role on a regular basis.

Complement with an In Tray Exercise or an Ability Test such as Numerical Reasoning to give a better overall picture of their aptitude for a particular job that other assessments are unable to measure.

The Process – Its all about you

Want to understand your candidate’s thought-process, attitude and behaviours? In just 5 steps we can tailor-make scenario assessments to mirror your organisation’s real life situations, values and work ethic. Sharing scenarios that they may be faced with, will show you whether your candidates will act, behave and react to the scenarios as you would expect in your organisation.

The process in writing a Situational Judgement Test

Benefits of Situational Judgement Tests?

By using real life work scenarios gives a better understanding of how the candidate might operate in the work place.

For the individual, taking an SJT for a company can actually provide them with an insight into the company culture, values and ethics and give them a good indication of what it would be like to work in that environment.

For Companies, Situational Judgement Tests are a very cost-effective yet powerful way to select those potential strong performers from a large group of candidates by assessing soft-skills, practical intelligence and non-academic behaviours. This is a specially good selection method for those with little or no work experience such as Graduates as they provide an effective measure of their potential work performance and ethic.

The Outcomes

  • The candidate’s “opinion” on specific scenarios
  • Evidence of the candidate’s decision patterns
  • The candidate’s thought process and approach to solve problems


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the benefits of a situational judgement test

What Skillsarena Provide:

Dedicated Consultant for the project

Shadowing to understand the roles

Writing of the bespoke scenarios

Building your bespoke test onto the system

Beta Testing / Benchmarking

Situational Judgement Test Sample Question

You have just had your monthly review & your line manager has praised you for your work & you feel happy with the outcome of the review.  You are also delighted that they have not noticed that you are still unable to use one of the IT applications required for your role.  Up until now, you have been able to ask a colleague to do this for you. You know that this must improve but you only have another 6 weeks in this placement. What action would you take?

  1. Be delighted for the praise & agree with the positive feedback from your manager.  After the meeting, arrange with your colleague to give you the training you need so that you will be able to complete all aspects of the role efficiently.
  2. Recognise that you are using up other people’s time & being dishonest with yourself and your line manager. Set aside time for self-development to build these skills.
  3. Focus on your line manager’s praise & plan to avoid future roles where the areas you are less capable might be exposed.
  4. Tell your line manager that you are grateful for the praise but you feel as though you need more training on the IT systems.

Situational Judgement Test sample question


Very Effective

One of the best actions that could be taken in this situation.



A reasonable action that could help to resolve the situation.



A poor action which will not help to resolve the situation.


Very Ineffective

An inappropriate action that could make the situation worse.

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What Clients Say About Us
Skillarena have given us a fresh perspective on our workforce and the motivation to build upon attracting the right people through an engaging employer brand.
Alison Tookey Employee Relations Advisor, Home Retail Group
Choosing Skillsarena was the best business decision we made, the system is slick and easy to use, our business processes are faster and I recommend the company when speaking to other about their recruitment problems.
Alan Blake Managing Director, Secom Plc
Skillsarena’s tests have been used throughout the organisation for all levels of recruitment up to the most senior and have been very well received. The response to the tests has been overwhelmingly positive. All of our recruitment managers are absolutely delighted.
Mark Gillmam Recruitment Business Partner, Southern Housing

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