Situational Judgement Test

situational judgement test
what is a situational judgement test

What is a Situational Judgement Test?

A Situational Judgement Test (SJT test or situational strengths test) measures the skills and behaviours of individuals in work-related situations. These include their soft-skills, common sense, non-academic behaviours and practical intelligence.

With four approaches to prioritise, you can understand their values and behaviours in given situations.

As a Situational Judgement Test is created bespoke for a company’s 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.

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What are the benefits of using a Situational Strengths Test?

By using real life work scenarios you are able to get a better understanding of how the candidate may operate if they were to join your organisation.

There are benefits to both candidates and an organisation:

For the individual. Taking a SJT Test 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. A Situational Strengths Test is a very cost-effective yet powerful way to select potential strong performers from a large group of candidates. This is done by assessing soft-skills, practical intelligence and non-academic behaviours. This is a good selection method for those with little or no work experience such as Graduates.

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How do you create a Situational Judgement Test?

Want to understand your candidate’s thought-processattitude and behaviours?

In just five steps we can tailor-make scenario assessments to mirror your organisation’s real life situations, values and work ethic.

By presenting candidates with scenarios they may be faced with when recruited, will show you whether they will act, behave and react in the way you would expect.

Example Question

Candidates are asked to rank the following scenarios based on whether they think the outcome would be very effective to very ineffective.

You have just had your monthly review and 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 this must improve but you only have another six weeks in this placement. What action would you take?

  1. Be delighted for the praise and 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 and 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 and 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.

Rank the above actions based on the following:

  • Very effective – one of the best actions that could be taken in this situation.
  • Effective – a reasonable action that could help resolve the situation.
  • Ineffective – a poor action which will not help resolve the situation.
  • Very ineffective – an inappropriate action that could make the situation worse.
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Why choose Skillsarena?

We have been providing online assessments for recruitment purposes since 2001.

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